Famous names at the Jewish Museum

Date Posted: 20/03/2011

The Jewish Museum in London is set to unveil a major exhibition in May, revealing the fascinating and untold story of Jewish participation in the British entertainment industry, from theatre and film, to television and pop music.

Running from the 25th May to 8th January next year, Entertaining the Nation will demonstrate the importance of immigration and diversity as a source for cultural creativity in Britain. It will tell the story of recognisable names from past and present, including actors Maureen Lipman, Warren Mitchell, Sid James and Ron Moody; comedians Peter Sellers, Simon Amstell and Sacha Baron Cohen; musicians Frankie Vaughan, Alma Cogan, Mark Bolan and Amy Winehouse; writers Jack Rosenthal, Harold Pinter and Stephen Poliakoff; and director Mike Leigh. Through these famous names, the exhibition will look at the representation of Jews in popular culture, analysing the changing nature of Jewish depiction on stage and screen.

Visiting groups will have the chance to see a variety of clips from shows, films and performances, alongside costumes, props, vintage photographs and posters, enabling them to step into the celebrity sphere.

Groups can also enjoy a wide-ranging programme of events running alongside the exhibition, including film seasons, comedy nights, gigs, plays and talks.

For further information or to arrange a visit to the Jewish Museum, telephone: 020-7284 7384 or log onto www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Image credit - Peter Durant

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