We announce three composers who will write the music for some of Shakespeare’s most political and bloody plays.

They will compose music for our series of Shakespeare's plays set in and around ancient Rome, which will run through spring and summer 2017 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula (pictured) will write the music for Antony & Cleopatra directed by Iqbal Khan. Laura’s second studio album The Dreaming Room was released in June 2016 to great critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the 2016 Mercury Prize.

Award-winning artist, composer and performer, Mira Calix, will compose the music for Angus Jackson’s Julius Caesar. Mira is renowned for her integration of visual media and technological innovation to create multi-disciplinary installations and performance.

Tim Sutton is a musical director and composer for theatre and will be composing the music for Titus Andronicus directed by Blanche McIntyre. This year he has written and arranged music for our The Two Noble Kinsmen and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre).

Laura Mvula will compose the music for Antony & Cleopatra

We commission new music for all our shows, working with some of the best composers and performing their music live. Our Head of Music Bruce O’Neil explains: "Shakespeare’s plays are full of music, and its importance as part of the theatrical experience in Stratford is reflected in a fine tradition of composing talent. It’s a privilege to add Mira Calix and Laura Mvula to that list, and to welcome back Tim Sutton."

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