DOWNTON ABBEY REVISITED
MULTI-CITY EXHIBITION OPENS IN NEW YORK
NBC Universal International Studios opens the doors to the world of the ever fascinating Crawleys with “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” an immersive installation that launches November 18 at 218 W57th Street. The multitude of fans of this global television phenomenon are expected to swoon over this up-close look at interiors, costumes as well as a wealth of information, and never-before-seen footages from the show. Some fifty dresses and suits worn by favorite characters such as Lady Mary, the Earl of Grantham, and the Dowager Countess are on display, allowing viewers to fully appreciate the lavish details and scrupulous craftsmanship that went into making them. Furnishings from some of the sets, partly shot at Highclere Castle are faithfully re-assembled to depict life at the estate including the dining room and Mrs.Patmore’s kitchen below stairs with all the accoutrements that will be familiar to aficionados. One can almost hear Carson’s ornery commands or Daisy’s cheerful chattering.
Conceived by Julian Fellowes, and produced in collaboration with ITV Studios, Carnival Films, NBC Universal and Masterpiece, Downton Abbey captivated audiences worldwide for its distinct blend of serialized drawing room drama and period authentic rendition of all things post-Edwardian British, spanning across World War I to the Roaring Twenties. No to be underestimated is the alchemy of a top shelf cast of respected thespians including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, and the singular Dame Maggie Smith. Since its premiere in 2010, the show has been unanimously lauded across its six-season run, earning the highest rating for aPBS drama series of all time as well as the most nominations for a non-US show in the history of the Emmy Awards.
Even after its finale, in which Lady Mary had seemingly walked off into the sunset with a newly minted motor car dealer and Lady Edith had ascended as Marchioness of Hexham, there are unabating clamors for a continuation.This exhibition is precisely the kind of fix the fans need whilst clinging to rumors of a film version. Presented in collaboration of with Imagine Exhibitions, the installation will be traveling to other US cities by next year. Tickets are available online at www.downtonexhibition.com.