About OV200

200 years of creative adventure.

The Old Vic is as vital today as it was in 1818 when it first opened its doors. Our bicentenary is an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate this vibrant, ever evolving 200 year old theatre.

The Old Vic’s uniqueness comes from the sense of creative adventure and passion to succeed that has permeated every chapter of its history. Today it is an independent charity that receives no public subsidy. We work tirelessly to raise every penny needed to keep producing shows, inspiring young people, serving our community and keeping ticket prices affordable.

Our 200th birthday will be about celebrating what has been but, more importantly, looking forward to what is still to come.

Over the course of 200 days, we will be counting down to our birthday on 11 May 2018. Look out each day as we delve into surprising stories from our past, present and future through blogs, podcasts, live interviews, images and pieces from the archive. We will also share memories of The Old Vic from audiences, staff and familiar faces.

We will be marking the birthday itself with a three day party – comprising a free performance on Friday 11 May (the actual date of the first public performance at The Old Vic in 1818), an open house and street party for families on Saturday 12 May followed by a one-off celebration in the evening, and a gala on Sunday 13 May.

We hope that you will join us over the next year in celebrating 200 years of creative adventure.