The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 3, 1998 · 68
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G8 THE OTTAWA CITIZEN ARTS & MOVIES FRIDAY, JULY 3, 1998 New trust will preserve London's Old Vic theatre I ' . ? J. t W"j III I? if h1h Wax 4 I I Mirvishes sell landmark to charitable foundation LONDON The Mirvishes, owners of London's Old Vic theatre, have sold the British landmark to a charitable trust formed to ensure its future, one of the trustees said yesterday. Canadian impresario Ed Mirvish and his son, David, who purchased the theatre 16 years ago to preserve it from neglect, announced last August that they were putting it on the market. The theatre has reportedly cost the Mirvishes millions of dollars in losses in recent years. "The repertory business is not gqod financially, but it's good artistically," Ed MirvisS said in Toronto last year. Trustee Stephen Daldry, former artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, said the trust, a non-profit organization, was formed to preserve the Old Vic "as a home for serious theatre in London." It will renovate, preserve and run the 19th-century building, he told BBC radio. "I think there was a great concern ... that the theatre could fall into the wrong hands or, indeed, wasn't going to be saved, if you like, as a home for serious drama," Mr. Daldry said. The trust has paid the initial down-payment of about $3.7 million Cdn. and is now working to raise the additional funds necessary to complete the purchase and undertake renovations, he said. The final amount needed was not given. "What's extraordinary is the amount of support we have had just in the last few months and particularly internationally from actors around the world," Mr. Daldry told the BBC. "That's where a lot of the financial support has come from." Built in 1818, the Old Vic was originally named the Royal Coburg and was for generations the proving ground of British actors before it fell on hard times. It was renamed the Old Vic in 1833 in honour of 14-year-old Princess Victoria, later Queen Victoria. The theatre was the home of Britain's state-funded National Theatre. j '-.L -Hi! "M. r il is J ll ifl , I m al e b ui ; ill JiimAtimT! ilJlisuUkJiSsI ; -rrsas : tffi-epirr'f' THE CANADIAN PRESS Ed and David Mirvish, Canadian owners of London's Old Vic theatre, sold the building to a non-profit trust to ensure its future. The National was created in 1963 under the artistic direction of the late Sir Laurence Olivier. It eventually outgrew the Old Vic and was moved in 1976 to its current home on the south bank of the Thames. Peter Hall, former artistic director of the National, raised the Old Vic's profile last year when he returned there with a season-long repertory of 13 shows. The Associated Press iffiMRftimir m 1 !Tiriioff 1 limn- nnttn Cm" Wood Gundy A C1BC World Makkits Company Mr Ray Cfi Two words, fifteen letters. Tp, 71 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 I f ''I lAl ( Z r o slsl w o r dLJ OTnTl Crossword masters & addicts, the crossword you've asked for is here, online & interactive. Choose from two challenge levels: the Regular crossword or the Master's crossword. You can race against the clock or relax and forget the timer. Check the puzzle or get an instant "solution" if you're stumped. Ottawa JCitizen 32tEE- www.ottawacitizen.com Tonight Plus! Tommy Castro & Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 Day Passes available on-site only. $26 www.ottawa-bluestest.ca Orr.wACrrizK; j'iv ia r Confederation Park, July 1- I Cvir iOii nl payers MOIRE THAN A MOB E , -f Carlinq Av. A.-!.!.,!! tmtM-4m6' ' x T DOWNTOWN ' I I I.P f ft 111 tfftm n nnnnftfam iMmimmmmm m u v 1 f 1 1 w Gs(S? im 1! M CFZ

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