Composer Residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Sarah Llewellyn is working as the Cameron Mackintosh Composer in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company from April 2017 to Autumn 2018

“I’m delighted that Sarah is the chosen candidate. Sarah is an exciting composer who has the experience and theatrical instinct to gain a huge amount from the residency and make further progress in her career.” Bruce O’Neil, Head of Music @ RSC


Sarah is currently developing her own musical theatre work The Wind Singer for R and D  with the RSC in 2018.


The residency has included a specially composed concert piece for the ‘Musical Transformations’ event in The Swan, Stratford Upon Avon. Performed with players from The Orchestra of the Swan and in house RSC musicians. It premiered in October in the beautiful Swan Theatre.

Two new plays commissioned by the RSC as part of the Mischief Festival at The Other Place. They were presented as a double bill and ran throughout May and June 2017


by Tom Morton-Smith, Directed by Erica Whyman,

Music by Sarah Llewellyn Designed by Rosanna Vize

On the eve of the activation of the Large Hadron Collider, two strangers – a journalist and a scientist – share their experiences of loss and hope in a funny but deeply touching one-act play.


by Matt Hartley and Kirsty Housley, Directed by Kirsty Housley
Music by Sarah Llewellyn Designed by Rosanna Vize


Three Tales from Ovid_ R_D workshop_2017_Photo by Sam Allard _c_ RSC_221658

R and D ‘Three Tales from Ovid’ Workshop June 2107 Photo by Sam Allard © RSC


retold by Amber Hsu.

Sarah composed music and songs for the staged readings in The Swan in October.

For a deeper insight into the residency so far do check out Sarah’s blogs on the RSC website:

Feeling lucky – April 2017

Rhythms Chords and Melodies – May 2017

Mischief and Metamorphoses – July 2017

Sarah has also been working and writing for the Education and Literary departments and projects. She had the chance to collaborate with the composer Mira Calix and director Angus Jackson on Coriolanus  for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer scheme is run by Mercury Musical Developments and the Musical Theatre Network.