Work Experience: Old Vic Takeover

(c) Alex Brenner

Ever wondered what it’s like to work for London’s leading, independent, not-for-profit theatre?

The Old Vic is offering a oneweek, online, work experience programme for up to 20 participants aged 14–18. This course will run from the 14–18 Feb 2022, 10am–4.30pm each day. The sessions will all be delivered over Zoom. 

‘I got so much from this week, not just from the workshops but from everyone I’ve met. There are so many transferable skills that I’ve learnt. No matter what I go on to do I feel well equipped’
Old Vic Takeover Participant 2021 

The Course

Over the course of one week, you will: 

  • Discover how a producing theatre operates 
  • Meet industry professionals and find out more about careers in the arts 
  • Develop key employability skills – teamwork, communication, problem solving and public speaking. 

You will take on a series of challenges set by different departments such as producing, marketing and education & community. Through each workshop you will gain an insight into how a busy producing theatre operates and try your hand at a range of different roles. At the end of the week, you will work together as a team to curate, plan and run your own online event, putting to use all the knowledge you have gained over the course of the programme. 


This programme will run online 14–18 Feb 2022, 10am–4.30pm each day (on Zoom). 

  • This programme is open to young people aged 14–18 within the UK
  • This programme is free to take part 
  • No previous experience of theatre is necessary
  • This programme is fully accessible. We will discuss any access requirements you may have before the project begins and will ensure appropriate support is in place. 

Applications for The Old Vic Takeover are now open. Please complete the application form below to apply for a place. Alternatively, you can make a short video or sound file (no longer than two minutes) answering the questions in the application form and send it to


Applications will close at 10am on 14 Jan 2022. 

The Old Vic Takeover is made possible thanks to generous support from The Old Vic Endowment Trust. 

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