Old Vic Theatre

The Old Vic Theatre has featured superb performances for nearly 200 years

Front facade of the Old Vic Theatre
Front facade of the Old Vic Theatre cc licensed photo by Peter Broster

The Old Vic Theatre was first established in 1818 at which time it was called the Royal Coburg Theatre. In 1880 it changed ownership and became the Royal Victoria Hall. Beginning in 1914 the theatre began running a series of Shakespeare plays. Heavily damaged by the air raids of 1940, the theatre was re-opened in 1950.

The Old Vic Theatre Company was established in 1929. In 1963 the company was dissolved and replaced by the National Theatre Company which played at the Old Vic until opening their own theatre across the river in 1976. The Old Vic continued to host both classic and new dramas. In 1985 it benefited from a substantial restoration. In the year 2000 the building was purchased by a charitable trust.

Well known American actor Kevin Spacey has been the artistic director of the new Old Vic Theatre Company since 2003, bringing new life and a mixture of British and American talent to the stage. He personally appears in one or two shows each year.

The Old Vic can accommodate an audience of a little over 1000 guests. For more information about the Old Vic Theatre as well as shows and schedules visit their official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 8NB, UK

Phone: 0844 871 7628

Official Website: Old Vic Theatre


Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Jubilee and Bakerloo LinesWaterloo5 Minutes

How to get to Old Vic Theatre by Tube

From Waterloo Station exit onto Waterloo Road and go to your right (south). The Old Vic Theatre is a short walk ahead on the southeast corner of Waterloo Road and The Cut.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5The Old Vic Star Rating

5 Star Rating I loved this theatre, with its unique stage setup and how the audience sits around 360 degrees centre stage. Great actor /audience participation in the Christmas production of A Christmas Carol. Wonderful and memorable.

Mark Stewart - 1 day ago

4 Star Rating I went to the basement bar for some late evening drinks. It was quiet when we got there, around 11 bit suddenly filled with people turning out from somewhere. A simple bar with stark decor, but functional and nice.

K Anthony - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Watched a Christmas Carol and it was jaw dropping! The best theatre I've seen in years, the cast were exceptional, the music fantastic and the experience to die for. The hospitality was on point too. Given it is so close to Waterloo this is my favourite theatre in London hands down. I will be recommending this theatre and particularly this production to everybody!

Jordan Gould - 9 days ago

4 Star Rating Initially it wasn't a good start as they made every one who had a ticket wait outside. Once we were in the staff were lovely. The venue was good but I've seen better. Clean toilets etc. Coats etc had to be put by our feet. Cloak room would have been ideal. The Show itself "Carol" was great.

Steve Britton - 9 days ago

4 Star Rating We went to see A Christmas Carol here and it was wonderful. The perfect venue. Small, intimate and atmospheric. I would recommend it, but I understand it's not great for wheelchair user's (yet) so something to bare in mind

Helen Payne - 12 days ago


Trailer for the hilarious Noises Off held at the Old Vic in 2012

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