Bertie Carvel takes on the London Marathon for The Old Vic

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: The Old Vic announces bicentenary ambassadors including Bertie Carvel who will lend their support to the theatre's 200th birthday on February 9, 2018 in London, England.

Pic Credit: Dave Benett

Old Vic Bicentenary Ambassador Bertie Carvel has donned his running trainers in preparation for an incredibly epic challenge – all in the name of raising vital funds for The Old Vic as it approaches its 200th birthday.

On 22 April 2018 Bertie will be joining the 50,000 people brave enough to take on the 26 miles of the London Marathon and you can support him in the lead up to the big day.

Having performed at The Old Vic in Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape in 2015, Bertie was recently announced as an Old Vic Bicentenary Ambassador alongside over 100 friends from the stage and screen pledging their support for The Old Vic in our milestone year.

‘The Old Vic celebrates its 200th birthday this year. It connects the grandeur and heritage of the West End with the cultural edge of the subsidised sector; but what many people don’t realise is that it belongs to neither: it is a not-for-profit organisation and receives no public money. It belongs to everyone. So when the team asked me to run the London Marathon for them, how could I refuse? 

Matthew Warchus’ mission since taking over as Artistic Director has been to reconnect this unique theatre with the communities which surround it and to make what was once a rowdy music hall thrum with the rhythm of real life and real people.Please support this exciting work by sponsoring me here. Your donation will not only spur me on throughout my training and on the big day, but will help raise vital funds to ensure the future of this important and iconic artistic powerhouse for another 200 years.’

You can show your support by sponsoring Bertie or even taking on a challenge yourself. There are so many ways that you can get involved; whether you want to jump out of a plane, climb a mountain or hold a sponsored silence, we will be here to cheer you on and support you in your fundraising.

The Old Vic has always been, and today remains, ‘the people’s theatre’, and our theatre is yours. Celebrate our 200th birthday by helping us safeguard The Old Vic for the next 200 years.

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