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The Old Vic's Bicentenary Weekend celebrations

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FOLLOWING its official birthday on Friday, May 11 when there will be an entirely free performance of Mood Music that evening, on Saturday, May 12, 2018, The Old Vic is inviting everyone to join them in an afternoon of entertainment for all ages.

The day will start with a Procession at 12pm from the National Theatre to The Old Vic, led by a marching band. On the way there will be special performances including breakdancers, extracts from Much Ado About Nothing performed by Daniel Ings and Amaka Okafor and a performance from Le Gateau Chocolat celebrating the theatre’s historic connections with Sadler’s Wells, the National Theatre and English National Opera.

Joining the procession will be members of staff from when the National Theatre Company was based at The Old Vic between 1963 – 1976.

The procession will lead into the start of the Street Party on Webber Street from 1:15pm. During the afternoon there will be an Open House at The Old Vic with activities for ages 3+. These include:

. The Children’s Bookshow from 2pm

. Puppetry Workshops from 2pm

. Stage Make Up Demonstration at 2pm

. Comedy Club 4 Kids from 2.45pm

. Penny Lectures from 4.15pm

All Open House events are free but will require a ticket.

And on the evening of Saturday, May 12, The Old Vic auditorium will be transformed into a cabaret space harking back to its days as a Music Hall in the 1880s for the Bicentenary Variety Night .