Rae Smith, designer of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Tempest, reveals how she approached the ballet in the same way as her award-winning production of War Horse.
'What was interesting for me was that David wanted me to think of the set like a Shakespearean play rather than a ballet,' she explains. 'So the world becomes a composite set - an environment that is the same, but changes quite dramatically as we use it in different ways.
'It doesn’t require lots of scenery flying in and out, it simply requires the interpretation of space in different ways with unique things happening on stage. So it’s much more Shakespearean, rather than traditionally balletic, in its interpretation.