Visitors to Selfridges in the Birmingham Bullring will come face to face with a giant moving face of Prospero.

Ahead of our forthcoming production of The Tempest, we have installed a giant window display on the first floor of the store – a representation of the head of actor Simon Russell Beale, who plays Prospero in the show. 

The images used in the window display appear to move as you walk past them. To create this effect, we used a technology called ‘lenticular printing’ – specialist lenses are used to produce printed images which create an illusion of depth, and the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles.

Blue Prospero face at the centre of the Selfridges window
The Selfridges window at the Bull Ring, Birmingham
Photo by Roger Crocker © RSC – Image Licensing

Spanning three windows, which measure 2.4m x 3.6m at the centre and 2.4m x 1.2m on each of the sides, these could be the biggest lenticular images ever seen in the UK.

The window display at Selfridges also includes four mannequins dressed to look like actors in motion capture suits. In the show actor Mark Quartley, playing Ariel, will wear a motion capture suit so the movements of his ‘avatar’ Ariel can be projected on and around the stage, including flying and morphing into different versions of the spirit. 

Find out more about The Tempest

The Tempest, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in collaboration with Intel and in association with The Imaginarium Studios.

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