What's in the Collection

Miss Priscilla Horton in the role of Ariel by Daniel Maclise, 1838

Costume, Props and Designs:
offer a fascinating overview of the way theatrical performances have changed over time.  There are more than 2,500 items, dating back to the late 19th century.  Set and costume design is often the first impression an audience member will have of a play, and potentially the most enduring.

Paintings and Drawings, Prints and Sculpture:
record stage productions and artistic interpretations of Shakespeare's work. There are over 4,000 items, some of which date from the 17th century.  There are also depictions of actors both in and out of character. 

Photographs, Posters, Programmes, Film and Sound Recordings:
are a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of theatrical performance or the Royal Shakespeare Company.  They often capture significant and memorable moments of a performance.  Posters and programmes offer an insight into the world of advertising and marketing, from the black and white flyers of the 19th century to the colour posters of the present day.

To enquire about the RSC Collection and Archive you can email us at collection@rsc.org.uk.


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