The Old Vic: The Story of a Great Theatre from Kean to Olivier to Spacey (Main)

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The Old Vic: The Story of a Great Theatre from Kean to Olivier to Spacey (Main)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 288 p.
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The Old Vic, one of the world's great theatres, opened in 1818 with rowdy melodrama and continued with Edmund Kean in Richard III howled down by the audience. One impresario, among the first of thirteen to go bankrupt there, fled to Milan and ran La Scala. In 1848 a chorus girl tried to murder the leading lady. In 1870 the Vic became a music hall, then a temperance tavern and, from 1912, under Lilian Baylis, both an opera house and the home of Shakespeare. By the 1930s great actors were happy to go there for a pittance - John Gielgud, Charles Laughton, Peggy Ashcroft, and Laurence Olivier. The Vic considered itself a national theatre in all but name.After the second world war the Royal Ballet and the English National Opera both sprang from the Vic, and the National Theatre, at last established in 1963 under Olivier, made its first home there. In 1980 the Vic was saved from becoming a bingo hall by a generous Toronto businessman. Since 2004 Kevin Spacey, Hollywood actor and the winner of two Oscars, has led a new company there, and toured the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction                                       ix
PART ONE 1818--1880 Royal Coburg to Palace of
Varieties
1 The Royal Coburg Theatre 3 (12)
2 The Royal Victoria Theatre 15 (10)
3 Osbaldiston and Miss Vincent 25 (12)
4 Catastrophe and Mrs Brown 37 (13)
5 Delatorre's Palace and the Good Old Vic 50 (11)
PART TWO 1880--1937 Cons, Baylis, and
Shakespeare
6 Miss Cons and the Purified Hall 61 (13)
7 God, Shakespeare, and Miss Baylis 74 (12)
8 Melba and Heavenly Things 86 (11)
9 Two Theatres, and a Drift to the West End 97 (14)
10 Olivier, and the Last Baylis Season 111(16)
PART THREE 1938--1976 Old Vic to National
Theatre
11 The War, and Homeless Wandering 127(11)
12 Last Years of the Old Old Vic 138(12)
13 The National Comes to the Vic 150(13)
14 Watch It Come Down 163(15)
15 Prospect and the Fragile Soul 178(11)
PART FOUR 1976--2014 Honest Ed to Kevin Spacey
16 Honest Ed and the New Old Vic 189(14)
17 Sally Greene and Kevin Spacey 203(9)
18 High Wire, Ritual, and Bridge 212(25)
Afterword: The Lucky Theatre 237(4)
Acknowledgements 241(4)
Illustrations 245(8)
Sources and Bibliography 253(6)
Index 259