Hathaway – Eight Arias For A Bardic Life

Hathaway – Eight Arias For A Bardic Life was a co-production between Helios Collective, Buxton Festival, and Copenhagen Opera Festival.


Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare and mother to their three children, sits in the parlour of New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire ‒ the family’s home for the last nineteen years.

Her only son, Hamnet, has been dead some twenty years. Her two daughters, Susanna and Judith, have both married and fledged.

An intriguing and challenging production that should not be missed.
– UK Theatre Network

It is 23 April 1616, St George’s Day. Her husband, England’s greatest ever playwright, William Shakespeare, is dead.

Anne Hathaway is alone in the world. She speaks in the blackened silence…


Soprano Elin Pritchard as Anne Hathaway weaved together Shakespearean arias from the opera canon, including works by Purcell, Gonoud, Berlioz, and Verdi.


  • Elin Pritchard
    Soprano, Anne Hathaway
  • Briar Kit Esme
  • Ella Marchment
  • Noah Mosley
    Music Director & pianist
  • Imogen Smalley
    Assistant Director
  • Becky Preskett

Performance Dates

  • Buxton Festival
    19 July 2016
  • Copenhagen Opera Festival
    4 August 2016

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