William Shakespeare may have written that all the world’s a stage, but today on #LoveTheatreDay, all Europeana is a stage.
We’ve searched our collections to find artworks and photographs which give a glimpse into theatrical life over several hundred years.
Whether indoor or outdoors, the theatre is a place where imagination and creativity reign.
The players, either professional or amateur, enthrall an audience with feats, some daring and some more mundane.
And some artists remind us that sometimes the real drama and beauty happens in the audience as well as on stage.
By Adrian Murphy, Europeana Foundation