RSC: The Play's The Thing - Press Night

The curtain has gone up on one of our latest projects: The Play’s the Thing – the Royal Shakespeare Company’s permanent exhibition at its home in Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s been fun and challenging, and we’ve enjoyed working with The Hub, Kossmann.dejong, Darius Wilson Associates, and DJ Willrich. But, as with every theatrical production, before the doors opened to the public, the press got a preview of the show.

And their verdict? “A hit – a very palpable hit!” (Hamlet, Act V, Sc. 2).

What’s On chose our interactive version of (RSC Artistic Director) Gregory Doran’s desk as one of their highlights, and described the exhibition as:

“…not just for the die-hards: The Play’s The Thing is both a brilliant introduction for the uninitiated, and a great way for fans to find out more about the process of staging Shakespeare…presented in a fun, accessible style that’s sure to spark the imaginations of kids and grown-ups alike.”

The Evening Standard praised the exhibition’s interactivity, finding it…

”…agreeably hands-on… the real highlight is a virtual costume store that uses Wii (it was Kinect, actually – CS) technology to let us don a range of RSC clobber. I pranced around in John Gielgud’s cloak and hose from the 1950 production of Much Ado About Nothing.”

And the Telegraph – which also enjoyed our costume interactive – was impressed by the exhibition’s ability both…

“…to introduce a new generation of children to Shakespeare; and to offer enough to beguile adult fans… for children, the digital aspects will unquestionably be the winners.”

If you’d like to see for yourself, tickets are now on sale online or at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. And if you’d like to know more about Centre Screen’s work on this or any other project – please get in touch!

RSC: The Play's The Thing - Press Night

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