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:

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.

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.

Dress rehearsal

May 15, 2012

Wednesday we tech the whole show. Greg is unavailable, as he is directing his African Julius Caesar.

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Death - not as painful as you think

May 11, 2012
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Sorry sorry sorry. Have been filming and desperately trying to learn lines. And failing. So will catch up you all up with what's been happening.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Moving to the Duchess

May 11, 2012

Tuesday we move to the Duchess, one of the youngest and smallest of the West End theatres, to tech the show. We will do our first preview on Thursday.

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Cakes and congratulations

May 11, 2012

Monday 16th April we gather at the RSC rehearsal rooms back in Clapham where we started work on Written over eight months before.

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Whispers from the Duchess

May 4, 2012
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I want to now move forward and write about the move from the Swan to the Duchess. On the 16th February 2012 before a performance of Written we were called to a meeting in the Swan with Greg Doran and West End producer Thelma Holt.

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Going to town

May 4, 2012

At the after-show party Thelma Holt, both a highly respected West End Producer and an RSC Associate Producer is extremely enthusiastic about the play and says she wants to 'Take it into Town'.

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Press Night

May 4, 2012

Unlike no other night in the run Press Night is nearly always edgy. Nerves emerge. Big displacement activities are put in motion to assuage them. Usually a speech from the director exhorting us to forget/ignore the press - 'don't read the notices'!

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The tech

May 1, 2012

I don't enjoy techs. Some actors say they love them. We go over entrances, exits, technical business, again and again and again. We can spend an hour changing from one scene to another.

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Moving to Stratford

April 27, 2012

On the 23rd of October we moved to Stratford, which would now be our homes until 10th March the following year. I rent a small Victorian cottage from the RSC which is a mere six minutes walk from the theatre.

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Hunger Games

April 27, 2012

Sorry it's been so long since my last blog! It is getting quite hectic now, as is normal in rehearsals as more new ideas are thrown about and more roles are being cast.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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