The Old Vic is a theatre steeped in tradition yet still innovating and making history through a huge variety of output on and off stage which grabs the imagination of the broadest range of people.
The Old Vic, which first opened in 1818, has a distinguished theatrical history for 200 years. From the early 1800s onwards, leading actors have trod its boards, such as Edmund Kean, Sybil Thorndike, Edith Evans, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Michael Redgrave, Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine McEwan, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith.
It has continued to flourish in the 21st century, under the hands of Kevin Spacey as artistic director and now Matthew Warchus. Landmark productions followed including the stunning revival in 2013 of Kiss Me, Kate, the Cole Porter multi-award winning Broadway classic directed by Trevor Nunn.
The Old Vic programme encompasses invigorating new writing; works that engage with a wide social conversation; nurturing new musicals, mounting passionate revivals and famous old plays; experimentation with quirky, eye-opening and challenging pieces; and family shows and pantomimes.
In addition, the theatre works with more than 10,000 people each year of all ages and backgrounds to unlock creative intelligence through school projects, employability schemes and community engagement.