Witches and Sorcerers
Texts and music about witches and sorcerers, with readings by Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman. Including Marlowe and Goethe, plus Mussorgsky, Nina Simone, Dukas and Ades.
As Halloween approaches Words and Music takes a suitably dark turn, with a programme built around the theme of witches and sorcerers; those sinister beings who have captured the imagination and chilled the blood of poets, dramatists and composers for centuries. This edition also brings together a critically-acclaimed theatrical duo: Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman.
From Shakespeare's cauldron-stirring hags to Christopher Marlowe's tortured Dr Faustus, this is an exploration of some of literature's most iconic witches and wizards. Music ranges from Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain to Nina Simone's classic Put a Spell on You; from Dukas's much loved The Sorcerer's Apprentice to Thomas Ades's The Tempest.
On the night associated with creatures of darkness, Words and Music takes you to the land of Oz, home of the Wicked Witch of the West; sweeps you into Goethe's account of the sorcerer's misguided apprentice; and transports you to Prospero's isle, as the wizard-ruler struggles to abandon his magical powers.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
The Hag, Juliet Stevenson
The Tempest, Act V, scene I. Henry Goodman.
Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I. Juliet Stevenson
Doctor Faustus, Act I, scene I. Henry Goodman
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Excerpt from Chapter 3, Juliet Stevenson
The Witch. Juliet Stevenson
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Sea Spell, Henry Goodman
Macbeth, Act I, scene V, Juliet Stevenson
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Henry Goodman.
Macbeth, Act IV, scene I, Juliet Stevenson
The Once and Future King, Chapter 3, Henry Goodman
Stephen Moylan Bird
The Witch, Juliet Stevenson