Curtains Up: A Peek Behind the Set Pieces of London’s Greatest Theatre Productions

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The set design model for Matilda The Musical

I went to this new exhibition at the V&A in my favourite part of the museum, the Theatre and Performance collection. Curtain’s Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York is a stunning collection of costumes, set pieces, set design and technology that goes into the making of some of your favourite musicals. Where else would you find a to scale model of the Matilda’s stage and the one of the original drawings from The Comedy of Errors from 1971.

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The Lion King costumes for Mufasa and Nala

The curators did an amazing jobs of fitting 40 years of theatre into such a small place, considering the exhibition only takes about 30 minutes to get though (45 if you are a diligent reader). The collection is vast and varied, starting off with a classic, the London staple Lion King costumes and ending with a room that recreates the stage of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

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The exhibition will be running until the end of August so it is definitely a must fr any theatre lovers that are in South Kensington for the day.

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