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Production diary 13
Our final production diary focuses on the schools broadcast that happened on Friday 15 November 2013.We talked to Jayne Welsh, the director of language for learning at St Albans Academy about the reasons why she'd decided that all 300 students in years 7, 8 and 9 were included in the broadcast.
Production Diary 12
13 November 2013
Producer of the Live broadcast of Richard II, John Wyver, talks on the eve of the broadcast about the technical preparations involved in bringing the production to cinemas across the world.
David Tennant talks about his excitement in the lead-up to his first ever live theatre performance to audiences in cinemas across the world.
Designer Stephen Brimson Lewis describes how he created the critically acclaimed design for the world of Richard II.
In this diary we follow the lead-up to one of the preview shows. Keith Osborn, who plays Sir Stephen Scroop, meets us at the stage door. James Kitto, the duty manager, greets us in front of house as the team prepare to welcome the public. Backstage, Klare Roger from the stage management team begins the count down to curtain up with a thirty minute call ...
Hear the music of the court of Richard II as imagined by Bruce O'Neil, our Head of Music, and Paul Englishby, composer. They've created the musical landscape for this production and share a few of its 'divine and angelic' musical moments. We always have musicians playing live in the theatre for our performances because as Bruce says, 'It really gives you a special atmosphere that you can't reproduce in any other way.'
Simon Ash, our Senior Production Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, describes the last week of technical work before Richard II opens. 'Are we going to be ready to get the actors on stage on Monday evening at 6 o'clock?' he asks. His explanation of the process of bringing the show to stage makes clear it's not an easy question to answer.
'There aren't many things that we can't turn our hands to here,' he says. And the team prove it as they talk through design, fittings, sleeve adjustments, velvet breastplates and travel-crowns.
Professor Jim Shapiro sits in on rehearsals for Richard II. He talks about treason, censorship and seditious material in 'a radioactive play', which was both shocking and highly topical for audiences when it was written, and six years later sparked an uprising.
RSC Head of Voice Lyn Darnley shows how she helps the actors in Richard II develop their posture, breathing and articulation, as well as bringing together the physical voice with the language and text of the play.
Historian Helen Castor visits Westminster Hall, one of the last surviving parts of the Palace of Westminster, with the cast and creatives of Richard II. She explains how Richard II transformed Westminster Hall, and talks about we can understand Richard the man, and Shakespeare's vision of him.
In this the second of the Richard II Production Diaries, Emma Hamilton who plays the Queen, describes the first day of rehearsals, including the welcome games they play to help break the ice and build rapport between the actors.
She explains how the show's Director Gregory Doran is beginning to help them explore their characters and also explains some of the historical truth behind Richard's Queen.
Production Diary 1 - 30 August 2013
Join our Artistic Director Gregory Doran in rehearsals for his new production of Shakespeare's Richard II, through this series of short films.
In the first Production Diary, Gregory explains how he's approaching the play, ideas for the design, and introduces the cast, talking about working with David Tennant in the title role.
A new behind the scenes film about the making of Richard II for Live from Stratford-upon-Avon will be added regularly in the weeks leading up to the screening of the production in cinemas, on 13 November 2013.
by William Shakespeare
9 Dec 2013 to 25 Jan 2014
Encore screenings of Richard II are now being broadcast worldwide.
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