If you’re in London this August and want to learn a little more about the process of adapting Shakespeare for the stage, the National Theatre on London’s Southbank have a free exhibition about the making of their current production of William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens starring Simon Russel Beale. The show opens on August 3rd but the free exhibit is already open. Just enter and go up the stairs to the Olivier Exhibition Level. The exhibition includes drawings, set designs, photographs from rehearsals, and even objects from Jacobean London (which could augment your visit to the British Museum’s Staging the World exhibit).
Check out the National’s exhibit free of charge, and keep your eyes on the Great Writers Inspire Early Modern Drama on the Page and Stage theme, soon to updated with new contact, including videos interviewing directors of modern productions of Shakespeare’s works.
It’s also worth noting that although they’re not licensed under the Creative Commons, the National Theatre provides some great resources for teaching Shakespeare in the classroom. You’ll find a full course on Hamlet, as well as additional resources on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well that Ends Well, Henry IV, Henry V, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale, Marlowe’s Dido Queen of Carthage and Doctor Faustus, Webster’s Duchess of Malfi, and Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy.
UPDATE: The National Theatre has now released a Making of Timon video, discussing the concept, design, and rehearsals for the show. Check it out here.