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Backstage at the Hackney Empire: the RSC's James Cooney and co.

A Day In The Life: The RSC’s James Cooney

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 22 March 2018

To be, or not to be, backstage at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet? Well, when you’ve got a guide as brilliant as James Cooney (who plays Horatio), why wouldn’t you?

James showed us what goes on in a day in the life of a cast member in the critically acclaimed touring production.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet plays at the Hackney Empire until Saturday 31 March. You can book your tickets through the Hackney Empire website.

Home sweet home!

The Hackney Empire

The view of the Hackney Empire from the stage – Hamlet’s home until the end of March.

All is calm…

The Hamlet cast on the Hackney Empire stage

The quiet before the storm… on stage before the performance.

The DSM at Hackney Empire

… and behind the stage before the performance – the all-powerful DSM!

Ready to roll!

Team Hamlet! (Rosencrantz [Romayne Andrews], Hamlet [Paapa Essiedu], Guildenstern [Eleanor Wyld])

Team Hamlet! (Rosencrantz [Romayne Andrews], Hamlet [Paapa Essiedu], Guildenstern [Eleanor Wyld])

Sidiki Dembele bringing the beat!

Sidiki Dembele bringing the beat!

Romayne Andrews the consummate professional.

Romayne Andrews, ever the consummate professional.

Suited and booted

Hamlet backstage diary: getting suited up

The socks and fatigues look like the next big fashion trend…

5 minute call!

Hamlet photo diary: 5 minute call

Ready to go.

Hamlet backstage diary: the next big boy band

The next big boy band: Straight Outta Hackney.

One down, one to go!

Hamlet backstage diary: one down

One show open, another yet to come!

That’s a wrap!

Hamlet backstage diary: Home time

Home time with Patrick… aka Patrice. And is that someone holding the Complete Works of Shakespeare behind him!?

Book your Hamlet tickets through the Hackney Empire website!


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