Shakespeare 400

An introduction to the ways in which composers have been inspired by Shakespeare.

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Anniversary Gala Concert

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London Philharmonic Orchestra ticket office: 020 7840 4242
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Minimum age

7.30pm concerts are not recommended for children of five years and under, and Southbank Centre staff reserve the right to refuse entry to young children for these events. We recommend our FUNharmonics concerts for children.


Shakespeare400: Anniversary Gala concert

A special gala event celebrating the greatest playwright that ever lived

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Scenes from:
Verdi Otello
Tchaikovsky Hamlet
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Berlioz Roméo et Juliette
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
Thomas Adès The Tempest
Walton Henry V
Verdi Falstaff

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Simon Callow director
Chahine Yavroyan lighting designer
Anna Chancellor actor
Dominic West actor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Trinity Boys Choir

Soloists including:
Kate Royal soprano
Allison Bell soprano
Gabriela Iştoc soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo soprano*
Rachael Lloyd mezzo soprano
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Toby Spence tenor
Ronald Samm tenor
Alasdair Elliott tenor
Andrew Shore baritone
Simon Keenlyside baritone
Lukas Jakobski bass

*Unfortunately Dame Felicity Palmer has had to withdraw from this performance due to illness. We are very grateful to Catherine Wyn-Rogers for stepping in to replace her.

RETURNS ONLY  Please call the ticket office for availability on 020 7840 4242 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm)

‘I have had him in my hands from my earliest youth’, said Giuseppe Verdi of William Shakespeare, ‘I have read and reread him continually.’ Verdi wasn’t alone. Shakespeare’s body of plays has exercised more influence over composers and musicians than anything else in literature bar the Bible. This concert opens with music from Verdi’s setting of Othello – probably the most bold and significant music he would write – and closes with music from his final, ebullient masterpiece Falstaff. In between come orchestral and operatic settings from Britten, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Prokofiev and Adès, each filled with character and overflowing with drama. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the music, which is interspersed with readings from the plays by actors Anna Chancellor and Dominic West, directed by Simon Callow, as we mark the 400th year since the death of the greatest playwright that ever lived.

Please note that due to the nature of the gala performance, the evening’s entertainment is expected to finish around 10.15pm.

RETURNS ONLY  Please call the ticket office for availability on 020 7840 4242 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm)

Concert generously supported by Victoria Robey OBE and members of the Shakespeare400 Syndicate.

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