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Review of The Old Vic

The Old Vic
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Owner description: Victorian theater with a storied cast of famous performers including Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton.
The Hague, The Netherlands
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37 reviews
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“everybody should do this”
Reviewed 19 May 2012

everybody should see a play at this beautiful theater. Be part of the tradition.

Visited May 2012
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23 reviews
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“Beautiful and historic theatre”
Reviewed 13 May 2012

The Old Vic is a beautiful and historic theatre rather oddly located today off Waterloo Road. I imagine when it was built the are was quite different. Photos off Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson adorn the walls to remind you of the history. A non subsidised theatre which its on interesting work of high quality under the artistic direction of Kevin Spacey. Better and cheaper(just) than the Commercial theatres of the West End.

Visited May 2012
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London England
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“Eve Best as The Duchess of Malfi was just superb; all of the cast excellent”
Reviewed 11 May 2012

This is London theatre at its best. A beautiful interior with magnificent sets, superbly managed with some of the very best acting talent in Britain today - a must-see if in London.
The Duchess of Malfi is a grand tragedy and a wonderful evening of drama, with all the lead roles just amazingly performed. As with all the plays here, it is very highly recommended.

Visited May 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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“A Classic”
Reviewed 8 May 2012

The Old Vic is one of the classic theatres in London with a wide range of plays and a number of well known actors (e.g. Kevin Spacey).
I visited a performance of 'As you like it' 2 years ago, but I was not too amazed by it. It was well enough acting and a nice scenery, but they didn't cut ONE line, which made it ridicously long, and some of the director's choices were rather obvious. So, it was a fine evening but not one I'd tell of at dinner parties.

The Young Vic though really impressed me. It's down the road and has a really interessting repertoire. I was lucky enough to see an impressiv performance two months ago and will return by chance.

So, to put it in a nutshell, the Old Vic is always a fine night out, very classic, you'll see what you expect, but for a surprise, choose the Young Vic.

Visited March 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Dutchess of Malfi is unimpressive”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

We did not think that this play had aged particularly well - the motivation of one of the main characters just doesn't make all that much sense so you spend a lot of the play thinking "why does he continue to make these bad decisions". The killer is that the character is obviously smart and in soliloquy clearly identifies that he is making bad decisions and continues to make bad decisions. The action is driven largely by his actions so I spent most of the time sitting there wondiner why he keeps on making these stupid decisions when he knows full-well that they are stupid decisions.

The Old Vic is lovely though - I'd advise anybody to go see a different play at it. However - be warned that if you're walking from Waterloo station it is easy to exit through the wrong exist and spend a lot of time walking around. I would advise you to get very familiar with the area using Google street-view so that you are certain how to get there.

Visited April 2012
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