To The Old Vic, great theatre is about great plays, great performances and great nights out from the moment you step through the door. Currently under the artistic leadership of Kevin Spacey, we continue to attract the best creative talent in the industry.
The Old Vic has survived and in recent years thrived because it has always reached out to the widest range of audiences without compromising artistic standards. Although it has attracted great actors, it has never believed that theatre itself is for an elite. We believe theatre should be for everyone. The Old Vic has been a landmark for nearly 200 years. It’s one of London’s oldest working theatres and has provided a dramatic home for an extraordinary roll call of actors.
Our productions have included an international tour of Richard III starring Kevin Spacey directed by Sam Mendes as part of the three-year transatlantic Bridge Project, which toured five large scale classical productions to 20 cities in over 560 performances; the UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert; Sweet Bird of Youth with Kim Cattrall and Seth Numrich directed by Marianne Elliott; Michael Frayn’s Noises Off which transferred to the West End and toured the UK; Hedda Gabler with Sheridan Smith; Anne-Marie Duff in Terence Rattigan’s Cause Célèbre; Design for Living by Noël Coward; Toby Stephens in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing; Inherit the Wind; Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests, directed by Matthew Warchus, which was transferred to Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions winning a Tony Award; David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow with Jeff Goldblum and Kevin Spacey, directed by Matthew Warchus; All About My Mother, a new play by Samuel Adamson based on Pedro Almodóvar’s film; John Osborne’s The Entertainer with Robert Lindsay and Aladdin with Ian McKellenas Widow Twankey.
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