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'Dressing Lady Macbeth': An Exhibition (25 May - 3 Nov) photo

'Dressing Lady Macbeth': An Exhibition (25 May - 3 Nov)

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  • 3 July 2024
  • 10:0016:00
  • See organiser for pricing
  • Ages 0 – 18 years


Rediscover gems of the 1888 Lyceum Theatre production of 'Macbeth' in an intimate exhibition which boasts a sumptuous costume, props and more.

“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” - Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I

In 1888, the Lyceum Theatre company launched a new production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production had a vast cast and sumptuous costuming, and was led by two of the most beloved Shakespearean actors of the day, Ellen Terry and Henry Irving.

This new exhibition will bring together mementoes from the production for the first time in several decades, including the beautiful Banqueting dress. This will be the first time the dress is on display following a long period of conservation.

Our Macbeth museum guide will allow visitors to delve further into the story of the exhibition, and of Shakespearean theatre at this time, by highlighting other items in the remarkable collection at Smallhythe Place.

Wed-Sun, including bank holidays. Runs until 3 November.

Standard admission applies.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Scan your membership cards or purchase entry at Visitor Reception. Our team is on hand to assist with any questions.

Please note that the exhibition room is upstairs in the house. The guide will be available on the ground floor and will feature further objects associated with the exhibition.

Smallhythe Place

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This exclusive out-of-hours tour will lead you through object highlights in the house.


  • Smallhythe Road
  • Tenterden
  • Kent
  • TN30 7NG
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