Richard II Production Blog: 'Taste Of It First' - John Wyver On The Dress Rehearsal

John Wyver's latest Richard II production blog for Illuminations (published on Friday 11th October) documents the dress rehearsal of the production. The Royal Shakespeare Company's production starring David Tennant and directed by Gregory Doran opened for previews on Thursday.

Technical rehearsals had been taking place from Monday 7th and running through the final week. The dress rehearsal took place on Thursday 10th October, a few hours before that evening's first preview. John runs us through the process that afternoon, which thankfully involved few hitches. He also goes on to give his impressions of the first preview:

"There are supportive laughs, murmurings of surprise and appreciation (not least at the hair extensions worn by David Tennant), and towards the end a moment or two of shock that bring forth gasps. And most precious of all, there are times when a pin could fall from the flies and the resulting noise thunder through the house – the audience is silently engrossed in the way that makes theatre so special.

Read the blog 'Taste of it first' here

John Wyver is a writer and producer for Illuminations and will be working with director Gregory Doran and the RSC on filming the play for broadcast to cinemas across the UK and worldwide from Wednesday 13th November.

Read more about the broadcast on the RSC Live From Stratford-upon-Avon site

Find out more about the RSC production of Richard II starring David Tennant here