Hollywood stars

Costumes worn by Hollywood stars on display at Barley Hall

A MAJOR exhibition, showing costumes worn by a range of Hollywood stars, will be on display at a venue in York this weekend.

York’s Barley Hall will provide a unique setting for the new exhibits, which will feature costumes worn by Hollywood actors such as Al Pacino and Kate Winslet on stage and screen and give visitors the chance to play some of the large pieces on stage.

The exhibition examines how England’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, portrayed the past in his plays. Presented around the three major themes of Shakespeare’s work – history, tragedy and comedy – the exhibition will also explore how York has continued to reconstruct and revisit its past through theatre.

The exhibitions team behind The Bard at Barley Hall examined how modern versions of Shakespeare’s plays have tackled similar themes, sourcing costumes worn by Michael Fassbender in the 2015 film version of Macbeth, Al Pacino in Merchant of Venice in 2004 and Kate Winslet. Disguise of Ophelia from Hamlet.

Dr Chris Tuckley, Head of Interpretation and Learning for the JORVIK Group, which runs Barley Hall, said: “We have added a host of interactive elements to the exhibition which will appeal to visitors of all ages, especially our many visiting school groups. .

“We have incorporated a shadow puppet theater where visitors can recreate iconic scenes from Hamlet and Macbeth – and we have costumes available for children and adults to create the perfect Shakespearean selfie.”

The final part of the exhibition examines how historical drama, including Shakespeare’s stories, was presented in York, with costumes from the York Theater Royal and some surprising items found under the seats during the recent refurbishment of the theatre. It also examines how Barley Hall influenced the construction of one of the most iconic Shakespearean buildings of our time, Shakespeare’s Globe.

JORVIK Group Attractions Director, Sarah Maltby, said: “Traditional building techniques were used in the restoration of Barley Hall, which has helped us better understand the processes behind the creation of this type of medieval building.

“The team behind the rebuilding of Barley Hall’s timber frame were tasked with doing the same for the Globe, largely based on what had been achieved at York.”

To mark the opening this weekend of The Bard At Barley Hall, visitors will be serenaded upon arrival in the courtyard outside the hall by medieval musicians, Caliban’s Dream. The Ting Tang Pageant Troupe will also stage demonstrations of the art of sword fighting – a common occurrence in many Shakespearean plays.

The weekend also sees the opening of the Barley Hall Coffee Shop in the adjacent building, including outdoor tables in the courtyard. The place is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.