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.

Last week of rehearsals and techs

July 24, 2012

Week 5 and 6. Ok I'll do them both in an entry otherwise I'll never reach the opening night.

by Andres Weiss  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Feel the fear and do it anyway

July 16, 2012

It's a funny thing, fear. You can assemble some of the finest actors in the business, actors with a CV as long as your arm, actors with a wealth of enviable stage 'n' screen credits and yet would you believe that we're all still terrified?

by Muzz Khan  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Strawberry. Raspberry. Dogberry?

July 10, 2012

'...Hey y'all! How YOU doin'? I could sure moider a cuppa cawfee...' Okay, so nobody ACTUALLY said that. But, yep, Monday of week three kicked-off with the arrival of The Wooster Group.

by Muzz Khan  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

The Stratford school trip

July 2, 2012

With my first blog out of the way, I can now breathe a huge sigh of relief. Thanks to all of you who've read it so far and thanks for the kind comments made via social media (likes, retweets etc). It's much-appreciated!

by Muzz Khan  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Going on about food

June 29, 2012

All of us are missing home a little. Stratford is lovely (I would quite like to live here) but there is no place like home. So it is natural to try and find some comfort in food.

by Andrew French  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

Much ado about the first week

June 28, 2012

I'm gonna start this with an ethos. A mission statement, if you will. All the other (rather fab) blogs talk in length about the art of acting and an actor's trial and tribulations with The RSC.

by Muzz Khan  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Dark quotes

June 26, 2012

Due to popular demand, my son. Looking at him, there are lots of rather dark quotes that spring to mind...

by Andrew French  |  4 comments  |  Read this entry

Caminando with the RSC: Acting in another language

June 25, 2012

Week 4. This week we started polishing the scenes of the first act. Now the work became more precise and we entered deeper into the relationships between the characters.

by Andres Weiss  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Caminando with the RSC: On combat and dance

June 19, 2012

On monday we finally got the revised script, more changes would come later on but we didn't know then. We continued blocking the scenes and we started working in the prologue, the rituals, and combat.

by Andres Weiss  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry


June 19, 2012

In a review of Julius a scene that I am in (indeed, MY favourite scene) was noted as being perfect. Isn't that nice? They loved how it was played and pitched and I felt a brief spark of pride.

by Andrew French  |  4 comments  |  Read this entry

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