Curtain Up

Curtain Up

Curtain Up offers community groups in London the opportunity to see a main stage show at The Old Vic and take part in a pre-show workshop.

Curtain Up supports equality of access to the arts by working with groups of people who have never been to The Old Vic before, or who have never been to the theatre before. Through Curtain Up we are committed to removing barriers which may ordinarily exclude people from accessing theatre. This opportunity is open to everyone aged 8 and up. Last year 453 people took part in Curtain Up, with participants ranging in age from 8–60 years old.

10 groups will have the opportunity to see a performance of A Christmas Carol. The pre-show workshop will introduce the story and themes of the play and increase participants’ confidence, creativity and wellbeing through drama.

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.

‘Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! When can we go again?’
Participant, MOSAIC Clubhouse



  • A pre-show workshop at either your community space or at The Old Vic Workrooms
  • Up to 30 free tickets per group to see a performance of A Christmas Carol between 07–17 January 2020
  • This includes the opportunity to attend a Relaxed Performance on Saturday 11 January 2020 at 1pm.


Applications are open to community groups based in London. Participants must not have visited The Old Vic previously. We are particularly interested in hearing from groups who have never been to the theatre before.

We will work with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 30 people per group.

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. We welcome applications from SEND groups.


Applications for Curtain Up are currently closed but the programme will return in 2020.

Please sign up to the Take Part mailing list to hear more about workshops, skills and employment programmes, talent development and short courses for all ages.

If you have any questions about this project please get in touch or call 020 7981 0907.


Supported by The John Thaw Foundation and The Old Vic Impact Fund.