29 November 2014 - 24 January 2015

Mezzanine Foyer, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS


Our free exhibition Is This A Dagger? will be on display in the Barbican mezzanine foyer during the run of Henry IV Parts I & II. This interactive exhibition explores the fascinating world of theatrical props through beautifully handcrafted objects made by the RSC Props Department. Choose a prop from the shelves to discover its story, including how it came to life and how it was used on stage.

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and devised by artists Stand + Stare, this exhibition invites you to peek behind the scenes and hear directly from people who make, source and use theatrical props every day.

Among the objects on display are the marotte used by Sylvester McCoy whilst playing the Fool to Ian McKellen's Lear (2007), a sample of the trellis from the throne used by David Tennant in Richard II (2013) and a replica of a severed hand made for Bring Up the Bodies (2013).

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