Into the Wild

Past exhibition: PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Into The Wild was a journey through Shakespeare's natural world, revealed through highlights from our Costume Collection.

The exhibition explored how costume designers and makers have responded to themes of nature in Shakespeare's work.

It offered an exclusive chance to see rarely displayed costumes and includes many worn by some of our most famous actors including Peggy Ashcroft, Ian McKellen, Juliet Stevenson and David Tennant.

Shakespeare's characters, stories and words are rich with references to nature, from stormy seas, magical woods and wild forests, to plants, precious stones, the weather, moon and stars.

Displaying the skilful craft of costume making and design, Into the Wild showed how those themes are continuously interpreted and designed in diverse and imaginative ways through costume over the years.

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