Thursday 4th February, 2020 7.00pm (UK) 8.00pm (Italy)


Canto 2

Dante recalls others’ visits to Hell,  Aeneas, from Virgil’s Aenied, and St. Paul, which make him doubt his own courage for the journey. But when he hears that Virgil was sent by Beatrice to rescue him, Dante’s spirit revives and agrees to follow his guide.


A 2021 season of participative readings from The Divine Comedy


in the middle of the journey of our life …


Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita …


700 years on from Dante’s death, his epic narrative poem The Divine Comedy continues to grip the imagination of countless artists, composers, film-makers, writers and academics across the world. Translated into more than one hundred languages, The Divine Comedy stands alongside the Bible and the works of Homer and Shakespeare as one of the ultimate pillars of literary creation in human history.


To celebrate Dante’s astonishing legacy and his poem’s enduring power and fascination, throughout 2021, Julia Holden together with acclaimed playwright Justin Butcher are curating a season of participative readings from The Divine Comedy assisted by a team of top UK theatre professionals.