Impact Fund

Social Conscience

The Old Vic has always seen itself in a broader context than traditional theatre. Live performance is a transformative experience in itself. But there is so much more we can do to remove barriers so that people of all backgrounds can participate in what we have to offer. In 1882, it was the Penny Lectures designed to provide inspirational and educative entertainment for local working people. Later, Lilian Baylis established the tradition of Shakespeare at The Old Vic at affordable prices with matinees for schoolchildren for a penny.

Kevin Spacey was inspired by The Old Vic’s mission to play its part in its community – and made it a focus of his whilst Artistic Director of the Theatre. He had a very personal philosophy of ‘sending the elevator back down’, believing that if you were fortunate to be successful at what you had chosen to do, you should always lend a hand to those less fortunate who followed you.

Artistic Director of The Old Vic Matthew Warchus shares this commitment to the community. He has launched more programmes at The Old Vic to give those from less privileged backgrounds the opportunities to build their confidence, aspiration and ambition in life-changing ways.

Make a Donation to the Impact Fund

A donation to the Impact Fund is an investment with a social dividend. It makes great theatre available to all, works to address poverty of aspiration among young people, and mentors the next generation of creative talent.

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For more in depth information on our creative learning, artistic development and community work, please find a selection of the projects supported by the Impact Fund highlighted below, or contact:

Alice Whitaker
Senior Philanthropy Manager
alice.whitaker@oldvictheatre.com or 020 7981 0961

Schools' Club Impact Fund

Schools' Club

A programme providing creative support, theatre tickets, bespoke workshops, backstage tours and a range of educational resources for free for 40 London schools each year. Read More

A programme providing creative support, theatre tickets, bespoke workshops, backstage tours and a range of educational resources for free for 40 London schools each year. Over 80,000 students have benefitted from education projects such as this at The Old Vic since their inception in 2004. Visit the School’s Club web page.

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OV12

The Old Vic 12

An exciting opportunity for 12 emerging theatre artists to explore their creative potential and take the next step in their careers; Read More

An exciting year-long opportunity for 12 emerging theatre artists to explore their creative potential and take the next step in their careers; offering participants an opportunity to expand networks, receive first class mentorship and benefit from the prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to Matthew Warchus’s first season. Visit the Old Vic 12 web page.

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Stage Business

Stage Business

A unique education programme with a social impact designed to allow young people to develop the skills they need in order to be more confident, more resilient and ultimately more employable. Read More

A unique education programme with a social impact designed to allow young people of all backgrounds to develop the skills they need in order to be more confident, more resilient and ultimately more employable. More wide-ranging than anything produced by The Old Vic before, the project will reach over 3,500 young people in its first year. Visit the Stage Business web page.

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Community Company

Community Company

We are building London's largest inclusive theatre company, offering drop-in sessions, workshops, skills bootcamps, pop-up performances and large-scale community productions. Read More

We are building London’s largest inclusive theatre company, offering drop-in sessions, workshops, skills bootcamps, pop-up performances and large-scale community productions. This year’s production, Rise, will be performed during summer 2016, with over 1,400 people from every background and with ages ranging from 16 to 90 having participated in open auditions for the final company of 200. Visit the Community Company web page.

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Front Line

Front Line

We’re offering 30, 16-20 year olds, from the Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, an opportunity to discover more about careers in theatre through paid placements with The Old Vic’s renowned front of house team. Read More

We’re offering 30, 16-20 year olds, from the Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, an opportunity to discover more about careers in theatre through paid placements with The Old Vic’s renowned front of house team. Participants will get the opportunity to watch one of our productions, shadow various members of Front of House staff and take on important roles welcoming theatre goers to The Old Vic. Visit the Front Line web page.

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