In many respects The Old Vic is the most mercurial and inclusive of all London’s theatres. It also has had an eclectic history since 1818 when it was opened as the Royal Coburg Theatre. Eventually, the theatre became known as The Old Vic in the late 19th century, after being called the Royal Palace Theatre, Palace and Hall in succession.
A Varied History
The Old Vic has hosted opera, ballet and music hall performances in addition to some of the finest plays in London, being the original home for the National Theatre, the English National Opera and the Sadler’s Wells dance company. The theatre received much international attention at the start of the current century when Kevin Spacey became artistic director and drew many renowned actors to its stage, prior to his sexual harassment claims.
If you are looking to see a bold and beautiful London play performed in a stunning Grade II listed building then the Old Vic might well be the place for you. It is also very accessible, and has a number of tickets for just £10 to support its inclusive credentials.
What’s On at The Old Vic?
You can find out what is currently showing at The Old Vic as well as forthcoming performances, here.
How to Get to The Old Vic
Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee and Northern Lines) is the nearest tube line station, with Waterloo and Waterloo East main line stations equally as close.
The theatre is situated on The Cut along with its younger sibling The Young Vic. The road is full of interesting restaurants and bars. It’s also a short walk from the theatre to the Thames where you can easily access the Southbank Centre, London Eye, and both BFI Imax and BFI Southbank. The Tate Modern is also close. One of the great things to do here is to go on a London Southbank walk.