Ian Judge’s magical production was set in the confines of an Oxbridge college, a perfect setting for the story of four headstrong students who, against their own self-imposed rules, fall hopelessly in love with four young girls visiting from the French court. In the famous letter scene Owen Teale (as Ferdinand, King of Navarre) and Jeremy Northam (as Berowne) actually sang their outpourings, while in the distance we can hear the college choir singing Evensong as the evening bell chimes.
"There's an excellent score composed by Nigel Hess. For much of the evening the production hovers on the brink of light opera, and once or twice characters break, or rather slip, into song." (Sunday Telegraph)
"....expertly composed by Nigel Hess...." (Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail)
Description: tenor, baritone and orchestra
Duration (mins): 4
Genre: Orchestral - Solo Voices with Orchestra, Solo Voice - Tenor, Solo Voice - Baritone
Instrumentation: 0110 – 3000 – perc(1): t.bells/ susp.cym/ bell – harp – 2 synths(II=pno) - strings
First Performance: October 1993, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon,UK: Royal Shakespeare Company/Dir. Ian Judge