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Richard II

Production Diary 7
11 October 2013

Simon Ash, our Senior Production Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, describes the last week of technical work before Richard II opens.

'Are we going to be ready to get the actors on stage on Monday evening at 6 o'clock?' he asks. His explanation of the process of bringing the show to stage makes clear it's not an easy question to answer.

Simon and the team have been planning this work for at least three months. In the week before the show opens, six departments - 40 to 50 people - will be working in the forestage, auditorium and backstage of the the theatre for 12 hours a day. Watch the video to see it happen.