Behind the scenes at the National Theatre…

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip down to the big smoke along with a journalist from the local media to take a peek at rehearsals for One Man, Two Guvnors.

The National Theatre, sitting pretty on London’s Southbank, is a gargantuan building made up of a jigsaw of concrete blocks that rise high at the side of the Thames just a short walk down from landmarks such as the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. As you proceed through Stage Door (where the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier, Sir Ian McKellen, John Gielgud and Maggie Smith have checked in and out of this famous building) the place opens up into a labyrinth of corridors and rehearsal rooms where creatives beaver away creating the theatre of the future.

We headed into Rehearsal Room 1, where the cast were assembled for another day of practise, starting with a tongue-twisting vocal warm up. Shortly after a few interviews, they cracked on with the precise timing and blocking that a comic production requires, each move timed to the exact millisecond.

This fantastic cast includes Shaun Williamson, who you will probably know as Barry from Eastenders, Emma Barton, who is also a recognisable face from Albert Square, and Gavin Spokes who played the central role of Francis Henshall in the West End.

Our National Theatre creates Drama and Theatre at it’s best, and One Man, Two Guvnors is a prime example of some of it’s best output in recent years. Take my word for it and don’t miss it here in Birmingham, your tummy will be aching from the belly laughs for a long while after…click here for more info and tickets.


Take a look at the gallery below for rehearsal shots:


Behind the scenes from the comfort of your desktop…

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

Over the coming two weeks join us for two exclusive live streamed events for a peek behind the red curtain at two fascinating events:

Tue 7 May, 8.45pm aprox. – Sutra Post-Show Talk
Join us live from the main auditorium after the curtain comes down on the stunning dance production Sutra as we stream a live feed of a chat with the cast and creatives of the award-winning production.

Wed 15 May, 12.45pm aprox. – High Society Cast Warm-Up
It’s a usual day-by-day ritual of any performer that the audience never get’s to see. Join us as we stream live from the stage as the cast of the ‘swell’ musical, High Society warm-up their bodies and vocal chords before curtain up of the matinee performance.

More info will be posted on the day of the event but simply follow us on Facebook and Twitter where a live link will appear at the time of broadcast.

I hope to see you in cyberspace!

Birmingham Hippodrome and ‘The Trocks’ go LIVE!


Following on from the success of our other live streams of our Panto Launch and Dirty Dancing cast warm-up we are very pleased to announce that this Friday (1 Feb 2013) we will be bringing you yet another live broadcast.

The Trocks

The Trocks

From aprox 4.15pm we will be broadcasting a LIVE video feed from one of the boxes in the auditorium as ‘The Trocks’ take to the stage for an open rehearsal in front of a select audience…and you can join them from the comfort of your office chair, sofa or even on the bus!

The open rehearsal will be a great opportunity for viewers to see how a Performance comes together.   The broadcast will involve both a class and rehearsal in practice clothes and working lights. This is a unique chance to see ‘The Trocks’ stripped of their ballet diva costumes and mile-long false eye lashes and take a look at the skill and practise involved in making their performance come alive.

A link to the broadcast will appear both on our Twitter & Facebook pages at the time of broadcast as well as on our live streaming account HERE.

So make sue to join us on this exclusive and LIVE look at one of the worlds most beloved comedy-dance troupes from 4:15pm on Fri 1 Feb! Hope to see you there…