Theatre Royal Stratford East
By Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman
Directed by Pooja Ghai
Lighting Design by Matt Daw
...this is a pantomime bursting with love, complemented by an uplifting score from Hyman, and a rich, heavily textured design from William Fricker. Verdict: Innovative adaptation featuring an uplifting score, entertaining performances and utterly enchanting design. (5 stars)
Paul Vale. The Stage. December 2017
William Fricker's designs are beguilingly beautiful, with wonderfully clashing African patterns on all the costumes and Witch Maddy's cluttered, chemistry set-style workshop one of the several simple but effective sets. This Rapunzel does look amazing.
Daisy Bowie-Sell. Whatsonstage.com December 2017
Apart from exciting and entertaining audience participation, immersion into the show is triggered by the costume and set design (William Fricker)....the show convinces with animating participation, stunning design...
Lara Domke. Ayoungertheatre.com December 2017
Designer William Fricker keeps settings simple but very effective. Rapunzel’s room disappears into the flies as the scene zooms down to ground level...and an audience engendered transformation scene makes a simple effect a very lovely climax.
Howard Loxton. Britishtheatreguide.info December 2017
The production values here are admirably high, with designer William Fricker offering a range of impressive structures...
Theo Bosanquet. Timeout.com December 2017
Above: Will's costume designs.
Below: Views of Will's CAD model.
Will does much of his design work in CAD and extrapolates all design and storyboard drawings from the CAD model.
Will wanted Rapunzel's tower to be embodied not only in the individual scenes at its top and at its base but also in the transition between the two. Will utilized flying, projection and the revolve in order to achieve this.