TV Critic’s Corner

A visit to ‘Downton’ — in New York

Dan Stevens and Hugh Bonneville in “Downton Abbey.”
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Dan Stevens and Hugh Bonneville in “Downton Abbey.”

How much are you missing “Downton Abbey”? Enough to get your post-Edwardian attitude on and build an entire visit to New York around it? On Nov. 18, “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” opens in New York at a place called NBCUniversal International Studios on West 57th Street.

Don’t get too excited. None of the actors will be there, not Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, or Maggie Smith. However, their costumes will be in attendance, in all their uncomfortable beauty. The exhibition will also include a number of the rooms from the show, both upstairs and downstairs. “From Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fuelled servants’ quarters, to the family’s glamorous dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom,” according to a press release, “fans will get the chance to walk through some of the series’ most recognizable and beloved sets.”

Will they serve us tea? Probably not, but the website assures us that there will indeed be a gift shop with “Downton Abbey”-themed gifts available for purchase. Ticket prices vary with adults starting at $30 and children from $15.


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