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National Theatre’s 13 years at Old Vic to be celebrated in new exhibition

The Old Vic in the 1960s. Photo by Chris Arthur The Old Vic in May 1970. Photo by Chris Arthur
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The National Theatre has announced an exhibition in celebration of its early years at the Old Vic Theatre.

The exhibition, which will be in the NT’s Lyttelton Lounge, focuses on the 13-year period when the National Theatre was established and based at the Old Vic.

The free event, titled The National Theatre at the Old Vic 1963-1976, will run from April to June and will use material from the NT archive.

It will include a newly commissioned artwork by sound artist Jesc Bunyard, inspired by archive materials from the time period.

National Theatre archive associate and curator of the exhibition, Natasha Bonnelame, said: “The NT’s history at the Old Vic is fascinatingly global in its outlook.

“Theatremakers from across the world connected in these tiny offices in Waterloo in 1960s London, and the outcome was seminal productions on the Old Vic stage that have defined theatre practice in the UK ever since. This exhibition celebrates this pioneering time in the history of both organisations.”

Artistic director at the Old Vic, Matthew Warchus, said: “Reflecting on the sheer range and scale of creative ambition that the Old Vic has nurtured over its two centuries is a mind-boggling exercise.

“In its 200th birthday year we are proud to celebrate the rich history and vibrant future of this great theatre and renew our connection with some of the world-renowned companies which the Old Vic has helped bring into existence – English National Opera, Sadler’s Wells and, of course, the mighty National Theatre.”

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