Midnight Matinee

AWESTRUCK ACTORS: For the mostly South Asian cast of Midnight's Children, working closely with Rushdie is a special thrill

In a down-at-heel, white-brick building in Clapham, South London, the season's most ambitious theatrical project is nearing completion in absolute secrecy. No outsider is allowed into the rehearsal rooms of the Royal Shakespeare Company as the famous theater troupe goes through the final test runs of Midnight's Children, adapted by Salman Rushdie from his beloved, groundbreaking 1981 novel. Those involved will only be interviewed in a room high in the building, away from where the show is taking shape. What's happening down there? "We're experimenting, playing games, finding a theatrical language for the play," says its director Tim...

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