Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, celebrates the extraordinary story of theatre in both London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. Created in partnership with The Society of London Theatre, the V&A and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, it explores the craftsmanship that goes into creating award-winning plays, musicals and productions. With its strong reputation in theatre lighting along with installations and museum-based work, White Light was called upon to provide the production support on this ground-breaking exhibition.
Curtain Up opened just over a week ago as part of a year-long programme to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards, with every show on display having a story to tell in relation to the Olivier or Tony Awards.
The exhibition was co-designed by Tom Piper, who worked with WL on the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppies installation at the Tower of London, and Alan Farlie of RFK Architects. The lighting design was created by Zerlina Hughes of Studio ZNA, with sound design by Ben Harrison and Gareth Owen. WL worked closely with all of the designers to bring their vision to life.
The exhibition features a red carpet which guides visitors into the main space, where they are greeted by props and costumes from classic shows such as A Chorus Line. There are also interactive set-pieces which recreate the most memorable moments from current West End productions such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Matilda.
Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York runs until 31st August.