🇬🇧 Royal Mail will release an excellent set of 8 stamps on 30 August 2018 to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Old Vic Theatre in London. The stamps depict notable actors in important productions which have been staged in recent years at the theatre with an emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare. Some of Britain's finest actors make their debut on Royal Mail stamps in this issue - and not before time.
The stamps will be issued in se-tenant pairs. The subjects featured are:-
1st Class - Strindberg's The Dance Of Death, produced 1967. The design depicts Laurence Olivier.
- Shakespeare's King Lear, produced 2016 with Glenda Jackson as Lear.
£1.25p - Shakespeare's Hamlet, produced in 1975 with Albert Finney as Hamlet.
- Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, produced in 1970 and starring Maggie Smith.
£1.45p - Pinter's No Man's Land, 1975, starring John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.
- Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones, 1991, starring Sharon Benson.
£1.55p - Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, directed by Zefferelli in 1960 and starring Judi Dench and John Stride.
- Shakespeare's Henry V, produced in 1955 and starring Richard Burton.
What other country can justifiably depict such a galaxy of great actors on its stamps? Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Olivier, Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Richard Burton, Albert Finley, Glenda Jackson .... what a cast list! Rating:- *****