News: Margaret Atwood to celebrate publication of The Testaments with a live global cinema event and UK tour

Today it’s been announced that writer Margaret Atwood will celebration the publication of The Testaments, her highly anticipated sequel to her seminal work, The Handmaid’s Tale, with a live global cinema event followed by a 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.  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 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 via

Margaret Atwood said: ‘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 added: ‘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 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.

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

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.

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
Photo credit: Liam Sharp

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