Saturday, 26 May 2018

Robert Devereux - Tudor music and poetry

An 'In Between the Lines' event

A Rehearsal of the Life and Death of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex


27 Jun 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm           Free

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The Leeds Library 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL

Tudor song and drama with Jenny Hill and Simon Nisbett ('Merry Melancholy')

It is 1624. Richard and Susannah, a lutenist and singer, are preparing a concert to mark the publication of a book – Gervase Markam’s Honour in his Perfection – dedicated to Robert Devereux. Although he was executed for treason more than two decades previously, during the reign of Elizabeth I, he still has a huge following.

The play tells of his eventful years at court, his stormy relationship with the Queen and his early death. The character of Richard is based on Richard Mynshall, whose handwritten lute book has survived to the present day.

The playwright, Jenny Hill, is a poet and a singer who has founded three choirs, specialising in the field of early music. Simon Nisbett taught the guitar in schools for many years before making the lute his first instrument ten years ago.


The music in the play is provided by Thomas Campion, John Dowland, Daniel Bacheler and Philip Rosseter. Lyricists include Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke, George Peele and of course Robert Devereux.

Just turn up but to ensure your seat ring 0113 245 3071 or register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/headingley-litfest-between-the-lines-event-a-rehearsal-of-the-life-and-death-of-robert-devereux-tickets-45651583114?aff=ebapi

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