Hear Shakespeare’s extraordinary words brought to life with orchestral and choral music from stage and screen.
Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond, with famous excerpts from his plays and entertaining theatrical anecdotes, the evening features musical highlights from the glittering scores of Craig Armstrong (Romeo + Juliet), Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love), William Walton (Henry V Suite), Nigel Hess (Royal Shakespeare Company productions), Henry Purcell, Roger Quilter and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Samantha Bond’s acclaimed performances include leading roles in RSC and West End productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet and As You like It. The Tony Award nominee is equally well-loved for her high-profile television and film credits including Downton Abbey and the James Bond films, in which she played Miss Moneypenny.
One of the world’s best-known actors, double Olivier Award winner Sir Derek Jacobi has played many of Shakespeare’s seminal characters on stage during his illustrious career, including Hamlet, Macbeth, Lear, Prospero and Richard III. His numerous screen appearances range from Murder on the Orient Express to the popular series Last Tango in Halifax.
Artists may be subject to change. All details correct at time of going on sale.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Nigel Hessconductor Morgan Pearsebaritone The Cantus Ensemble Sir Derek Jacobipresenter Samantha Bondpresenter Guy Unsworthstage director
Nigel Hess: The entry to the Senate from Julius Caesar Walton: Fanfare from Hamlet Quilter: Evening in the forest from As You Like It Nigel Hess: Christening & Coronation from Henry VIII; The statue from The Winter's Tale; Sigh no more from Much Ado About Nothing; Suite from The Comedy of Errors Walton: Soliloquy from Hamlet; Suite from Henry V Interval Nigel Hess: Suite from Troilus & Cressida Craig Armstrong: Balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet Nigel Hess: Evening hymn from Love's Labour's Lost Purcell: Overture, Timon of Athens Nigel Hess: Overture, Much Ado About Nothing Vaughan Williams: The cloud-capp'd towers from The Tempest Nigel Hess: Willow song from Othello Stephen Warbeck: The end from Shakespeare in Love Nigel Hess: The wind and the rain from Twelfth Night
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