Whispers from the Wings

These blog posts are a diary of our productions, explaining what's happening through the rehearsal process. They are written by our cast and crew. Our current bloggers are:

Vivien Parry

Vivien Parry  is debuting at the RSC with The Shoemaker's Holiday. Having just celebrated over quarter of a century as an actor she has played everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim. Outside of the theatre she is studying philosophy, psychology and psychotherapy for a degree with the Open University.

Tom Morton-Smith

Tom Morton-Smith  is a playwright whose work includes Oppenheimer, playing in the Swan Theatre in 2015. When he's not writing he spends his time trekking the high arctic wilderness.

Lizzie Hopley

Lizzie Hopley  is appearing with us for the first time this year in The Roaring Girl and Arden of Faversham. Born in Liverpool, Lizzie trained at Manchester University and RADA and is an actress and writer dedicated to developing strong and unusual roles for women.

HRT at the RSC: Rafa Benitez and the art of subtle management

November 20, 2014

'Shoemakers require subtle management,' says the spectacularly mustard corduroy clad Richard Edgecliffe-Johnson, CEO of Foster and Son a bespoke shoemakers in Jermyn Street providing hand crafted shoes for the great and good (well, the spectacularly rich).

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Learning Lines

Our inspirational journey in education to bring young people and Shakespeare closer together.

Student blogger

Student bloggers : children and young people speak directly about how they experienced Shakespeare with us.

Jacqui O'Hanlon

Jacqui O'Hanlon  is our Director of Education. She's been an education practitioner for over 20 years working with children and young people of all ages and their teachers.

Chris White

Chris White  is an Associate Practitioner for RSC Education, before which he was assistant director on the Spanish Golden Age Season and director of Trouble and Wonder in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

First Encounter

First Encounter  - blog posts from the company of our productions for young audiences. First Encounter aims to give children and young people a vivid and enjoyable first experience of Shakespeare's work.

Young directors Poppy and Charlie

October 21, 2014

An experience they never thought they'd have...

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Musical Notes

Discovering the stories behind the music written and performed for our shows.

Richard Sandland

Richard Sandland  is our Music Operations Manager. He finds and books musicians for our shows, sources instruments, works on show changeovers, programmes keyboards and samplers, steals chairs and generally troubleshoots. He trained at the Royal College of Music as a tuba player.

Shakespeare's other Julius

November 17, 2014

The music for As You Like It in 1946 was written by Julius Harrison. I became interested in him after hearing a CD of his orchestral music issued by the admirable Dutton record company, who have been gradually recording much neglected British music from the 20th Century.

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Pathways to Shakespeare

How did our actors and directors first find Shakespeare? What drew them to it in the first place and kept them coming back?

Viv Graver

Viv Graver  is a retired teacher, who taught Shakespeare for more than 30 years in the north of England. Her blog is a series of interviews with RSC cast and creatives about their path to Shakespeare and how they first came to it, at school and elsewhere.

On Their Feet and On The RSC Stage all 300 of them!

November 4, 2014

The RSC this term has provided a magical footpath to Shakespeare by bringing together Stratford's school children to perform their version of Henry IV Part I and II and Henry V.

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