As we prepare to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen, we look back at some of the queens of the RSC stage.

Shakespeare's plays are full of royal dynasties, queens and kings, with some of theatre's greatest actors treading the boards as everyone from Titania, Queen of the Fairies, to Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. See pictures from some of these productions below, as well as queens from plays by modern writers and Shakespeare's contemporaries.

And don't forget to join us this week for our Platinum Jubilee celebrations, running from Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 June.