Issue Date: 30th Aug 2018
This stamp issue marks the bicentenary of one of the most important venues in the UK’s performing history, where the iconic Old Vic has hosted most of our greatest actors at some point in their careers, many of whom have cited their Old Vic production as among their career highlights.
Over the last 60 years in particular, The Old Vic has played an important part in the development of modern British theatre, with many great actors making their names on its influential stage.
This stamp issue commemorates eight of these actors in their heyday performing some of their greatest performances at The Old Vic, from the 1960s to modern day.
The stamps are:
1st class – The Dance of Death, 1967 by August Strindber. Starring Laurence Olivier
1st Class – King Lear, 2016 by William Shakespeare. Starring Glenda Jackson
£1.25 – Hamlet, 1975 by William Shakespeare. Starring Albert Finney
£1.25 – Hedda Gabler, 1970 by Henrik Ibsen. Starring Maggie Smith
£1.45 – No Man’s Land, 1975 by Harold Pinter. Starring John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson
£1.45 – Carmen Jones, 1991 by Oscar Hammerstein II. Starring Sharon Benson
£1.55 – Romeo and Juliet, 1960 by William Shakespeare. Starring Judi Dench and John Stride
£1.55 – Henry V, 1955 by William Shakespeare. Starring Richard Burton
Various postmarks are used to correspond with the image.