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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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The Mikado; Costume design by Wilhelm for a Japanese Gentleman in The Mikado, Savoy Theatre 14 March 1885
Wilhelm (1858-1925)
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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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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Theatre Royal Stratford East

Rehearsals at Theatre Royal  Stratford East © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Greise Astrauskaite, a member of the Theatre Royal Stratford East Youth Theatre. The Theatre Royal have been working with the William Morris Gallery on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Darnell Shakespeare.  My experience with the Peter Brook project is going really well. I have been learning […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: The Rose Theatre Kingston

A member of The Rose Youth Theatre looking at the Curtain Up Display © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Jasmine Dunne, a member of The Rose Youth Theatre. The Rose Theatre Kingston is part of the Kingston Hub, working  with the  Kingston Museum on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Rosie Jones.  Upon arriving at the V&A, we discussed the three items we would personally […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: The Rose Theatre Kingston

A member of The Rose Youth Theatre looking at the Peter Brook Collection © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Jake Kenny-Byrne, a member of The Rose Youth Theatre. The Rose Theatre Kingston is part of the Kingston Hub, working  with the  Kingston Museum on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Rosie Jones.  Having only been a member of the Rose Youth Theatre for a year […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Sedgehill Hub

Rehearsal plans for Brook's production of Oedipus (1968) © Peter Brook/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Grace Khoo. Grace  is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has previously worked as a performer, puppeteer, production assistant and facilitator.  She graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies program. Grace is observing the work of Gemma […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Chiswick School Hub

V&A Blythe House Storage Facility © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest blog post by Danielle McIlven. Danielle is an experienced Community and Youth Theatre Director working in the UK and Internationally. She is the Director for the Chiswick Hub of the Peter Brook Schools Project, which is comprised of Chiswick School, Watermans and Gunnersbury Park Museum. The scope of this project is […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Schools’ Outreach Project

A Midsummer Night’s Dream rehearsal. Photo by Douglas H Jeffery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The ‘Peter Brook Archive to Action’ Schools’ project, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, formally began this term on the 2nd October when the 18 project partners were all invited to the V&A for a Twilight session. We were delighted to see so many teachers, museum educators and theatre practitioners attend, each of whom […]

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V&A’s sixteen ceramic poppies now on display

Sixteen ceramic poppies from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

Sixteen ceramic poppies acquired by the Museum for its permanent collections are now on display in Room 103. These come from the poignant, dramatic and phenomenally crowd-drawing installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, sited in the dry moat of the Tower of London between 5th August and 11th November 2014. Commemorating the centenary […]

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