Old Vic

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Old Vic,

London repertory company and theater. The Old Vic theater opened in 1818 as the Coburg, and was renamed the Royal Victoria in 1833, soon familiarized to the Old Vic. In 1914 it became a Shakespearean repertory company organized by Lillian Baylis; by 1923 the entire stage works of Shakespeare had been presented. After Baylis's death in 1937, other directors such as Michel St. Denis and Michael Benthall used the space for productions and actor training. From 1963–76 it was the temporary home of the National Theatre of Great Britain (see Royal National TheatreRoyal National Theatre
a government-funded repertory company based in London. Although the idea for such a company originated in the 19th cent., the National Theatre was not finally established until 1963, with Laurence Olivier appointed as director.
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). Briefly closed due to funding cuts, it reopened in 1983. Again threatened by lack of funds, it was purchased and preserved by a charitable trust in 1998. In 2003 Sir Elton JohnJohn, Elton Hercules,
1947–, English popular singer, pianist, and composer, b. Reginald Kenneth Dwight. By the mid-1970s he had become famous presenting his own and other composers' songs in spectacularly staged productions.
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 became the theater's president, a restoration drive was organized, and the formation a new Old Vic company was announced. Directed by the American actor Kevin Spacey, the group is intended showcase new theatrical talent.
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Dench, now 80, started her acting career at the Old Vic Theatre and has gone on to become a national treasure, winning countless Baftas and other accolades.
American actor and artistic director of the Old Vic theatre Kevin Spacey said he feels like "an adopted son" after being awarded an honorary knighthood for his services to British theatre and international culture.
LONDON -- A stage musical based on the time-looping movie ''Groundhog Day'' is to have its world-premiere production at London's Old Vic Theatre.
Dame Judi Dench, 80, was photographed on the red carpet with Kevin Spacey and went on to present the 55-year-old US star with a special award for his work as artistic director at The Old Vic theatre.
She began training at the Old Vic Theatre School at 17, before going on to study at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York.
Michael D Higgins led tributes to the Laurence of Arabia star during a special celebration at London's Old Vic Theatre.
a Most recently, Spacey has served as Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London and as the producer and protagonist of the Netflix original series aHouse of Cards.
1 AMANDA Redman was born on August 12, 1957 in Brighton and trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
The fun, environmentally friendly and slightly mad project, which is supported by the Old Vic Theatre in London, is a world first and is representative of shifting contemporary theatre habits.
A five-minute walk south of the railway station and just behind the Old Vic Theatre, this grand old building has been recently renovated and is usually buzzing with life.
The 56-yearold Sex And The City star, inset, plays Alexandra Del Lago in the new production of Tennessee Williams' play at London's Old Vic theatre, with 26-year-old Broadway star Seth Numrich as her gigolo toy boy.
He went on to gain entry at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he trained as an actor.