Stage management

The Hamlet 'bible - the script used by stage managers to mark blocking, props required, lighting and sound cues. Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC

Extract from the Rehearsal Scrapbook in the 2008 production programme:

The Stage Manager, together with their team, is responsible for the smooth running of all aspects of rehearsals. This can be anything from organising for members of the cast to visit a gravedigger at work, to ensuring that health and safety requirements are maintained in the rehearsal room.

The Stage Manager also schedules the daily rehearsal call - this entails meeting with the director to find out which actors are required for the following day's rehearsals as well as organising all the other things that the actors are needed for, such as costume and wig fittings, movement rehearsals, dialect calls, fight calls, press interviews and flying rehearsals.

One of the main roles of the Stage Manager is to ensure the smooth transition of the play from the rehearsal room into the theatre. The team run the technical rehearsal to a very tight schedule, making certain that every technical aspect of the production such as lighting, sound and automation are introduced correctly to create the show.

As well as maintaining the high production values that need to be achieved by press night, the team are also responsible for the pastoral care of the acting company.

Written by the Stage Management team.
Photograph by Ellie Kurttz shows the Hamlet 'bible' - the script used by stage managers to mark blocking, props required, lighting and sound cues © RSC

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