Art & Culture — 21 February 2012
Party like it’s 1929: Bright Young Things at the V&A

Step into a glittering world of glamour and beauty this Friday night at the V&A and revel in the life and work of Cecil Beaton, photographer to royalty and the stars.

This month’s Friday Late: Bright Young Things is an opportunity to immerse yourself in Beaton’s world with live music, readings from his private diaries, film screenings, theatrical performances and even a scavenger hunt, all celebrating Beaton’s obsession with all things beautiful.

The night’s highlights include performances from vintage scene favourites The Dixie Ticklers, recreating the classic jazz sounds of the Twenties and Thirties; a theatrical adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies which satirises the decadent lifestyle of London’s Bright Young Things; and a photography studio where you can have your very own Beaton-style high glamour portrait taken.

All events on the evening are free, though note that some activities have limited numbers and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For full details visit the V&A’s website.

Friday Late: Bright Young Things coincides with the V&A’s exhibition Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration, which runs until 22 April 2012.


Friday Late: Bright Young Things
Friday 24 February, 18.30-22.00
Admission: Free

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Until Sunday 22 April. Daily 10.00–17.30, Fridays 10.00-21.30
Admission: £7 including donation (£6 concessions). Advance booking recommended

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

Nearest tube: South Kensington
Tel: 020 7942 2000


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