V&A Friday Late: The Play-House Friday 25 March, 18.30 – 22.00

Roll up, roll up! For one night only the V&A will be transformed into a theatrical wonderland. Join us for a celebration of theatre in all its forms, from the London Fringe to West End musicals; new writing to classic Shakespeare.

This exciting, free, drop-in event will feature pop-up performances and promenades throughout the building, including fringe theatre, musicals, puppetry, dance and cabaret.

There will be talks, films, workshops and installations; a theatre bar and ice-cream usherettes; a special theatre menu in the Café; and a DJ in the Main Entrance.

On the eve of World Theatre Day (27 March), and just a few weeks after the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards (13 March), this special Friday Late will bring theatre to the heart of the V&A.

All events are free and no booking is necessary.

Highlights include:

  • A unique, promenade performance by The Factory, throughout the galleries and hidden spaces of the V&A
  • A taste of the music hall: exciting cabaret and performance installation by Les Enfants Terribles
  • Vintage tunes by toe-tapping girl group The Tootsie Rollers
  • Masterclass on Shakespearean verse by Janet Suzman, supported by Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
  • Exclusive readings from Shakespeare’s First Folio by leading classical actors Samuel and Timothy West, directed by Poppy Burton Morgan
  • Exciting theatrical installation and performances by HalfCut Theatre,The Lab Theatre Collective, and FoxedUP
  • World Premiere trailer of Brighton Theatre’s Ballets Russes play ‘Dancing with Demons’
  • ‘The Sneeze’: 3 hilarious short plays by Anton Chekhov, translated byMichael Frayn, performed by Roughhouse Theatre
  • A special director’s preview of ‘Madame Ida’, the stunning new short film by Parkville Pictures
  • A beautiful new dance and sound piece by the renowned seven sisters group
  • Overtures – over time: an extravaganza of live musical theatre by talented stage performers, in the lovely surroundings of the V&A café
  • ‘Eye-Spy’ – fun dance games and performance by the Guerilla Dance Project
  • ‘Living Sculptures’ by students from the Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Specially commissioned scratch performances by BAC, The Independents
  • Philip Levine, ‘Making Bald Sexy’ … come and see for yourself!

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