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Spectrum Drama have been leaders in historic and contemporary drama for museums, schools, theatres and corporate events since 1987

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Spectrum can be seen today in leading venues around the UK. Recent clients include the BBC, Business Link Bedfordshire, the Discovery Channel, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, English Heritage, the National Trust, Linley Sambourne House, London's Transport Museum, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry,the Museum in Docklands, the Museum of London, the Natural History Museum, Ragged School Museum, Royal Observatory, Greenwich and the Science Museum.

Call us on 020 7735 9220 and we'll be happy to help with your immediate requirements or future projects.

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The team

Spectrum has been running for 28 years and currently includes a team of over 80 highly experienced actors plus researchers, writers,  costumiers, set and prop designers and makers and AV experts. 

Within the company we have actors, singers, dancers, musicians, mask, mime and circus performers.  Many of our actors are also qualified teachers.

Spectrum's two artistic directors are Richard Hodder and Suzanne Rayner who work alongside our Consultant -  Colin Uttley. The trio have been associated with Spectrum for over a decade and have a wealth of experience in both theatre and museums.

Mary Seacole Spectrum's Mary Seacole

Spectrum on tour

Throughout the year, Spectrum actors travel the length and breadth of the UK performing in museums, galleries, historic houses and theatres.

We have taken many of our performances overseas -  most recently to the United States, Sweden, Hungary and Japan.

Recently, one of our most popular scripts was performed in Australia as 'Push Harder Mr Jones' is seen at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

©The Science Museum

Autumn 2008 and Tom Crean appears at the Barrow Dock Museum as part of their Summer events programme


Some images of our actors at work

May 2008 and Spectrum actors promote the Culture 24 Routemaster bus for the London Museums Hub

© London Museums Hub

One of our circus performers in action

'Pieces of the Sun' - the story of Marie Curie

Mr Beaver encounters the White Witch in 'Tales from Narnia'
at the Imperial War Museum

Kate Hart, one of our versatile team, on the fixed trapeze!

Ada Lovelace beside Babbage's Difference Engine at the Science Museum

Every weekend between March and December, Spectrum actors can be found re-creating Victorian life at Linley Sambourne House in London's Kensington

Vi the 1940s Clippie at London's Transport Depot

Joe Brown - Greenwich Pensioner at the Old Royal Naval College

Mary Seacole tells her story at the Florence Nightingale Museum

Neptune at the National Maritime Museum!

Nanny of the Maroons  MofL Docklands

Ellen Craft as played by Julie Gamble

A Christmas Carol

Kitty Marion, our Suffragette character

Tales from Chaucer

2016 is here and we have some great projects in the pipeline!
Watch this space and our Twitter feed for more news!

In 2015:

We were delighted to be working at the stunning Waddesdon Manor.....and we will be back there in 2016!

In July 2015 we were at Apsley House to commemorate one of the Iron Duke's famous victories....

A new character at the Royal Observatory Greenwich - astronomer William Christie -  joined the repertoire PLUS Spectrum actors lead the ROG Early Years workshops 

Claude Shannon and Telephonist Nellie Rumble entertained visitors in the fabulous new Information Age Gallery at the Science Museum 

Joe Clough - WW1 Bus Driver - became a popular new character at the London Transport Museum

2014 -2018 are set to be full of WW1 events and commemorations.

We have an exciting repertoire of WW1 characters to interpret and bring the harsh realities of this conflict to life for audiences of all ages.  

Clients can choose from our Trench Soldier, German Field Sergeant, VAD Nurse, Munitions Worker (Canary) and East African Soldier.  
 Please call the office on 020 7735 9220 for more information and to book.

Previous Projects

We had a wonderful summer with English Heritage on their 'Time Travellers Go..' events over the summer. The Spectrum team were at Audley End in Essex and Down House in Kent. And we are delighted to have been invited back in 2015!

Darwin as played by Jonathan Niton

Very much looking forward to working with ex-Spectrum actor Robert Hulse, now director of the Brunel Museum, on developing a programme of live interpretation for this small but perfectly formed venue. These sessions can be booked from September 2013.
We are delighted to be working with the Dickens Museum on a live interpretation project to bring Dickens' House at Doughty Street in Bloomsbury to life.  Performances take place on the third Saturday of each month.  Please call the museum on 020 7405 2127 to book.

Spectrum actress Jane Cartwright hard at work in the Scullery

Spectrum actors performed our Tudor show at the V and A in March!

Spectrum actors were seen at the events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground at the London Transport Museum and on the Metropolitan Line!

A new character joins our repertoire at the Old Royal Naval College - Nicholas Hawksmoor - first performances took place mid January!

We will back at the National Media Museum in Bradford in March and April - presenting William Taynton and Thomas Edison - watch this space for further details!

Boulton and Watt will be at the Bank of England Museum in May and June.

Our WW1 and WW2 workshops at Firepower are proving very popular with schools as the venue is so easily accessible from the M25 - please call us for more information or Kate Cooling at Firepower on 020 8855 7755    http://www.firepower.org.uk/index.php/education/


We were delighted to be back at the Imperial War Museum for Christmas with Radio Days - a tribute to WW2 radio entertainment.  Follow this link to find out more:

Latest news from Wales
Drama performances and workshops are now up and running at Chepstow Castle, Tretower Court, Blaenavon Heritage Centre and Blaenavon Ironworks and Caerphilly Castle!

We are delighted to announce that we will be working with Firepower http://www.firepower.org.uk/ at Woolwich on a exciting range of WW1 and WW2 drama workshops from September 2012.  Please contact us on 020 7735 9220 if you would like to book one of these sessions.
 Our Munitions Worker as played by Vanessa Hammick
Over the Summer, Spectrum actors were seen at the National Media Museum in Bradford bringing the exhibits to life!  Visitors met Eliza Kipling, model of Eadweard Muybridge, William Taynton selling the Baird 'televisor' and the father of electricity himself, Michael Faraday!
 The Baird Televisor

We are delighted to be collaborating with the Royal Albert Hall on their Victorian Experience Workshops and Tours.
Join Spectrum actors and step back in time to the 1870s to experience the Royal Albert Hall through the eyes of both rich and poor!  Tours started in September so follow the link below to find out more:

Some of our team spent the summer at Down House in Kent, former home of Charles Darwin:

Our Suffragettes performed on Saturday 14th July on Portobello Road as part of the INTRANSIT Arts Festival!
Spectrum actors were seen at the Imperial College Festival on May 11th and 12th!
WW2 Outreach sessions coming soon!  Teachers never fear!  Although the Imperial War Museum may be closing for major renovations, we shall be offering some exciting new workshops on the Home Front, Evacuation and the Blitz.  AVAILABLE FROM AUTUMN 2012 - call the office on 020 7735 9220 for more details!

Spectrum is now in Wales! Following our successful  bi-lingual workshop sessions launched this time last year at Chepstow Castle, CADW have asked Spectrum to further develop its programme at Blaenafon Ironworks. More news on these exciting ventures to follow!

2012 is the bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Dickens and we have several exciting new performance pieces to offer schools and public audiences.  Please call the office for more details.
Two new characters - Jean Pellicorne and The Young Archer made their debut at the Wallace Collection at the end of March
A new show taking a humorous look at the history of the monarchy has been developed for the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich - first performances were a great success in March and more to come in May and June!
New in Autumn 2011:
The Maritime History Show - at the National Maritime Museum
Dr Johnson appeared at Compton Verney
A 'Hospitaller' character for the St John Museum at Clerkenwell
Over the Summer, new characters Annie Besant and Charles Goss made their debut at the Bishopsgate Institute...
plus two new Pirate shows came to the Museum of London Docklands........
........and here's what the audience had to say:
'deeply silly and enormous fun - we learned a lot too!'
'it is suitable for all ages - there's something for everyone...we learned things we didn't know about pirates effortlessly....'
The DNA Database Debate is now taking KS3 School bookings - come and see this exciting interactive and thought-provoking show at the Science Museum (Bookings Hotline 020 7942 4777)
or alternatively book an Outreach visit by calling the Spectrum office.
And here is what a teacher had to say after watching the show '....this drama provided a fabulous opportunity for my students to debate a contemporary issue - it was brilliant!'

Tariq Bhatti and Julie Gamble play investigative reporters Ronnie Merlot and Barbara Ballast who front the show!

From June, Spectrum crosses into new pastures with a workshop for Key Stage 2 at Chepstow Castle. 

In a new departure, Spectrum will be offering this session in English and Welsh and there are plans to extend this to Key Stage 3 as well as family audiences.  

Congratulations to Julie Gamble, now Spectrum's very own Arts Award Advisor!  Julie worked on another very successful Leighton House drama project in April 2011.
In Spring 2011, new characters Yuri Gagarin and Mary Anne Galton came to the Science Museum, Alexis Soyer made his debut at the Florence Nightingale Museum and a major Pirate project started up at Museum of London Docklands!  Plus we returned to perform at the fabulous Wellcome Collection on Euston Road.
 Yuri Gagarin in action!
Cockroach Tours of the Science Museum began in December and will go on until December 2011 - a chance for our audience to join Spectrum actors working in collaboration with Danish artists Superflex and experience life as a Cockroach -  contact the Science Museum to take part!
'we really enjoyed the Cockroach Tour - it was original, intelligent, funny and brilliantly presented'
Sir James Thornhill appears in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich - from 7th November!
Spectrum actors are regular performers at Science Museum Lates - the popular adults only evenings at the Science Museum on the last Wednesday of every month - recent topics include Bio-terrorism and STIs! 
We are delighted to be working with the Museum of the Order of St. John in the City - the museum opened officially at the beginning of November.
  Tales from the Gate storytelling
At the end of September we were thrilled to be part of UNDER LONDON at Aldwych Underground Station - a project to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Blitz!
Throughout August the Leighton House Summer Drama School provided an opportunity for young people between the ages of 14 and 19 to devise a performance piece and learn new skills under the guidance of Spectrum actors - part of the Cultural Olympiad!  Follow this link to see us in action.

To commemorate the centenary of Florence's death on August 13th, the Florence Nightingale Museum  on the  South Bank launched an audio tour narrated by Suzanne Rayner that will take listeners through the heart of Mayfair and the locations in London which mark the significant events that took place throughout Florence ’s remarkable life.  See our Multimedia page for more information.


Also in August Spectrum actors took on the roles of Landgirls and Farmers at 'The Wartime Farm' in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum joined on the farm by guest animal actors from the fabulous Surrey Docks City Farm!

In June and July we worked with the Royal Society as part of their Summer of Science programme at the Southbank Centre: http://www.royalsociety.org/summer-of-science

Leighton House re-opened in Spring 2010 after refurbishment and Spectrum actors can be seen fronting the Ipod guided tour of the house

Hans Sloane performed at The Old Operating Theatre at London Bridge in February

Museum of London lower galleries open and Spectrum actors inhabit the new performance spaces with characters old and new - a Victorian Spice Seller, a Street Photographer and Mary Seacole to name but three!

The Florence Nightingale Museum re-opened in May 2010 - Florence is now back at home again to celebrate the centenary of her death! 

A new Tudor character and education session launched at the Old Royal Naval College in early 2010
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