American Associates

For nearly 200 years, The Old Vic has had a greater influence on British drama than any other theatre standing today. From John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, to Kevin Spacey and Judi Dench, The Old Vic has always attracted the best creative talent since it first opened its doors in 1818. Bernard Shaw reviewed plays here. Olivier said it had ‘the most powerful actor/audience relationship in the world’, and it was the first theatre to perform the complete works of Shakespeare as a series.

Under the leadership of Matthew Warchus, The Old Vic continues to entertain, educate and inspire. Through an exciting and varied program of work that reflects the theatre’s rich history of great acting, dance, music, vaudeville and spectacle, The Old Vic is nurturing a new love of theatre while continuing to appeal to the more experienced theatre goer. Matthew is also committed to The Old Vic’s strong education outreach and talent development programs.

Over the past ten years, the American Associates of The Old Vic (AAOV) have been instrumental in supporting the work of this extraordinary institution. And because the AAOV is a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization, American taxpayers, wherever they live, are able to enjoy the benefits of membership in London, New York, and on tour. AAOV plays an important part in forging transatlantic partnerships and associations that enable American work to be seen in London and British work in New York. Given that The Old Vic receives no public subsidy, and yet maintains an artistically ambitious mission, this transatlantic exchange of creative talent would not be possible without the help of the American Associates.

‘If the point of life is to improve it, to make something about it better, The Old Vic does this through the power of telling and listening to stories. Stories stimulate our minds and bring people together. They connect us across nations, across class, across generations. They encourage tolerance and dissolve prejudice, and promote empathy in an increasingly fractured world.

There are, of course, many ways to make life better. But at The Old Vic, we strongly believe theatre to be an indispensable and unique force for good that needs to be supported, shared and upheld.’

- Matthew Warchus, Artistic Director

Please join us to become part of this very exciting chapter in the history of The Old Vic.

Gina Napoli, 
Director, The American Associates of The Old Vic

Email aaov@oldvictheatre.com or Telephone +1 (646) 943 2474
1501 Broadway, 12th Floor
, New York, NY 10036

The American Associates of The Old Vic Theatre, lnc., Tax lD# 51-0389805 is a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization incorporated in the US as a publicly supported organization. Donations to it are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.