This online costume exhibition looks at six Shakespearean heroines and the actors and costumes that brought the characters to life.
This gallery is inspired by Roaring Girls, a season of RSC productions with women at the heart of the action and features costumes from the RSC Costume Collection selected during the Shakespeare by Design Project.
Shakespeare by Design was a collaboration between the RSC and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which aimed to review, research and contextualise costumes worn on the stage by linking them with material held in the archive at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The Shakespeare by Design project was funded by Arts Council England through the Designation Development Fund.
Photo gallery of Peggy Ashcroft as Rosalind in As You Like It, 1957, directed by Glan Byam Shaw.
Photo gallery of Francesca Annis as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, 1961, directed by Trevor Nunn.
Photo gallery of Mariah Gale as Miranda in The Tempest, 2006, directed by Rupert Goold.
Photo gallery of Tamsin Grieg as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, 2006, directed by Marianne Elliott.
Photo gallery of Vivien Leigh as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, 1955, directed by Glan Byam Shaw.
Photo gallery of Janet Suzman as Cleopatra Antony and Cleopatra in 1972, directed by Trevor Nunn.