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Theatre Music and Sound at the RSC

Macbeth to Matilda

  • Focuses on a uniquely important British company which demonstrates a consistent commitment to innovation in music/sound for theatre

  • Uses an interdisciplinary methodology that draws together archival research, interviews, performance and musicological analysis, reviews and other post-performance materials

  • Explores the importance of interdisciplinarity in analysis of theatre production and reception of performance


Part of the Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre book series (PSBMT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Millie Taylor
    Pages 1-10
  3. Millie Taylor
    Pages 11-49
  4. Millie Taylor
    Pages 51-91
  5. Millie Taylor
    Pages 93-132
  6. Millie Taylor
    Pages 133-173
  7. Millie Taylor
    Pages 175-216
  8. Millie Taylor
    Pages 217-225
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-244

About this book


Shakespeare is a cultural icon whose works are steeped in music, but the revered Royal Shakespeare Company is located in Stratford-upon-Avon, far from the hustle and bustle of London’s theatre scene. Yet it is here, in the Midlands, that an exciting laboratory has been developing the practice of theatre music composition and sound design since 1961. Musical practices have evolved as composers and musical directors inherited from the past and innovated with new technology; different interpretations of single plays in multiple iterations have provided a picture of developing styles, genres, working practices, technologies and contexts; actor musicianship has been practiced quietly and without fuss; and the role of the sound designer has appeared and transformed the theatrical soundscape. This book moves to musical theatre to evidence a continuum between its rich interdisciplinary textures and the musicodramatic world of Shakespeare’s plays, positioning the RSC as an innovative company that continually expands the creative and collaborative possibilities of the theatre.


Royal Shakespeare Company Musical Theatre Regional Theatre Theatre and Performance Theatre and music

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Performing ArtsUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

About the authors

Millie Taylor is Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Winchester, UK. She began her career as a freelance musical director. Her publications include British Pantomime Performance (2007), Singing for Musicals: A Practical Guide (2008), Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment (2012/2016). She is co-author of Studying Musical Theatre (Palgrave, 2014), and British Musical Theatre Since 1950 (2016) and co-editor of Gestures of Music Theater: The Performativity of Song and Dance (2014).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Theatre Music and Sound at the RSC
  • Book Subtitle Macbeth to Matilda
  • Authors Millie Taylor
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-95221-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-06996-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-95222-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 244
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Performing Arts
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