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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1978 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cosprop (Theatrical costumiers)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Sacchi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Margaret Rawlings (1906-1996), one of the finest tragic actresses on the English stage, first made her mark as Salome at the Gate Theatre in 1931, and amongst her subsequent successes were the roles of Kitty O'Shea in Parnell, Eliza Doolittle, Mrs Dearth in Dear Brutus and, most notably, Vittoria Corombona in The White Devil. She was an actress in the great classical tradition of tragedy, the heiress of Sybil Thorndike. Marriage and motherhood led her to abandon the stage, to which she returned after a twelve year absence to play the Empress Eugenie in a one-woman show. Her performance won rave reviews in London and was seen at over fifty festivals and venues in England and abroad. This was her last role.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1978 (made)


Cosprop (Theatrical costumiers)


Length: 755 mm, Width: 510 mm, Weight: 0.9 kg

Object history note

The Empress Eugenie costume was donated to the Theatre Museum by Margaret Rawlings's daughter. Associated production: Empress Eugenie. Director: Marianne Macnaghten. Wearer and actor: Margaret Rawlings. Character: Empress Eugenie. Mayfair Theatre, Cambridge, July 1978. London, 5.2.1979.

Descriptive line

Cloak worn by Margaret Rawlings as the Empress Eugenie in Empress Eugenie, 1978


Entertainment & Leisure; Stage costumes


Theatre and Performance Collection

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