2016/2017 Season


‘Anyone who has visited The Old Vic in the last eight months will have felt the new wave of energy which has swept through the building. There’s a completely fresh feel to the foyer, bars and caf, and a completely fresh approach to how we programme our productions and events. There’s much more happening, and for a much wider range of people. For a theatre without public funding this is no mean feat. It’s an exciting shift, aimed at consolidating The Old Vic as a vibrant and indispensable part of London’s artistic scene.

With my second season, we continue our mission to be a leading creative hub in the capital, and further afield, radiating an energising and unintimidating spirit, as we celebrate the best of what theatre can be.’
Matthew Warchus, Artistic Director

Priority booking info:
Wed 4 May 12 noon – Production Partners | Artistic Director’s Circle
Thu 5 May 12 noon – Producer’s Circle
Fri 6 May 12 noon – Benefactors
Mon 9 May 12 noon – Patrons
Tue 10 May 12 noon – Premium Associates
Fri 13 May 12 noon – Associates
Mon 16 May 12 noon – Premium Friends
Thu 19 May 12 noon – Friends
Tue 31 May 12 noon – GENERAL BOOKING


By Samuel Beckett
A selection of his Texts for Nothing
Performed by Lisa Dwan
29 Sep – 15 Oct 2016

‘Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this, saying it’s me?’

The world premiere of Nos Knife sees Samuel Beckett, a titan of theatrical writing, exploring the powerful resilience to stay alive. Hard on the heels of a sold out international tour of the Beckett trilogy, Lisa Dwan presents a fresh and penetrating interpretation of this monologue. Recognised as modern theatres foremost adaptor of Becketts work, Lisa brings her unexpected and compelling voice to these hitherto unperformed writings.



By William Shakespeare
Directed by Deborah Warner
Starring Glenda Jackson
with Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling
25 Oct – 2 Dec 2016

A quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics, double Academy Award-winning legend Glenda Jackson returns to play King Lear in Shakespeares greatest tragedy.



By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Matthew Warchus
10 Dec 2016 18 Feb 2017

Three friends and a white painting.

One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, Art premiered in London twenty years ago and went on to become a phenomenon, winning the Moliere, Evening Standard, Olivier and Tony Awards. Director Matthew Warchus reunites the entire original creative team to revisit Yasmina Rezas dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance.



By Georg Bchner in a new version by Jack Thorne
Directed by Joe Murphy
6 May – 24 Jun 2017

People like us are unhappy in this world and in the next: if we made it to heaven, wed have to help make it thunder.

The multi-award winning Jack Thorne breathes new life into Woyzeck, one of the most influential plays ever written, creating for our time what Bchner intended for his: an unforgettable howl of rage. Starring John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens).


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