- Young says this 40-inch sword was intentionally damaged for a 1994 production of “Henry IV.” Young bent the tempered steel blade using a vise and filed the nicks himself to make it appear as though it had been in battle.
- These hobby horses are from 2003’s and 2004’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The shop created the larger version when the show moved to a bigger venue, where the original prop would have looked tiny to the audience, Young says.
- “No matter how realistically we do them, everybody knows it’s not real,” Young says of this one-pound latex head, used in 1990’s “Richard III.” He says fake heads “often get laughs if you make them too gross.”
[[CBK if it’s too gross]]
Young says this (fake) bloody burlap bag, which held a latex head in the theater’s recent staging of “Cymbeline,” is a more effective prop than a fake head alone because it “lets the audience connect the dots.”
- This 9-foot-7-inch Roman military standard is one of two in “Julius Caesar,” onstage Aug. 18-Sept. 4 in the company’s annual Free for All series of free shows (www.shakespearetheatre.org). The gold-painted eagle is carved from Styrofoam.
- Cleopatra’s elaborate throne in 2008’s “Antony and Cleopatra” was originally a wooden chair that the prop shop bought at a secondhand store for about $500. “Whatever’s the ‘money shot,’ that’s where the money goes,” Young says.
-In “Julius Caesar,” characters use this sacrificial boar to divine the future. The exterior of the boar is covered fake fur with wooden feet built up with modeling clay.
[[this is plain-looking ax, NOT the ornate ax w/ the curved blade]]
- For a 2007 production of “Edward II,” an actor was supposed to wield a real 10-pound broad ax, but he worried he might hurt someone accidentally. “We just really quickly pulled the ax head” and created this foam version, Young says.