Old Vic announces programme for 200th birthday weekend

Jekyll and Hyde by the McOnie Company, which will perform in the 200th birthday variety night. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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The Old Vic has announced a series of events to celebrate its 200th birthday, including a free performance of the upcoming Mood Music, a variety night and an open house weekend.

The London theatre turns 200 on May 11, when it will hold a performance of Mood Music, starring Ben Chaplin, entirely for free.

Audiences have been able to enter a ballot for the performance, which will be followed on May 12 will a family-focused open house and a free street party, including a 10-piece marching band procession from the National Theatre on the South Bank to the Old Vic.

The weekend will also include a variety night event, harking back to the theatre’s days as a music hall in the 1880s. It will feature a special performance written by Dennis Kelly, performances by the McOnie Company, hip-hop musical Sylvia, Olivier award nominee Sheila Atim and sketch comedy duo the Pin.

The free open house programme features a workshop with puppeteer Maia Kirkman-Richards, a stage make-up presentation with make-up artist Dan Frye and a series of lectures.

A fundraising ball will conclude the event on May 13.