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Sheila Atim backstage at the 2018 Olivier Awards after winning the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical awards (Photo: Pamela Raith)

Sheila Atim backstage at the 2018 Olivier Awards after winning the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical award (Photo: Pamela Raith)

The Old Vic unveils all-star Birthday Variety Night line-up

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson First Published 23 April 2018, Last Updated 23 April 2018

The Old Vic has revealed the full line-up for its 200th birthday Variety Night on Saturday 12 May, which includes music, comedy, cabaret and exclusive performances.

Harking back to The Old Vic’s days as a Music Hall in the 1880s, the evening will see the return of unadulterated entertainment as we present a mix of new and established talent. The Horne Section (Alex Horne and his five-piece jazz band) will host the evening with their unique combination of comedy, improvisation, storytelling and music.

Joining the previously announced sketch comedy duo The Pin; the company of upcoming hip-hop musical Sylvia; The McOnie Company; an exclusive performance written by Dennis Kelly; and 2018 Olivier Award winner Sheila Atim (joined by actor-musician Arthur Darvill) will be: a jazz trio by Kansas Smitty’s; writer, comedian and actor Tim Key; two-time UK Team Beatbox Champions, Burd; and hula hoop dancer and fire performer Silvia Pavone. Darvill will also perform a brand new composition to mark The Old Vic’s birthday.

The night is one of the highlights of the Waterloo venue’s spectacular Birthday Weekend.

The Old Vic (Photo: Manuel Harlan)The Old Vic (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

With something for everyone, The Old Vic is set to invite everyone to come and celebrate the birthday of the hugely influential 1000-seat, not-for-profit independent theatre.

The one-off, unique cabaret night marks 200 years of history, with ground-breaking productions, social mobility and inclusion remaining pivotal to its work both on and off stage. More information and tickets can be found at The Old Vic’s website.

The Old Vic is currently hosting Olivier Award-winning writer Joe Penhall’s new play, Mood Music, about the psychological demands of the music industry.

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