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Interviewing Modern and Contemporary Performance Curator, Anna Landreth-Strong

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Patience, or Getting to Grips with the D’Oyly Carte Archive

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Assistant Curator within the Theatre and Performance collections, Veronica Castro talks about the process of cataloguing the D’Oyly Carte Archive. The prospect of cataloguing the D’Oyly Carte Archive was a daunting one.  Faced with hundreds of files, boxes and filing cabinets full of materials reflecting the work of generations of the D’Oyly Carte family and the […]

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Introducing the D’Oyly Carte Archive

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Costume design
The Mikado; Costume design by Wilhelm for a Japanese Gentleman in The Mikado, Savoy Theatre 14 March 1885
Wilhelm (1858-1925)
London
1885
Gouache on board

Curator of Popular Entertainment Catherine Haill gives us a brief history of one of the jewels in the crown of the V&A Theatre and Performance collections. The D’Oyly Carte Archive is one of the most significant archives in the world relating to the operas of W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) and their production and […]

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Guest Post – The First Gas-Lit Stage

The stage and proscenium arch at the Royalty Theatre, 1815, drawn by R. Howlett

We welcome our guest blogger Pieter van der Merwe to illuminate the story of the first gas-lit stages in Britain. A forgotten London theatrical ‘first’, 5 August 1816 Coal-gas was first used to light public areas of major London theatres in 1815. The Lyceum Theatre in the Strand is usually said to be the first to have […]

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The Making of The Masquerade

A cast in costume filming in front of a green screen

This film takes you behind-the-scenes of The Masquerade interactive film, and the extraordinary group of people that helped create it. Interviews with the participants, the theatre company and V&A staff involved, provide insights into this unique collaboration. We documented the project from the first meeting of the cast to the launch party. The Masquerade is […]

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The Saga of Letitia and Rachel

The Saga of Letitla and Rachel

One of the unexpected pleasures of cataloguing a collection is when hidden treasures are discovered hidden behind dry archive descriptions, such as: “ANONYMOUS : Caricatures The Saga of Letitia and Rachel.  Drawings (23) satirizing a contemporary incident (?).  English, c.1910.” From the first image, my attention was grabbed by these high-quality charming drawings, far too […]

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DAY 3 @ the V&A: Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

Platform Shoes, Vivian Westwood, 1993

This is a guest post by Dr Enza De Francisci who is currently preparing a Shakespeare and Italy course at the V&A supported by the University College London-King’s College London Collaborative Learning Fellowship in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Today’s day at the V&A involved taking my international students […]

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Volunteers get hands-on

Volunteeers cleaning scrapbooks

As Cataloguer on the Peter Brook project, I’ve been responsible not only for cataloguing the Peter Brook Collection but also helping to, recruit, train and co-ordinate two teams of volunteers. The collection was purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a private donor and a key part of our application to […]

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Day Two at the V&A: Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

Gilded teak angel by Hibbert C, Binney known as The Spirit of Gaiety and originally designed for the dome of the first Gaiety Theatre, Aldwych, where it was erected in March 1904. Hibbert C. Binney

This is a guest post by Dr Enza De Francisci who is currently preparing a Shakespeare and Italy course at the V&A supported by the University College London-King’s College London Collaborative Learning Fellowship in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (Arts and Humanities Research Council)   So it is Day Two of my Shakespeare Course […]

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Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

A view of Shakespeare's Macbeth on stage at Covent Garden, mid 1760s, Unknown Artist, Italy c.1570 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Dr Enza De Francisci who is currently preparing a Shakespeare and Italy course at the V&A supported by the University College London-King’s College London Collaborative Learning Fellowship in the Arts, Society and the Humanities Sometime last year, I came across an email advertising a Collaborative Fellowship in Learning in […]

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