Behind the scenes

  • Derek Jacobi's cloak

    Preparing the cloak worn by Derek Jacobi as Prospero in our 1982 production of The Tempest.

  • White dress

    A rosebud detail on a dress from Into the Wild, which opens on Saturday 20 February.

  • Red T-shirt

    The distinctive red T-shirt worn by actor David Tennant as Hamlet in our 2008 production.

    Photo by Gina Print

  • Gold

    Our Head of Costume Alistair McArthur dresses a mannequin in an unusual item of costume.

    Photo by Gina Print

  • Velvet jacket

    Staff from our Exhibitions department prepare a blue velvet jacket for Into the Wild. 

    Photo by Gina Print

  • A You Like It jacket

    Our Exhibitions team prepares the costumes for Into the Wild, including this red and green jacket, worn by David Tennant in As You Like It in 1996.

    Photo by Gina Print


  • Military jacket

    This military jacket, which originally appeared in a production of The Winter's Tale, is one of the items that will go on show when our exhibition opens on 20 April.

    Photo by Gina Print

  • Tom Piper

    Associate Designer Tom Piper, wearing protective gloves, to protect the delicate items which will be on show in our costume exhibition from damage.

    Photo by Gina Print


  • Alistair McArthur

    Our Head of Costume, Alistair McArthur, prepares one of the mannequins for our Into the Wild exhibition of costumes from our Collection.

    Photo by Gina Print

  • Mannequins

    Preparations are underway to open our Into the Wild exhibition of rarely displayed costumes on Saturday 20 April. Here are the mannequins set out in one of our rehearsal rooms, ready to be dressed with costumes worn by some of our most famous actors.

    Photo by Gina Print

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