On 26th July, Keith Baldwin will read from Jerome K Jerome’s classic ‘Three Men in a Boat, in the Banqueting Hall at Knebworth House.
Josh Cosby, Marketing Intern at Knebworth House met Keith to find out more.
The Banqueting Hall at Knebworth House has played host to many theatrical readings, including the popular Christmas Carol. This is the first year ‘Three Men in a Boat’ will be presented, and also the first time Keith will appear at the venue; something which he is looking forward to.
As Keith says “I have been to Knebworth before, but never as a performer – this is a big opportunity and I am very much looking forward to it.”
The Banqueting Hall provides a beautiful setting for the evening and its soaring ceilings provide a fantastic natural ambience which is perfect for this type of theatrical reading. Tickets can be purchased online at www.knebworthhouse.com/events and are £20 per person. Pre booking is essential. Guests are asked to arrive at 7.00pm for a 7:30pm start in which time you can enjoy a summery glass of Pimms and a fruit tartlet.
‘Three Men in a Boat’ has never been out of print since it was first published in 1912 and it is easy to see why it is so popular. As well as being an enjoyable read, it is humorous and entertaining. The story is expertly delivered by Keith, an experienced speaker who gets just as much enjoyment from reading it as the audience will on hearing it that evening.
“It’s such a wonderful tale and it still resonates to this day. Written at a time when many books and stories told of far away lands, Jerome K Jerome’s book must have seemed a breath of fresh air. Readers today can still visit places mentioned in the book.”
Keith sums up the story: “This tale involves three rather silly young men out on a jolly who, more than figuratively speaking, get a ‘bit out of their depth!’.”
After a 30 year career in the police, Keith Baldwin retired and pursued his passion for public speaking and is now a well-known presenter and voice over artist. He lives in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.
So what can we expect from this special reading? An entertaining theatrical evening that offers a humorous glimpse of a by-gone era.