April 11, 2016

Ian Bostridge and The Royal Shakespeare Company to give televised performance

On the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, Bostridge will unveil a song from his forthcoming Shakespeare album.

The BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company have today announced more performers and musical highlights for Shakespeare Live! From The RSC on BBC Two on 23 April.

Among the highlights of this rich feast of music, theatre and poetry will be a haunting rendition of Come Away, Death from British tenor Ian Bostridge, accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano. 

The song will be filmed at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare is buried. The track will appear on the duo's highly-anticipated forthcoming album, Shakespeare’s songs (to be released in the Autumn), but will be available to stream and download on 23 April only, marking exactly 400 years since the Bard shuffled off this mortal coil.

Shakespeare Live! From The Royal Shakespeare Company will also be screened live to 368 cinemas.

The all-star show honouring the greatest poet and dramatist in the English language will be screened live to cinemas in the UK and Europe by Picturehouse Entertainment and by BBC Worldwide to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia.

Available now for the quatercentenary: The Sound of Shakespeare: authentic music from 16th and 17th-century England, and a collection of sonnets with music, When Love Speaksfeaturing such luminaries as the late Alan Rickman, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Wainwright, and Barbara Bonney.