Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut


(7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Matthew Warchus' big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens' immortal classic returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

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A Very Expensive Poison

A Very Expensive Poison

A shocking assassination in the heart of London. In a bizarre mix of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life. At this time of global crises and a looming new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair. John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs Lucy Prebble’s (The Effect, ENRON) reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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Local Hero

Local Hero

‘Knox Oil will consider any price.’ ‘I tell you what, Mister Mac, how about this: a dollar for every grain of sand in my hand?’ Ambitious Texan oil executive Mac MacIntyre arrives in Scotland on a mission to buy a small seaside village and replace it with a refinery. It’s the deal of a lifetime, but Mac soon finds that putting a price on this beautiful spot is more complicated than he bargained for. Before the locals get rich, they must decide what their home is worth. The hit comedy film Local Hero takes to the stage as John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs a new musical adaptation by Bill Forsyth and David Greig (Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax) with music and songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler.

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Go and get two bicycle-wheels.’ ‘There are no more bicycle-wheels.’ ‘What have you done with your bicycle?’ ‘I never had a bicycle.’ Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient, dustbin-dwelling parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence. Richard Jones (The Hairy Ape, Into the Woods) directs Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die. Endgame will be presented in a double bill with Samuel Beckett’s rarely seen short play Rough for Theatre II, performed by members of the company.

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'I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower’ The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?

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Old Vic Theatre Information

Getting There

By Car

If you are driving, the nearest car park is probably at Cornwall Street, just a 3 minute walk away. It is an Apcoa operated car park, and you can find details of this and other parking facilities in the area on the ParkoPedia website here http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/theatre/old-vic-theatre-london/

Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.

Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/


As with most old buildings, access can sometimes be a little difficult, but the theatre aims to be as accessible as possible.

There are steps from the street to the main foyer and box office. There are an additional 3 steps from the foyer to the Stalls, with further steps to the Dress Circle and Upper Circle. There are no parts of the Old Vic that can be accessed without some steps.

If you wish to take an assistance dog to the theatre, please contact the theatre in advance to advise them of your requirements. It is possible to take dogs into the auditorium if you have an aisle seat, otherwise staff can dog-sit throughout the performance.

Relaxed performances are put on periodically – again please contact the theatre to find out more information for which productions offer this service and the dates. These performances are ideal for people with an Autism Spectrum Condition or some learning disabilities.

Wheelchair spaces are available in the Stalls. You will need to inform the theatre if you require one, and then make yourself known to staff on arrival so that they can assist you and see you to your seat. There is also an accessible toilet close to this area.

The auditorium is fitted with an infrared system, with 2 sorts of hearing devices available – headsets and neck loops. Headsets can be collected from the cloakroom, and there is a returnable fee of £5 payable.

The theatre also puts on some captioned performances of some of their productions. We advise you to contact the theatre direct to find out more information on these.

Audio described performances are provided for some productions, on specified dates. You will need to enquire at the theatre direct for more information.

In The Area

Cash/ATM – better to make sure you have your cash before you go as a lot of London theatres only accept cash at their bars. HSBC is located at 28 Borough High Street ( approx. 18 minute walk away ); Barclays is located at 29 Borough High Street; Nat West is located at 91 Westminster Bridge Road which is only approx. 7 minute walk away.

Eating - there are eating facilities within the theatre at Penny. Waterloo Bar & Kitchen offers European bistro dining at 131 Waterloo Road. Italian / Sicilian cuisine at Ristorante Olivelli at 61 The Cut, or Spanish dining at Meson Don Felipe, 53 The Cut.

Drinks – the theatre offers both Mark's Bar and Penny for a variety of drinks including cocktails, coffee and wine. Alternatively you can get coffee at Caffe Nero at 65-67 The Cut; or combine your cocktails with a Thai meal at The Windmill Tavern at 86 The Cut.


The theatre offers food and drink at Mark's Bar and Penny. Mark's Bar is the first stand-alone for Mark Hix and is situated in the Dress Circle and Upper Circle bars. Perfect for late-night drinking in Waterloo offering a cocktail list, including classics like Espresso Martini. The bar opens from 6.00pm for theatre patrons and then to public after the evening performance finishes.

Penny offers an all-day café + late night bar offering food, coffee and wines. Meet at Penny for lunch, brunch or jus coffee, enjoy wine and food in the evenings. Open from 8.00am Mon-Fri and 10.00am on Saturdays.


If you want to find out more about The Old Vic, its history and which acting legends have graced the stage here, you could book a “behind the scenes” tour with Ned. For more information on this, please see the theatre's website or contact them direct. The tours currently cost £10 and last for around 75 minutes.


The theatre is located close to Waterloo Station. It was originally the Royal Coburg Theatre when it opened in 1818, and was subsequently known as the Royal Victoria Hall. The building, as were so many, was damaged by bombs in 1940, and re-opening in 1951 and becoming a Grade II listed building.

The National Theatre was located at the Old Vic right up until 1976 when the new (and current) premises were constructed on the South Bank. At that time the Old Vic became the new home of the Prospect Theatre Company. Unfortunately Prospect did not continue its success as a touring company and was disbanded in 1981.

In 1982 the theatre is up for sale, and Andrew Lloyd Webber is outbid by Canadian Ed Mirvish who spends £2.5m in the restoration.

Following the extensive overhaul, in 2003 Kevin Spacey was appointed as the new Artistic Director. Spacey's ambition was to inject new life into the British theatre industry. In 2015 he was replaced by Matthew Warchus as Artistic Director. Future plans for the Old Vic include the world premiere of Groundhog Day the musical, to be directed by Matthew Warchus.

Productions such as Hamlet, Richard II, Caesar & Cleopatra, As You Like It, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, No Man's Land, The Iceman Cometh, Amadeus, The Entertainer, Pygmalion, and Speed-The-Plow are amongst many that have made their home at the Old Vic.

Actors such as Peggy Ashcroft, Ralph Richardson, Flora Robson, Marius Goring, Michael Redgrave, Sir Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Judi Dench, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins, Maggie Smith, John Gielgud, Glenda Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Suchet, Robert Lindsay, and Diana Rigg are among many of the famous actors that have graced the stage at the Old Vic.