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Symphonic Shakespeare


Drama of Shakespearean proportions in music and the spoken word. Actors from Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. perform Henry V, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to music composed for those plays.




Christopher Wilkins, Conductor



Coriolan Overture (Beethoven)

Music to Hamlet (Shostakovich)

Henry V (Walton)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)


Drama of Shakespearean proportions in music and the spoken word. Sir Laurence Olivier chose William Walton to write music for his first film as director, Henry V. Their joint creation is one of the greatest Shakespeare films of all time. Shostakovich’s music for the 1964 film Hamlet summons a dark power that has echoes in Bernard Hermann’s writing for Hitchcock’s films. The most beloved - and enchanting – incidental music to Shakespeare is Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Read more...

Where: DCR's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade

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Rain location: Back Bay Events Center

 180 Berkeley Street

 Boston, MA 02116

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