SHAKESPEARE may have described lawyers as ‘base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knaves’ in King Lear.
But today, City law firm Eversheds shows that it is not bearing any grudges with the famous old bard by launching a sponsorship programme at the Old Vic, the theatre near Waterloo that often stages Shakespearean classics.
The law firm is supporting the Old Vic New Voices Twenty School, a talent, community and education programme which aims to support theatrical talent, inspire young people and open up theatre to new and diverse audiences.
The Old Vic is one of the best-known and best-loved theatres in the world.
Since The Old Vic Theatre Company launched in 2004 with Kevin Spacey as artistic director, almost two million people have passed through its doors. As important to The Old Vic as the work produced on stage are the ground breaking initiatives with schools, young talent and the local community through the Old Vic New Voices programme.
Eversheds has a long history of aiding worthwhile causes. The firm sponsors SportsAid, a charity which aims to help the next generation of British athletes succeed. Its own Eversheds Unlocked programme aims to encourage students with academic potential at state schools realise the possibility of working in law.