THE CELEBRITIES in LONDON !
Madame Tussaud's is one of the most popular attractions in London,
Here can you
be sure to see the Queen, the Beatles, Alfred Hitchcock, and a whole
lot of famous and infamous people .....
If you want to see the Queen, Madame Tusssaud's is the place to go !
Many people like to see
celebrities don't usually like being looked at - at least, not all day
There is, however, one place in England where you can look at
celebrities - lots of them - every day: this is Madame Tussaud's, the
most popular tourist attraction in London.
most days of the year, queues of visitors can be seen outside Madame
Tussaud's, all wanting to get in and see some of the most famous people
in the world - kings and queens, politicians, stars, and even famous
criminals. They are all inside, just waiting to be looked at, or talked
If you like, you can talk to film stars,
politicians and even tyrants
in Madame Tussaud's, but they won't say anything to you, because they
can't! Madame Tussaud's is a wax
and the "famous people" in the building are really made out of wax.
Judging by the popularity of Madame Tussaud's, that does not seem to be
a problem! Ordinary people like looking at extraordinary people, even
if they are only statues
It's better than nothing!
was born in Strasbourg in 1765. As a child she learned how to make wax
models of people, and later went to Paris. Then in 1802 she moved to
England, touring round the country with her exhibition of wax figures.
In 1835 (aged 70!), she finally settled
in London. "Madame Tussaud's" has been one of the city's most popular
exhibitions ever since.
Naturally, the collection has changed and grown; Indeed, it
changing all the time. While there are some historic figures that do
not change, others come and go, and others are "aged" as the years go
The most popular figures in the
exhibition are royalty and stars. Princess Diana has been the overall
favourite for several years, and other popular figures include Tony
Blair, David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Elvis Presley.... to mention just a
few of them.
You can even see the Beatles.... as they were in the 1960's !
Another popular part of the exhibition is the "chamber of horrors",
with its famous murderers and its instruments of torture!
At Madame Tussaud's, it is only the very famous who get a place in the
exhibition. That is not surprising really; it takes about six months to
create a really lifelike
use lots of photos and measurements, in order to obtain a perfect likeness
For example, it took 450 hours to re-create Spice Girl Mel G's famous
curly hair! In all, a wax figure costs over £40,000 to make -
lot of money!
And, you ask, what happens to
yesterday's famous people? Well, they are taken out of the collection,
and their heads are stored for a while
Then, if it is clear that no one will ever want to see them again, they
are melted down
and re-used for another person!
Many people achieve
; few achieve
despot, very bad powerful man - wax
a soft paste, originally made by bees - statue
person, sculpture - settled
established her fixed home - overall
general - lifelike
realistic, true - sculptor
artist who cuts forms from a solid substance - likeness
copy - while
a period of time - melt
liquefy - achieve
obtain - fame
: celebrity .
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Here is some
information about Madame
Tussaud's: unfortunately the sentences have been put together
wrongly: each sentence contains two parts, (a) and (b). Join the parts
in the most logical way!..
Connect the phrases : correct the information
In Madame Tussaud's, you must not
In Madame Tussaud's, you cannot
Most days in summer, visitors must
Inside Madame Tussauds, you can
If you are easily frightened, you should not
If you don't like long queues, you should
If you want to visit Madame Tussaud's, you have to
If you have had enough, you do not have to
see everything in the exhibition.
see a lot of famous people.
visit the exhibition in winter.
visit the Chamber of Horrors.
have a conversation with the wax figures.
buy a ticket.
touch the wax figures.
stand in a long queue.
Notes for teachers
that pupils are familiar with all these modals; make sure that they
understand that must and have to
usually synonyms, but that must
to are NOT synonyms.
Take this point further by having pupils make up 8 sentences,
corresponding to the 8 modal forms used, referring to your school.
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