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Theatre Music and Sound at the RSC

Macbeth to Matilda

Palgrave Macmillan

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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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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Prologue

    • Millie Taylor
    Pages 1-10
  3. Musical Collaborations at the RSC

    • Millie Taylor
    Pages 11-49
  4. Collaborative Composition at the RSC

    • Millie Taylor
    Pages 51-91
  5. Electronics, Sound and Fury at the RSC

    • Millie Taylor
    Pages 93-132
  6. Theatre Music at the RSC

    • Millie Taylor
    Pages 133-173
  7. From Macbeth to Matilda at the RSC

    • Millie Taylor
    Pages 175-216
  8. Epilogue

    • Millie Taylor
    Pages 217-225
  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.

Keywords

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

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).

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USD 54.99
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Softcover Book
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Hardcover Book
USD 99.99
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