The display highlights the talent and achievement of British women currently performing in theatre, television and film, all of whom owe a debt to the pioneering first actresses.
Anna tells the NPG about the first actresses, “Sarah Siddons and Eliza Haywood â€“ Sarah Siddons was by all accounts a phenomenal actress. I would have loved to have seen her Lady Macbethâ€¦ and the â€˜unsex me hereâ€™ speech must have played interestingly in a cultural climate that was so heatedly debating what was and wasnâ€™t the â€˜properâ€™ way for a woman to behave!”
Read more about the exhibition at NPG.org.
Posted to: Anna Popplewell