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New galleries to open at the V&A

2 Jan 2009

London's Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum will boost its appeal to tourists this year when it opens new galleries dedicated to the topics of theatre and performance.

Due to open in March, the galleries will delve into various types of performance art, from pantomime and rock music to ballet and theatre.

Visitors will be able to browse through more than 250 objects from the V&A's extensive collections, including a guitar smashed by Pete Townshend of The Who in the 1970s and a folio of Shakespeare plays compiled in 1623.

A number of specially commissioned films will be screened as part of the new exhibitions, including interviews with the playwright Michael Frayn and the theatre director Sir Peter Hall.

There will also be a section focusing on costume design, which will feature garments worn on stage by actors such as Laurence Olivier and musical performers including Jimmy Page and Brian Eno.

According to the V&A institution, its property in South Kensington is 'the world's greatest museum of art and design', with collections spanning 3,000 years of history.

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