Rupert Harvey in “As You Like It”
No publisher and no photographer are credited on this card. On the front it has Harvey’s name and the character, Jaques, that he plays; in the left-hand lower corner it says, “‘As You Like It’ at ‘Old Vic.'”
The theatre, after undergoing many transformations, was opened in 1833 with the formal name “The Royal Victoria Theatre,” but came to be known informally as “the Old Vic.”
Shakespeare had always been part of the fare at the Old Vic, but in 1914 the management opened its first Shakespeare season; the company and a season of Shakespeare lasted until 1963, when it officially disbanded after a final performance of Measure for Measure.
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