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The Old Vic

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Access

Sound Amplification:

Sennheiser infrared system. A unit is required to be collected from the cloakroom for a £5 deposit (which will be refunded on return of the unit). 30+ units available, including in-ear types and loop units to be used with the T-setting/switch on hearing aids. Some seats are unsuitable for use with the units, please inform the box office at the time of booking if one is likely to be needed. Induction loop is available at the walk-up box office.

Toilets:

Accessible toilet on the left inside the side entrance.

Guide Dogs Policy:

Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Alternatively, staff can dog-sit. Please inform Box Office at time of booking.

Wheelchairs:

There is a ramp from street level into the foyer. Two wheelchair spaces in Stalls.

Access from Street to Foyer:

Ramp

Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat:

2 to Stalls, 29 to Dress Circle, 49 to Upper Circle

Level Access:

Via ramp to Stalls

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available:

Ramp

Contact

Contact the venue:

0344 871 7628

Your Visit

Security Information:

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Bar:

Pit bar down 19 steps from foyer (spacious), Dress Circle bar up 20+ steps, Lilian Baylis bar up 49 steps. Soft drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. All have moveable seats.

Air Conditioned:

Yes

Accepts Theatre Tokens:

Yes

History

The Old Vic is one of London’s most renowned independent not-for-profit theatres – a world leader in creativity and entertainment since 1818.

Opening in May 1818, The Old Vic began life as the Royal Colburg Theatre, marking patrons Princess Charlotte and her husband Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. Initially forbidden to show serious drama as a “minor” theatre, the venue began to attract a number of high-profile performers before becoming the Royal Victoria Theatre in July 1833, under the patronage of Victoria, Duchess of Kent. By 1880, it had become colloquially known as the “Old Vic” under the ownership of Emma Cons.

The Old Vic is mercurial: it can transform into a theatre in the round, a space for music and comedy, has played host to opera, dance, cinema, music hall, classical dramas, variety, clowns, big spectacles and novelty acts. It was the original home of the English National Opera, the Sadler’s Wells dance company and the National Theatre company. It’s also been a tavern, a college, a coffee house, a lecture hall and a meeting place.

Today, The Old Vic is well known for a high quality and varied artistic programme, as Artistic Director Matthew Warchus builds on 200 years of creative adventure.

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

Monday 6 April: The following statement has been issued by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) on behalf of the major commercial West End theatre operators and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), to provide clear information for customers with regards to their theatre bookings and help ease the unprecedented strain on box offices and ticket agents in light of the Covid 19 pandemic.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen. We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets.

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

Theatre box office and ticket agents teams are continuing to work through the very high number of ticket orders affected by the cancellations. An average of 300,000 people a week attend West End theatres, so this a huge task. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that all our teams are now working remotely in response to government restrictions, many with reduced numbers of staff due to the virus, and this will be adding to the time it will take us to process your order.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.