02 May 2010 - 09 May 2010

Sonnet 155

Written and composed by Tim Arnol

By Tim Arnold

Ticket prices: £15 - £18

production information

Sonnet 155 is a provocative re-imagining of Shakespeare’s themes through classical music, rock music and spoken word.


Two performances only 

2 May 

Hattie Morahan, Benedict Cumberbatch & Lisa Dillon

(75 minutes, no interval)


9 May

Richard Briers, Paul McGann & Lisa Dillon




In early 2007 singer, songwriter Tim Arnold wrote over thirty individual letters to Shakespearean actors including Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Richard Briers & Janet Suzman, asking ‘What theme in Shakespeare best described the human condition?’ Replies to his letters poured in and with the gentle help of those who have devoted their lives to working on and in Shakespeare's plays, Arnold formed the basis of what would become the album, Sonnet 155. The result is one man's personal navigation through these themes.

“Sonnet 155 is not about Shakespeare;

It’s a response provoked by Shakespeare”

- Tim Arnold, Composer/Singer, Sonnet 155


On two consecutive Sunday evenings B7 Productions presents a unique theatrical performance of Sonnet 155 staged at The Almeida Theatre and directed by acclaimed theatre director, Deborah Bruce - Helen (Globe), Geoff Dead: Disco for Sale (Live Theatre Newcastle), Blame (Arcola) and Scarborough (Royal Court).


This production will merge the actors with the musicians, words interwoven with the songs, sometimes spoken over music, sometimes over silence, sometimes with the lyrics.


“Timeless sounds for our time...”

Michael Attenborough, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

For more information, please visit sonnet155.com



For more interviews and videos, please visit Sonnet 155's YouTube page

Dates & Tickets

Sun 2 May 2010 - Sun 9 May 2010