We commission and perform all the music that you hear when you come to a performance in our theatres.
Shakespeare's plays are filled with music: they include more than 2,000 references to music, over 400 separate musical terms and around 100 songs.
Music is crucial to any theatrical performance – the unique power of music helps to establish location, period, status, and mood; it also reinforces emotional atmosphere and tension, and drives the narrative.
Composers who have written music recently for us include:
Read the Musical Notes blog, featuring stories from our music archives.
Our music is performed live, making each performance a unique event, and musicians often appear onstage as part of the action.
We are recording the newly composed scores from each production of Shakespeare's plays.
We have produced several original musicals including Les Miserables and Matilda The Musical.
Our music archive holds about 426 scores composed for Shakespeare plays, written by around 110 different composers.