Measure for Measure


A Playlist

As you curl up with a Shakespeare play to celebrate his 450th birthday this month, put on our Shakespeare playlist and enjoy some of the songs we owe to the Bard.


From operas to pop songs, Shakespeare and his plays have inspired a huge musical outcrop. Below are some of our favorite hits:

“Vivere” – Elliot Goldenthal

from the Titus Soundtrack


“Under the Greenwood Tree” – Laura Marling

from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s As You Like It


“The Tempest Overture, Op. 109” – Jean Sibelius


“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Heath Ledger

from 10 Things I Hate About You


“On the Ground, Sleep Sound” – Choir of Downside School

from Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream


“Lovefool” – The Cardigans

from the Romeo+Juliet soundtrack


“Macbeth” – John Cale


“Shakespeare’s Sister” – The Smiths


“Brush Up on Your Shakespeare”

from Kiss Me Kate


“Prelude” – William Walton

from Richard III


“Heavily” – Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen


“Fanfare” – Patrick Doyle

from Hamlet


“The De Lesseps’ Dance” – Nick Ingman, Gary Wright

from Shakespeare in Love


“Three Shakespeare Songs” – Ralph Vaughan Williams


“Sigh No More” – David Tennant and Catherine Tate

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