Newcastle Theatre Royal tells the story of theatre

Date Posted: 27/06/2013

A school trip to Newcastle Theatre Royal can incorporate a visit to its new permanent exhibition, The Story of Theatre.

Following a huge restoration in 2011, The Story of Theatre incorporates a learning space in the Gallery Foyer level at the theatre, alongside the exhibition itself, which illustrates the history of theatre from its origins in Ancient Greece through to the present day.

The Story of Theatre’s displays include costumes from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s theatre and performance collection, and memorabilia from the Theatre Royal’s own collection, alongside other artefacts.

Theatre tours and talks

The gallery is the focal point for tours of the theatre, which are available for teachers to book for school groups.

Theatre tours are overseen by members of the Theatre Royal Learning team and delivery is assisted by a large team of volunteers, who are knowledgeable about the history and current workings of the theatre.

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.

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