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Old Vic Theatre

103 The Cut, London SE1 8NB

  1. Lilian Baylis Circle 64.4444444% rating for Lilian Baylis Circle



  2. Dress Circle 78.2159624% rating for Dress Circle



  3. Stalls 86.0504202% rating for Stalls



Current show

  • The Caretaker

    The Caretaker

    From 26 Mar 2016 to 14 May 2016

    Matthew Warchus directs Timothy Spall in this production of Harold Pinter’s absurdist masterpiece, The Caretaker. When three very different men find themselves unexpectedly linked together, relationships are strained and struggles for power rise to the surface.

  • The Master Builder

    The Master Builder

    From 23 Jan 2016 to 19 Mar 2016

    Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece about an ambitious architect plays as part of Matthew Warchus’ first season as Artistic Director at the Old Vic. Ralph Fiennes stars in The Master Builder as Halvard Solness, whose relationship with a younger country girl pushes his life and reputation to the limits.

  • Dr Seuss The Lorax

    Dr Seuss The Lorax

    From 02 Dec 2015 to 16 Jan 2016

    The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’s beloved fable about the moustachioed Lorax and his attempt to save the precious Truffula trees, is adapted for the Old Vic by Max Webster (James and the Giant Peach) and David Greig (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Adventures of Tintin). With colourful theatre, songs, and trademark wackiness, The Lorax is guaranteed to be the perfect Christmas treat.

About the 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.

Best value tips

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. 

Bigger budget tips

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.  

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Past Shows

  • The Hairy Ape

    The Hairy Ape

    From 17 Oct 2015 to 21 Nov 2015

    Multi-Award winning director Richard Jones stages a revival of Eugene O’Neil’s expressionist masterpiece The Hairy Ape as part of the Old Vic’s exciting new season. The play concerns Yank a brutish labourer who experiences a crisis of identity after being referred to as a ‘filthy beast’.

  • Future Conditional

    Future Conditional

    From 01 Sep 2015 to 03 Oct 2015

    Tamsin Oglesby’s new play Future Conditional becomes the first production in incoming Artistic Director Matthew Warchus’ inaugural season at the Old Vic. This hilarious and topical look at the British school system stars Rob Brydon alongside a cast of 23 young performers.

  • 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. 

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    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. 

  • Sweet Bird of Youth

    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.

  • The Winslow Boy

    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.

  • Kiss Me Kate

    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.

  • Hedda Gabler

    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.

  • The Duchess Of Malfi

    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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