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Queen Elizabeth I and other monarchs have appeared in many of our plays before. This crown is from the 1993 production of King John. In reality, crowns like this would be quite heavy and cumbersome to wear. What materials and approaches might Stratford Festival costume designers and prop builders employ so that the actors wearing them on stage can comfortably perform?
Imperial State Crown carried by Nicholas Pennell as King John in King John, 1993. Designed by Ann Curtis. Stratford Festival Archives, PRC_1993_008_0002
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