NVAP Musical Matinee: How to Win Against History

Join us for a screening from the National Video Archive of Performance

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, Learning Centre for Arts

  • Free event

NVAP Musical Matinee: How to Win Against History photo

Join us to watch the lavish chamber musical How to Win Against History, with book, music and lyrics by Seiriol Davies, who stars as the eccentric Victorian nobleman Henry Paget, the “Dancing Marquess”. This production was directed by Alex Swift at the Young Vic, London, and recorded live by the V&A in December 2017.

This screening will run for 1 hour and 17 minutes with no interval. Please note, NVAP's are subject to last minute changes.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to view and learn about significant British productions and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would be lost. When V&A East opens in 2024 all the recordings will be available for the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Header image: Kristina Banholzer