Theatre Music and Sound at the RSC

Macbeth to Matilda

  • Millie Taylor

Part of the Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre book series (PSBMT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-244

About this book


Shakespeare is a cultural icon whose works are steeped in music, but the revered Royal Shakespeare Company is located in Stratford-upon-Avon, far from the hustle and bustle of London’s theatre scene. Yet it is here, in the Midlands, that an exciting laboratory has been developing the practice of theatre music composition and sound design since 1961. Musical practices have evolved as composers and musical directors inherited from the past and innovated with new technology; different interpretations of single plays in multiple iterations have provided a picture of developing styles, genres, working practices, technologies and contexts; actor musicianship has been practiced quietly and without fuss; and the role of the sound designer has appeared and transformed the theatrical soundscape. This book moves to musical theatre to evidence a continuum between its rich interdisciplinary textures and the musicodramatic world of Shakespeare’s plays, positioning the RSC as an innovative company that continually expands the creative and collaborative possibilities of the theatre.


Royal Shakespeare Company Musical Theatre Regional Theatre Theatre and Performance Theatre and music

Authors and affiliations

  • Millie Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of Performing ArtsUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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