New items on display include the green suit worn by Adrian Edmondson in 2017’s Twelfth Night and Paul Robeson’s clothes from Othello.

Our interactive exhibition of theatre-making, The Play’s The Thing, has reopened with new costumes and props on display.

The exhibition starts on the ground floor of the Swan Theatre and continues on the floor above, with exhibits including props from our shows, a rare copy of Shakespeare’s first folio and an interactive Magic Costume Mirror. New features include:

  • The shirt, trousers and headdress worn by Ian McKellen in the 2007 production of King Lear
  • Adrian Edmondson’s green Malvolio suit and hat from Twelfth Night (2017)
  • The black and orange jacket and trousers worn by Paul Robeson as Othello in 1959
  • Vanessa Redgrave’s red and gold dress from The Taming of the Shrew (1961)
  • Vivien Leigh’s gold dress with red blood ribbons, worn as Lavinia in Titus Andronicus (1955)
  • Mark Rylance’s fencing costume from Hamlet (1988)
Adrian Edmondson's suit will be one of the costumes on display.

Also, as a big thank you to the National Lottery players who help support the work we do, visitors to the exhibition between 3-9 December will be able to get free entry for one adult and up to two children on presentation of a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard. Present your ticket or scratchcard at the Box Office on the day of your visit for entry.