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The history of London’s theatres is almost the history of London itself, so enmeshed is the West End with the cultural tapestry of the capital. Folklore, tales of catastrophe and the personalities who make their name in the Smoke; all surround the bright lights of theatreland, and every year millions of tourists are entranced by the sweeping architecture and picture book antiquity of London’s glamorous pathway to the stars. Every name trips off the tongue even if you have never ...

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Hedda Gabler, The Old Vic

Henrik Ibsen, in a version by Brian FrielDirected by Anna Mackmin★★★★ Pros: A first class production – the cast is fabulous, the set and lighting design are stunning and the play itself is a masterpiece worthy of its place amongst the great dramas of all time. It has one of the most dramatically staged endings imaginable. Cons: It is long – at times it is hard to stay focused on the lengthy, lilting dialogues. Our Verdict: This production engenders everything ...

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Noises Off, The Old Vic

Michael FraynDirected by Lindsay Posner★★★★ Pros: Frayn’s superb script, the ridiculous achievement that is Act 2, Robert Glenister’s wonderful portrayal of Lloyd Dallas. Cons: Hardly any, slight issues with the deliberate bad acting in Act 1. Our Verdict: Probably the best farce ever written, an absolute must for all theatre fans. Courtesy of Alistair Muir for The Daily Mail Many of my deeply unfortunate friends (of which there are very few as it is…) have recently had to hear me ...

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Cause Célèbre, The Old Vic

Terence Rattigan Directed by Thea Sharrock ★★★★ Courtesy of The Old Vic Going to see a show at The Old Vic is always a treat. While the National is a space where new, ambitious and risky shows are staged, The Old Vic has focused on delivering more conservative, but no less masterfully fine-tuned productions. No outrageous set, no dazzling special effects – but honest, high quality performances and direction. In the last year, The Old Vic has done this remarkably well ...

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Spotlight: Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey has won two Academy Awards In a 1998 interview with London’s Evening Standard, Kevin Spacey quipped: ‘It’s not that I want to create some bullshit mystique by maintaining a silence about by personal life, it is just that the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen’. Comparatively little is therefore known about this double Oscar-winning actor. However, as the current Artistic Director of The Old Vic ...

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The Old Vic, London

The Old Vic, London Nobody can deny that The Old Vic, located by Waterloo Road near the Southbank, is one of the most prominent theatres on the London scene. With its consistently high-quality productions, great location and grade II-listed building, The Old Vic is a refreshing and exciting alternative to the West End, a fact that few would disagree with. What many people may not know however, is that from its humble beginnings as a second-class theatre in 1818, and ...

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A Flea in Her Ear, The Old Vic

Georges Feydeau, translation by John Mortimer Directed by Sir Richard Eyre ★★★★ Courtesy of The Old Vic The Old Vic is very good at creating slick and well-polished productions, and one of the few able to consistently deliver genuinely funny comedies. Last season’s Design for Living was a perfect example of comic drama masterfully executed. Their follow up is their third production of A Flea in Her Ear, a play which first premiered at the Old Vic in 1966, and ...

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