no visit to london would be complete without a visit to my favourite museums: the V+A and the british museum. this trip out the V+A’s feature exhibit was curtain up: celebrating 40 years of theatre in london and new york, while sunken cities: egypt’s lost worlds was the draw at the british museum.
in celebration of 40th anniversary of the olivier awards, the exhibit featured costumes, props, posters, programs, playbills, artifacts, recordings and sets from award-winning plays, musicals and productions such as: war horse, a chorus line, the phantom of the opera, curious incident of the dog in the night-time, matilda the musical, the lion king and much more.
curtain up, a joint collaboration between the V+A, society of london theatre and new york public library for the performing arts, features both broadway and west ends shows from 1976 to present day. it’s being exhibiting first in london, before making its way to new york later this year and 2017.
and of course, the exhibit leads to the part of the V+A’s permanent collection featuring a re-creation of kylie minogue’s dressing room while on tour. the costumes, the make up desk, shoes and sparkle.
after the V+A, i wandered down to soho to check out the new harry potter (what? again with the harry potter?!) exhibit at house of minalima. the graphic design team of miraphora mina and eduardo lima are the powerhouse duo who are responsible for all the graphic prop designs in harry potter. that means, posters, book covers, acceptance letters, stationery, newspapers, maps, signage, packaging – any and all print materials from the movies.
the 4 story pop-up art gallery also doubles as a store, so that potter heads could buy their very own daily prophet or wanted posters of sirius black or bellatrix lestrange, even no. 1 undesirable, harry potter.
there’s a sort of harry potter fever going on in london right now, what with fantastic beasts and where to find them opening up at the end of this year. who knew that i’d have so much fun taking in all the harry potter excitement?
talk about a potter-centric week in london!