Pop-up Performance

'Winter Wonderland’ ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

'Winter Wonderland’ ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Every Saturday and school holiday, come along to a performance event in the Museum including drama workshops, interactive gallery plays, music, dance, storytelling, puppetry and film.  Performances also run on special events and Family Days.

Performances run every Saturday at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00 (average duration 25 minutes). To see the full performance programme, view the Family Art Fun Calendar.

Pop-up Performance for Early Years

From music and drama workshops to puppetry, dance and storytelling, join in with our performers or just watch as the magic unfolds. These are ideal for families with under 5s and older siblings are welcome too!
Early Years performances run on the first Saturday of every month and during most school holidays.
Early Years performances supported by Outset Family.

’The Boy Who Sat on the Dragon Throne’ ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

'’The Boy Who Sat on the Dragon Throne’ ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Boy Who Sat on the Dragon Throne

Inspired by objects in the China Gallery  - an interactive performance about Pu-Yi, the 2 year old emperor who ruled over China from the Forbidden City.

Tudor Tunes & Tudor Tales

During the Easter holidays 2013 performances were inspired by the Treasures of the Royal Court exhibition. Families listened to original Tudor music and learnt about Tudor instruments in Tudor Tunes and King Henry VIII delighted all ages with the story of his six wives in Tudor Tales.

Mini Musicians

Pop-up Performance for May Half-Term in 2013 was inspired by the David Bowie is exhibition. Mini Musicians took children and adults on a magical journey, exploring rhythm and song through a multi-sensory music and drama workshop.

Pop-up Performance for all ages (5 yrs +)

Mister Maker, Big Draw Big Make, 2012©Victoria and Albert Museum, London',

'Mister Maker, Big Draw Big Make, 2012 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London',

Lights Theatre Company (the V&A’s own theatre company) and specially invited performance professionals produce a varied programme of performances throughout the year inspired by the V&A collections.

Performances include:

Curious Crafts and Mythical Models

Step back in time to the days of Queen Victoria when William Morris and his friends were causing a storm in the Art World.

Dragons, Lions and Footballs

From the 3 lions on England’s football Shirt to the dragons of ancient Italian family crests, explore these fascinating coat of arms symbols.

Let’s Get to It

Discover the dazzling delights of Kylie Minogue’s shows and career, from her crazy headdresses to her tiny corsets!

The Puppet Man is coming to Town

The stories of  the famous puppeteering families of Victorian times.

Mister Maker at the V&A

The V&A has had the pleasure of welcoming the Cbeebies star Mister Maker to the Museum. For two years, he has performed to hundreds of excited children and adults, showing them how to get drawing and making.
Read about Mister Maker' experiences at the V&A in the News from the Learning Department Blog.

The Wolsey Angels Appeal

We urgently need your help to raise the £5,000,000 it will cost for the V&A to acquire four Renaissance angels cast for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey and later in the possession of Henry VIII.

Help us buy The Wolsey Angels

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Pop Pop Speed Boat Tin Toy

Pop Pop Speed Boat Tin Toy

Vintage style tin toy. Comes in an assortment of colours and we cannot guarantee which one you will receive. The pop pop speed boat uses an actual f…

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Event - Theatre and Performance Galleries Tour

Wed 01 January 2014–Wed 31 December 2014

TOUR: Take a guided tour of the V&A's exciting theatre and performance collections, including rock & pop posters, theatre and ballet costumes, puppets, stage sets and more! See the Museum's acquisition of the original West End Joey from the National Theatres award winning production of War Horse, kindly donated by Handspring Puppet Company

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