Rehearsals for Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank : Romeo and Juliet are now underway. We managed to get a few pictures of the actors, from their rehearsal room in Toynbee Halls. On the day we visited they were mostly rehearsing the party scene which, as you can see, makes for some highly energetic images.
To give you a deeper sense of how a production is put together and what it feels from the inside, actor Emma Pallant, who is playing Lady Capulet is writing a regular blog over on the dedicated Romeo and Juliet microsite.
“So, what do you actually DO at rehearsals? Well, day one is usually something of a whirlwind tour of everything you’ll be doing throughout the rehearsal period, which for this play will be about five weeks, and day one on Playing Shakespeare’s production of Romeo and Juliet was no exception….You have to start somewhere, so the first thing we did was just read the play out loud. We all sat in a circle, and read the parts we’ll be playing in the final production. I always find the first ‘read-through’ really exciting, as you get to hear the play for the first time with the new company, however it’s also completely nerve-wracking as, of course, all the company members are hearing you for the first time. However, what I particularly like about a first read is that you get a sort of sketched version of what the final performance might be like…” Read the full entry here.
All images (c) Ellie Kurttz 2013