December 1st, St James's Theatre, London SW1.
There will be a matinee performance and an evening performance.
Silent Shakespeare is a collection of 8 beautiful silent films of William Shakespeare’s plays, made between 1899 - 1911 and scored for a small orchestral ensemble by British composer Laura Rossi.
The films – from Britain, Italy and the USA – have survived for almost a century, and include beautiful examples of hand stenciling and tinted prints, wonderfully demonstrating the exuberance, invention and conviction of these early filmmakers and the possibilities of the Shakespearean text.
The score was last heard in London over a decade ago and gained a lot of critical acclaim:
‘Laura Rossi has composed a hauntingly atmospheric accompaniment…the mood sweeps through a spectrum of spine-tingling emotions, encapsulating the drama and poetry of each tale.’ – British Film Institute.
‘Watching them – hearing the cellos and violins, the piano solos – becomes a dream-like experience’ – Nicci Gerrard, The Observer.
‘Fascinating! Painstakingly restored…A priceless document in the history of both Shakespearean acting and the cinema’ – Daily Telegraph.