Putting on a Performance: Dramatic spectacles to entrance and enthral for Museums at Night

By Culture24 Staff | 07 April 2010
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"Oh, the roar of the audience... the smell of the grease paint!" Museums, heritage sites, locations and collections will be treading the boards for Museums at Night this year. Check out our guide to some of the best dramatic events announced so far, and click on the link for each event to find out more and book your place...

Tullie House in Carlisle has seen a few performers through the centuries, but few are as explosive as the ones taking to the hallowed halls for Museums at Night.

A juggling jester called Jason and a cunning conjurer called Big Al earn centre stage, and that's before you even get on to a fire show, magicians, storytellers and a learning team leading Harry Potter-themed activities.

Not to be out-illuminated, Segedunum Roman Fort, at Wallsend in North Tyneside, is launching a spectacular Line of Light starring the Theater Anu group, who took part in the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall last autumn.

A photo of a group of female dancers in white dresses performing inside a gallery

The weekend provides a fine chance to see some unusual performances

A street band, fire engines, thousands of flickering flames and a parade of costumed characters and musicians lead an "epic journey" across the Cumbrian coast, sparked by angels circling the fort at dusk.

Nosey around backstage at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, as actors present a guided tour starting from the Theatre’s opening in 1819. Famous actors who trod the boards, Jane Austen's involvement and a Brazilian ape are apparently among the surprises in store.

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Museums at Night events are being added all the time so don’t forget to check the Museums at Night homepage to find out what’s going on near you.

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