Week by week

Week 1

Welcome to the first week of Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank.

Rehearsals have now begun for this year's Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Much Ado About Nothing. Join us on our Week by Week journey as we follow the cast and the creatives through rehearsal and into performance.

Have a look at the characters page to get to know the people of the play.

Be sure to return each day to see what how the cast have been getting to know the play.

Week 1 Blog

Day One

Rehearsals have begun and as the cast get to know one another and the stage we will be following them along and keeping you up to date with what they learn, discover and stumble upon about the play and their characters role in them.

 Day Two

So we’re underway! It’s great to be involved in Playing Shakespeare again. I have performed in two previous Playing Shakespeare productions, two years ago in Twelfth Night and, ten years ago now, in Much Ado About Nothing. Michael Oakely was assistant director back then and is now at the helm directing this year’s production of Much Ado. I am assistant director this year which is extremely exciting! On Monday, the first day of rehearsals, everyone involved in the project gathered to say hello. It was great to meet all of our super cast and I was reminded of the scale and scope of this project. As a learning consultant for Globe Education I have been overseeing the workshops delivered by education practitioners in schools and working with teachers to offer them support and inspiration in teaching this play in the classroom. Over 20,000 young people from Birmingham and London will see our production. For many, it will be the first Shakespeare play they’ve seen and perhaps their first visit to the theatre. We have a big responsibility to offer them something that does this brilliant play justice.

Tom Davey, Assistant Director

Day Three

In our rehearsal room we’ve been getting to grips with the world of the play reflecting on each of the characters in turn. What a collection! Within the same play, Shakespeare introduces us to such a range of personalities, all intriguing and full of ambiguity. I love the contrast between each of the women in the play and the different approaches they have to surviving in a man’s world. In our production Don John, Dogberry, Verges, the constable, and Friar Francis are female and it’s been interesting to discuss how this might help us to bring out some of the themes and frustrations of the characters. For example is Donna Joan’s resentment of her high status brother fuelled by her experience as a woman working in a man’s world? For the men, the adjustment to civilian life presents challenges particularly for Claudio who, seeing Hero again after sometime, finds himself feeling things he’s never felt before.

Tom Davey, Assistant Director

Day Four

Revisiting this play after 10 years, it’s astonishing how different it seems. New actors bring themselves to the part and give new meaning to lines and scenes. The times we live in change the sense too. The play is very funny but also concerns itself with lying, deceit and public shame. All that resonates in a very different way in the context of fake news and internet shaming, than it did a decade ago. Hopefully it’s very much a play for the smartphone generation.

Tom Davey, Assistant Director

Day Five

This is perhaps my favourite stage of rehearsals, there’s still so much to explore and illuminate in Shakespeare’s play. As I write I’m sitting in the corner of the rehearsal room listening to some of the cast singing Sigh No More, words by Shakespeare, but music written by our composer Olly Fox. Music will feature in our production in all sorts of ways. Over the next few weeks I’m excited to see all the aspects of the production come together. Good times ahead!

Tom Davey, Assistant Director



A creative brief is given to each member of the creative team. The brief is intended to focus on the director's intended vision for the production. Why not be creative yourself by designing your own poster using our creative brief.

When a play is planned by a theatre they need to prepare an eye-catching poster. Download the early versions on the right to look at how the design changed. One of the posters has been annotated to show the links between the design and the themes of the play. 

Here are our top tips to think about when designing a poster:

1. Make it stand out so that it immediately grabs the attention of the viewer.

2. Be as bold and creative as possible so that it is different to the competition.

3. Make sure that all the information can be read clearly and that no important details about dates or times are lost.

4. Think about who the poster is aimed at and target it for that particular audience.

5. Consider the subject matter for your poster. Research the topic, and understand it, before you begin designing.

You can download the poster brief, these tips and inspiration from our designers on the right. Once you are done, email your creations to us at digital.i@shakespearesglobe.com so that we may feature it on the site.