The windows of Shakespeare’s Birthplace open to reveal a new musical delight each day during advent for Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar. Today, actor and musician Martin Smith performs Feste’s Song from Twelfth Night – ‘The Rain it Raineth Every Day’- with a festive addition to his usual Tudor costume.
The dark humour of the Gravedigger’s song from Hamlet is brought to life in the garden of Shakespeare’s Birthplace by actors Martin Smith and Richard Bunn for Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar. There will be more songs from Shakespeare’s plays, filmed in and around the Bard’s family home at Livingshakespeare.com as we head towards Christmas.
Shakespeare’s sonnets have been spoken, sung and rapped but we’re pretty certain this is the first time one of them has been set to the music of the late great Buddy Holly. Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar is proud to present a unique combination of the tune to “Everyday” by Buddy Holly and the words of […]
Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar continues with a one off appearance by the Shakespeare Duck – a bathroom accessory that delights Shakespeare fans of all ages. His normal habitat is the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust gift shop but he and his two friends were drawn into the Birthplace this week when they heard we were looking for […]
The 16th century soundtrack to Shakespeare’s life would have included ‘Three Merry Men’, a folk song mentioned in Twelfth Night. Filmed inside Shakespeare’s Birthplace and given a Christmas twist for Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar by in-house actors Richard Bunn and Martin Smith, the third and merriest man is played by a small but perfectly formed […]
For those of you who can’t can’t remember the names of all of Shakespeare’s plays, here is the Shakespeare Can Can as a musical aide memoire. The team of talented Tudors who have devised this song are all members of Shakespeare Aloud – the troupe of professional players who perform every day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. […]
Music is everywhere at Shakespeare’s Birthplace this festive season – even in the garden shed. Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar continues with Bottom’s song from Act lll of Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by actor Martin Smith. We’re grateful to the brilliant Birthplace garden team for allowing us a few minutes in their domain. Visit LivingShakespeare.com every […]
Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar. Open a window each day during advent at LivingShakespeare.com to enjoy a unique musical performance from Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Today’s song is Under the Greeenwood Tree from As You Like It, sung by one of our in-house actors Richard Bunn with the Birthplace as his backdrop.
Five year old Ava from London visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace with her parents and came dressed for the occasion. She loves Romeo and Juliet and has the outfit to prove it. Everyone enjoyed seeing a mini Juliet walk through the house where William Shakespeare grew up.
The actors and musicians who perform daily at Shakespeare’s Birthplace may not yet have secured a slot on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury festival but surely it’s only a matter of time. Richard Bunn, Martin Smith and Jen Stone of Shakespeare Aloud, our in house troupe of professional players, usually sing songs from Shakespeare’s […]