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The Old Vic

The Cut, London SE1 8NB

The Old Vic Theatre is one of London’s oldest theatres. This west end theatre is nearly 200 years old and is located on the Cut in the heart of South Bank, within walking distance of Covent Garden.
The Old Vic first opened as the Royal Coburg Theatre in 1818. Since then it is one of the best known theatres across the globe.

The Old Vic is synonymous with the greatest acting talent that Great Britain has ever created from Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Peter O’Toole and Ralph Richardson to Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, Judi Dench and Peggy Ashcroft.
This iconic theatre has a rich history of great performances. For the first time Shakespeare productions were staged on The Old Vic boards in 1914, under director Ben Greet.

During the war years The Old Vic was owned by Sybil Thorndike. In 1941 The Old Vic was badly damaged by the war. After years of repairs and renovations it re-opened in 1950 with a performance of Twelfth Night.
In 2003 Kevin Spacey was appointed first artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre Company. Since then, under his artistic leadership, The Old Vic continues to attract the best creative talent from Great Britain and all over the world to tread its boards.

The Old Vic Tunnels
In February 2010, The Old Vic acquired new performance space beneath Waterloo Station from BRB: The Old Vic Tunnels. This unparalleled venue showcases productions, performances and installations and will continue to do so throughout 2012.
The Old Vic is a Grade II* listed west end theatre which has a seating capacity for 1,067 people.
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