THE LION KING: Costumes On Display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum

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THE LION KING: Costumes On Display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum

The Walt Disney Company donated two complete costumes from its Tony and Oliver Award-winning musical THE LION KING to the Permanent Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The elaborate stage costumes and masks for the characters of ‘Scar’ and ‘Sarabi’ join the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Collections, alongside over 3500 stage costumes and accessories dating from the mid-18th century to today. Stars of the smash-hit West End musical along with Thomas Schumacher, Producer of THE LION KING and President of Disney Theatrical Productions and Geoffrey Marsh, Director, V&A Theatre Collections, gathered at the V&A as THE LION KING costumes were unveiled to the public. The specially-created exhibit in the Theatre and Performance Galleries includes a video featuring highlights from this landmark musical and an interview with director Julie Taymor, filmed during her visit to the V&A last year. This marks the first time costumes from THE LION KING have been exhibited in the UK, and they are also the first new costumes to be added to the Galleries since opening at the V&A. The costumes were designed by acclaimed director Julie Taymor and hand-made using a variety of materials. They were donated along with the distinctive stylised masks, co-designed by Taymor and Michael Curry, which have become iconic since their creation for the original Broadway production of THE LION KING in 1997. For more about THE LION KING, visit www.lionking.com or http

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