Theatre & Performance

Rooms 103 - 106b

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The Theatre & Performance collections are an incredible resource that document current practice and the history of all areas of performing arts in the UK, including drama, dance, opera, circus, puppetry, comedy, musical theatre, costume, set design, pantomime, popular music and much more...

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The collection was founded in the 1920's when a private collector, Gabrielle Enthoven, donated her extensive collection of theatrical designs, memorabilia, books and photographs to the Museum. Since then the collection has continued to grow to include significant objects and works of art; books, manuscripts, audio-visual recordings and ephemerality; and the archives of performing arts companies, performers, directors, stage designers and private collectors.

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Photo of Costume for the Fairy in Béla Bartók’s ballet 'The Wooden Prince', Philip Prowse, 1981, London. Museum no. S.731-1985. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Costume for the Fairy in Béla Bartók’s ballet 'The Wooden Prince', Philip Prowse, 1981, London. Museum no. S.731-1985. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Detail from a painting of Queen Elizabeth at the Globe, David Scott, 1840. Museum no. S.511-198. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Detail from a painting of Queen Elizabeth at the Globe, David Scott, 1840. Museum no. S.511-198. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Artwork for the Rolling Stones Hot Licks logo, Jon Pasche, 1970. Museum nos. S.6120-2009 & S.6121-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Musidor B.V.
Artwork for the Rolling Stones Hot Licks logo, Jon Pasche, 1970. Museum nos. S.6120-2009 & S.6121-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Musidor B.V.

Photo of Punch puppet, Fred Tickner, about 1975. Museum no. S.554-2001. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Punch puppet, Fred Tickner, about 1975. Museum no. S.554-2001. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Poster for the revue 'Eightpence a Mile' Alhambra Theatre, Designed by G.K. Benda, 1913, London. Museum no. S.772-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Poster for the revue 'Eightpence a Mile' Alhambra Theatre, Designed by G.K. Benda, 1913, London. Museum no. S.772-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Les Paul Guitar broken by Pete Townshend, Gibson, about 1960. Museum no. S.12-1978. © V&A Images
Les Paul Guitar broken by Pete Townshend, Gibson, about 1960. Museum no. S.12-1978. © V&A Images

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