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About the Old Vic Theatre

The Old Vic Theatre has a rich history dating back to 1818 when it was first used as a playhouse. It became heavily associated with Lilian Baylis in the 1900s who turned the venue around by presenting Shakespeare plays and seasons of opera and ballet. After moving to Sadler's Wells Theatre in Angel, the venue went back to more traditional roots and suffered from bad bomb damage in the Second World War. Olivier's National Theatre Company used the building in the 1960s before the National Theatre was built on the same side of the river. Kevin Spacey is the current artistic director, and the venue thrives with its own company at the helm. 

The building is versatile and changes for various productions, which have also included putting the auditorium in the round. The shape of the stage can be extended, as much of the auditorium is built in a horse shoe shape, giving side on views of the stage and interesting perspectives. Prices are usually very fair and differ depending on where you choose to sit. 

Big Budget Tip

The auditorium's shape means that the Dress Circle is quite far away from the stage, although is almost on a level with the action. The mid front Stalls section provides the best views, with the centre of M, N and P being a good distance away to take everything in and hot have to always be looking upwards.  

Best Value Tip

Under 26's can benefit from the theatre's fantastic £12.50 ticket policy for every show, where only proof of age is required at purchase. Failing that, tickets in the Lilian Baylis Upper Circle are extremely reasonable, and provide a fascinating angle to see any production. For sold out productions, standing and bench tickets are also available for under £10. 

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  • Past Shows
  • Poster of Electra at Old Vic Theatre

    Electra

    From 20 Sep 2014 to 20 Dec 2014

    The classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles is performed in a new version by Frank McGuinness starring Kristin Scott Thomas and directed by Ian Rickson. Electra and her long lost brother Orestes take revenge on their father’s murderers. This show will be performed in the round. 

  • Poster of Much Ado About Nothing at Old Vic Theatre

    Much Ado About Nothing

    From 07 Sep 2013 to 30 Nov 2013

    Meera Syal starred in this Indian-set production of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing. 

  • Poster of Sweet Bird of Youth at Old Vic Theatre

    Sweet Bird of Youth

    From 01 Jun 2013 to 31 Aug 2013

    Kim Cattrall stars as a fading Hollywood starlet in Tennessee Williams' classic play.

  • Poster of The Winslow Boy at Old Vic Theatre

    The Winslow Boy

    From 08 Mar 2013 to 25 May 2013

    Henry Goodman stars in Terence Rattigan's classic tale of a father fighting for justice against the rigid establishment at his son's private school.

  • Poster of Kiss Me Kate at Old Vic Theatre

    Kiss Me Kate

    From 20 Nov 2012 to 02 Mar 2013

    Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew gets a musical update in the classic backstage comedy Kiss Me, Kate. The Dress and Lilian Baylis Circles have a severe curve that affects seats on the end of the first two rows, so sightlines will be restricted in these seats.

  • Poster of Hedda Gabler at Old Vic Theatre

    Hedda Gabler

    From 05 Sep 2012 to 10 Nov 2012

    Olivier-Award winner Sheridan Smith starred as Ibsen's tragic heroine Hedda Gabler in a new translation by Brian Friel.

  • Poster of The Duchess Of Malfi at Old Vic Theatre

    The Duchess Of Malfi

    From 17 Mar 2012 to 09 Jun 2012

    Eve Best stars in John Webster’s Jacobean Tragedy The Duchess of Malfi. A recently widowed Duchess remarries below her station and her brothers set out to punish her.

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