Swan enchanted evening dresses; CURATOR WELCOMES CHANCE TO SHARE COSTUMES WITH THE PUBLIC.
COSTUMES worn by actors Dame Peggy Ashcroft, David Suchet and Diana Rigg in some of their greatest stage triumphs are going on show to the public in Warwickshire.
The new exhibition at the Swan Theatre in Stratford features costumes from Royal Shakespeare Company productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merchant Of Venice.
Curator David Howells said: "I am very excited to have a new display that visitors can relate to the productions on stage. Having so many wonderful costumes, worn by some of the great actors of the 20th century, has made the exhibition a delight to work on and I am sure visitors will share in this pleasure."
Also on show at the Swan Theatre are historic paintings and prints of scenes and characters from the two Shakespeare plays.
Actresses Eliza Lumley and Isabel Pollen, who are appearing in the company's current production of The Merchant of Venice, helped launch the exhibition, which also includes rare costumes worn by Ian Richardson, Sir Michael Redgrave and Frances de la Tour.
The items are part of the RSC Collection which consists of more than 2,000 items as well as a large archive of photographs and documents.
The collection was first put together in the late 19th century and includes around 400 paintings, 700 costumes as well as prints, drawing, sculpture, props and theatre memorabilia.
DRESSED TO FILL THE BILL: Swan Theatre actresses Eliza Lumley (left) and Isabel Pollen model two of the costumes; TV AND STAGE STAR:Diana Rigg; ONE OF THE GREATS: David Suchet; ACTING LEGEND: Dame Peggy Ashcroft
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Dec 13, 2001|
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