The Taming of the Shrew

Week by week

Week 4

It's the final week of rehearsals and the cast have started to add music, singing and props into specific scenes, as well as having sessions with Giles Block, the Globe Associate for Text. Giles is a specialist in Shakespearean text, and the actors work with him to fully understand the characters and the meaning of the plays when speaking Shakespeare's words out loud.

These sessions also help the actors get 'off-book', the point at which they have learnt their lines and no longer need to read from the script. The Stage Managers then have a 'Prompt Book', with any lines cut or changes marked. This also has all the actors’ movements written in it, and used by Stage Managers to prompt the actors if they need it during rehearsal. 

Week 4 Blog

‘Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible...’


Our time is nearly up. We’re into our fourth and final week of rehearsals now and everything is notching up a gear. At the start of the week, the company did their first ‘stagger-through’ of the whole show from start to finish. Not quite a run-through, a ‘stagger-through’ is a first opportunity for everyone to see everything that has been created over the last few weeks. A few scripts might still be in hands, some of the physical sequences are run a little slower than they will be in performance and the songs are sung acapella without the band (who join the company in a day or two). There’s no pressure to be at full performance level – mistakes are still allowed! Stage Management timed the run to see how long the show is looking to be. 

by Pieter Lawman (Assistant Director)



With most shows the length of the production isn’t so much of an issue, but with the schools audiences that will be coming to see this particular show, timing is crucial. You guys might need to be back home by a certain time, and you certainly don’t want to be standing out in the cold for hours on end! The stagger-through showed us that it was running a little bit on the long side, so Jacqui the director made a few minor cuts to the text to tighten things up a touch. Being given script cuts in week four can be tough on actors – they’ve spent weeks learning their lines and the intention behind everything that they’re speaking, only to find out that some of them have gone. Luckily, the cuts made were very small and everyone escaped relatively unscathed! 

by Pieter Lawman (Assistant Director)


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.

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