Actor Johnny Flynn and writer Robert Macfarlane bring music inspired by ancient literature to Cambridge


A new musical experience bringing together the shining lights of fame and world literary history is coming to Cambridge. Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane are scheduled to play Cambridge Corn Exchange later this month.

The duo have teamed up to produce a stunning album, Lost in the Cedar Wood, and their accompanying live show is a unique performance of songs and stories. The show, which will take place on April 27, is part of a wider tour across the UK.

Musician and actor Johnny is known for his roles in Netflix’s Lovesick and as David Bowie in the biopic Stardust. Internationally acclaimed writer Robert is known for his explorations of nature, time and people.

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For this record made during the pandemic, Johnny and Robert were inspired by the oldest written literary work in the world, The Epic of Gilgamesh. The themes and landscapes of the epic poem intertwine with those of lockdown-era Britain to form a work of exceptional strangeness and beauty, both ancient and urgent.

This extraordinary spectacle, which combines the beautiful songs of the album with spoken stories, had its first sold-out performance at Shakespeare’s Globe in February. It takes its listeners on a 4,000-year dream journey, from Mesopotamia to our fragile present moment, and into an uncertain future.

Tickets for the event on Wednesday April 27 at 7:30 p.m. are available from the Cambridge Corn Exchange.


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