Hawthorn were recruited to work with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) Theatre and Performance Department to take its Five Truths exhibit to the Theatre Museum, Vienna.

Five Truths is a video installation created by Theatre Director Katie Mitchell and Leo Warner of 59 Productions. Originally commissioned by the V&A in 2011 and consisting of ten short films, it looks at how five of the most influential European theatre practitioners such as Brecht, Artaud and Stanislavski, would have interpreted Ophelia’s madness scene in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Having previously taken the installation to three locations in the UK, as well as Paris & Amsterdam, Hawthorn were delighted to work with the team at the V&A again. Hawthorn has also worked with the Theatre Gallery on installations including ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ and ‘Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design 1913 – 1933’.


For the installation we used projectors to play out the scene across ten screens of varying sizes, all within a 6m box made from truss and clad with flattage. A highly polished floor reflects the images playing out, adding to the immersive experience. The exhibition is completely self-supported with the venue only needing to provide the space and electricity.

Running from April to October 2016, the exhibition has been timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.


“We’re delighted to be working with the team at the V&A again on the Five Truths installation. Having previously taken it to Stradsschouwburg, a theatre in Amsterdam, in 2015, it’s great to be involved with such a unique and fascinating project again.”
Peter Boott, Hawthorn’s Commercial Director