Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 27

Stefan Zweig: Words and Music

Henry Goodman
Caroline Kennedy (soprano)
Claire Howard (piano)

With whom have we not spent heart-warming hours there, looking out from the terrace over the beautiful and peaceful landscape, without suspecting that exactly opposite, on the mountain of Berchtesgaden, a man sat who would one day destroy it all? —Stefan Zweig, Die Welt von Gestern

Stefan Zweig was a true cosmopolitan, at ease in the international republic of letters and dreaming of a depoliticised world, whose life fell apart when he saw all he believed in destroyed. Here through carefully chosen texts –  some translated into English for the very first time –  we followed his thoughts on literature; what it means to be Jewish; and exiled life in London. The readings were interspersed with live music drawn from Zweig’s vast collection of scores.

Henry Goodman is an award-winning stage and screen actor. He recently starred inYes, Prime Minister and will play the lead in Ryan Craig’s The Holy Rosenbergs at the National Theatre.

The Latest from JBW

Thousands joined us during the festival, for ten days of enlightening discussion and...

Anne Applebaum and Lawrence Freedman are both shortlisted for...

JBW is delighted to announce that Bill Browder will be joining Matthew...

Tickets for a live relay screening of...


J Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.