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NT Free Exhibitions - September to November 2012

Exhibition preview

AS WELL as the permanent exhibition Stage by Stage, the National Theatre hosts a changing programme of free exhibitions throughout the year.

Five Truths (Olivier Foyer) – September 24 to October 6.

An immersive video installation, directed by National Theatre Associate Director Katie Mitchell, which takes as its inspiration five of Europe’s most influential 20th-century theatre directors.

It offers a unique and challenging insight into directing styles and an opportunity to experience and compare five contrasting interpretations of a scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Screens of varying size simultaneously play films of Ophelia’s mad scene, interpreted dramatically through the lens of the five directors: Constantin Stanislavski, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook.

Each version is performed by Olivier award-winning actress Michelle Terry. The films are also available at

Five Truths was created for the V&A in association with the National Theatre by director Katie Mitchell, video designer Leo Warner of 59 Productions, set designer Vicki Mortimer, sound designer Gareth Fry, lighting designer Paule Constable and composer Paul Clark.

Echoes of a Vanished World; A Lifetime in Pictures, by Robin Hanbury-Tenison – September 18 to October 27. Postponed until January 2013.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison, the “greatest explorer of the last twenty years” (Sunday Times) is also one of the founders of Survival International. As such, he has been a tireless champion of the rights of indigenous peoples and, in the early years of his travels, an obsessive photographer of their homelands as they were eroded by the modern world.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the National Theatre – September 20 to November 3.

Watercolour is at once the most democratic of the paint media, encouraging the amateur with its low tech accessibility before punishing them for their presumption. This exhibition shows the astonishing range and technical facility of the work of one of the oldest societies of professional watercolour paintings.

Two other free exhibitions, Staging War Horse and The Making of Timon, are part of National Theatre Inside Out.

Staging War Horse – June 18 to September 9.

This new exhibition tells the full story of War Horse‘s journey from the first early workshops to the stage – through designs, costume, models, puppets and video.

The Making of Timon – July 17 to September 9. Extended until October 21, 2012.

An insight into the making of the National Theatre’s new production of Timon of Athens and the world of the play in Jacobean London. The exhibition is produced in association with the British Museum.