South Bank London

The Old Vic

This 200-year-old theatre is one of London's oldest and most famous. 

Opening Hours

The late-night basement bar is open after the show until 12am Mon–Wed, and until 2am Thu–Sat

Contact Info

The Old Vic, The Cut, London, UK
+44 344 871 7628

Under the artistic direction of Matthew Warchus, The Old Vic presents an exciting and eclectic programme of new writing, classic plays, musicals and children’s productions.

The theatre has had a fascinating history with several incarnations. It first began life as a musical hall and a notorious drinking den, then later operated as an opera house. Over the past century, the theatre established itself as one of London’s most highly regarded stages.

Before the National Theatre was constructed on the Queen’s Walk, The Old Vic was the home of the National Theatre Company led by Laurence Olivier and many British theatrical heroes such as John Gielgud, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith made their debuts here.

Today the theatre continues to win awards for its innovative productions and typically stages several new productions a year, while its annual production of A Christmas Carol has become a well-established festive season favourite.

Theatre seating and refreshments

The 1,000-seat theatre has three seating areas set over three floors; the stalls, the Dress Circle, and up in the gods is the Bayliss Circle.

Each floor of the building has its own bar and in the basement level (where there is also access to the stalls) is the late-night bar which stays open late after shows.

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