As a registered charity itself, The Old Vic believes that it is vital to encourage all who visit to support others.
In recent years the theatre has held bucket collections throughout the annual run of A Christmas Carol to raise money for various charities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 production was live streamed as part of the IN CAMERA series and instead of a bucket collection audiences from all over the world were encouraged to donate via text and online. Held in 2017 in aid of Field Lane, in 2018 for The Felix Project, in 2019 for Coram Beanstalk, and in 2020 for FoodCycle our incredible audiences have donated in excess of £560k over the past three years to support charities with missions aligning with the themes of the production.
The theatre continues to demonstrate its commitment to building a fairer society and supporting the cultural, educational and social development of the communities in which it serves. For further information on The Old Vic’s social mission visit: https://www.oldvictheatre.com/our-impact
On the Charity Partner scheme, Executive Director, Kate Varah said: ‘One of the most beloved moments for any reader of A Christmas Carol is where Scrooge shares Christmas with the Cratchit family. Each year, audiences watching The Old Vic’s annual production of A Christmas Carol are asked at the end of the show to donate what they can to a charity that supports those similarly in need. We are continually amazed at the generosity of spirit shown; this simple ask has raised £560,000 over the last four productions. As a charity ourselves, we understand how important it is to show solidarity for the work of other charities.’