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.

Who will you be to me?

September 17, 2012

Day 1. Drinking my cup of tea, staring into the Styrofoam cup and wondering why it tasted so good. Why my mouth was locked in a semi-permanent grin.

by Youssef Kerkour  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Cards and kind gestures

September 17, 2012

Yesterday was a significant day: we had our press performance, and the last performance with director Tim Crouch at the helm.

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry


September 17, 2012

Still in London. Wish it was cheaper to get around though. It is eating into the actor's wage that won't be enough to buy Theo his new pram (yes, he needs a new one already).

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry


September 11, 2012

We had our final week of rehearsals in the safety of our rehearsal room. In many aspects it's like the classroom - aA place to share ideas, try new things and and know that you are in the safety of your company or ensemble who support you no matter what.

by Dharmesh Patel  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Telly work

September 11, 2012

I went for a meeting for television yesterday. Never sure why, but I always feel more comfortable in theatre meetings. Maybe it's just practice, but I think it's because I suspect that television work is more based on looks. And, I'll let you into a little secret: I hate my looks.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The time has come

September 11, 2012

So, the time has come. Over the course of tomorrow afternoon, the cast and production team of the YPS King Lear will make their way to Southampton, in preparation for our first public performance on Tuesday afternoon.

by Ben Deery  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Joining the audience

September 11, 2012

The final week of rehearsals was transformative for the show. We invited an audience.

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Touring and phones

September 11, 2012

Before you start complaining about my poor upkeep of this blog; I would just like to highlight two salient points.

by Andrew French  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Dressing rooms

September 10, 2012

Cameron Mackintosh has totally refurbished the Noel Coward and Wyndham's theatres. He is to be congratulated. He can afford it, but so can a lot of other people and they aint doing it.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry


September 10, 2012

So, a few apologies and queries...

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