The Old Vic theatre London

Old Vic Theatre London

Venue Information

Old Vic
Address: Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB, United Kingdom
Nearest underground or train station: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501

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What's on at the Old Vic?

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's on at the Old Vic?
Machinal is a current production at the Old Vic. The latest booking period for Machinal at the Old Vic started 11 April 2024 and runs until 1 June 2024. Tickets for Machinal start at £20 and are available to book now
How do I get to the Old Vic?
Public transport is recommended to travel to the Old Vic.  The nearest underground or train stations are Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line). If arriving by bus, then the nearest bus lines are 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501.  For directions to the Old Vic see our Google Maps directions or Apple Maps directions
Is there a dress code at the Old Vic?
There is no specific dress code at the Old Vic, with most people just wearing their everyday clothes.
Does the Old Vic have air conditioning or air cooling?
Yes, the Old Vic has an Air Conditioning system.
What is the Accessibility at the Old Vic?
Old Vic accessibility information
Access phone number: 0344 871 7628
Access email address:
Accessible toilets situated: Stalls
Number of Wheelchair spaces: Stalls x1, Transfer x2
Sound amplification: Sennheiser Infrared
Access from street to foyer: Stairs & ramp
Access from theatre foyer to seats (number = stairs): 3 to Foyer, 2 to Stalls, 29 to Dress Circle, 49 to Upper Circle
Level access: Via ramp, to Stalls
Stair lift, lift or ramp available: Ramp
How many seats are in the Old Vic?
The Old Vic has 1067 seats.
Is the Old Vic a member of the Society of London Theatre?
Yes, the Old Vic is a full member of SOLT, and productions at the venue are eligible for the main categories of the Olivier Awards.

Old Vic Facts

What date did the Old Vic open?

11 May 1818

Who designed the Old Vic?

Rudolph Cabanel

What was the first production at the Old Vic?

Midnight Revalry, Alzora and Nerine and Trial by Battle or Heaven Defend the Right

Other Old Vic facts

Originally opened as the Royal Coburg Theatre; 1 July 1833 renamed the Royal Victoria Theatre; renamed  the New Victoria Palace in 1871; on 27 December 1880 renamed as The Royal Victoria Hall And Coffee Tavern; Lilian Baylis officially adopts the name of the theatre's local nickname, the Old Vic, in 1925/1926; the theatre was bombed in 1941 and closed until 14 November 1950;  in 1962 Laurence Olivier appointed first director of the National Theatre and the Old Vic governors agree to offer the theatre as its temporary home.

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Previous Shows

Past shows that have played at the Old Vic include:

Mog The Forgetful Cat
Eureka Day
A Number
The 47th
A Very Expensive Poison
The American Clock
All My Sons
Wise Children
Present Laughter
A Monster Calls
Mood Music
Fanny & Alexander
Girl From The North Country
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
No's Knife
King Lear - Old Vic
The Master Builder
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax
Future Conditional
The Hairy Ape
Jekyll & Hyde
The Caretaker
High Society
The Crucible
Other Desert Cities
Fortune’s Fool
Much Ado About Nothing
Sweet Bird of Youth
The Winslow Boy
Kiss Me, Kate
Hedda Gabler
The Duchess Of Malfi
Noises Off
The Playboy of the Western World
A Flea in her Ear
Cause Celebre
Design for Living

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