Gary Andrews’s Unexpected Audio: the challenges of recording a Shakespeare play under quarantine!

When the Polesden Lacey Shakespeare Company’s open-air production of Romeo and Juliet was cancelled this year due to the lockdown, director Gary Andrews was determined that it wouldn’t disappear without a trace. This is the story of how the company responded to the situation and the challenges this threw up (and the solutions they came up with). 

The online event will last around an hour and include a live Q&A with Gary.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 6 pm on 7 July.

About Gary Andrews:

Gary is an illustrator, animator and director. In recent years he has gained a social media profile as a result of his publishing a ‘Doodle-a-day diary’ online, charting his life as a widower and unexpected single parent (with a book of the doodles due out this autumn). He is also a film-maker; his most recent movie was called Tales of Albion, which re-told several stories from British folklore and mythology.

Gary is a very experienced actor and director with a particular passion for Shakespeare. He has recently started producing a series of YouTube films called Drawing on Shakespeare, where he chats with Austin Tichenor of the Reduced Shakespeare Company about various Shakespeare plays or themes while he draws cartoons based on the conversation.

Twitter and Instagram: @garyscribbler / Website: / YouTube channel: GaryScribbler / Tales of Albion:

As an actor, Gary’s Shakespearean roles have been: Oswald, Chorus, Dogberry (twice), Horatio, Richard III, Laertes, Feste (twice), Puck (twice), Seyton, Ford, Angelo, Hamlet, Caliban, Mark Anthony (in Julius Caesar), Talbot/Vernon/Edward IV, Berowne, Shylock, Adam (As You Like It), the Dromio twins, Egeus/Quince, Claudius (Hamlet), Aegeon, Malvolio, Dr Caius and Costard.

As a director: Henry V, Macbeth (x2), Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (x3), Henry IV (parts 1 and 2 conflated), King Lear, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (x2), Henry VI (parts 1, 2 & 3 conflated), A Comedy of Errors (x4), The Merry Wives of Windsor (x2), The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Tempest, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet (x2)


The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

Booking Information

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