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 below.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Old Vic Theatre

Fee: Yes

Category: Performing Arts

Address: The Cut
London SE1 8NB
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 844 871 7628


Yelp Rating:
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5 Star Rating I went to see Groundhog day at the Old Vic this week. Its a really fun show, I would recommend it. We bought tickets on the day, so had seats with an... Read More

Bec K. Aug-13-2016

4 Star Rating A lovely place to see a show, I took in a version of King Lear here in late 2016, enjoying a terrific production, with an exceptional view. The house... Read More

Shawn F. May-09-2021

4 Star Rating The Old Vic is a pretty large well known theatre in Southwark. I went to see Jekyll & Hyde which was a brilliant caste and dance production with....oh... Read More

Leza S. Nov-22-2016

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

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