Old Vic

a famous theatre in south London, built in 1818. It was officially named the Royal Victoria Theatre in 1833, and was given the nickname the ‘Old Vic’ later in the century. It became well known in the early 20th century when Lilian Baylis began producing Shakespeare’s plays there. The National Theatre was based there from 1963 until its own building was completed in 1976.

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London theatre company.

The company's theatre opened in 1818 as the Royal Coburg; renamed the Royal Victoria in 1833, it became popularly known as the Old Vic. The company, managed by Lilian Baylis, began a regular Shakespeare season in 1914. From the 1930s it was noted for its memorable productions of Shakespeare's plays and other classics, with actors such as John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, and Ralph Richardson. The company was dissolved in 1963 and formed the nucleus of the new National Theatre, which performed at the Old Vic theatre until moving to a new building in 1976.

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▪ London theatrical company
 theatre in the Greater London borough of Lambeth. It was formerly the home of a theatre company that became the nucleus of the National Theatre (Royal National Theatre).

      The company's theatre building opened in 1818 as the Royal Coburg and produced mostly popular melodramas. In 1833 it was redecorated and renamed the Royal Victoria and became popularly known as the Old Vic. Under the management (1880–1912) of Emma Cons, a social reformer, the Old Vic was transformed into a temperance amusement hall known as the Royal Victoria Hall and Coffee Tavern, where musical concerts and scenes from Shakespeare and opera were performed. Lilian Baylis (Baylis, Lilian Mary), Emma Cons's niece, assumed management of the theatre in 1912 and two years later presented the initial regular Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William) season. By 1918 the Old Vic was established as the only permanent Shakespearean theatre in London, and by 1923 all of Shakespeare's plays had been performed there. The Old Vic grew in stature during the 1920s and '30s under directors such as Andrew Leigh, Harcourt Williams, and Tyrone Guthrie (Guthrie, Sir Tyrone).

      The Old Vic theatre building was badly damaged during World War II, and, when the company returned to London from wartime touring in 1944, it was housed in the New Theatre. Under the combined direction of Laurence Olivier (Olivier, Laurence, Baron Olivier of Brighton), Ralph Richardson (Richardson, Sir Ralph), and John Burrell, the Old Vic company presented memorable productions of Shakespeare's plays and other classics, including Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus Rex, Love for Love, and Peer Gynt. After World War II the Old Vic School and the Young Vic, a company that performed for children, were established and housed in the Old Vic theatre. The company returned to its repaired original home in 1950, but the lack of space and adequate funds caused the school and the Young Vic to close in 1952. In 1963 the Old Vic company was dissolved, and the Old Vic theatre became the temporary home of the new National Theatre. The Young Vic was reconstituted in 1970, and by 1974 it had become an independent company. The theatre building was home to the Prospect Theatre Company from 1977 to 1981. The Old Vic was refurbished in 1983 and used intermittently thereafter by various groups, including the Peter Hall Company in 1997.

Additional Reading
Edward J. Dent, A Theatre for Everybody: The Story of the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells (1945, reprinted 1979); Peter Roberts, The Old Vic Story: A Nation's Theatre, 1818–1976 (1976); D.F. Cheshire, Sean McCarthy, and Hilary Norris, The Old Vic Refurbished (1983); George Rowell, The Old Vic Theatre: A History (1993).

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