Stratford-upon-Avon: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1967. Side-stapled booklet, measuring 12.5 x 8 inches: . Original pictorial wrappers printed in red, black, and white, full-color advertisements printed on inner wrappers. Illustrations and photographs throughout text, printed in red, green, and black. Royal Shakespeare Company Profile Sheet Number 26 (Jeffery Dench and Nicholas Selby) laid in. Light shelfwear to wrappers.
Original program for the August 1967 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth, directed by Peter Hall and starring Paul Scofield in the title role. The production was a landmark in experimental sound design, featuring a score by electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), credited under the name of her company, Unit Delta Plus. A classically trained musician, Derbyshire worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop from 1962 to 1973, where she produced music and sound effects for hundreds of radio and television programs, most famously, the original 1963 theme to Dr. Who, constructed entirely of electronic sounds. She also composed independently through Unit Delta Plus, Kaleidophon, and Electrophon studios, emerging as one of the most innovative creators of musique concrète and sonic manipulation. This 1967 production of Macbeth employed two distinct soundscapes. Longtime RSC composer Guy Woolfenden arranged a live instrumental score, while Derbyshire engineered an otherworldly electronic counterpoint, played on two tape decks. “Two completely different sound worlds are created -- the live sounds of the innocent characters . . . and the distorted, processed electronics of the witches and those they infect with murderous intent” (Taylor, Theatre Music and Sound at the RSC, 79). At least one of Derbyshire’s tapes for Macbeth survives: “attic tape” DD040 at the John Rylands Library in Manchester. An evocative artifact of Derbyshire’s early work in electronic music.