V&A exhibition traces history of West End and Broadway theatre

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2016-01-27 14:32:45

The V&A museum has announced details of a new exhibition, tracing the history of the theatre in London's West End and Broadway in New York.

'Curtain Up', curated by the V&A and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, will be an immersive exhibition exploring the history and craft behind the most famous plays and musicals of the past four decades.

“Having worked on both Broadway and the West End, I am delighted that Curtain Up, marking 40 years since the Olivier Awards were inaugurated, honours the shared artistic heritage binding London and New York and showcases the wealth of creative talent that brings great productions to the stage on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Dame Helen Mirren DBE.

The exhibition features materials from major productions such as The Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line and Wolf Hall.

Amongst the large collection of costumes on display will be examples from The Lion King and The Producers, along with a tunic worn by Rudolf Nureyev in Romeo and Juliet and Dame Helen Mirren DBE’s dress from The Audience.

Further notable exhibits will include original production set models for the multi-award-winning Matilda, War Horse, the New York productions of Carousel and Sunday in the Park with George.

In addition, the exhibition will also examine the complete process of bringing a major show to the stage, including aspects such as cript-writing, production, direction, design (lighting, sound, set, and costume), music and choreography.

The exhibition has been designed by Tom Piper, the acclaimed designer and theatre maker who worked alongside ceramic artist Paul Cummins to create the recent Tower of London poppies installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

'Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York' is set to run from October 19, 2016 until June 2017.

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