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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The poll of 1,050 people by The Stage magazine follows claims made against Kevin Spacey who between 2004 and 2015 was artistic director of The Old Vic theatre in South London.
In addition to the police complaints, the Old Vic theatre -- where Spacey was creative director from 2004-2013 -- previously revealed they had had more than 20 people come forward to make allegations about the 58-year-old actor during his tenure there.
The two-time Academy Award winner, Spacey was artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre between 2004 and 2015.
THE Old Vic theatre has said it "truly apologises" to anyone affected after an internal investigation resulted in 20 people claiming they experienced inappropriate behaviour by former artistic director Kevin Spacey.
A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
THEATRE NT Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (12A) Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard's brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.
The Old Vic Theatre says the former 'Harry Potter' star will play Rosencrantz in the comedy about two minor characters from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.
Dench, now 80, started her acting career at the Old Vic Theatre near London's Waterloo station.
Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY) (TSE: RY) (RBC) said it has become the principal partner of The Old Vic theatre.
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.
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.