V&A Presents Shakespeare Exhibitions in Moscow

Database "Russian Shakespeare"
Moscow University for the Humanities
26 of October 2014

The Victoria and Albert Museum presents two Shakespeare exhibitions in Moscow in collaboration with the A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum (October 31, 2014 — January 15, 2015).

V&A Shakespeare Exhibitions:

  • Shooting Shakespeare: 150 Years of Stage Photography;
  • The Half: Photographs of Actors by Simon Annand.

Address: Bakhrushina St, 31/12, the Main Building of A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow.

The Victoria and Albert MuseumWilliam ShakespeareBakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum

Shooting Shakespeare: 150 Years of Stage Photography


The History of Shakespeare in Britain

By juxtaposing historical and contemporary photographs of each Shakespeare play, the exhibition showcases the diverse approaches taken to staging Shakespeare plays today and in the past. Including landmark productions and those less well known, Shooting Shakespeare examines decades of theatre making decisions such as casting, set design, costuming, and interpretation. This is a representative overview of British Shakespeare productions from the 19th century to the present.

Exhibition design by Nissen Richards Studio

The Half: Photographs of Actors by Simon Annand


Before the curtain rises, ‘the Half’ is an actor’s 30 minute countdown to walking on stage and facing an audience. Simon Annand’s photographs, spanning 25 years, capture this final half-hour of excitement and intensity before curtain-up. Visitors are invited to peep into the secret world of the dressing room to discover actors engaging in personal reflections and private rituals as they negotiate the transition into character. Annand’s exploration of this private journey makes for compelling viewing, offering visitors a spellbinding glimpse into the heart of the acting process. A specially curated version of the The Half has been commissioned that features actors preparing for roles in Shakespeare plays and widely known Shakespearean actors preparing for other roles.

The exhibitions «Shooting Shakespeare: 150 Years of Stage Photography» and “The Half: Photographs of Actors by Simon Annand” are the part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

Source: The Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum