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There’s something reassuring and timeless about the Old Vic standing proudly at the intersection of The Cut and Waterloo Road. Established here in South London in 1818 as a ‘minor theatre’ (as opposed to the more important ‘patent’ theatres in Covent Garden), it was not initially allowed to show serious drama. When it fell under the patronage of the Duchess of Kent, mother to Princess Victoria, it took the title Victoria Theatre. Its fair to say it has had its ups and downs over the years which included enjoying success under Artistic Director Kevin Spacey who subsequently had to resign, but the affectionately named ‘Old Vic’ goes serenely on.