With Tamburlaine opening this week, get a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into preparing for a new season.

This has been a busy week for the backstage team at the Swan Theatre, as they change the space over from the summer shows ready for the winter season. It's a major transition, with the theatre stripped back and prepped not just for Tamburlaine, but also with an eye to the rigging needed for the later plays, Tartuffe and Timon of Athens.

The theatre 'went dark' for a week, meaning no performances took place while work was completed. It's a fast-moving process. Changes to the stage, lighting and sound all had to be made ready for Tamburlaine's technical rehearsals, where the actors perform for the first time with the full range of technical effects, lighting and audio cues. These rehearsals give the Company chance to iron out any issues and perform the play on stage from start to finish, ready for the first public performances. 

Take a look at the pictures below for a sneak peek of the team at work.

Tamburlaine runs in the Swan Theatre until 1 December.

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