After receiving a hat-trick of five-star reviews (see below) at the Edinburgh Festival this August, the latest School Musical 'What You Will' was performed at the Royal College of Music on 7th January.
After two days of rehearsals back at school before the start of term, our actors, musicians and technical crew relocated to London to put on two outstanding performances at the RCM's Britten Theatre, playing to a capacity audience of almost 300 in the evening.
Many of our 2011 Leavers made themselves available to take up their original roles in this stunning show. Rob Collins, now a music scholar at Berklee College in Boston, returned to the UK to take the lead role of Count Orsino, and Hebe Dickins, who plays Maria, took a break from a hectic first year's training at Bristol Old Vic Drama School in order to take part.
We asked one of Gus Haynes, who played the part of Antonio, to write up his account of the experience: A Week in the Life of Gus Haynes.
‘Shrewsbury School lives up to its gleaming reputation with a technically flawless production… a real triumph.’
***** Broadway Baby 2011
'A magnificent reworking of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night... a sheer delight.' ***** British Theatre Guide 2011
'Top marks to Shrewsbury's ensemble.' ***** The Stage 2011
For full reviews from Edinburgh, please see Edinburgh Reviews - What You Will.