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RSC goes high tech for The Tempest production - is Gollum coming to Stratford?

Gollum11_lrgThe RSC has announced it is putting on The Tempest as part of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary year with Simon Russell Beale as Prospero. Simon Russell Beale. But while that is exciting in itself, although not really a surprise, what has really pique my interest is the involvement of The Imaginarium Studios.

Stratford is going high-tech for this production, Intel is a fellow collaborator alongside The Imaginarium Studios. And that is exciting because Imaginarium is Andy Serkis' specialist motion capture studio. Andy Serkis of Gollum/Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Planet of the Apes fame. My imagination is running wild with what they might do with Caliban or Ariel or any number of particular scenes which involve Prospero's magic. This could be pretty spectacular.