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Royal Mail to release special stamp collection for Old Vic bicentenary

The stamps include Judi Dench and John Stride in Romeo and Juliet in 1960 alongside Glenda Jackson's King Lear in 2016

Maggie Smith, Richard Burton, Judi Dench and Glenda Jackson are to feature on a set of stamps released to celebrate the Old Vic’s 200th birthday.

A set of eight stamps featuring some of the UK’s best known actors performing at the London theatre is being released by Royal Mail later this month.

Smith in Hedda Gabler in 1970 and Burton’s performance as Henry V in 1955 feature on the stamps alongside Dench and John Stride in Romeo and Juliet in 1960.

Others include Laurence Olivier in The Dance of Death in 1967, Sharon Benson in 1991’s Carmen Jones, Albert Finney in Hamlet in 1975 and Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud in No Man’s Land in 1975.

The most recent production featured in the collection is King Lear [1], starring Jackson, from 2016.

Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus said: “As we celebrate a long history of inspiring creativity in this iconic building, and look to a bright future of uplifting, adventurous and accessible theatremaking, we are delighted to be collaborating with Royal Mail on this special stamp edition to mark the Old Vic’s 200th birthday. [2]

The stamps will be available on general sale from August 30.