Forthcoming: Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain

Forthcoming: Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
20 Sep 2019 — 05 Jan 2020
  • Exhibitions & Displays
Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain is a how-to guide to going to a show in eighteenth century Britain.

Free with Museum Admission

Displayed throughout the whole Museum, this interactive exhibition will delve into the mechanics of theatre and concert going in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain. With more than 100 objects on display, discover the surprising similarities and astonishing differences between theatre and festival-going then and now, including advertising, ticket sales, audience behaviour and dress code.

Going to a show flourished as a popular pastime in the eighteenth century and as a result the entertainment industry saw rapid expansion: many theatres were built and music festivals began in both London and the provinces. These growing forms of entertainment contributed to the vast range of audience experiences we know today.

Enjoy a fascinating glimpse of behind-the-scenes roles, from theatre managers, set designers and scenery-painters, to the refreshment sellers and ticket collectors. Learn how leading artists of the day, including Hogarth, Hayman and Lambert, crossed over into the world of show business as set designers and scenery painters.

Two Last Nights! is supported by the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, the Two Last Nights! Supporters’ Circle and The 1739 Club.

  • This terrific little exhibition does something very difficult and does it very well…

    Evening Standard