Uptown Downton – Centre Screen hit Broadway! *
Centre Screen are excited to announce that Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opens in New York this week. The exhibition, produced by NBCUniversal International Studios with designers Mather & Co, features extensive audio-visual and interactive installations created by Centre Screen, and takes fans of the television phenomenon on an immersive journey through the stories, characters, production and real-life history behind Downton Abbey.
Centre Screen’s installations include large-screen character portraits, immersive projections and soundscapes, animated guides on dressing and social etiquette, and even virtual career guidance for would-be Downton staff members.
There’s a particular pride for the two centrepieces – The Library & Drawing Room, and Goodbye from Downton. The Library & Drawing Room is an immersive, animated life-size room whose projected walls come alive as they draw visitors into their stories. And Goodbye from Downton is a large-scale projection featuring newly-shot footage with stars of the show, including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan.
The whole visitor experience is tied together by a tablet-based interactive guide. Featuring bespoke app development, this multimedia guide brings extra depth to the dozens of props, costumes and memorabilia on display, as well as offering exclusive video interviews with cast and crew.
The exhibition opened in Singapore in June 2017 before embarking on a planned itinerary including major cities in the USA, Canada and Australia. The exhibition has received enthusiastic reviews from the press, from fans, and from the cast, with Phyllis Logon, Downton Abbey’s well-loved Mrs Hughes, responding,
“I got quite emotional… It felt like it had its own life. There was real heart to it.”
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opens in New York on 18th November 2017. More details from http://www.downtonexhibition.com/
And a great review here from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/arts/design/downton-abbey-the-exhibition-manhattan.html
*Ok, ok – Broadway is officially midtown, not uptown, and the venue is officially off-Broadway, but it’s New York and we’re excited.