The Old Vic, London at the Theatre Royal

Circa: May 1943

After a struggle to raise funds to buy the Theatre back from the Metal Agencies Company, the Council for the Encouragement of Music and Arts (now Arts Council England) stepped in. They offered to restore and maintain the Theatre in working condition, taking on the lease for 21 years.

On 11 May 1943, Sybil Thorndike and others from The Old Vic company, London performed Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy She Stoops to Conquer. It was the first production staged at the Theatre since the auction, and the start of a partnership between The Old Vic and the Theatre Royal Bristol.