A new play by Oliver Cotton directed by Trevor Nunn.
Oliver Cotton’s explosive new play finds legendary composer John Sebastian Bach at the court of Frederick II in 1747 Prussia. How does Bach navigate his stay with Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader, when they have such opposing views.
Former artistic director of the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, Trevor Nunn’s multi-award-winning repertoire ranges from Les Miserables to The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
What is The Score about?
Spring 1747. Potsdam, Prussia.
Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader.
The two men could hardly be more different. As the Age of Enlightenment dawns, they stand in opposite camps. Bach is deeply religious, Frederick is an atheist. Bach loathes war, Frederick revels in it. Bach studies scripture, Frederick reads military history. Frederick remains in awe of Bach’s genius however and has mischievously prepared a musical conundrum that he hopes will baffle the composer and amuse his court.
The explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man.
Who’s in The Score?
To be announced.
Brian Cox starred in the world premiere of The Score at Theatre Royal Bath.
Written by Oliver Cotton with direction by Trevor Nunn. Further creatives to be announced.