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Celebrating the last 40 years of
theatre in New York and London
Admission Free
Admission Free
Cast of A Chorus Line performing on stage at the Royal Opera House. Photo by Jonathan Hordle.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. Photography by Manuel Harlan
Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden Photo - Joan Marcus
David Shannon (The Phantom) as Red Death in 'Masquerade' Photo by Catherine Ashmore © Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. & Really Useful Theatre Co
Joshua Jenkins in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photograph by BrinkhoffMogenberg

Curtain Up invites you to explore the extraordinary story of the world's two greatest theatrical cities, London's West End and New York's Broadway, in a ground-breaking new exhibition.

The Society of London Theatre, the V&A and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center are collaborating to celebrate this unique theatrical relationship in an ambitious exhibition designed by Alan Farlie of RFK Architects and Tom Piper, the critically acclaimed artist and theatremaker renowned for his stunning Tower of London poppies installation, Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red.

Looking through the lens of award-winning plays, musicals and productions, Curtain Up explores the craft and collaboration that creates spectacular international theatre. Visitors will be able to explore and interact with unique collections from both the V&A and The Library for the Performing Arts, and immerse themselves in special exhibits from contemporary shows, highlighting how the sector has flourished and developed since 1976. Alongside the exhibition, the public can get involved in the multi-strand events programme, with exclusive ‘In Conversation’ events with leading West End professionals and a Curtain Up careers programme for the new generation of theatre makers. Investigate the What’s On and Learn pages for more information.

Discover the exhibition, take part in the events and become part of the journey from the West End to the Great White Way.

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