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Definition of the Old Vic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Old Vic

 
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a famous theatre in south London, built in 1818. It was officially named the Royal Victoria Theatre in 1833, and was given the nickname the 'Old Vic' later in the century. It became well known in the early 20th century when Lilian Baylis began producing Shakespeare's plays there. The National Theatre was based there from 1963 until its own building was completed in 1976.