AbsoLute Music Duo

Absolute Shakespeare

To be or not to be, that is the question. William Shakespeare has like no one else through history so precisely put the struggles of humanity into words.

In this theatre concert, dialogue and soliloquies from some of Shakespeare's most loved plays are intertwined with iconic pop hits from the 1980's giving each other new perspectives.
Stripped of synthesizers and electronic drums, instead accompanied by a lute, the songs display themes that we are familiar with from Shakespeare – love, jealousy and the ever haunting question from Hamlet.

Music has a unique way of evoking moods and feelings. To use music in theatre is an old trick, and one that Shakespeare himself was especially keen on. Not only instrumental music to enhance the power of a scene – Ross W. Duffin has showed how The King's Men exploited popular tunes in many ways to make the audience engage and connect emotionally.

At the same time Shakespeare's wit will enlarge the scope of the music. The popular tunes of the 80's might still be considered shallow. But rubbing shoulders with Shakespeare's immortal texts, they stand out in a new luster and often with an unexpected twist.

Music by Roxette, Eurythmics, Prince, David Bowie, Bonnie Tyler, Alphaville and more

Texts from Shakespeare's  Hamlet, Othello, A Winter's Tale, Macbeth and more


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23-24 jan 2024

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm

Pressbilder Photo: Niclas Lind