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Tour of the Old Vic

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The Old Vic

The Cut

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This most historic of London theatres opened 199 years ago. We're most excited to be visiting her a matter of months in advance of her bi-centenary on 11 May.

This venerable old institution cost £12,000 to build and opened in 1818 as the Royal Coburg after the Princess of Wales's husband Leopold, the uncle of Queen Victoria (as all aficionados of the current TV series know!). It was refurbished and renamed the Princess Victoria in 1833 and hence ultimately the Old Vic we know today. Having spent time in the late Victorian period as a coffee tavern and Temperance centre, it re-opened at the turn of the 20th century as an entertainment venue once again by the formidable impresario Lilian Baylis, forever associated with the Old Vic. From the 1960s until 1976, it became the first home of the National Theatre.

Every larger than life actor, director or producer of the English stage of the past two centuries from Edmund Kean to Kevin Spacey has been part of the Old Vic story. Peggy Ashcroft, Laurence Olivier, Donald Wolfit, Ralph Richardson, John Guildgud, Judy, Dench, Peter O’Toole, Albert Finney, Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine McEwan, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith. The roll-call of greats is almost endless.

Our tour will follow in their footsteps, invoke their voices, glimpse their shadows. Join us.

The Old Vic being a 200 year old building, please note that this tour will involve quite a lot of stair work with no recourse to lifts.

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