RSC Head of Music Stephen Warbeck
nominated for an Oscar for his score for Shakespeare In Love.
One of the most obvious and mutually beneficial show-biz relationships has been
established between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Hollywood. The RSC has been closely
involved in the production of the current box-office hit film Shakespeare In Love,
starring RSC actor Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare himself. As well as featuring a host of
top British actors, many of whom have worked at the RSC, Shakespeare In Love also
showcases the talents of the companys Music and Wardrobe departments.
New RSC Head of Music, Stephen Warbeck has just received an Oscar nomination for his
soundtrack for Shakespeare In Love. Stephen joined the RSC as a full-time member of staff
last year, following the retirement of Guy Woolfenden. Stephens earlier compositions
for the company include stage music for Adrian Nobles productions of The Tempest
(1998) and Cymbeline (1997) and Michael Attenboroughs Romeo and Juliet (1997).
Stephen also worked on the soundtrack for the recently acclaimed film Mrs Brown and the
television drama Prime Suspect, for which he received a Bafta nomination for Best Original
Antony Sher, currently seen on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Telegraph in
Stratford-upon-Avon in The Winters Tale, plays Shakespeares psychiatrist in
the film. Playing Shakespeares shrink has been second nature for Antony, who spent a
considerable amount of time researching the psychological motives behind his character
Leontes inexplicable madness in The Winters Tale.
Costumes from the acclaimed RSC Hire Wardrobe were loaned out to the films
costume department. Worn by various RSC actors, and made by staff in the companys
Stratford Production Wardrobe, these costumes were selected for their authentic
representation of clothes worn in the Elizabethan era. The RSC Hire Wardrobe also loaned
costumes for the making of the film Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett and a film of The
Clandestine Marriage, starring Nigel Hawthorne, to be released later this year.