The Lab opens for second round of applications


The Lab
During the last year The Old Vic has connected with over 1,000 artists by giving 3,000 hours of free rehearsal space at The Old Vic Workrooms. We want to continue to develop this resource by launching The Old Vic Lab, offering space and support to 70 different projects throughout the next year.

How can I apply?
We are inviting developing artists and companies to apply for up to two weeks of free rehearsal or workshop space between February May 2017.

In order to submit your application please click here and complete the following survey in full.

Applications will close on Sunday 22 January at 5pm. We will aim to inform successful applicants by Friday 27th January.

Applications will open again in March for the Edinburgh Lab, supporting projects with space throughout June and July 2017.

What do I get?
If successful, we will allocate you selected dates in one of our rehearsal spaces at The Old Vic Workrooms in Bermondsey. The time and space will be yours to do with as you see fit and a member of The Old Vic team will be available to offer feedback and advice on future development. You will also have access to the Green Room, a relaxing breakout space and central hub for artists working in the building.

What are you looking for?
For the second wave of The Lab we want to support theatre makers, companies or artists who are looking to transition to the next level. If you have made your first couple of shows but want to take a step up with your work, then we want to hear from you.

Please note we are not necessarily looking for work to programme at The Old Vic, but would like to support the development of projects that could belong elsewhere in the wider industry.

We are looking for a mixture of projects with a variety of requirements, so please try to be accurate about how much time and space you need. As with each role at The Old Vic, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

How much does it cost?
Absolutely nothing! Or maybe a tweet or two

Can I get some help?
If you have a question or problem with your application, please get in touch via email at

Quotes from The Old Vic Workrooms users:
I can think of nowhere else that offers free space. This is an extraordinary resource for a young company and is sometimes the difference between being able to make the show and not. It’s a great community and really exciting place to be able to use

The impact is huge. Without space to work it would have been completely impossible to get any of our projects or even our company off the ground.’

I feel more so than ever that The Old Vic is an extremely supportive organisation that is ready to offer time and resources to emerging artists.

Supported by

The DOyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Nol Coward Foundation and The Stanley Picker Trust.