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Thrilling, life-affirming, authentic - watch David Suchet read Mark's Gospel

A packed Cathedral has heard an extraordinary dramatic reading of the whole of the Gospel According to Mark, read by David Suchet.

The evening, organised by St Paul's Adult Learning on Tuesday 28 March, had the audience of over 2,000 moved to both laughter and to tears, with many describing the two-hour reading as transformative.

Mark's Gospel is the earliest - the closest to Jesus' own life - and tells the story of his life and death with dramatic pace.

Audience members said:

"Even though I’ve read the gospels dozens of times, I heard fresh things last night. It was both an inspired and an inspiring night."

"What a totally thrilling evening! I must say that The Bible was brought to life for all of us in a most remarkable way."

"Probably the most life-affirming and faith-filled Cathedral evening."

"It was an experience that had an authenticity and immediacy that is hard to define."

David Suchet dedicated the reading to the late Alec McCowen CBE (1925-2017) who famously learnt the whole of The Gospel According to Mark and performed it in the West End and toured America with it, including performing it at the White House.

David Suchet is one of the best-known and best-loved actors of his generation. He has worked for the RSC, in the West End and on Broadway, and his most famous role is Hercule Poirot in the long-running television series. In 2011 he was awarded a CBE for services to drama, and in 2014 was given a lifetime achievement award by the Royal Television Society for his performance as Poirot.

Raised without religion, he was converted by reading the Letter to the Romans in a hotel Bible. A practising Anglican, he has made highly successful documentary series for the BBC following in the footsteps of St Paul and St Peter. He is a Vice-President of the Bible Society, and his best selling audio book of the Bible (Hodder 2014) fulfilled his 27 year ambition to record the whole of the Bible.

David Suchet's reading of the whole Bible (NIV) is available to buy from Hodder Bibles

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