Who are some of The Old Vic’s most famous patrons? What happened to the fourth level of the theatre? Are there any ghosts lurking backstage?

Acting legends from Laurence Olivier to Judi Dench to Ian McKellen have all trodden the boards at The Old Vic. For a chance to follow in their footsteps, hear about The Old Vic’s fascinating past and see our theatre in a new light, book a tour with Stage Door Manager Ned Seago.

Explore behind-the-scenes of The Old Vic and discover nearly 200 years of theatrical history. The National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and English National Opera all began life at The Old Vic. Acting legends from Laurence Olivier to Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey have all performed on our stage. For a chance to follow in their footsteps, learn about The Old Vic’s fascinating past and see our theatre in a new light, join Ned on one of his famous tours – he brings first-hand experience, insight and many a tale to the 75-minute journey.

Join Ned on a special Birthday Tour on 6 May to celebrate The Old Vic’s 199th year. Tickets include a glass of champagne and a slice of cake.

Bespoke tours for groups and adapted tours for people with access requirements can also be arranged.

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The guided journey through time lasts 75 minutes and booking in advance is recommended since there are limited spaces.

Bespoke tours for groups can be arranged, as well as adapted tours for customers with access requirements. Please note that standard tours are not step-free. For more information on History Tours please call 0844 871 7628 or email historytours@oldvictheatre.com

The Old Vic is a participant in Visit Theatres, a guide to theatres’ tours in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium with information on tours and theatre buildings’ history and architecture. Visit Theatres is part of the European Route of Historic Theatres project supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union www.visittheatres.org.

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