See David Tennant's RSC Costumes For Free As Part Of Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations This Saturday

The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced a series of events to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday in Stratford-upon-Avon tomorrow, Saturday 21st April 2018.

From 10am there will be free entry to The Play's The Thing exhibition, which is the RSC's first ever permanent exhibition devoted to the staging of Shakespeare’s plays.

Several of David Tennant's costumes are featured including his red T-shirt from Hamlet (2008) and his suit from Romeo and Juliet (2000).

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.

In 2016 David visited the exhibition 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.

Other events will be taking place throughout the day. 

Here's the full itinerary:

From 10am: Free entry to our permanent exhibition, The Play's The Thing

10.35 - 11.30am (approx): Shakespeare Birthday Parade, Bridge Street

11.15am - 12.20pm (approx): Literary Pageant performance by Positive Youth Foundation, Bridge Street

11.30am - 4pm: Craft Workshop, Upper Foyer, The Other Place

12 - 4pm: Sonnet Ferry, Chain Ferry Crossing, River Avon. Listen to Shakespeare’s poetry as you cross the River Avon, read to you by RSC actors. 50p per crossing

12 - 3pm: Meet the Artist: Jasmine Thompson, creator of Love as a Revolution, Bancroft Terrace

12 - 12.45pm: Blood Guts and Gore, The Other Place

1 - 1.45pm: Theatre Design Q&A, The Other Place

1.30pm: Positive Youth Foundation performance, Bancroft Terrace (10 minutes)

2 - 2.45pm: Stage Fighting Demo, The Other Place

2.30pm: Positive Youth Foundation performance, Bancroft Terrace (10 minutes)

3 - 3.45pm: Rehearsing Shakespeare, The Other Place

5 - 6pm: Apples and Snakes present: SPIN

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