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:

Beth Cordingly

Beth Cordingly  is an actor and mum who used to write but now sleeps in her spare time. She studied English and Drama at Birmingham University and trained at Webber Douglas. This is her debut season at the RSC.

Oscar Toeman

Oscar Toeman  is Assistant Director on The Merchant of Venice in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this summer. He began directing whilst studying English at university. He is currently learning German.

Gabby Wong

Gabby Wong  was born in Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She became involved in student theatre whilst studying politics at University of Bath and went on to train at Italia Conti. This is her debut RSC season. She also works on various writing projects.

History lessons at the RSC

January 23, 2014

Martin Bassindale  plays Peto in the Henry IV plays. This is his first post for Whispers from the wings. It's week four of rehearsals and he's pondering the history lessons he's had so far.

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Running for cover

January 23, 2014

Nick Day  (Norfolk) blogs from the understudy rehearsals and performances of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

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Greetings from Miami

January 23, 2014

Antony and Cleopatra has opened in Miami and our blogger, deputy stage manager Evangeline Whitlock, has written to us from the tropical south about the differences in staging the production at the Colony Theater.

by Evangeline Whitlock  |  4 comments  |  Read this entry

The stress to impress the press

January 16, 2014

Have Nick Day (Norfolk) and Lydia Leonard (Anne Boleyn) just invented the 'Tudor selfie'? Find out in Nick's report from Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies press night.

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Always some way to go

January 9, 2014

Nick Day , Wolf Hall's Norfolk, blogs from opening week and shines a light on quick changes in the wardrobe department.

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Juggling plays

December 30, 2013

There's been no rest for Nick Day and the rest of the cast for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies over the festive period. Find out the latest from behind the scenes.

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Wings and prayers

December 30, 2013

Joey Batey , Mark Smeaton in Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, writes from the wings. If you hear him shouting 'Codpiece!' don't worry. It's all part of the preparation for opening night.

by Joey Batey  |  1 comment  |  Read this entry

Basecamp and beyond

December 19, 2013

Nick Day  gives us a privileged peek into the final days of preparation for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. What will we see when we enter this strangely familiar world?

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Mind the gaps

December 12, 2013

Wolf Hall 's Nick Day writes from final rehearsal and technical week here in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Clapham Junction

December 6, 2013

The Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies company moved from rehearsals in Clapham to Stratford-upon-Avon this week. Nick Day has the latest news.

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