Culture: Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Theatre entrance
As I've mentioned in my previous posts 'Stratford Upon Avon' and 'A Spot Of Lunch' Adam and I went to Stratford for the RSC's production of 'The Tempest' on one of it's final performance dates before It heads to London.

We'd taken our time exploring the town centre and stopping for a lovely lunch in a local cafe, after which we were ready to take our seats in the theatre.

Outside the theatre

I'd been the the Royal Shakespeare Theatre once before on a school trip (That'll tell you how long ago it was!) all I remember was that it was a dark and cold winter night, so I didn't actually remember the big building that housed the theatre, or what I'd gone to see for that matter! So I was pretty much seeing the outside, like Adam, for the first time.

The ceiling around the bar

The building is fantastic and for an architectural buff like Adam, a great place to explore, investigate and take photos of (You can see his comments on the building here) I loved the groups of textures for the different parts of the building. The light and how it shaped each section of the outside area, such as the bar, cafe and shop.

On our way to take our seats

I took these photos before and after the show, whilst Adam was at the stage door getting our copy of The Tempest play signed by Simon Russell Beale. Whilst he was away I wandered through the now, much quieter areas of the building, looking up to see what was above, as well as what's at eye level. I was fascinated by the grand staircase with the star above.

Look at that staircase!

Below the staircase was a little Elizabethan display depicting the costume of the era, and a little history and content, love a little bit of history.

One of the historical displays

As for our seats, Adam did a grand job. We were front row, stage side. I joked how If the seats had have been any closer, we'd have been on the stage!

The stage!
When I saw the stage, I remembered it from my visit years ago. It is huge, one of the biggest I think I've seen. The set is incredibly large scale an has so much visible depth, which you don't get to see too often these days.

The set came into play throughout the performance, with the technological additions to add stylistic and modern flair to the performance and it wasn't just the set design either, the floor of the stage came to life, through little cracks in the panelling, coloured light shone through and supported the atmosphere, overall the combination of everything was fantastic, not too much, but just enough to make an impact.

The light spaces in the stage
It was a fantastic show that I'd highly recommend seeing, but if you're new to Shakespeare or to The Tempest you might what to read or watch the RSC YouTube synopsis before you go as it'll help give you a little 'old world' context.

As for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, it's a brilliant building that also houses another small theatre and a restaurant with apparently, a very good view. Adam and I plan to go back over the Summer to see something non-Shakespeare and try out the restaurant too and as ever, I'll let you know how our next trip goes!

Clo :)

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