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:


Mossup  is a Blackpool-born Lurcher, making her RSC debut in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Television work includes the Easter Bunny (Aldi), Casualty, The Tudors and Topsy and Tim. Films include Mr Turner and the Invisible Woman. Mossup recently appeared in Legally Blonde at the Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow.

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.

Paola Dionisotti

Paola Dionisotti  is a regular at the RSC and is currently playing Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part I and II. In 2000 she was awarded Best Actress by London Evening Standard Theatre, for her performance in Further Than The Furthest Thing, at the National Theatre.

Simon Yadoo

Simon Yadoo  is appearing with us for the first time this year in Henry IV Parts I and II and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He'll be fitting in a wedding later in the year, just for good measure.

Martin Bassindale

Martin Bassindale , lover of bicycles, and keen musician from South London, recently graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Debuting at RSC with Henry IV Parts I and II and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Also currently dabbling in knitting.

Evangeline Whitlock

Evangeline Rose Whitlock  is a professional stage manager and theatre educator from the US. She is the Deputy Stage Manager for our Winter 2013/2014 production of Antony and Cleopatrawhich shows in Stratford-upon-Avon, Miami and New York. Follow @evangelinerose1on Twitter.

Joey Batey

Joey Batey  is a recent university graduate and is making his debut with us playing Mark Smeaton in Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. He likes long coats, whiskey and words. Follow @JoeyBatey on Twitter.

Nick Day

Nick Day returns this winter to play the Duke of Norfolk in Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. He'll be blogging from the rehearsals and into production. Get his book, On Bard Duty from Amazon or the RSC bookshop. Follow @NicholasDayUK on Twitter.

The nitty gritty

April 16, 2013

I have been informed by the beauteous Philippa Harland (Head of Press) that I really should be talking more about the play so...

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The business of comedy

April 10, 2013

Monday 8 April, 10:43am. At the RSC's Clapham rehearsal rooms, Director Sean Foley and his actors attempt to refine a piece of comedic business...

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Choreographing India

April 9, 2013

Queen Victoria, the Empress of India, famously never visited her colony in the East. Near the end of The Empress Abdul Karim tells the elderly, frail Queen Victoria, '…if Her Majesty can't go to India, then we will bring India to her.' The stage directions then indicate: 'a troupe of brightly coloured musicians and performers enter…Victoria looks delighted.'

by Ankur Bahl  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry


April 9, 2013

This is a picture of the lobby in our hotel. Swanky isn't it? Brooklyn is great. There are really good food places and you could write a book just based on the snatches of conversation that one hears as you are walking down the street.

by Andrew French  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Mandy Rice Davies

April 9, 2013

Mad World My Masters is a filthy, bawdy and extremely funny play, and with a 'Mrs Littledick' and a gutsy prostitute named 'Truly Kidman' I suppose it would kind of have to be.

by Rose Reynolds  |  4 comments  |  Read this entry

Cooking with gas

April 5, 2013

It's snowing outside! But in our rehearsal room in Clapham, we are starting to warm up. New additions to our company are fitting in nicely and we are all starting to remember our roles. The muscles remember even if the mind does not.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

First day

April 3, 2013

So. Are those lines still there? Hmmm. Nearly all the gang are back together. So wonderful to see everyone again. So many things to sort out...

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Unleash Ann Yee

April 3, 2013

Happy Easter everybody! As you polish off the last of those eggs, the 2013 Swan Summer Season company is about to begin their fifth week of rehearsal. As a result, there's a few things to catch you up on, so I'll dive right in...

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Happy Easter

April 2, 2013

I've found this Titus week quite challenging. It's great to see how scenes are starting to piece together and yet there's one scene in which Lavinia pleads with Tamora, Chiron and Demetrius that I'm finding difficult.

by Rose Reynolds  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

'I'm very confused'

March 26, 2013

Stephen Boxer has just said 'willy' inches from my face. I know what he meant, he meant 'lily' but suddenly our demographic has changed…

by Rose Reynolds  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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