PJ Harvey Scores 'Hamlet'

For Young Vic production
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PJ Harvey is set to provide a score for a new production of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

PJ Harvey has always been a literate, striking, dramatic performer. So when news came through (via the singer's Facebook feed) that she is to work on a Shakespearean project the revelation doesn't come as a surprise.

The Young Vic theatre in London is currently hosting a production of 'Hamlet' which has earned critical praise. Now PJ Harvey is set to score the play, providing some new music which will be sung by Vinette Robinson.

The actress takes the role of Ophelia, a character who (spoiler alert!) famously drowns - an incident announced in one of Shakespeare's most poetic death announcements.

The short message on PJ Harvey's Facebook page reads: "PJ Harvey has composed some music which is performed live by Ophelia (Vinette Robinson) in the current acclaimed production of Hamlet starring Michael Sheen. Directed by Ian Rickson; the play runs at London’s Young Vic until January 2011. For more information please visit http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/hamlet".

No word yet on exactly what form the music will take, or when the song will be introduced into the production.

PJ Harvey is currently taking time away from live commitments after a heavy period of touring. Recently completing a British tour, the hectic run of dates culminated in a one off performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Streamed online for fans who couldn't be there, PJ Harvey ran through her esteemed back catalogue with the help of a live band which includes Mick Harvey, John Parish and Jean-Marc Butty.

In addition to this, PJ Harvey recently dropped by the Andrew Marr show to perform in front of David Cameron. Watch the clip below...



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