Hurry to the Old Vic

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Friday 25 July 2003 9.17pm
I was the lucky winner of the SE1 competition for tickets for two to the RSC at the Old Vic. We went last night to see Merry Wives, which had the audience rolling in the aisles. I'll be paying real money to see Coriolanus, which has deservedly had rave reviews.

Sadly, as the news story below tells, Londoners and tourists haven't been flocking in the numbers these great performances deserve. I'd encourage anyone living/working in SE1 to catch either play before 2nd August.

RSC details and quotes from reviews for the two plays are at: and

Ticketing at:

"Heat spells end for two RSC shows

Maev Kennedy
Wednesday July 16, 2003
The Guardian

It might have been Greg Hick's chest that did it: slick and steaming with hot red blood, in eyeball-searing closeup on every poster for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Coriolanus.
As temperatures soared, bookings slumped. Yesterday with the capital sweltering in the heatwave, the RSC announced that its two shows at the Old Vic, Coriolanus and The Merry Wives of Windsor, will close on August 2, three weeks early. "

Post edited (25 Jul 03 22:28)
Friday 25 July 2003 9.38pm
Forgot to add that although ticket prices are a bit steep, there are some quite good concession deals:

Ticket Prices
STALLS: 37.50, 15.00*
DRESS CIRCLE: 37.50, 35.00, 30.00, 25.00*, 15.00*, 10.00*
LILIAN BAYLIS CIRCLE: 25.00, 20.00, 12.50*, 10.00*
* restricted view


Over 60s, under 25s & students
10 for all performances. Booking in person only at the Old Vic Theatre Box Office.

20 Mon - Thurs performances. Available in advance by telephone, online or by post (individuals only).
Family tickets
Up to four under 18s half-price with every full price ticket for all performances.

Patrons with disabilities
12 for all performances. For further details please contact the Box Office.

All ticket discounts are subject to limited availability and are allocated at the discretion of the Box Office Supervisor. Discounted tickets cannot be booked in conjunction with, or combined with, any other reductions or offers.

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