What is it like to be in our shows? The cast and crew share their experiences in our Whispers from the Wings blog.

Counting down to opening night

Counting down to opening night

9 October 2017

Actor Verity Kirk talks about the rehearsal processes for Twelfth Night and A Christmas Carol.

Carthage Video Diary: Shore

Carthage Video Diary: Shore

7 September 2017

In her final video diary, Chipo Chung reflects on her visit to Carthage.

Carthage Video Diary: People

Carthage Video Diary: People

23 August 2017

Chipo Chung talks to the people of Tunisia to find out more about the extraordinary Queen of Carthage.

Making a Drama Out of a Crisis

Making a Drama Out of a Crisis

4 September 2017

The cast of Dido, Queen of Carthage spent the day with homeless charity Crisis to explore the ideas of home, journeys, and rebuilding lives.

Carthage Video Diary: Ruins

Carthage Video Diary: Ruins

17 August 2017

Chipo Chung, the actor playing Dido in our forthcoming production of Dido, Queen of Carthage, visits the ruins of Carthage.

Mischief and Metamorphoses

Mischief and Metamorphoses

10 July 2017

After finishing work on the Mischief Festival plays, Sarah turns her attention to Ovid and Coriolanus.

Making Salomé

Making Salomé

8 June 2017

From the very beginning we all felt that there was something special happening in rehearsals.

Busking It

Busking It

25 May 2017

It started as a series of sketches inspired by my experiences as a busker on the London Underground.

Rhythms, chords and melodies

Rhythms, chords and melodies

16 May 2017

After a working weekend and many days of writing, recording and listening, it’s an interesting challenge to be playing with words.

Tech rehearsals

Tech rehearsals

12 May 2017

Just when you feel that you have conquered your movement from one side of the stage to another, you move to the theatre and everything, I mean EVERYTHING, changes.

A Tale of Two Tables

A Tale of Two Tables

25 April 2017

It’s so good to be back, in two very different shows and looking forward to spending the summer in Stratford with a great bunch of actors. I cannot wait!

Feeling lucky

Feeling lucky

20 April 2017

It’s the first week of many in Stratford-upon-Avon working as composer in residence for the RSC and the composing has started!

Beginning's End

Beginning's End

17 March 2017

I’m feeling a little guilty for my tardiness with this blog. To say I underestimated how busy we’d be with rehearsals is an understatement of Roman proportions.

Bring on the Swan!

Bring on the Swan!

15 February 2017

The most common questions I get asked when I tell people I'm a theatre director are: “What does a director actually do?” and “Why do you want to direct theatre?” Answering these questions can be difficult.

Researching Rome (without time travel)

Researching Rome (without time travel)

26 January 2017

The most helpful thing would be to step into a fancy vehicle, zoom back to Ancient Rome, wander around and find out what life was really like.

Part 2: Our Research Trip to China

Part 2: Our Research Trip to China

26 January 2017

Part 2: Justin Audibert talks about his research trip to China in preparation for Snow in Midsummer

Part 1: Our research trip to China

Part 1: Our research trip to China

26 January 2017

Part 1: Director Justin Audibert talks about his research trip to China and how it has influenced Snow in Midsummer

Rehearsals, Ghosts and our own Bushtucker Trial

Rehearsals, Ghosts and our own Bushtucker Trial

26 January 2017

Jennifer Tang, assistant director of Snow in Midsummer, gives her account of the first few weeks of rehearsals.

Mary Beard Visits the London Rehearsal Rooms

Mary Beard Visits the London Rehearsal Rooms

19 January 2017

We are still living in Rome - Mary Beard showed me just how true that statement was.

"We're working for the RSC!"

5 January 2017

I checked the call sheet this morning and, like an idiot, still went in when I didn't need to - ignoring the enticing call of bed, I'm finally sitting down to write this blog.

I Felt Like a Rabbit in the Headlights

I Felt Like a Rabbit in the Headlights

9 December 2016

It has been a while since I’ve put my fingers to keyboard, but an awful lot has happened, and I’m going to do my darndest to update you as concisely as possible.

The Big Red X That Slashed My Soul

The Big Red X That Slashed My Soul

22 November 2016

In his latest blog, James Cooney - currently in King Lear at the Barbican - talks about failure, and how to "take a note and go home".

Not Quite Ready to Jump

Not Quite Ready to Jump

7 November 2016

We are all back in the room together, beginning to entwine the various strands of the play. It's very, very exciting...

Or

Or

27 October 2016

I am not entirely sure that we are supposed to laugh this much in rehearsal

Holiday Camp for actors

Holiday Camp for actors

21 October 2016

Something that the average audience member might not grasp is the intensity of the work and the tightness of the community for the actors in Stratford

If in doubt, shout!

If in doubt, shout!

16 October 2016

When I was a younger actor, I heard a phrase that stood me in good stead (for a short while)

Crossroads

Crossroads

14 October 2016

I have learnt a lot in my year in Stratford - it has been so busy that it is surprising that we are already at the end of our time here

A Fool's Blog

A Fool's Blog

22 September 2016

This is the 13th time I have performed with this company and as usual…..I’m terrified

The Barbican

The Barbican

19 September 2016

The Barbican is a bizarre place. Probably about as bizarre as Stratford-upon-Avon but for very different reasons

Morris comes to Stratford and the Tech

Morris comes to Stratford and the Tech

26 August 2016

"A cross between fascist dictator and Little Lord Fauntleroy" - the cast of The Two Noble Kinsman try on their costumes

It's good you came

It's good you came

15 August 2016

I’ve been wondering: does it really make any difference how old your audience is?

Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story

2 August 2016

It started back in March. Hamlet had just gone to press and once again I failed to keep to my own rule of 'Thou shalt not read reviews'

All Shook Up

All Shook Up

1 August 2016

Zeus is in love with Elvis, a seven-month-old chihuahua/shihtzu cross puppy - it's the erotic, intoxicating, confusing, all-consuming throes of first love

Stratford survival guide

Stratford survival guide

18 July 2016

In 3 weeks time the new Swan company will quite literally replace us in our beds. Here are some nuggets I wish to pass on

Morris Club

Morris Club

11 July 2016

"The first rule of Morris Club..." See the actors of our new Swan shows in rehearsal

Show Call

Show Call

7 July 2016

'Show call!' It felt like the world's most delicious carrot at the end of an eight month long stick

Australia

Australia

4 July 2016

What am I doing? I can’t help but analyse my choice of career

Does Art Matter?

Does Art Matter?

29 June 2016

There have been enormous events in the world that have rocked me to a cold silence

Spear Carrying

Spear Carrying

13 June 2016

After living the dream the inevitable has happened. I am now a spear carrier at the RSC

Our secret world

Our secret world

7 June 2016

Cymbeline: There is a strange world onstage and there is an even stranger one backstage

A Storytelling Place

A Storytelling Place

6 June 2016

I am South African, I have lived there all my formative years and last week, I was put into contact with my old nursery school teacher

No Common Whore

No Common Whore

1 June 2016

'Playing multiple parts and running rings around men': Eleanor talks about understudying Dol Common in The Alchemist

Mid-point madness

Mid-point madness

5 May 2016

This Saturday was the exact mid-point of our time here in Stratford. Everyone is going a bit nuts.

The Stratford Spread

The Stratford Spread

3 May 2016

At first I blamed it on bloating due to eating at bizarre times. Then I started blaming it on the positioning of my microphone pack.

The Magic of Theatre

The Magic of Theatre

27 April 2016

I was laughing hysterically, elbowing Ian Redford. 'Magic really DOES exist!' I squealed loudly in his face

Speak up if you need to

Speak up if you need to

25 April 2016

Being an understudy means you have to be ready to go on at a moment’s notice but accept that it may never happen.

Zeus Comes to Stratford

Zeus Comes to Stratford

7 April 2016

Having my puppy in Stratford would complete me. I would no longer feel young or anxious or lonely. I would be winning in life

A Shadow

A Shadow

31 March 2016

There is a shadow that sometimes moves between me and this happiness and it struck recently a few hours after writing my last blog

Where's Threlly?

Where's Threlly?

25 March 2016

It is a really really good Friday. It is the first weekday I have had off since starting rehearsals for the RSC in November

Hell hath no fury...

Hell hath no fury...

15 March 2016

I find myself writing this blog in moments when I feel overworked or overwhelmed

Electricity in the air

Electricity in the air

14 March 2016

Somehow, two months have disappeared and we are finally into production week for Hamlet

Internet dating and Sonnet 129

Internet dating and Sonnet 129

4 March 2016

I have simply been far too busy with the rehearsals for Hamlet to write about the rehearsals for Hamlet

A change is as good as a rest

A change is as good as a rest

7 March 2016

The fact that I am here, head pounding, sipping on a cup of polystyrene-tasting tea shows just how committed I am to my escape

The show must go on

The show must go on

29 February 2016

The audience fell silent, aware that this was unusual. Something was wrong...

Learning to understudy

Learning to understudy

29 February 2016

You might, if you have been reading all my blogs, be wondering why I have not written very much about the day to day rehearsals of Hamlet

Another opening, another show

Another opening, another show

18 February 2016

Our return to Don Quixote began with a speed line run, our bodies in a state of catatonic fatigue

Delirious glee

Delirious glee

18 February 2016

There is nothing quite like that feeling of turning the corner and seeing that theatre waiting for you and knowing you are not a stranger

Coming home to Stratford

Coming home to Stratford

9 February 2016

It's a weird feeling getting back to the Royal Shakespeare Co. You come back home

Enter Lucifer upstage right

Enter Lucifer upstage right

8 February 2016

Hell is other people. Hell is other people in tech. Tech is hell. Our play is set in hell

I had to stop hiding in loos

I had to stop hiding in loos

5 February 2016

Byron goes back to the playground to bring an ancient text closer to our time

“So what does an Assistant Director actually do?”

“So what does an Assistant Director actually do?”

1 February 2016

It depends on which director I am assisting and what the play needs - vague but true

Hello Stratford

Hello Stratford

29 January 2016

I live in Stratford-upon-Avon. I have spent the week coming to terms with this

First day of rehearsals

First day of rehearsals

28 January 2016

It’s the one point in the entire rehearsal process that I wish I didn’t have to go through. Give me the nerves of opening night any day

She-devil in La Mancha

She-devil in La Mancha

22 January 2016

I know dozens of versatile, talented actresses who are doing what I was doing a few months ago and will doubtless do again.

I used to hate Shakespeare

I used to hate Shakespeare

19 January 2016

Actor Byron Mondahl blogs about 20 years of dreaming, and why and how dreams do come true

Room for rent

Room for rent

14 January 2016

My room is up for rent. I have cancelled my gym membership and finally signed up to Netflix

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