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Rob Jones, set and costume designer on the Royal Shakespeare Company's televised adaptation of 'Hamlet', explains how he worked from an initial scale model to the final creation of the set and all the costumes for the production of 'Hamlet'. He tells us how in film and television, the roles of costume designer and set designer are often distinct but that in this production the theatrical convention of combining the two was maintained, making him responsible for everything the audience looked at.
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22 December 2009

Classroom Ideas

Discuss how important mise- en- scène is for period drama. What effect can changing the period of the costumes and setting have on audience appreciation of a drama? Ask the students to choose a Shakespeare play, challenging them to identify another time period in which to set it. Why have they chosen this period?

Use annotated diagrams and drawings to devise costumes and sets for two key scenes from a televised version of any Shakespeare play. Add lighting directions for the setting. Students should justify their choices and evaluate the effectiveness of the set design, lighting and costumes. What connotations have they tried to convey about the characters, mood and themes?

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