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Laura Mvula lands Royal Shakespeare Company role

Published 22/11/2016

Laura Mvula will pen the music for Antony And Cleopatra
Laura Mvula will pen the music for Antony And Cleopatra

Laura Mvula has a new role - composing music for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The singer-songwriter, 30, will write the music for Antony And Cleopatra, directed by Iqbal Khan, composing for a professional theatre production for the first time.

The Royal Shakespeare Company announced composers for its spring/summer season, saying that they "will write the music for some of Shakespeare's most political and bloody plays, set in and around ancient Rome".

Its head of music Bruce O'Neil said: "We commission new music for every production at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from some of the best composers in the business, and perform the music live.

"Shakespeare's plays are full of music, and its importance as part of the theatrical experience in Stratford is reflected in a fine tradition of composing talent that goes back to the opening of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1879."

Award-winning artist composer and performer Mira Calix will pen the music for Julius Caesar while Tim Sutton will compose the music for Titus Andronicus.

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