The Old Vic gears up for life after Kevin Spacey with new partner RBC

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RBC, which has its London headquarters on the banks of the Thames just a short walk from the Southwark theatre, said it will become The Old Vic’s principal partner with a commitment to sponsor more than 15 productions over the next three years.

Sting and wife Trudie Styler with Kevin SpaceySting and wife Trudie Styler with Kevin Spacey at his Old Vic leaving gala (Picture: Dave Benett)


“The Principal Partner sponsorship will be transformative for The Old Vic and its audiences, directly enabling more artistic output and more varied programming than ever before,” RBC said.

Oscar winner Spacey, currently starring in Netflix series House of Cards, came to The Old Vic in 2004, when the theatre had no public subsidy.


In the face of a sceptical press Spacey managed to revive its fortunes and leaves his successor Matthew Warchus, with a sound balance sheet and a growing audience.

Warchus said having RBC as a partner was a privilege.

Groundhog Day stillThe Old Vic will stage the premiere of the Groundhog Day musical in its first season under Matthew Warchus (Picture: Columbia Pictures)


“Their support will enable us to continue to plan daring, eclectic and ambitious seasons with more productions than ever before, as part of my aim to mount unforgettable history-making shows in this most historic London theatre,” he added.

RBC also said The Old Vic had long-standing connections with its home country, as Canadian businessman and philanthropist Ed Mirvish saved The Old Vic in 1982. He and his son David Mirvish then ran the theatre until 1998.

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