Much Ado about Costumes at Smallhythe Place

Corvidae was delighted to be asked to create a special backdrop and interpretation for a new display of costumes at Smallhythe Place in Kent. Dame Ellen Terry’s house has a huge collection relating to her career, including these spectacular costumes from the Lyceum Theatre’s 1882 production of Much Ado About Nothing. We photographed an etching taken from actor Forbes Robertson’s painting of the wedding scene and created a life-size backdrop and figures to set off the newly restored costumes. We also created interpretation panels based on the original theatre programme, for which we recreated the typeface used on the cover.

You can read more about the display in the National Trust’s press release. Smallhythe Place is now open from Wednesdays to Sundays until the end of October.

Dame Ellen Terry's costumes displayed in front of the backdrop created by Corvidae Ltd.
Dame Ellen Terry’s costumes displayed in front of the backdrop created by Corvidae Ltd.
An interpretation panel for the costume display at Smallhythe Place designed by Corvidae Ltd, based on the original theatre programme.
An interpretation panel for the costume display at Smallhythe Place designed by Corvidae Ltd, based on the original theatre programme.

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