Janet Suzman

Oscar Nominated Janet Suzman DBE has played most of Shakespeare’s women, has starred in a wide range of classical and modern drama onstage and on TV, has appeared in some notable films, has worked as a director both here and in South Africa land of her birth, and is happy to know and admire David Piemer.
A Glimpse of Malamud

This is the classic story of a Brooklyn Jewish boy, the child of immigrants, who turned himself into one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Philip Davis has written the first-ever biography of Bernard Malamud who died in 1986 and has suffered a certain neglect since then. In this celebratory event, designed to mark Malamud’s revival, Davis told the story of the life and work, accompanied by powerful readings given by the distinguished actress, Janet Suzman.

Vasily Grossman

Vasily Grossman is famous for his masterpiece Life and Fate and his writing as a reporter embedded within the Red Army, particularly for his powerful report on Treblinka. Robert Chandler (his translator and editor of The Road) revealed to us Grossman not only as a heroic witness, but also as a supreme artist, focusing on Grossman’s dialogue with another great short story writer, Isaak Babel.

Janet Suzman read from three of Grossman’s recently published short stories.

I Lived on this Earth…. Hungarian Poets on the Holocaust
Dame Janet Suzman and George Gömöri read poems from I Lived on this Earth… Hungarian Poets on the Holocaust, edited by poet and translator George Gömöri and his wife Mari Gömöri. They were accompanied by violinist Marianne Olyver and pianist Robert Schuck. …the voice speaks to you from inside and does not let you rest whilst you sit in your homes whilst you are out whilst you lie down or rise until you speak with their voice speak with their words spea...
Bright Star in a Dark Chamber
Armed with relentless determination and biting wit, anti-apartheid legend Helen Suzman fought the white male establishment to form a groundbreaking human rights campaign. Robin Renwick, former British Ambassador to South Africa discusses Helen Suzman’s extraordinary life and achievements with her daughter, art historian Frances Suzman Jowell and niece, actress and director Janet Suzman, facilitated by Rebecca Taylor...
Transitions

Yael Dayan, daughter of the legendary Moshe Dayan, looks back at her life as a fierce and eloquent activist and influential politician. Chaired by Janet Suzman.

Bertolt Brecht: The Poet Now
David Constantine and Tom Kuhn have, for the first time, translated and edited the complete poems of Bertolt Brecht, the greatest German playwright of the 20th century, whose works include The Threepenny Opera, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and Mother Courage. In this stunning live performance, David and Tom are joined by actor Janet Suzman, singer Sarah Gabriel and pianist Joseph Atkins, as they breathe life into the work of an artist whose unquenchable ‘love of l...
Jewish Voices
The grand finale of Jewish Book Week 2019, in partnership with World Jewish Relief, is a celebration of the power of words. A stellar line-up, featuring Henry Goodman, Nicholas Hytner, Jason Isaacs, Brian Leveson, Emily Maitlis, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Jay Rayner, Philippe Sands, Janet Suzman and Zoe Wanamaker, will read poems, letters and speeches, stretching from the beginnings of Jewish history, right up to the present day. Prepare to be piqued and provoked, dazzled and delighted. M...
Shylock Speaks
The world premiere of a new short play followed by a discussion with Anthony Julius and Janet Suzman. Robert Gordon and David Peimer present their new play, Shylock Speaks, exploring Shakespeare’s ‘outsider’. Shylock asks: Who is a citizen? Who an ‘alien’? As recurring forces of antisemitism frame cultural identity, where does Shylock belong today? The play promises a surprising new approach to The Merchant of Venice as the characters speak to our times. This ...