Theatre costume

Cobb Ronald, 1970s

The V&A is home to the national collection

of performing arts. From ballet to theatre to

rock ‘n’ pop, galleries explore the history and

practice of performance through key objects.

FREE Gallery-based Session


Discover more about the process of

performance from rehearsals to opening

night. With hands-on exhibits and costumes

to try on, find out about backstage skills

and the history behind iconic objects

connected to live shows.





On request


1 hour

starting at 11.00 & 13.00

Maximum of 25 students

per session

Workshops: Performing

Arts, Media & English

Practical workshops encourage students to

work with and learn from contemporary artists.


Gain practical experience of devising

techniques with artists from Complicite.

Find out how key productions were developed.

Includes a screening of a live show by the

company from the National Video Archive

of Performance (NVAP).

Dates: 17 October; 7 November; 6 February;

20 March; 21 April; 5 June.

Design for Performance

Discover how costume and set design ideas

develop from page to stage. Working with

professional designers, explore real costume

and model boxes in the galleries then try

out your own ideas back in the studio with

model-making and fabric examples.

Dates: 7 November; 5 December; 10 February;

20 April

Stage Make-up

Get tips and advice from professional artists on

how to create effects like ageing and historical

make-up. Try ideas on each other in this practical

exploration of the make-up artist’s secrets.

Dates: 4 October; 6 March; 10 May.

Available Selected dates, however,

please contact us to discuss


Cost £150

Timing 10.30 – 14.30

Capacity Maximum of 30

students per session

Schools’ Screen

Live recordings of acclaimed productions

from the last 25 years make up the National

Video Archive of Performance (NVAP).

Watch them here, free of charge. Titles

range from the classics of Shakespeare

to contemporary hits such as ‘Jerusalem.’

For a full list of titles visit:

Available On request


Capacity Maximum of 250

students per screening

Left: Souvenir programme,

Les Ballets Russes, December 1920

Jerusalem Screening

A set-text on both OCR and AQA exam

boards, the V&A has the only live recording

of this play, starring Mark Rylance as Johnny

‘Rooster’ Byron.

Date 23 January 11.00 – 14.30

(including lunch break)


Capacity Maximum of 250 students

Exam Topic and

Bespoke Sessions

Need help delivering a particular module

or exam topic? We’d love to hear from you.

The breadth of the V&A collections covers

theatre practitioners, insight into set-texts,

design alternatives and more. We can devise

and deliver a research day, tour or workshop.


A minimum of six weeks’ notice is required

for tailored sessions and costs apply.

‘The students were

enormously enthusiastic

about the play and the

experience of visiting the

V&A. The viewing will

be an invaluable help to

their study of the play.’

Teacher, screening of ‘Jerusalem’

Book now 020 7942 2211 13

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