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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. 

We are still accepting new members into the Matinee Idols network – please complete the form below.

For six Old Vic productions a year, 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.  

‘Taking part in Matinee Idols has made me feel part of something very unique and very special

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

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While our theatre is closed we have opened registration for OV Pen Pals, connecting community members age 60+ with primary school students through letters, emails and online zoom calls. Once matched pen pals will be set creative challenges every two weeks to complete together as they get to know each other. So if you would like to join our OV Pen Pal network and start connecting with a primary school student visit OV Pen Pals to register or email us at

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Matinee Idols is supported by Sandra Charitable Trust and The Old Vic Impact Fund, OV Pen Pals is supported by PwC and The Worshipful Company of Grocers