100 years ago one of Britain's most famous war poets Wilfred Owen was killed in action, fighting in the First World War.

To mark this centenary, Marlborough Town Hall, will host War, and the Pity of War, a series of readings from the poetry and letters of Wilfred Owen.

Nicholas Fogg, from Marlborough Arts Association, said: "This is an amazing thing to be putting on. The word 'unique' is pretty overworked but it certainly applies to this event. To celebrate one of the most loved poets in the English language on the very centenary of his death in action is something very special. I hope this link to some of our finest actors will grow.''

The finest actors coming to Marlborough Town Hall on Sunday to perform the readings are Janet Suzman and Royal Shakespeare Company's Alex Waldmann.

Janet also earned her acting stripes in the Royal Shakespeare Company before being snapped up for television to star in Saint Joan, The Three Sisters, Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective, and Lady Mountbatten in Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy.

Her films including Nicholas and Alexandra, Empress Alexandra, in which she was nominated for a BAFTA, A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg with Alan Bates, The Black Windmill, A Dry White Season with Marlon Brando and a comedy role in Nuns On The Run.

The Marlborough performance is part of the town council's Great War Centenary Commemorations and was devised by Dr Roger Pringle commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Tickets are £20 from 01249 701628 www.poundarts.com