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The Old Vic Theatre started life in 1818 as the Royal Coburg in 1818, before changing its name to the Royal Victorian Theatre – in honour of the fifteen-year-old Princess.
In 1880 it was taken over by Emma Cons, who redesigned the interior and changed its name to the Royal Victoria Coffee Music Hall. But the convoluted title simply hastened the adoption of its nickname, which still survives today – The Old Vic.
The Old Vic Company was established in 1929 by Sir John Gielgud, and most of the 20th-century greats followed him on stage. Some of the famous names to tread his boards include Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson.
In 1963 The Old Vic company was disbanded and replaced with the National Theatre, until it moved away to the Southbank Centre.
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If you enjoy this then try: Donmar Warehouse (walk it in 24 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Donmar Warehouse); Globe Theatre (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Globe Theatre); National Theatre (you can walk it 10 mins) and Trafalgar Studios (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Trafalgar Studios).