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Shakespeare's Globe

Thomas Tallis

Featuring The Sixteen

By Jessica Swale

27 & 28 July, 2, 4, 9 & 10 August

£10 standing
£25 - £45 seats
£60 premium tickets

Running time 
1 hour 25 minutes
Including interval  


Directed by
Adele Thomas

Designed by
Hannah Clark  


Brendan O'Hea
Thomas Tallis/Dr Dee

Simon Harrison
Henry VIII/Priest/Plasterer/
Edward's Attendant/Mr Prest

Susie Trayling
Elizabeth I/Queen Catherine/
Bethan/Mrs Prest/Mary

Guy Amos
King Edward VI

The Sixteen

Kirsty Hopkins

Alexandra Kidgell

William Purefoy
Countertenor /Singer

Jeremy Budd

Tom Raskin

Ben Davies


Robin Jeffrey

  • Theatre/2014/SWP/Thomas Tallis/CG

A specially commissioned piece about the celebrated English composer Thomas Tallis, following his life through the four Tudor monarchies of the Reformation. These bespoke performances will feature an interwoven musical score of Tallis’s most luminous works sung by select members of The Sixteen.

Tallis thrived as a composer within the most famously tumultuous chapter in English history, and successfully adapted his music to the rapidly changing religious winds of his royal patrons from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. Tallis’ religious and political convictions remain obscure and his astonishing works offer the only insight.

The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles, they have cultivated a unique reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance and a diversity of 20th and 21st-century music under conductor and founder, Harry Christophers.

Please note this production will feature a quintet of The Sixteen’s elite singers.

‘Everything registered on the ear and mind with total lucidity and gripping emotional power.’
The Telegraph on The Sixteen

'A skin-tingling pleasure... The singing, by members of The sublime. This is glorious.'
The Times

'An ambitious play, with an elegant script'
Financial Times



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