John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft as Romeo and Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet'

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John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft as Romeo and Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet', by Howard Coster, 1935 - NPG x14505 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft as Romeo and Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
Transferred from Central Office of Information, 1974
Photographs Collection
NPG x14505


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Artistback to top

  • Howard Coster (1885-1959), Photographer. Artist associated with 9342 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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In the celebrated production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Gielgud at the New Theatre, Gielgud and Laurence Olivier alternated in the parts of Romeo and Mercutio. Here Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft are in the title roles. The play was performed 186 times.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Pepper, Terence; Strong, Arthur, Howard Coster's Celebrity Portraits, 1985 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 28 June - 8 September 1985), p. 57