Drink the drama: Waterford teams up with the Old Vic for theatrical cocktails

 

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The history of Waterloo Road’s Old Vic is as theatrical as the productions themselves.

Through good times and lean times, war and peace, the legendary theatre has staged gripping performances from all the greats, including Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Alec Guinness and Judi Dench.

The Old Vic is preparing for its imminent bicentenary but continues to innovate. In its latest project, it’s the iconic Mark’s Bar that has borrowed the spotlight, joining forces with another legendary character – Waterford Crystal.

The year long partnership sees Mark Hix’s team of mixologists create bespoke cocktails designed to underscore the mood or story of productions.

Waterford Crystal marketing manager Emily Brophy said: “Waterford is very excited to be partnering with the Old Vic. The theatre perfectly complements the Waterford story, a story of deep heritage evolving with changing times – and there to be enjoyed and celebrated.”

May saw a run of Jekyll and Hyde, served with a Waterford by Day, Waterford by Night cocktail to reflect the interplay of light and darkness in the story.

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There’s much excitement surrounding the upcoming production of new musical Groundhog Day, based on the 90s hit film of the same name. Writer Danny Rubin has teamed up with four of the creators of smash-hit Matilda The Musical for the new production: director Matthew Warchus, composer Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling (best known for Billy Elliot the Musical), and designer Rob Howell.

Mark Hix has responded with a spin on the classic White Lady. Named the Waterford Rita, the cocktail is made up of gin, Cointreau, lemon, sugar and Taittinger champagne, all served in a Lismore Diamond flute.

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The Waterford Rita will be exclusively available for the run of the play (Monday 11 July – Saturday 17 Sept 2016), making for a glamorous interval refresher.

Tickets are on sale now (starting at £12). Whether you’re a theatregoer or simply a night owl; head to Mark’s Bar until the early hours for a showstopper cocktail in classic Waterford crystal.

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