Film buffs and fans of the 'Golden Age of Hollywood'; head to The O2 this summer for The Heart of Hollywood World Tour, a must-see Hollywood showcase and memorabilia exhibition, which arrives at The Quadrant in June.
The exhibition will take residence at The O2 from the 20th June 2018 to the 17th July 2018, before embarking on a 60-city, five-year world tour.
ORIGINAL HOLLYWOOD 'H'
The centrepiece of the show is the worldwide symbol of the entertainment industry - the original 45-foot, 95 ton iconic 'H' from the original Hollywood sign, which stood tall in the Hollywood Hills from 1923 until 1978. To put that into scale, the 'H' stands taller than four London double decker buses.
This year marks the 40th anniversary since it was last seen in public. The world tour will culminate in 2023 - exactly 100 years since the sign was first erected in the Hollywood Hills. This will also be the first time that the 'H' has been seen outside of the USA, and will give people the chance to follow in the footsteps of Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Charlie Chaplin, Great Garbo and Bette Davis who all touched the sign for good luck.
Mack bought the original sign in 2007 and painstakingly restored the 'H' while using the other panels to create iconic art. Commenting on bringing the show to London first, he 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."
HOLLYWOOD MEMORABILIA EXHIBITION
Alongside the 'H' will be the world’s largest touring collection of Hollywood memorabilia, on loan from the Hollywood Museum and from the private collection of the celebrated US artist Bill Mack. The collection includes original costumes and memorabilia from films such as Superman, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and The Wizard of Oz.
Many of items have never been seen before in public. These include:
Batman and Robin’s costumes from the original TV series and films
Clarke Gable’s suits from ‘It Happened One Night’ and ‘Gone With the Wind’
Elvis Presley’s black stage suit and gold ring
Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume
Marilyn Monroe items including the chair from her final photoshoot, her bed, dresses, jewellery and contracts
Signed fedora hat worn by Michael Jackson
1862 Ludwig drum Kit used by the Beatles on their early hit singles ‘Love Me Do’, ‘PS I Love You’ and ‘Please Please Me’ as well as other Beatles-signed items
Alfred Hitchcock’s sketches
Feather boa and boots worn by Barbra Streisand in the movie Hello Dolly
Five sets of costume memorabilia from the Wizard of Oz - Tin Man, Dorothy, Wicked Witch, Scarecrow and Lion
Original motorbike from Men in Black
The attraction will also include; a viewing platform for visitors to take selfies, a Hollywood 'H' Shop where you can purchase art and gift items; an American themed café; and a special 'Hollywood Art Gallery' showing the work of Bill Mack.
Tickets on sale Thursday 29th March at 10am.