The National Theatre at The Old Vic 1963 - 1976


Celebrating the early years of the NT at The Old Vic in its bicentenary year
Lyttelton Lounge, National Theatre
April – June 2018

This exhibition at the National Theatre celebrates The Old Vic’s 200th birthday and highlights an extraordinary and innovative period in British theatre history. Located on The Cut, just south of the river in Lambeth, The Old Vic first opened its doors 1818. In 1963 the National Theatre was established and spent its first 13 years at The Old Vic.

Led by Sir Laurence Olivier, the NT established a company of young and emerging actors, playwrights, designers and movement directors, who would go on to have a significant impact not only on British theatre but on the development of 20th century theatre as a whole. The 13-year period at The Old Vic witnessed productions of new writing, the creation of innovative stage designs and a dynamic approach to theatre making.

As part of this exhibition the NT and The Old Vic have commissioned sound artist Jesc Bunyard to create a new sound artwork which will feature in the exhibition, inspired by archive materials from this time.

Entry to the exhibition is free – more information on how to experience the exhibition for yourself will be released soon.

Photo credit: Chris Arthur