Shakespeare's Globe

Burial at Thebes [2008]

Written by: Seamus Heaney
Directed by: Derek Walcott

For the first time in his illustrious career Seamus Heaney has allowed an operatic approach to one of his works. With Derek Walcott directing, for the first time in history two Nobel Prize-winning english language poets work together creatively on live music.

The creative team spans both nations and generations: Dominique Le Gendre, Trinidadian Composer; Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet; Derek Walcott, Nobel Prizewinning St Lucian Poet and Director; Peter Manning, Artistic Director, Manning Camerata, Concertmaster, Royal Opera House, Artistic Director Musica Vitae. Thirteen musicians from Manning Camerata are joined by an international and multicultural cast of actors and singers from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.


  • Designer Derek Walcott
  • Composer Dominique Le Gendre


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