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.


September 10, 2012

So, a few apologies and queries...

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Bouncing ahead

August 24, 2012

In Tim Crouch's edit of King Lear the storytelling is pacy, and he applies a similar momentum in the rehearsal room. It's the end of day 3 of the first week and rehearsals are bouncing ahead – with big scenes and events examined already.

by Caroline Byrne  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry


August 24, 2012

So, after a week off, we are back to the world of the play. Lovely to see the Caesar family again. It is a little like a family. There are tensions and laughter. And love.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Shawshanking Shakespeare

August 23, 2012

With our first couple of shows out the way, our second week in Stratford kicked off with the arrival of the guru. The greatest voice coach of 'em all. The legend that is, Cicely Berry.

by Muzz Khan  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry

'Ecky Thump, Love, We're in T'Stratford

August 16, 2012

Wow. We've arrived. We've got excited chills. And they're multiplying.

Arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon at the start of the week was a dream come true. Every time I've been up to Stratford in the past, it's always inspired me profusely as a theatre-goer, as an actor/writer and as someone who loves woodbeams and thatched roofs(!)

by Muzz Khan  |  2 comments  |  Read this entry


August 2, 2012

I love Newcastle! Love the people, the shopping, the sense of fashion (or at least the brevity of it!). People make a place. And they are some of the best. Though they are cursed to support a team which can never match their undying love.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Caminando with the RSC: Goodbye Stratford-upon-Avon and my little Oscar speech.

July 31, 2012

This is it. Today is the final day of performances and on Monday it's time to fly back to Mexico.

by Andres Weiss  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry


July 31, 2012

Our tour goes from Stratford and ends in Moscow. Yes, Moscow! that means, apart from a rather pleasant time at home with family and friends in London, we are on the move.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

Leaving Stratford

July 30, 2012

And now, the end is here And so I face the final curtain...Hang on, actually its not the end, its not even the beginning. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

by Andrew French  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

We bid Clapham, adieu

July 30, 2012

This is it. This is the last week of rehearsals. How is it possible that six weeks have passed by so quickly? It's the end of the road! There's no turning back now.

by Muzz Khan  |  No comments yet  |  Read this entry

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