Salisbury Medieval Hall

Robin Blaze – counter tenor
Elizabeth Kenny – lute/theorbo
Dickon Tyrrell - readings

Shakespeare's plays are filled with music and songs at every turn, some written specially for specific plays, and others adapted from the varied diet of songs circulating in the form of ballads and of song books. The language we associate with Shakespeare permeates the lute songs which burst into print at the same time, catering to a sudden demand from book-buyers for beautiful texts in English to sing at home. After the Restoration in 1660, Shakespeare lived on in adaptations to which music was added at every turn. Dickon Tyrrell, fresh from playing the title role in a new production of Julius Caesar at the Globe Theatre and on tour, joins counter-tenor Robin Blaze and lute player Elizabeth Kenny, to weave Shakespeare’s words and music together in the atmospheric setting of Salisbury Medieval Hall.


Clear or cloudy - John Dowland (1563-1626)
Reading —The Passionate Pilgrim

Kemp’s Jig - Anon
Reading — The Taming of the Shrew
Sweet Kate - Robert Jones (c.1577-1617)

Reading — As you Like It
It was a lover and his lass - Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)
The Countess of Pembroke’s Paradise - Anthony Holborne (c.1545-1602)

Fantasie - Philip Rosseter (1568-1623)
Reading — Othello
The poor soul sat sighing - Anon
Reading — King Lear/Tom O’Bedlam

Like as the lute delights - John Danyel (1564-c.1626)
Almain - Robert Johnson (1583-1633)

Reading — Two Sonnets
Can she excuse my wrongs? - Dowland

If music be the food of love - Henry Purcell (1659-95)


Take o take those lips away - Wilson
(Measure for Measure)

Reading — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
One charming night - Purcell
Reading — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Night (The Fairy Queen)

Readings — The Tempest
Full Fathom Five - Robert Johnson (1583-1633)
Where the bee sucks - Johnson

Arise,, arise ye subterranean winds - Pietro Reggio (1632-85)
Full Fathom five - John Banister (1630-79)

Lilibulero - anon
When that I was a little tiny boy (Twelfth Night) - anon

If wheelchair access is required, please let us know at least 24 hours before the start of the event and please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before doors open.

Please be aware that it is not possible to access the loos with a wheelchair.

A Shakespeare Miscellany

Subscribe to our e-mailing list

* indicates required
/ ( mm / dd )

We'll be in touch soon!

Thank you!

Keep up to date with our upcoming events and news.