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Thursday, 20 June 2013
NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION TO OPEN AT
NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.