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...Read more See less
Take a peek into our peepshow collection
The power of photography to create a "greatness and fullness of life"
As told through our fascinating collection
Punch, Judy, Sooty, Sweep and a life-sized horse puppet called Joey, you'll find them all in our puppets collection...
From early ballad operas to today's West End blockbusters
Discover the history of circus and the acts that have entertained audiences over the last 250 years
Discover the fascinating story of the perennial entertainer
The founding father of music photography
The Modernist agenda is reflected in the pioneering political theatrical organisations that sprung up in the UK between the wars
The familiar trappings of the classic British panto owe much to the innovations of Victorian entrepreneurs, performers and designers
Discover the fascinating story about how a young RCA student was commissioned to produce one of the world's most iconic logos
The productions of the Ballets Russes revolutionised early 20th-century arts and continue to influence cultural activity today
Watch a trailer of the film and sound installation and find out more about the V&A's Glastonbury Festival Archive
The Tommy Cooper Collection celebrates the life and career of one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars
Shoes worn by the best-selling musical artist Prince have been acquired for the V&A's National Collection of Performing Arts
Discover the chequered history of the world's oldest surviving Victorian music hall
Explore over 400 years of theatre poster design
Charting its history from early song and supper rooms to West End music halls and the birth of the Royal Variety Performance
Create your own story and bring it to life!