Seventeen years ago, guitarist and vocalist Richard Gibson set out to compose contemporary music for all of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets - The Shakespeare Heptet was born! Playing folk sonnets, blues sonnets, punk sonnets, tango sonnets, bossanova sonnets, rock sonnets, calypso sonnets...you've never heard Shakespeare like this before!
Experience the extraordinary passion of Shakespeare’s darker-themed sonnets as The Shakespeare Heptet perform at Arnos Value - unique and atmospheric venue, as part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival. The ensemble explore through their hauntingly gorgeous music the Bard’s preoccupation with mortality, death and the glorious agony of love. Alluring, wholly contemporary and blending many influences, they provide a stunning soundtrack to the sonnets. Beautiful vocal harmonies, compelling rhythms and the sounds of 12 and 6 string guitars underscore Shakespeare’s exquisite poetry. Their influences are diverse, from tango to folk-blues. The Heptet draw out the deeper meaning of each sonnet through their music; carefully crafted to reflect Shakespeare’s words. They are excited to return to the Bristol Shakespeare Festival after 2017’s sell out performance, with this special dark theme for their first appearance at Arnos Vale Cemetery.
"Shake me sideways, this was a good show!" **** Broadway Baby "Not to be missed" **** Remote Goat