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Backstage Video: The Set Design and Movement in Hansard at The National Theatre

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • November 20, 2019

In this video from the UKs National Theatre, Set Designer Hildegard Bechtler and Movement Director Shelley Maxwell talk about the creation of the set for Simon Wood’s new play, Hansard and how the actors move through it. They give an insight into how long married couple Robin (Alex Jennings) and Diana (Lindsay Duncan) navigate their English country home.


It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport.

The production team for Hansard included Director, Simon Godwin; Set and Costume Designer, Hildegard Bechtler; Lighting Designer, Jackie Shemesh; Music, Michael Bruce; Sound Designer, Christopher Shutt; Movement Director, Shelley Maxwell; Company Voice Work, Jeannette Nelson; and Video Content, Isaac Madge.
Lindsay Duncan as Diana and Alex Jennings as Robin in Hansard by Simon Woods. Photo by Catherine Ashmore

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