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Theatre Music and Sound at the RSC

Macbeth to Matilda

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  • Focuses on a uniquely important British company which demonstrates a consistent commitment to innovation in music/sound for theatre
  • Uses an interdisciplinary methodology that draws together archival research, interviews, performance and musicological analysis, reviews and other post-performance materials
  • Explores the importance of interdisciplinarity in analysis of theatre production and reception of performance

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

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About this book

This book discusses an exciting laboratory that has been developing the practice of theatre music composition and sound design since 1961: the Royal Shakespeare Company. 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.

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Performing Arts, University of Winchester, Winchester, UK

    Millie Taylor

About the author

Millie Taylor is Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Winchester, UK. She began her career as a freelance musical director. Her publications include British Pantomime Performance (2007), Singing for Musicals: A Practical Guide (2008), Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment (2012/2016). She is co-author of Studying Musical Theatre (Palgrave, 2014), and British Musical Theatre Since 1950 (2016) and co-editor of Gestures of Music Theater: The Performativity of Song and Dance (2014).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Theatre Music and Sound at the RSC

  • Book Subtitle: Macbeth to Matilda

  • Authors: Millie Taylor

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-95221-5Published: 23 October 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-06996-4Published: 21 December 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-95222-2Published: 13 October 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2946-4137

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-4145

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 244

  • Number of Illustrations: 20 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Performing Arts, Music

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