A film & musical theatre tribute to Hollywood has been announced to celebrate the launch of an iconic Hollywood memorabilia exhibition coming to The O2 from 21st June until 17th July
The Heart of Hollywood Tour comes to the O2 in London from 21st June until 17th July, bringing the original ‘H’ from the Hollywood sign, iconic memorabilia and artwork from the golden age of Hollywood to the UK for the first time. This unique event will be topped off with an unprecedented live musical theatre experience, the Hollywood Nights show.
The Heart of Hollywood Tour is an unforgettable experience for movie and music lovers of all ages – a chance to experience the history and glamour of Hollywood first-hand. The exhibition will offer a glimpse of some of the greatest iconographies from the past hundred years of film and music, from the Beatle’s original drum kit to Clarke Gable’s suit from Gone with the Wind. At the epicentre of the tour is a globally-recognisable symbol of Hollywood, the ‘H’ from the original Hollywood sign, appearing outside of the USA for the first time. The 28-day event is expected to attract over 75,000 people to London’s leading entertainment venue, before embarking on a 60 city, five-year global tour.
As darkness falls in London, the Hollywood Nights show will light up the Hollywood ‘H’ with an unforgettable projection show of the greatest moments from the past 100 years of film, forming a backdrop to spectacular musical theatre tributes to some of the best-loved musicals in Hollywood’s history directed by Internationally acclaimed Creative Director and Choreographer Nathan Clarke.
The Hollywood Nights show takes place over 11 nights between 22nd June and 14th July.
Attractions at the Heart of Hollywood Tour include:
- The ‘H’ from the Hollywood sign – the centrepiece of the show is the original letter ‘H’ from the iconic Hollywood sign, known globally as the entertainment industry trademark. This is its first appearance in public for 40 years. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and Charlie Chaplin, who all touched the sign for good luck. At 45 feet tall and weighing 95 tons, the ‘H’ stands taller than four London double decker buses. It can even be seen from space!
- Hollywood Memorabilia Exhibition– get up close and personal with some of Hollywood’s most famous items from the Hollywood Museum and private collections. The impressive exhibition features items including Elvis Presley’s black stage suit and gold ring, a signed fedora from Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe’s dresses and jewellery, costume memorabilia from the Wizard of Oz’s most loved characters, Alfred Hitchcock’s sketches, and Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume.
- Hollywood Art Gallery –an exclusive exhibition of the artwork of respected artist Bill Mack. Artworks include original paintings of Hollywood starlets on to other parts of the old Hollywood sign, and original Hollywood pictures featuring personal effects from the subject – from Marilyn Monroe’s hair to Steve McQueen’s t shirt. This will be the first time Mack’s Hollywood collection has exhibited in London and will include his revered paintings of Audrey Hepburn, the ‘Godfather’ Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
The tour’s founder and featured artist Bill Mack said: “we are really looking forward to launching the show in London. London is a fantastic first stop for us and we are excited to share this piece of history with those keen to soak up a little glamour of that unforgettable Golden Age. The Hollywood sign is among the most famous structures in the world. This is a unique opportunity to see it, alongside the most iconic artefacts from the timeless movies we all hold close to our hearts.”
The iconic Heart of Hollywood Tour will launch in association with the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, and the Savoy Hotel.
Further information: www.heartofhollywoodtour.com