Maud – classical music theatre show

Experience Tennyson’s great poem of love & turmoil in a gripping dramatic performance by award winning writer and actor Richard Parry.

This dramatic literary classic is re-created in a rollercoaster performance for theatre and concert hall championing the wonderfully touching and beautiful songs by Arthur Somervell and bringing to the stage Tennyson’s tragic romantic hero.

Running time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Romantic love, forbidden courtship, a capitalist economy in crisis, social division, emotional instability, and the struggle for a just society… Tennyson’s Maud rings with the issues of 1853. It is remarkably prescient in today.

“Their eyes meet…  and nothing is ever the same again”

Maud was Tennyson’s favourite poem – and very close to his heart. He called it his “little Hamlet”. Somervell’s song settings of Maud were some of the most celebrated vocal music of their time.  Presenting the dramatic poem and the songs in compelling music-theatre this show was first performed by Richard for the Fishguard International Music Festival.

The show is available for music festivals, literary festivals, theatres, concert halls and community music settings.

Stage requirements: a piano and a good vocal acoustic.

Email  or phone 07974397771 to enquire about booking Maud.

Actor/baritone Richard Parry is a remarkably versatile theatre performer and cultural campaigner. He studied singing privately with Mark Wildman, head of voice at the Royal Academy of Music and has gone on to perform in opera and song recital in UK and Europe with The English Bach Festival, Clonter Opera and Opera North and appear as a baritone recitalist at international music festivals. As an actor and writer in British theatre and television he’s won Time Out, London and Edinburgh Fringe awards. He’s made work as an artist in National Museum of Wales and National Eisteddfod of Wales and was commissioned by Newport City Council in 2017 to make new public art works in the city centre celebrating Newport Chartist contributions to world democracy. Richard has been a guest speaker at international academic conferences on culture and arts, including giving an address at Oxford University on the philosophy of religion, and has convened conference/seminars on culture, philosophy and participation at Cambridge University and Welsh Universities. In 2017 he led the three week walk from Yorkshire through Wales for the international environmental flagship movement The Eden Project, singing to communities in the landscape as he travelled and celebrating Wales and the importance of community participation for wellbeing and combatting the environmental challenges facing human culture. Richard is the founder and creative director of the Coleridge in Wales Festival, a celebration of the international importance of the Welsh cultural life in questions of culture, economy and sustainability. He has led the Welsh Government funded ‘Landscapes of Faith’ project and during lockdown established a New Library and cultural centre initiative at Llantwit Major. He lives in South Wales.



Coleridge Cymru offer a series of classical music theatre shows by R M Parry exploring a culture of relationship, economy and community.

An Act of Piracy begins the recital series with a comic tale of a self-centred young man caught up in a an 18th century pirate romp around the British colonies of the West Indies. This pieces of entertaining music theatre tells the story with classic British sea songs and only at the end of the show does the piece’s hero begin to reflect on his deep connection to others around him.

More details of the show here: An Act of Piracy – classical music theatre

 Maud is a classical music theatre show that develops this series of dramatic recitals with a gripping performance of Tennyson’s great poem in cultural and economic crisis of the mid 19th century with music by Arthur Somervell.

More details of the show here: Maud – classical music theatre


Poet’s Love brings to life for audiences the internationally famous song cycle “Dichterliebe” (poet’s love). The two part show begins with an illustrated musical lecture introducing Heinrich Heine’s astonishing poetry set by Schumann as a love token for his fiancée Clara. Following an interval the 16 songs are presented in dramatic performance. Through the turmoil of love Heine looks into the roots of a society desperately and dangerously seeking a new identity and renewal.

More details of the show here: Poet’s Love – classical music theatre


To discuss Maud, An Act of Piracy , Poet’s Love and the work of Coleridge Cymru please get in touch here.

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