Last week David Tennant visited the Royal Shakespeare Company's latest exhibition The Play's The Thing in Stratford-upon-Avon and was reunited with his own iconic costume from the 2008 run of Hamlet. David also had a go at trying on the costume with the help of one of the exhibition's many interactive features and checked out a collection of skulls from various versions of Hamlet.
The major new family attraction is located in the Swan Wing of the RSC's theatres, marking the culmination of the restoration of the oldest part of the building, which dates from 1879. The Play's The Thing will be the RSC's first ever permanent exhibition devoted to the staging of Shakespeare’s plays.
Many famous faces have performed at the RSC and besides David the exhibition includes costumes worn by Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Laurence Olivier, Paul Robeson and Vivien Leigh. The immersive exhibition also highlights some of the RSC’s most iconic theatre productions with treasures from the archive, including rarely-seen props, exquisite costumes and original set designs. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved too, with a magic costume mirror for visitors to try on virtual costumes, the Quick Change Challenge, changing a costume against the clock with Velcro, buttons and magnets, or the chance to stand on the RSC stage through state of the art technology. Visitors will also be able to explore how set design, lighting, sound, special effects and music all help to create the world on stage.
Also on display will be the Chandos portrait of Shakespeare, on loan for a limited time from the National Portrait Gallery, and a rare first folio of Shakespeare’s plays dating from 1623.
The Play’s The Thing is open daily from 10am at The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Tickets cost £8.50. Children aged 5-17 are half price when purchased with a full priced adult admission and under 5s go free. For groups and schools admissions, please contact the RSC Box Office.
To book visit www.rsc.org.uk/theplaysthething