New features in our exhibition include items from last year's The Merry Wives of Windsor and David Tennant's ornate costume and crown from Richard II.

Our interactive exhibition of theatre-making, The Play’s The Thing, reopens this Saturday (22 June) with new costumes and items to discover.

The exhibition starts on the ground floor of the Swan Theatre and continues on the floor above, featuring props from our shows, a rare copy of Shakespeare’s first folio and an interactive Magic Costume Mirror. Other items on display include:

  • Richard Burton's wool and fur cloak from Henry V (1951)
  • David Tennant's blue and gold gown and golden crown from Richard II (2013)
  • Costumes mixing Elizabethan style and soap opera glamour from last year's The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • A marionette puppet from 1981's A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Judi Dench's 1976 hippie chic costume from The Comedy of Errors
David Tennant as Richard II, in an ornate blue and gold robe, wearing a golden cross and gemmed crown.
David Tennant as Richard II in 2013.
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There are also brand new family activities to enjoy as part of the experience. Follow the hidden clues to help Francis the Pig find the prop thief, and put your creative skills to the test by designing a costume inspired by the exhibition.

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