Livestream: The Listening Heart


Sam Troughton Beethoven
Hasan Dixon Casimir
Lily Nichol Juliet

David Owen Norris fortepiano
Directed by Barney Norris

The Listening Heart by David Constantine

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002, David Constantine’s play is revisited for this dramatised reading with live music by Beethoven directed by renowned theatremaker Barney Norris (pictured above).

The action takes us back to Summer 1802 when a traumatised Ludwig van Beethoven’s life is at crisis point – will he be able to live with his impending deafness?

Lily Nichol

The composer’s famous Open Letter to the World, bewailing his affliction, known as the Heiligenstadt Testament, was written on October 6th, in 1802. Constantine’s work recreates this critical moment of the composer and pianist’s life, set against a background of the music he was composing at the time.

Sam Troughton © Asia Werbel

A celebrated cast of young actors includes Sam Troughton in the role of Beethoven, whose recent work includes CHERNOBYL for HBO and David Eldridge’s play BEGINNING at the National Theatre and in the West End. As in the original broadcast David Owen Norris improvises incidental music around Beethoven’s music of the time, including the Moonlight Sonata and the great C minor Violin Sonata.

Hasan Dixon

Post-event ‘In Conversation’ with David Constantine – join the playwright in a live Q&A session after the performance.

Details of how to access this event will be sent to ticket holders ahead of the concert date

Event presented by Turner Sims in association with the University of Southampton Music Department and Up In Arms Productions.