Elizabeth and Essex: BBC Concert Orchestra with Simon Russell Beale

Robert Ziegler conductor

Simon Russell Beale Lytton
Harry Lloyd Essex/Roger
Nancy Carroll Bacon/Ottoline
Julian Harries Cecil/Maynard

Directed and Produced by Robin Brooks and Fiona McAlpine

Join the BBC Concert Orchestra for a free live recording of a new radio drama, Elizabeth and Essex, featuring Simon Russell Beale with a classic score by Hollywood composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex, was a nobleman and soldier – and a favourite of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth and Essex is inspired by the hugely successful 1939 film starring Bette Davis and Errol Flynn, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, and by Lytton Strachey’s popular history, Elizabeth and Essex. The action will be accompanied by the glorious music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold in the atmospheric setting of Alexandra Palace Theatre.

This unique performance of an original play, depicts the fatal love-affair between Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex. Expect an evening of high drama as Robert Ziegler conducts music from Elizabeth and Essex and other of Korngold’s scores from the golden age of Hollywood.

    How to get here

    Alexandra Palace
    Alexandra Palace Way
    N22 7AY

    Tube: Wood Green
    Railway: Alexandra Palace Rail
    Bus: W3 or Shuttle Bus