Currently Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe in London


HAMLET Globe-to-Globe – Shakespeare’s Globe is touring a production of Hamlet to every single country on earth.  2014-2016.  Music Composed by Bill Barclay.  Click the link to follow the extraordinary and unprecedented progress of this production.



Music Editor for the BFI (British Film Institute) and their new creative archive feature film of the earliest silent Shakespeare footage. Performance: March 31st at the BFI Southbank.

New book published by Cambridge University Press:  Shakespeare, Music, and Performance, published in 2016

Adaptor of a new Shakespeare program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Bramwell Tovey, conductor – August, 2016.

Adaptor of a new Shakespeare program with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, Saraki Oramo, conductor – October, 2016



Director/Adaptor of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Mendelssohn’s op. 21 & op. 61 Incidental Music, for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conducting.

Nell Gwynn – Music Supervisor for new play by Jessica Swale in the West End, starring Gemma Arterton.

Farinelli and the King – Music Supervisor for new play by Claire van Kampen in the West End, starring Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies.

Composer of Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe, directed by Dominic Dromgoole in an international tour.

Co-editor of The Jon Lipsky Play Collection, Volumes I & II, published by Smith & Kraus.

Guest Conductor – Santiago a Mil and Orquesta Clasica de USACH – Romeo y Julieta programme of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev in Santiago and Antofagasta, CHILE.

Director, Adaptor, Narrator – The Magic Flute at Boston’s Symphony Hall, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra


Past Projects (2013/2012):

Narrator of Peter and the Wolf at Symphony Hall in Boston.  Produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and featuring the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Federico Cortese.

Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona at Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston.

Muse on Fire; Shakespeare & The Music of the Spheres at the Davis Sq. Theatre in Somerville, MA.

Composer of HAMLET at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  The production opened in Portsmouth and traveled through London, Austria, Spain, much of the UK, Mexico City, and finally in the US in Washington DC at the Folger Shakespeare Center, ArtsEmerson in Boston, New York City, and Santa Monica and UC Davis on the west coast.

Sound Designer of The Hotel Nepentheby John Kuntza remount production at the Emerging America Festival at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Co-produced by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project.  (Recently nominated for 6 IRNE awards including BEST SOUND DESIGN).

Artist in Residence at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Performance of Three Sisters in a new dance-theatre adaptation at UWM, directed by Rebecca Holderness.  Composer and Music Director of live ensemble.

Actor in Comedy of Sorrows by Ibrahim El-Husseina – a new play about the Arab Spring in Cairo.  Performances at the Women Making Democracy conference at Radcliffe in Cambridge and the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.

Actor in Crimes and Crimes by August Strindberg performed at the international Strindberg Symposium in Cambridge

Director, Concordance, a new play by John Minigan.  Staged readings at Boston Playwright’s Theatre and Weston High School.

RED, SpeakEasy Stage Company, directed by David R. Gammons.  Sound Designer.


Merry Wives of WindsorActors’ Shakespeare Project – roles of Slender and Fenton.

Artist in Residence at Brandeis University (Director and Composer)

Theatre of War at Salem State University.  Actor in Ajax and Philoctetes with Tommy Derrah and Karen MacDonald

ConsARTium – Composer for Visual Art Installation/Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland:  “Cheminement vers le soi altruiste”  (Path towards the altruist innerself).  Bill is a member of this group along with the international and local Swiss artists Sixtine Crutchfield, Karine Martinez, Daniela Pellaud, Hannah Ekberg, Vanessa Sharp, Joelle Combremont, and Didier Jordan.

 Comedy of Errors at Brandeis University Theater Company.  Featuring two sets of identical male twins in the cast, guest artists as Ageon and Aemilia, and a live original Balinese score.  Directed and composed by BB.  See FEATURE ARTICLE.

Theatre Music in the 21st Century, Brandeis University Music Department.  Colloquium Guest Speaker

Reading of Percival, audio play launch, Portsmouth, NH.  Role of Percival

Ocean Boulevard shoot, Kozmic Gas Productions.  Lead role in short film.

Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare Now!  Composer, Sound Designer

New Repertory Theatre – Reading of The Moon & The Stars, a new musical by Creighton Irons.

Revels, Inc: Riversing at Longfellow Bridge with Revels.  Poetry reader:  selections from Siddhartha and Hilda Conkling.

Director, staged reading of John Minigan’s new play, Concordance with Orfeo Group, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

Metal & Glass Ensemble Concert at Church of the Advent, Boston

Director, musical arrangements, staged reading of Shawn Cody’s new musical, The Water Dream starring Anthony Rapp and a Broadway cast.  Shakespeare & Company’s Studio Festival of Plays


Workshops on Verdi’s Falstaff and Shakespeare’s Merry Wives with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra

Everyman Found (Director, Devisor, Composer), Shakespeare & Company  See IMAGES.

The Hollow Crown (music director and multi-instrumentalist), Shakespeare & Company

The Declaration of Independence Reading (Performer, Music Director), featuring the Pennies, Shakespeare & Company

The Two Gentlemen of Verona, (Tanglewood Liaison, Music Director), Shakespeare & Company and the TMC Composers

Much Ado About Nothing, (Assistant Composer to Oscar-winner Stephen Warbeck), Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London

Breaking the Code (Composer and Sound Designer), Central Square Theatre

Living in Exile (Instrumentalist, Sound Designer), Actors’ Shakespeare Project

The Hotel Nepenthe by John Kuntz (Sound Designer), Actors’ Shakespeare Project directed by David R. Gammons

Cymbeline (Composer, Music Director), Actors’ Shakespeare Project