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. This year 364 people took part in Curtain Up, with participants ranging in age from 8–79 years old.

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 havent laughed that much in years. Excellent. I would love to do that again. It was marvellousParticipant, Curtain Up 2020


  • A two hour pre-show workshop
  • Up to 30 free tickets per group to see a performance at The Old Vic


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.

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 email

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