Curtain Up

Curtain Up

Curtain Up offers community groups across the UK the opportunity to build a relationship with The Old Vic through a programme of free workshops and performances.

Curtain Up supports equality of access to the arts by working with groups who have limited access to the arts. Through Curtain Up we are committed to removing barriers which may ordinarily exclude people from accessing theatre. This year we are particularly interested in supporting community groups who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This programme is open to everyone aged 8+.

At The Old Vic, we are motivated by the belief that engaging with the arts can enrich lives and expand horizons, and that encounters with theatre can act as a gateway into the arts for people from all backgrounds.

I had such a wonderful experience today and I haven’t laughed that much in years. Excellent. I would love to do that again. It was marvellous


  • Three free workshops, delivered either in-person* or online for up to 30 people
  • Up to 30 free tickets per group to see two live-streamed Old Vic performances
  • A post project celebration

*In person workshops will only be delivered where it’s possible to adhere to government advice at the time

  • Workshop 1: 07 – 23 Dec 2020
  • Workshop 2: 11 – 22 Jan 2021
  • Workshop 3: 01 – 12 Feb 2021
  • Project Celebration: 04 March 2021

Applications are now closed.


Applications are open to community groups across the UK. This programme is open to everyone aged 8+. We are particularly interested in hearing from groups who have limited access to the arts.

This year we are particularly interested in working with community groups who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project will run from December 2020 – March 2021, with roughly one engagement each month. Your group must be available during this time period to take part. This project is offered either online, in-person, or a combination of both.

This project is not open to school groups. Primary Schools are welcome to apply to take part in one of our other projects, Get Going. You can find out more about our full schools offer here.

This project is fully accessible. We will discuss any access requirements your group may have before the project begins and will ensure appropriate support is in place.


Applications are now closed.


If you have any questions about this project, please email

The Curtain Up project on our production of A Christmas Carol is made possible thanks to generous support from Royal Bank of Canada and the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

RBC have been The Old Vic’s Principal Partner since 2015, and now, in the face of such challenging times, RBC continues to stand alongside us and support our theatre, our audiences, and our beneficiaries by enabling The Old Vic’s artistic and social mission work. The Curtain Up project celebrates The Old Vic and RBC’s shared commitment to promoting diversity, accessibility and inclusivity within the arts and society.

The Old Vic gratefully acknowledges support through the Culture Recovery Fund from Arts Council England