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Thursday, 20 June 2013




Following a £5.1m restoration in 2011, Newcastle Theatre Royal is further adding to the experience offered with a new permanent exhibition entitled The Story of Theatre, opening Wednesday 26 June at 9am.


The Story of Theatre is a permanent exhibition area and learning space in the Gallery Foyer level at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, illustrating the history of Theatre from its origins in Ancient Greece through to the present day.


Designed by David Hudson, Interior & Exhibitions Designer, it includes costumes from the Victoria & Albert Museum Theatre & Performance Collection – seen for the first time outside of London - and Theatre Royal’s vast collection of memorabilia alongside a large array of other artefacts. The gallery will become a focal point for theatre tours, providing a stimulating historic and cultural context for information about the present day theatre. Last year over 100 tours were given to over 2,000 people.


Theatre tours are overseen by members of the Theatre Royal Learning team and delivery is greatly assisted by a large team of volunteers, who are very knowledgeable about the history and current workings of the theatre. The Story of Theatre will provide a new learning resource adding richness to the existing tour experience, encouraging greater thought about the world of theatre and adding a meaningful participatory element to the visit.


The exhibition is not only open for tours but will be accessible to the general public who will be welcomed free of charge throughout the day and evening to view the incredible artefacts on display. Highlights of the exhibition include a Dame Alicia Markova tutu and headdress from the 1930s, Royal Shakespeare Company costumes and a scale wooden model of Newcastle quayside, the site of medieval plays, complete with figures and stages along the banks of the river.


The principal funder is the Heritage Lottery Fund and the project involves an innovative partnership between the Theatre Royal Newcastle and the Theatre Collections Department at the world renowned V&A in London, as well as Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, James Knott Trust and Vindolanda Roman Museum.


The Story of Theatre opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal on Wednesday 26 June. The exhibition is free and accessible to the public during opening hours.

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