Week by Week: Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank!

For all the latest behind the scenes info direct from The Rehearsal Room, check out our blog.

This week you can also watch an interview with Isla Shaw who is the set designer for this production. We asked Isla how she approached her role and what challenges she faced designing a set for The Globe - take a look below.

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Brief for this week

A creative brief is given to each member of the creative team working on the project. It is intended to help them structure their ideas and keep a focus on the director's intended vision for the production.

Why not be creative yourself and design your own set for the production using our real set brief...

Backstage Blog

Monday 6th February 12.10pm

We are just in a lunch break after working with Ollie Fox (the music director). Ollie works with the actors who have songs. He asks them to really ‘attack’ the vocals as he wants a really modern sound. As well as singing some of the actors have been playing instruments. Between them they play an accordion, guitars, drums, and other percussion.

From The Rehearsal Room


Monday 6th February 3.49pm

After lunch the actors had a split call, which means that the lovers are rehearsing with Bill in the rehearsal room, whilst others head over to the Globe stage and practice entering the stage from the ‘heavens’. The heavens are the space above the stage. A long swing is lowered down from the trap door in the ceiling of the heavens and Emma (Titania) is harnessed into. It a real skill to work on a harness and the actors need to be trained to do it. It is made even more challenging because it’s so cold on the open air Globe stage. At the end of the stage session the director came down to see them was really pleased.

From The Rehearsal Room


Friday 10th February 12.25pm

Over the last week we have been working on some of the more technical aspects of the show, as well as continuing with prop making and finding. Working on the technical stuff, particularly the aerial work, means we have spent a lot more time outside. It has been really exciting, but also really cold!! So we have been wrapping up warm, buckling ourselves into safety harnesses and cracking on!

It has been a great week with a real mix of activities; from dangling off cables fixed to various parts of The Globe, to working in the relative warmth and safety of beard making in the props department! It feels very different from one day to the next, but every part of it is important in different ways; and it means we are getting closer and closer to being ready. See the pictures for shots of the lows and ‘very’ highs of working on the show.

From The Production Team