I recently heard The Victoria & Albert Museum had opened an exhibition entitled ‘Curtain Up’, which was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Olivier Awards in April 2016 and productions from both London’s West End and Broadway in New York.
Admission is free – so we had no excuse not to visit and to see just how fantastic the theatre both here and on Broadway really is. This experience is fantastic for everybody – children, families and many more…
I have a huge passion for theatre shows. I see them often, I talk about them, I review them and I’m even marrying my very own Stage Manager this year!
Once you walk into the exhibition you are immersed into the fantastic and mesmerising world of musicals, plays, stage sets, costumes, lights, sound and more. You are able to see the hard work it takes from everybody, not just the actors and/or actresses. Putting on a show takes a lot of hard work, talent and dedication to the profession.
There are hundreds of items on display from an array of fantastic productions such as Matilda, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Warhorse, The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nightime, Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Lion King, Evita, The Audience, An Inspector Calls, Chicago and The Producers. I can’t list them all as there really are so many things to see!
This amazing experience by Tom Piper (the designer for the Tower of London Poppies Installation) and RFL Architects, allows you to experience a behind the scenes look and the work undertaken that brings everything together to create a memorable theatrical experience.
In one room you come up close to the Lion King costumes, in the next a costume worn by Rudolf Nureyev himself. There are scripts on display, costume designs, letters from actors, show reports, archived video footage and you can even have a go at playing with light and sound! You can also come up close to model box designs for An Inspector Calls, Matilda and Warhorse and other productions. There really is something for everybody to enjoy.
Curtain Up is on display from 9th February – 31st August 2016 and entry is free. Enjoy a fantastic day out in London and delve into the world of theatre!
Have a great time!