Behind the scenes videos

This new feature is a series of short films in which we show you what goes on behind the scenes to make our work on stage happen.

A new film is added each week, putting the spotlight on the myriad of skills that are needed before our actors can set foot on stage.

  • Quickchange

    Dresser Kate Anderson helps Actor Nia Gwynne through a quick change.

  • Drawing Office

    How our Design Engineers translate the design of the set into a real working stage.

  • Automation for the Theatre

    How our automation engineers push, pull and move objects around the stage.

  • How to Get a Head in Props

    Casting and building a severed head prop.

  • Fight Captain

    Find out what the Fight Captain does in a show and how the fight scenes are made safe for all the actors involved.

  • Making a Macana or Two

    Making convincing, durable and safe Aztec weapons for A Soldier in Every Son.

  • Dish of the Day

    Watch RSC Head Chef Nick Funnell craft the dish of the day in the Rooftop Restaurant kitchen.

  • The Vibes of March

    The Composer and Musical Director for Julius Caesar, Tayo Akinbode talks about the energy musicians create together.

  • Changeover

    See the Royal Shakespeare Theatre transform from the set of The Comedy of Errors to Twelfth Night.

  • Front of House

    Can I have Shakespeare's autograph? How the Front of House team help our audiences.

  • Grinding

    Metalwork and costume - find out about some of the heavy-duty materials that go into our ladies costumes.

  • The Tower

    Some of our youngest visitors go to the top of the RSC Tower.

  • Building the pool

    How to put a swimming pool and 7,000 litres of water into a theatre.

  • The Composer

    The composer for Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest explains some of the unusual music in the productions.

  • Armoury

    Alan Smith turns cow hide into breast plates for Richard III.

  • The Band

    The musicians for The Comedy of Errors meet each other for the first time.

  • Blood, Scabs (and Make-Up)

    Covering actor Stephen Boxer in scars, scabs and blood for The Heresy of Love.

  • An actor prepares

    Actor Laura Darrall in her dressing room as she prepares to go on stage.

  • Behind the Scenes Tour

    RSC Tour Guide Nikki Cockayne gives a very abridged tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

  • Scenic Art

    How the RSC's Paint Shop built the rood screen for Written on the Heart

  • Cocktails for Valentines

    Our Resident Mixologist Luke Baddely makes a cocktails for Valentines

  • Painting the Backdrop

    RSC Scenic Artist Lara Etherton paints the backcloth for The Heresy of Love.

  • Millinery

    'You have to be prepared for anything in this job' - the RSC's Senior Milliner makes a hat

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