Classical music

The Food of Love

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

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 Hess conductor
Morgan Pearse baritone
The Cantus Ensemble
Sir Derek Jacobi presenter
Samantha Bond presenter
Guy Unsworth stage 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
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

Dates & times

16 Apr 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £50
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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