Cathy Haill (DRA351 Contemporary British & European Theatre)

Cathy Haill is a senior curator in the Theatre and Performance department of the Victoria and Albert Museum and an adjunct professor at Syracuse University with over 20 years’ teaching experience of West End theatre. She has performed, lectured and published on theatre and the ephemera of entertainment. With a particular interest in 19th century theatre and the history of popular entertainment she has curated several exhibitions including Circus! Circus! (1988), Slap! (1990), The Wind in the Willows (1993). She contributed to the V&A’s 1998 Power of the Poster exhibition and book, and more recently to the books accompanying the V&A exhibitions on Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1902-1929 (September 2010) and The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 (April 2011). A series of thematic essays by her is available on-line at