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Curtain Up Exhibition at The V&A

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by Angela Lord (subscribe)
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Published May 13th 2016
Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre


Marking the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards, Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 years of Theatre in London and New York tells the tale of two cities and their theatrical heritage.

This free exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum gives a glimpse behind the scenes of shows in the West End and on Broadway, following the productions from script-writing, choreography and set-design through to the final accolades of the award ceremonies.

A collection of original costumes, models, photographs and film clips documents the past 40 years in theatres across the two cities on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Costumes from The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera, a dress worn by Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience and golden top hats from A Chorus Line are among the highlights. Set models show scenes from Matilda the Musical and War Horse in London, and New York productions of Carousel and Sunday in the Park with George.

The exhibition is open until 31 August 2016 at The V&A Cromwell Road, London SW7. Opening hours 10am - 5.25pm daily, Fridays from 10am - 10pm.
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Why? exhibition celebrating 40 years of theatre
When: now until 31 August
Website: www.vam.ac.uk
Where: V&A
Cost: free
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