Curtain Up

Curtain Up

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Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

Step Behind the Scenes of Award Winning Theatre

After a run at the V&A in London, and The Library for the Performing Arts In New York, the exhibition is now closed.As part of the year-long celebrations surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards, Society of London Theatre, the V&A and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center invite you to step behind the scenes of award-winning theatre and into Curtain Up, an exhibition to celebrate two world class centres of theatrical excellence, the West End and Broadway.

Curtain Up explores the rich creative talent and extraordinary range of craft and collaboration that goes into creating Olivier and Tony award-winning productions.

Designed by acclaimed stage designer Tom Piper and Alan Farlie for RFK Architects; Curtain Up provides a glimpse behind the scenes and immerses you in the world of artistic collaboration to discover how all aspects of a production come together in great theatre. 

Delve into a world of musicals, plays and productions and see how they were made. Find yourself on stage with Joey from War Horse, see the award statuettes up close with a spotlight on the Olivier Awards themselves, view original costume designs from The Phantom Of The Opera and Wolf Hall. Enjoy A Chorus Line’s golden top hats and see close up set models, scripts, photographs and film from past productions including Carousel, Arcadia, and Sunday In The Park With George. Alongside this runs never before seen footage from the V&A’s National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) and The Library for the Performing Arts’ Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT), New York.

Alongside the exhibition, the public can get involved in the multi-strand events programme, with exclusive ‘In Conversation’ events with leading West End professionals and a Curtain Up careers programme for the new generation of theatre makers. 

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