Fact #6 – our illustrious history!

Frank Dunlop (left) opening Young Vic

The Young Vic began as an offshoot of the National Theatre based at the Old Vic. Before the National Theatre moved to it’s current home on the South Bank, the National Theatre Company had its home at the Old Vic. 40 years ago, in 1970, the Young Vic was born under the direction of Founder-Director Frank Dunlop. In the words of Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theatre, “here we think to develop plays for young audiences, an experimental workshop for authors, actors and producers.” The aim was to create an accesible theatre which offered high quality at a low cost in an informal environment and to appeal to younger audiences, but not specifically children.

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