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Matinee Idols is a free network for people over 60 to discover more about The Old Vic, engage with our shows, develop new skills and interests and meet people from the local community.

For every Old Vic production, members are invited to attend a free exclusive pre-show event with refreshments and space to socialise, followed by a matinee performance at a special discounted price.

New for 2020, as part of this year’s online Great Get Together, inspired by Jo Cox, we are launching OV Pen Pals, an intergenerational scheme to connect members of our aged 60+ Matinee Idols scheme during this time of isolation with primary school children through letters, emails and phone calls. Once you have signed up you will be matched with a student from one of our partner primary schools and will receive a letter or email (depending on your preference) from your pen pal every two weeks. We’ll be setting up bi-weekly creative challenges that you can complete together.

Please note all participants will be required to agree to the terms and conditions of the programme including our safeguarding requirements before joining. You can sign up to join in on the OV Pen Pals page or email us at



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Please note we will request photo ID for proof of age upon ticket collection.

Matinee Idols is supported by Sandra Charitable Trust and The Old Vic Impact Fund