News - V & A Annual Performance Festival


April sees the return of the V & A Annual Performance

The V&A’s annual Performance Festival celebrates theatre
and performance in all their forms in a series of events in and around various
galleries and spaces at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 16th to 24th April. Highlights
include special study days, pop up performances, and a series of free film
screenings of great theatrical productions from the National Video Archive of
Performance. With a wide range of themed tours, workshops, talks and
performances, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s just a few of
the things on offer, for more information on any event and to book, please
visit the V & A Website.



Malvolio’s Misorder (13th – 27th April) - Malvolio has been
practising speeches all day for his tour of the Lady Olivia's private
collections. However, as his guests arrive, things very quickly start to go
wrong… Outside, a storm is raging. Inside, tempers are being lost
and accusations thrown about.

Join characters from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for this fun,
theatrical tour, which includes famous items from the V&A collections such
as the Great Bed of Ware (mentioned in Twelfth Night) and the 17th Century
interior from the ‘Old Palace’ at Bromley-by-Bow.Written and directed by Dominic Gerrard. Cast: Alasdair
Craig (National Theatre/Propeller), Lotte Allan (Dumbshow), Nick Haverson


Songs from the Musicals (16th April) - Join students from world-renowned
drama school Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts as they pop up around the
V&A, performing a selection of musical theatre songs in celebration of the
display Curtain Up: 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York.

Jane Austen

An evening with Jane Austen (22nd April) - a magical evening
in the company of Jane Austen's most memorable characters,
from the comic absurdity of the Dashwoods to the heartfelt passion of Wentworth
and Anne, not to mention the charming duplicity of the notorious Mr
Wickham! Set in the beautiful surroundings of the V&A’s Norfolk
House Music Room, the evening will consist of duologues performed by actors
Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy, BBC) and Adrian Lukis (Pride and Prejudice, BBC),
alongside regency-era musical entertainment from Classical Soprano Rosie
Lomas and harpist Valeria Kurbatova.  Featuring extracts from Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield
Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion.

Queen Lear (24th April) What if King Lear were a woman? In
2014, a bold new production placed a mother at the heart of Shakespeare's
tragedy, vividly examining Lear's struggle with power, parenthood and growing
old. As Queen Lear returns to London's Tristan Bates Theatre this autumn, there
will be a performance of excerpts from the play followed by a lively
discussion, as award-winning director Phil Willmott joins regular collaborator
Ursula Mohan, and members of the cast for a unique insight into this critically
acclaimed production.


Hand in Glove (24th April) Join Lea Anderson, independent
choreographer, film-maker and artistic director, and Jane Prichard, V&A
Curator of Dance, for a talk about Anderson's dance practice and her current
work 'Hand in Glove', which is on display in Raphael, Room 48a.

Title: An Evening with Jane Austen. Rosie Lomas Credit line: (c) Ian Dingle

Title: Hand in Glove Credit line: (c) Camilla Greenwell

Title: The Great Bed of Ware, about 1590  Credit line: (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Title: Queen Lear. Ursula Mohan  Credit line: (c) Scott Rylander

Title: Songs from the Musicals Credit line: (c) Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

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