Remembering Dr. Seuss

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Yesterday marked 114 years since Dr. Seuss’s birth.

Aside from being remembered as one of the most popular children’s authors of all time, Dr. Seuss has left a significant impact on our 200-year-old theatre thanks to his orange-moustachioed creation.

Since Max Webster and David Grieg brought Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax to The Old Vic’s stage for the first time in 2015 and back again in 2017, our theatre has never been greener.

How we’re making our theatre greener

  • This year we were awarded a 4-star Creative Green rating by Julie’s Bicycle in recognition of our commitment and achievement in embedding environmental sustainability into our operations and activities.
  • We’ve made improvements right across the organisation and have a dedicated ‘green team’ of staff from different departments working towards improving our rating.
  • Our electricity is supplied by Good Energy who obtain all their fuel from renewable sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power, and biofuels. We’re currently reviewing our gas supply, with the intention of moving to a carbon-neutral supplier.
  • Downstairs in our café, Penny, we offer a 10% discount if you use a reusable cup. All of our disposable plastic and paper cups are made of Vegware, which is totally compostable and biodegrable We only use eco-friendly packaging and catering disposables, like straws and takeaway lunch boxes.
  • We encourage sustainable travel by staff, through a ‘cycle to work’ scheme, and recycle all of our paper, glass and plastic, as well as electronic equipment, batteries and toner cartridges.
  • We’re encouraging our audiences to go green with e-tickets. Paper tickets are also available, but these are printed on recycled stock.

Thanks to Dr. Seuss and The Lorax, all of these measures, small and large, are helping to reduce our carbon footprint and keep The Old Vic moving forward with its aim to be as sustainable as possible.

‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’

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