Downton Abbey stars in Singapore for exhibition launch

Downton Abbey's (from left) Jim Carter, Kevin Doyle, Laura Carmichael, Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Phyllis Logan, Michael Fox, Liz Trubridge and Sophie McShera at the red carpet event for the premiere of the show's immersive exhibition at Sands Ex
Downton Abbey's (from left) Jim Carter, Kevin Doyle, Laura Carmichael, Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Phyllis Logan, Michael Fox, Liz Trubridge and Sophie McShera at the red carpet event for the premiere of the show's immersive exhibition at Sands Expo and Convention Centre yesterday. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

There was no upper class or working class at last night's official launch of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, the world-travelling show commemorating the popular British period drama TV series.

But classiness characterised all the cast members who attended the red carpet event at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, as well as the show's creator Julian Fellowes.

Actors including Jim Carter, Michael Fox and Laura Carmichael, along with Fellowes, walked the red carpet and took pictures with about 100 fans of the show.

Fellowes, who was visiting Singapore for the first time, said: "The whole thing's surreal. I started out making a TV show and suddenly it becomes a world phenomenon, and this is such an expression of that."

The multimillion-dollar, five-year touring exhibition opened here to the public last Saturday and will run till July 31 before going to other cities around the world.

Among the exhibits are more than 50 costumes worn by the cast. The "fully immersive" exhibition also recreates rooms of Downton Abbey.

 

The show, which aired from 2010 to 2015, is set between the years 1912 and 1926, and depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in a fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey fan Evelyn Lai, 53, who was at the red carpet event, said: "Meeting the cast today was simply indescribable. I'll be visiting the exhibits next."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2017, with the headline 'Downton Abbey stars in S'pore for exhibition launch'. Print Edition | Subscribe