William Shakespeare: Songs from the Shows

ShakespeareTo commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth in 1564, The Night Watch reclaim the songs and dance music Shakespeare knew and used in his plays, performed on the instruments he would have heard, and wearing the clothes of his day. Surrounded by music, William used it to create moments of comedy and light relief; tension and menace; tragedy and tenderness. Hear songs about fortune and fairies, love and loss, going mad and growing up; together with jigs, masques and Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite dance, all referred to or performed in his plays.


For this show, The Night Watch sing and play a wide range of blown, bowed and plucked period instruments: recorders, lutes, shawm, rebec, crumhorn, cittern, pipe and tabor, renaissance guitar, bagpipes, orpharion, bandora, bray harp and percussion. The Night Watch’s trademark irreverent humour will make this an entertaining show for music lovers with only a passing knowledge of Shakespeare, while also revealing hidden and little-heard musical gems to the Bard’s ardent fans.