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RSC Love's Labour's Lost-Won CDs

Stratford Editorial 20th Oct, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE RSC continues it series of CD releases featuring music and speeches from current and past productions with

Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won.

The two productions of directed by Christopher Luscombe have just opened at the RST in Stratford to widespread acclaim.

And playing a major role in both productions is the original score by Nigel Hess, which ranges in scope from suiting the immediate pre and post First World War setting with its Gilbert & Sullivan to Noel Coward-like ditties, combined with Christmas hymns and patriotic marches.

The discs also feature featuremusic from the RSC Aachive by Raymond Leppard from the 1956 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Sir Peter Hall, and Louis Applebaum from the 1961 production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Michael Langham.

There are also bonus tracks from Nigel Hess’s previous work on these shows from the 1982 production directed by Terry Hands and Ian Judge in 1993 – from The Food of Love CD played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

RSC Head of Music Bruce O’Neil said: “Christopher Luscombe’s pairing of these Shakespeare plays has presented composer Nigel Hess with a wonderful opportunity to reflect musical styles either side of the Great War, a time when music had a huge significance for the nation. They evoke a golden age of both classical and popular music, ranging from sentimental love songs and patriotic marches, through Elgarian pomp to Music Hall.”

All RSC CDs are on sale and downloadable from iTunes. Visit the RSC online shop at to order copies of the CDs, priced at £5 each.

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