The Food of Love

Sir Derek Jacobi and Frances Barber present 'The Food of Love', an evening of Shakespearean music and anecdote, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and guest soloists.
The Food of Love at the Royal festival hall

Image courtesy Southbank Centre

Event type: Music, Shakespeare

About this event

Hear Shakespeare's extraordinary words brought to life with orchestral and choral music from stage and screen.

Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond, with famous excerpts from his plays and entertaining theatrical anecdotes, the evening features musical highlights from the glittering scores of Craig Armstrong (Romeo + Juliet), Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love), William Walton (Henry V Suite), Nigel Hess (Royal Shakespeare Company productions), Henry Purcell, Roger Quilter and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Samantha Bond's acclaimed performances include leading roles in RSC and West End productions of Shakespeare's Macbeth, A Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet and As You like It.

The Tony Award nominee is equally well-loved for her high-profile television and film credits including Downton Abbey and the James Bond films, in which she played Miss Moneypenny.

One of the world's best-known actors, double Olivier Award winner Sir Derek Jacobi has played many of Shakespeare's seminal characters on stage during his illustrious career, including Hamlet, Macbeth, Lear, Prospero and Richard III.

His numerous screen appearances range from Murder on the Orient Express to the popular series Last Tango in Halifax.

Artists may be subject to change.


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Nigel Hess conductor

Morgan Pearse baritone

The Cantus Ensemble

Sir Derek Jacobi presenter

Samantha Bond presenter

Guy Unsworth stage director


Nigel Hess: The entry to the Senate from Julius Caesar

Walton: Fanfare from Hamlet

Quilter: Evening in the forest from As You Like It

Nigel Hess: Christening & Coronation from Henry VIII; The statue from The Winter's Tale; Sigh no more from Much Ado About Nothing; Suite from The Comedy of Errors

Walton: Soliloquy from Hamlet; Suite from Henry V


Nigel Hess: Suite from Troilus & Cressida

Craig Armstrong: Balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet

Nigel Hess: Evening hymn from Love's Labour's Lost

Purcell: Overture, Timon of Athens

Nigel Hess: Overture, Much Ado About Nothing

Vaughan Williams: The cloud-capp'd towers from The Tempest

Nigel Hess: Willow song from Othello

Stephen Warbeck: The end from Shakespeare in Love

Nigel Hess: The wind and the rain from Twelfth Night


Tuesday 16 April 2019

Starts: 7-30 pm

Ends: 9-30 pm

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Southbank Centre - Royal festival Hall

Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Box office tel: 0207 960 4200

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£10 - £50
Concessions - 25% off (limited availability)
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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