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Acclaimed Writer Margaret Atwood to Celebrate Publication of The Testaments with Live Global Cinema Event and UK Tour


07 March 2019

MARGARET ATWOOD TO CELEBRATE PUBLICATION OF THE TESTAMENTS, THE HANDMAID’S TALE SEQUEL, WITH A LIVE GLOBAL CINEMA EVENT ON BOOK RELEASE DATE, FOLLOWED BY UK TOUR

Fane Productions presents Margaret Atwood live on stage and in cinemas on Tuesday, September 10th in celebration of the global publication of The Testaments, Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to her seminal work, The Handmaid’s Tale. The momentous literary event begins Monday, September 9th with a midnight opening at Waterstones Piccadilly with Margaret Atwood. A six date in-person tour across the UK and Ireland will follow in October and November.

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas will be broadcast to over 1,000 cinemas across the globe, including cinemas throughout the UK, US and Canada, with delayed screenings planned in Australia and New Zealand. Filmed live from the Lyttelton stage of the National Theatre in London, broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed will interview Atwood about her remarkable career, her diverse range of works and why she has returned to her handmaid story, 34 years later. Special guests will be announced later. Cinema tickets go on sale on Friday 8th March from 10am and can be found at www.margaretatwoodlive.com. Additional venues and international countries to be confirmed.

Following the book release week events, Fane will present Atwood in a limited, six-date tour across the UK and Ireland in October and November.

Tickets for these events are on general sale from 10am today!

Margaret Atwood says "I am delighted that the launch of The Testaments will take place not only in London on 10th September, but also by live-streaming to over 1000 cinemas around the world. I can’t be in all the places at once in my analogue body, but I look forward to being with so many readers via the big screen."

Alex Fane says "We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our relationship with Margaret. To launch her new novel on an unprecedented global scale feels like a fitting gesture for such an innovative author whose work speaks to so many."

 

 

The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. In this brilliant sequel, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. Margaret Atwood’s sequel The Testaments picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." Margaret Atwood

 

 

The Testaments will be published by Chatto & Windus, an imprint of VINTAGE, on 10 September.

Fane Productions’ live cinema broadcast is Executive Produced by David Sabel, the creator of National Theatre Live, with BY Experience, the New York based event cinema pioneer, global distribution representative of The Met: Live in HD and the global (ex-UK) distributor of National Theatre Live, distributing to cinemas, ex-UK. UK cinema distribution by National Theatre Live.

Women’s rights, female empowerment and resistance are at the core of Atwood’s story and in partnership with Equality Now these events will take on the issues faced by women in today’s world with vivid imagination and unflinching clarity.

"When The Handmaid’s Tale came out, we in the women’s rights movement recognised that it was based on awful violations that women face around the world, but we thought the trend for women’s rights was upwards . . . towards greater equality. Events of the past few years have shown us how we can never take progress for granted. The Testaments could not be more timely for us working on gender equality – we need to remain vigilant, persistent and make ourselves heard. Margaret Atwood’s work has had a huge impact on bringing attention to our cause and we are delighted and privileged to be partnering with her on these events." Yasmeen Hassan – Global Executive Director, Equality Now

Waterstones Piccadilly is honoured to be hosting Margaret Atwood for the midnight release of her new novel, The Testaments, as part of an expansive one-night celebration on 9th September.

 

 

Margaret Atwood will headline an evening of panel discussions, readings and immersive experiences. Our celebration of resistance, courage, social change and the power of language will build towards the chance to be the first to hear the novel’s opening, read by Margaret Atwood herself.

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat’s Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam Trilogy. Her 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him; and the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Sales of the English language edition have now topped 8 million copies worldwide. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Listings information

Margaret Atwood Live
10 September National Theatre, London
26 October Sage Gateshead
27 October The Lowry, Salford
28 October Birmingham Symphony Hall
30 October New Theatre Oxford
31 October Brighton Dome
2 November Dublin National Concert Hall

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ABOUT FANE PRODUCTIONS
Fane Productions
specialises in the production of bespoke live events for leading talent.

We work with a diverse range of artists at the top of their respective professions, for whom live work adds an exciting dimension to their principal careers, whilst also acting as agents for other live work such as corporate bookings and keynotes. An innovative and collaborative company, Fane Productions work alongside agents, publishers and producers with a focus on creating dynamic live platforms to present and promote both the client and their work; be that a book, TV series, podcast or other venture. Over 350,000 tickets were sold in its first two years through events with the likes of John le Carré, Margaret Atwood, Nigella Lawson, Dolly Alderton, Stacey Dooley and Grayson Perry. Our programming team run the Sunday nights at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as well as putting on over 800 shows per year at central London venue, Crazy Coqs, with a mix of music, theatre, cabaret, comedy and literary events in one extraordinary 80 seat venue. Words Weekend - our own take on a literary festival - was launched in November 2018 and the first three festivals will take place at Sage Gateshead, The Lowry in Salford and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. In December 2018 Fane Productions acquired JHI Ltd, a creative marketing company who provide services for live theatre events, both nationally and on an international platform.

ABOUT VINTAGE
VINTAGE publishes some of the greatest writers and thinkers from around the world and across the ages – from Philip Roth, Yuval Harari, Haruki Murakami and Alice Munro to Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson and Salman Rushdie. Writers who have invented new worlds and explored our own; who have captured imaginations and won dozens of prizes, from the Nobel and the Booker to the Pulitzer and beyond. Born in New York in 1974 and moving to London in 1990, VINTAGE is also famed for its beautiful, stylish design and brave innovation. The publisher comprises nine imprints, each one as distinctive as its own past: Jonathan Cape, Bodley Head, Harvill Secker, Chatto & Windus, Hogarth, Yellow Jersey, Square Peg, VINTAGE Paperbacks and VINTAGE Classics.

ABOUT CHATTO & WINDUS
Founded over 150 years ago, Chatto & Windus has a long and rich tradition of eclectic, original and culturally curious publishing and publishes some of the world’s greatest living authors. Their list combines prize-winning literary fiction, including AS Byatt, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Anne Rice, Rose Tremain and non-fiction. Recent non-fiction titles include The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, Penelope Fitzgerald by Hermione Lee, The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz and Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon. Chatto also incorporates The Hogarth Press, founded by Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1917, and relaunched as Hogarth in 2011 as a transatlantic fiction imprint. Chatto & Windus is part of the VINTAGE division of Penguin Random House.

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ABOUT BY EXPERIENCE
BY Experience, the “live cinema event powerhouse” (Variety) is “in the business of breaking through the barriers posed both by time limitations and space” (Fast Company”). BY Experience pioneered the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, millions of tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Current cinema series credits: Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD (Worldwide; since 2006), the UK’s National Theatre Live (ex-UK; since 2009), Bolshoi Ballet (North America; since 2014), Stratford Festival on Film (U.S. 2019) and Great Art on Screen (U.S. 2019). BY Experience has executive produced and/or distributed several diverse programs for cinema including numerous rock concerts, radio programs, fine art exhibits, major studio anniversary events, faith programs, spoken word, and other events. BY Experience distributes to over 75 countries, to over 3,000 movie screens.

ABOUT WATERSTONES
Waterstones is the UK and Ireland’s leading high street bookseller with 293 bookshops, including Foyles, Hatchards, Hodges Figgis and branches in Ireland, Brussels and Amsterdam. It is the only national specialist book retailer of scale in the UK, with the average sized shop carrying a range of around 30,000 individual books and with over 200,000 titles in the largest shop.

ABOUT EQUALITY NOW
Equality Now is an international human rights organisation that works to protect and promote the rights of women and girls around the world by combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy. It’s international network of lawyers, activists, and supporters achieve legal and systemic change by holding governments responsible for enacting and enforcing laws and policies that end legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence, and harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation.

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