Past Display Ran from 9 February 2016 to 31 August 2016

Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

This exhibition is a true celebration of the skill that goes into the stage and manages to capture all the excitement of live performance

Richard Brownlie-Marshall, Huffington Post

This display is now closed at V&A South Kensington

Part of the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards, Curtain Up celebrated the extraordinary story of the world’s two greatest theatrical cities, London’s West End and New York’s Broadway.

In association with

Display Highlights

David Shannon (The Phantom) as Red Death in 'Masquerade' Photo by Catherine Ashmore © CML.
The Audience: Photo Credit Joan Marcus. Helen Mirren as The Queen, Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden.
A Chorus Line: Photo by Jonathan Hordle.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. Photography by Manuel Harlan.
Joshua Jenkins in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photography by Brinkhoff/Mogenberg.
‘Joey’ Puppet from War Horse, 2009. Designed and made by Handspring Puppet Company. Museum no. S.3831:1 to 8-2013.


Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

In partnership with the Society of London Theatre

This display is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center