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The Old Vic

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published January 6th 2013
Old in name - but Vic is young at heart

If there's one thing London does well, it's theatre - the celebrated West End has numerous theatrical experiences to enjoy, with even Hollywood actors taking time out of there busy schedules in order to tread the boards this side of the water. it is not these that I am going to describe to you though, as you probably know enough about them already. Instead, I'm going to point you over the river, and to Waterloo in South London - where the Old Vic can be found.

This theatre is quite simply, special. It is one of the best known for good reason, thanks to the list of stars that have performed here - including the likes of Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Peter O'Toole - there probably is not a theatre in London which has had more Oscar winners perform within its walls.

It is not just the past that is intriguing, but with the Artistic Director being none other than one of Hollywood's finest, Kevin Spacey, crowds regularly flock to see the latest productions. The programme really has something for everyone, with modern classics sitting alongside Shakespeare productions - the well-known coupled with the obscure.

As well as the theatre there is a very cool bar - The Pit Bar - where live music can be enjoyed along with your drink, and being that this bar won the Favourite Theatre bar award for last year, you can bet that you will be staying in the theatre a little bit longer than you intended to.

So, why not come along for a show and see why the West End doesn't necessarily have all the best theatres - as South London has maybe the jewel in the London's theatrical crown.

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Why? one of the jewels of London's theatre scene
When: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm
Phone: 0844 8717628
Where: The Old Vic The Cut London SE1 8NB
Cost: prices vary according to seat location (see website for details)
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I've always had a soft spot for the Old Vic. A favourite school teacher used to offer cheap tickets to sit in the 'gods' in the days when the National Theatre was still based there and those memories always return whenever I see a play there, although in the stalls now.
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