Believe What You Willby Philip Massinger, UK Tour, 2005-2006

Scope and Content

Folder contains the following:


  • Note from Michael Grandage to Rourke offering encouragement, dated Apr 2003.
  • Letter from Ian Richardson to Rourke regarding his possible casting as Flaminius, Nov 2004.
  • Various emails from Ian McHugh (playwright) to Rourke regarding text re-writes and ammendments, and a draft of an essay to be included in the official production programme, dated Mar-May 2005.
  • Letter from Rourke to the Gunpowder Theatre Company, dated Mar 2005
  • Email from Martin White (Professor of Theatre at Bristol University who re-wrote the original play) regarding pronunciation, dated Apr 2005.


  • Research on Philip Massinger, dated 2004.
  • Press cuttings covering the RSC's Gunpowder Season, dated 2004.
  • List of props for production, 2005.
  • Technical schedule, dated 2005.
  • Photo call information sheet, dated 2006.
  • Production notebook containing research, rehearsal and schedule notes, undated.
  • Production notebook containing rehearsal notes as well as notes for an Old Vic workshop, undated.
  • Production notebook containing rehearsal notes and action diagrams, undated.
  • Image research postcard album featuring classic paintings, undated.
  • Image research, undated.
  • Set of production images with letter regarding their use for production postcards, dated June 16th.
  • Rehearsal call list, dated 4th May.
  • Rehearsal list 'draft', undated.
  • Set of typed rehearsal notes, undated.
  • Pronunciation guide, annotated, undated.
  • Text excerpt, marked-up, undated.
  • Draft pages from official production programme, undated.
  • Set of textual questions to research, undated.
  • Handwritten notes, undated.
  • Copies of torn pages from original text, undated.
  • Cast list, location list, line counts and characters briefing notes, undated.
  • Research and copies of literary essays on Philip Massinger, Roman and contextual history; some annotated, all undated.

This tour ran during 2005- 2006.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke directed Philip Massinger's rediscovered Jacobean play Believe What You Will for the RSC as part of their Gunpowder Season. The production opened at the Swan Theatre, Stratford, then played at the People's Theatre Arts Centre, Newcastle, and finally transferred to London's West End where it played at the Trafalgar Studios Theatre.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2087.