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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 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

Matinee Idols Member 

While our theatre is closed and following on from the success of the scheme during lockdown we have opened registration for OV Pen Pals, connecting primary school students with community members age 60+ 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


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

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