Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Shakespeare in Music

20 September 2016 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

| £12 - £30


Ralph Vaughan Williams Richard II
Lennox Berkeley The Winter’s Tale
Jonathan Dove A Midsummer Night’s Dream
John Wooldridge The Tempest
Malcolm Williamson The Merry Wives of Windsor
Edmund Rubbra Macbeth
Rosabel Watson King John

Simon Over conductor
Special guest actors Patricia Hodge, David Threlfall, Samuel West, Lila Clements, Maggie Service and Benedict Salter 

Presented in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Four hundred years since his death, Shakespeare continues to inspire and beguile musicians. In this landmark anniversary year, we open a casket of treasures, delving into music written by noted British composers over the last century for productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Unperformed until now beyond the RSC stage, these scores reveal music of exquisite character and charm – none more so than in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Richard II, receiving its concert premiere.

Alongside a cast of actors including Olivier Award-winner Patricia Hodge and BAFTA-nominees David Threlfall and Samuel West, the orchestra will be unearthing melodies unheard for decades. So rarely are works by giants of the musical world rediscovered and performed afresh. Be enveloped by Shakespeare’s evocative words and the sounds they have inspired as a century of musical history is revealed.

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm: Bruce O’Neil, Head of Music at the Royal Shakespeare Company, reveals more about the company’s remarkable mission to bring its historic scores back to light and the musical gems unearthed.

Tickets £12, £18, £24, £30

Book online now

St John’s Smith Square Box Office
t: 020 7222 1061

Vaughan Williams Rediscovered

Performed in 1913 and then forgotten on a shelf in the RSC archive, read the remarkable story of Vaughan Williams’ turbulent time in Stratford-upon-Avon and the rediscovery of his score for Richard II.

Read more >

RVW small

Watch: David Threlfall as Prospero

“We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”

Watch David Threlfall speak the sorcerer Prospero’s haunting lines from The Tempest, a role he will reprise in Shakespeare in Music.

Watch now >

David Threlfall small

Rosabel Watson: Musical Pioneer

Rosabel Watson is a name you’re unlikely to have encountered before, yet she was a remarkable musical pioneer, decades ahead of her time. Find out more about her all-women suffragist orchestra, the first in the world, then hear Watson’s music to King John performed at St John’s Smith Square.

Read more >

Rosabel Watson

Presented in collaboration with:



Part of Shakespeare 400, coordinated by King’s College London.




ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInEmail this to someone


20 September 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
£12 - £30
Event Category:


St John’s Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA United Kingdom
+ Google Map
020 7222 1061