Bristol Old Vic: where training meets rep

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Julian Glover is Julius Caesar, Lynn Farleigh is Calpurnia and John Hartoch is Cinna the Poet. Everyone else in the cast of Bristol Old Vic’s current production of Julius Caesar is a third-year student at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Traditionally, young actors learned their craft from more experienced ones in repertory companies. When it was founded by Laurence Olivier in 1946, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School was an adjunct to Bristol Old Vic. It went on to feed the theatre with good young actors such as Jeremy Irons and Tim Pigott-Smith.

As the rep system faded away, BOVTS developed into an independent entity. Now, several decades on, the two organisations are working actively together again …

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Susan Elkin is a former teacher of secondary English. She has also been a very active and eclectic freelance journalist for more than 25 years. She now focuses on education, performing arts and books, and was education and training editor at The Stage newspaper 2015-2016. Susan is the author of over 40 books, mostly on education and performing arts topics, including So You Want to Work in Theatre (Nick Hern Books). In 2016, she launched her personal website susanelkin.co.uk.
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Susan Elkin is a former teacher of secondary English. She has also been a very active and eclectic freelance journalist for more than 25 years. She now focuses on education, performing arts and books, and was education and training editor at The Stage newspaper 2015-2016. Susan is the author of over 40 books, mostly on education and performing arts topics, including So You Want to Work in Theatre (Nick Hern Books). In 2016, she launched her personal website susanelkin.co.uk.

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