The National Portrait Gallery presents an exhibition exploring the extraordinary women who risked their careers and reputations to become Britain's first professional actresses.

Combining femininity, fashion and theatricality, the exhibition features works spanning the 17th and 18th centuries, revealing how portraits were used by performers enhance fame, deflect scandal and develop professional identities.

National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place, London, Greater London, WC2H 0HE

020 7306 0055


Opening times

Saturday - Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Free to all

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