When Shakespeare’s plays were realized on the Elizabethan stage, they were full of popular music of the day. Shakespeare used music to frame the emotion of a scene, to joke with the audience, and to imply meanings. The original audiences at the Globe had an elevated experience: music, a powerfully evocative art form, was used in conjunction with Shakespeare’s sublime poetry. A modern audience misses much in the omission of this musical dimension.
Through lute and soliloquy, the audience is transported into an emotional portrait of Shakespeare’s time that is as potent now as it was then. Music, a universal language, opens a doorway to a rediscovery of Shakespeare’s poetry.