The award-winning series may be over, but fans of the hit British period drama Downton Abbey will have a chance to relive the moment and get a peek at the lives of the lavish Crawleys and their not-so-lavish servants at a new exhibition at Marina Bay Sands.
The interactive Downton Abbey: The Exhibition at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, will feature some of the iconic sets and a host of costumes and props from the show created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes. It starred the likes of Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Jim Carter, who played the butler Carson, and Michelle Dockery, who became known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley.
The touring exhibition is making its world premiere in Singapore, and some of the cast members as well as creator Fellowes will be gracing a red carpet event at its official opening. The show’s executive producer, Liz Trubridge, revealed that one of her most prized possessions was the award for Best Foreign TV Series from this year’s Shanghai International Film and TV Festival.
In fact, Downton Abbey has been cited as one of the reasons for the current trend among China’s elite to hire butlers. First aired in 2010, the show ran for six seasons until last year. During its run, it collected accolades from the Golden Globes and the Emmys. It has been sold to 250 countries and is considered the most internationally successful British drama in recent decades.
Downton Abbey revolves around the lives of an aristocratic family and its servants living in a fictional country estate in Yorkshire during the early 20th century. The personal stories are framed by the many historical and social events that took place during that time, including the sinking of the Titanic and World War I.
The exhibition will feature detailed, recreated sets from the series, including the servants’ hall, the workplace kitchen, and the Crawleys’ dining room. Among the interactive elements is a section where visitors can “apply” for a job as one of the servants at the estate, while the exhibition gift shop includes not only merchandise but also a cafe where one can have some afternoon high tea.
Also on display are props that depict the changes that took place at that time, including the introduction of electricity and telephones. And then there are the elaborate costumes from the 1920s, which have been one of Downton Abbey’s biggest draws.
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