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23/03/06
Thespians Campaign to Save Theatre Museum
- Reject V&A plans to close Covent Garden site, say Dame Judy and Sir Peter

Judi Dench and Donald Sinden in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, part of the RSC Complete Works Festival.  Image: Reg Wilson.
SOME of the biggest names in British stage acting have got together to save Covent Garden's Theatre Museum, which is threatened with closure or a switch of its collection to South Kensington.

Run by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Theatre Museum opened 20 years ago, but has struggled to raise the funds felt necessary to beef up its collection and increase its attraction for visitors.

The V&A are to decide on the Theatre Museum's future this week and the signs are that it plans to close the site and transfer the bulk of the costumes, props and other artefacts to its main South Kensington base, a move which has infuriated theatre-types including Dame Judy Dench, Sir Peter Hall and Joely Richardson,

"This wonderful museum houses a unique collection of exhibits, the largest in the world, celebrating hundreds of years of British theatre," said the group in a letter to The Times. "We are calling on the Victoria and Albert Trustees to reject this ill-thought through proposal."




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