Issue Date: 30/08/2018
Issue Name: Celebrating 200 Years of The Old Vic
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2018 marks the Bicentenary of the Old Vic, originally opened in 1818 as the Royal Coburg Theatre and renamed 15 years later the Royal Victoria Theatre. Many of the greats of British and World Theatre have tread the boards, and we think our 'mask' cover pays tribute to them. The theatre mask has been used since the times of ancient Greece making performances more striking and giving them an other worldy feel, somthing they are still used for today. This cover is available signed by English novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz OBE.
The Dance of Death was written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg in 1900. As the play proved very successful, Strindberg went on to write part two soon afterwards. This dark story starts with a married couple who are trapped in a marriage that has become vindictive, vicious and threatening. It follows the couple as they try to sabotage each other as they approach to their 25th wedding anniversary.
William Shakespeare is one of the most celebrated playwrights, with approximately 39 plays, over 100 sonnets and poems. Shakespeare’s plays are some of the most well known and performed plays in history. Phrases and words first used in his plays are now part of the English language. It is said that King Lear was written between 1603 and 1606. The play is well known as a tragedy, describing the descent into madness of King Lear after he decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s best known plays, was penned between 1599 and 1602. The play centres on the Prince as he vows vengence on his uncle for killing his father, the King. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, a romantic tragedy in which two lovers from feuding families are drawn to each other. Henry V was written around 1599, one of Shakepeare’s history plays, it centres on Henry V before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Year’s War.
Hedda Gabler is a play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen which premiered in Munich in 1891. The play centres around the actions of the main female character, Hedda Gabler, who has married George Tesman, an aspiring academic. The play unfolds when a former lover of Hedda’s enters their lives called Eliert Løvborg, who is also an academic who is in a relationship with Hedda’s former school friend Thea Elvsted.
Carmen Jones is a Broadway musical first performed in 1943, adapted by Oscar Hammerstein II and with music by Georges Bizet. The play adapts the original story of Carmen, (a well known opera written by George Bizet), and sets it in the Second World War.
No Man’s Land was written by English playwright Harold Pinter in 1974, and the first production was at the Old Vic Theatre. This conceptual play begins with Hirst who is an alcoholic intellectual who invites his new aquaintance, Spooner, back to the house he shares with two other men where they drink and share stories.
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is an English novelist and screenwriter specialising in mystery and suspense. His work for young adult readers includes The Diamond Brothers series, the Alex Rider series, and The Power of Five series.