Take the kids to … The Play’s the Thing, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon

The magic of Shakespeare, and theatre, is in the spotlight at an exhibition that mixes costumed fun, technology and thousands of historical artefacts

Stratford’s Swan Theatre is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) permanent exhibition, which takes visitors through 100 years of theatre in the Bard’s home town. Exhibits at The Play’s The Thing range from costumes worn by famous actors who’ve performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) to a copy of the playwright’s first folio. Displays are grouped into sections, such as blood, guts and gore; animals and mythical monsters, and fairies and magical worlds. Although the exhibition (refreshed every six months or so) is packed with facts and figures, it’s also hands-on and interactive, making it particularly family-friendly.

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