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The Cloakroom Attendant - The Wallace Collection

The Cloakroom Attendant

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING previous performances at the Canal Café Theatre and the House of International Theatre in Copenhagen, Dimitra Barla’s The Cloakroom Attendant will play for one night only (November 24, 2017) in the museum that inspired its conception, The Wallace Collection, where Dimitra Barla has indeed worked as a cloakroom attendant.

The Cloakroom Attendant is a one-woman show narrated by Margot, the cloakroom attendant of a national museum, who invites the audience to journey to the secrets of her profession. Through her witty but also sensitive stories, artefacts come alive and visitors take mythical dimensions, while simultaneously she unfolds a love story inspired by the painting of Francesca Da Rimini by Ary Scheffer.

In this modern version of the romance, the lovers are trapped in Inferno because of an unborn child. The stories interweave and, despite her disappointments, Margot forces her way through the pursuit of happiness.

The Study Room, a gallery dedicated to Marie Antoinette, lends itself perfectly to the plot and the intimacy of the show, which plays at the Wallace Collection as part of O-Late! Colours of Spain, celebrating the exhibition From El-Greco to Goya: Masterpieces from the Bowes Museum.

Guests to the event will also be able to taste wine, attend life drawing lessons, book talks, music and much more. Tickets are for the entire event, which runs from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.

Dimitra Barla trained at East 15 Acting School in London and Embros Drama School in Athens. She has directed and performed the shows SOLO (Vault festival 2014 and Eleusis festival 2013), Medusa the lady in the mirror (Athens January 2012 and Acreide, 2011) and Tales of female madness (Athens May 2012). She holds lead parts in the UK feature films London Unplugged and the awarded Greek film The cypress deep down.

Tickets: £12.50 – available from

Times: 7pm and 8.30pm.

Running Time: 45 minutes.

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London, W1U 3BN