Today’s rehearsal of Hamlet saw the actors in costume for the first time, and things quickly descended into a glorified fashion show. The director was concerned that Gertrude looked too much like an Arabian princess, and that Polonius looked like a beggar, whilst every solution to Claudius’ wardrobe issues seemed to result in the addition of another layer of fake fur; by the end of the day he looked more like a synthetic bear than the supposed King of Denmark.
The staging of the play itself is fairly interesting, as most of it will be taking place in the round, beneath a Perspex stage. For what I can only assume to be economic reasons the rehearsals (which will not move into the theatre itself until the week before the run) are currently taking place on a makeshift stage, which rater than being made of Perspex has large sections, which are systematically removed. Throw in a few halberds, some horrifically completed plate mail, and 40 actors, and you have a recipe for a rather tasty accident, with a side helping of hazard, and lashings of mild peril.