We’re pleased to be presenting two world premieres, a UK premiere and the return of a much loved, joyful Christmas hit production for Part 1 of Matthew Warchus’ fourth season:

• The world premiere of hip hop musical SYLVIA from ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

• The UK premiere of 17c, a multi-media dance theatre production conceived and directed by New York choreographer Annie-B Parson.

• A world premiere of Angela Carter’s novel Wise Children, adapted and directed by Emma Rice.

• Jack Thorne’s version of A Christmas Carol directed by Matthew Warchus returns with Stephen Tompkinson announced as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Coming soon:

• A new adaptation for the stage by Lucy Prebble of Luke Harding’s A Very Expensive Poison, world premiere, coming soon in 2019.

Our Artistic Director Matthew Warchus commented:

‘The Old Vic’s new identity aims to be more welcoming, more surprising, more entertaining, more daring and more accessible than ever before. Developing a new audience is one of the most important responsibilities of any theatre. It is also one of the greatest pleasures. A very encouraging product of our new approach to mixed programming (classics alongside new writing, musicals alongside dance pieces, art house work alongside populist entertainment) is that since 2015 our overall audience numbers have increased by nearly 10% and are still growing.

I’m delighted to present four invigorating upcoming productions.

In September we are proud to welcome ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company onto The Old Vic stage with their exciting new show, SYLVIA. This production stands as the highlight in a range of Old Vic projects celebrating the centenary of the first women in Britain getting the vote. The Old Vic turns 200 this year and was established by two brilliantly tenacious and visionary women – Emma Cons and Lilian Baylis – so it is particularly gratifying to be celebrating Sylvia Pankhurst’s world-changing achievements in the advancement of democracy and equality during this anniversary.

Following SYLVIA is 17c – a new dance work about Samuel Pepys from New York choreographer Annie-B Parson. Annie-B previously made a great impact in London with her infectious and dazzling choreography in the David Byrne musical Here Lies Love, and now she is bringing her own very popular company, Big Dance Theater, to London for the first time.

Then, in October, the incomparable Emma Rice will launch her new company with a rambunctious adaptation of Angela Carter’s theatrical novel, Wise Children.

Kate, Annie-B and Emma, in completely different ways, have a fantastic track record of delighting audiences with high-spirited mischief and bold theatrical energy.

The festive season at The Old Vic will once again be celebrated with mince pies, satsumas, handbells, much singing, dancing, tears and laughter (not to mention copious snowfall and a turkey on a zipwire) in the return of Jack Thorne’s euphoric version of A Christmas Carol. I am hugely looking forward to remounting the show and transforming the auditorium again. Of all the shows I have ever directed, I think this might well be my favourite. It is conceived to be enjoyed with or without children so don’t miss out!

The Old Vic is your local theatre. Come and join in.’

Tickets for 17c and Wise Children go on priority sale from 12 noon today with public booking open on Tue 26 June.


Tue 5 Jun: Artistic Director’s Circle
Wed 6 Jun: Producers’ Circle
Thu 7 Jun: Benefactors
Fri 8 Jun: Patrons
Mon 11 Jun: Premium Associates
Tue 12 Jun: Associates
Wed 13 Jun: Premium Friends
Tue 19 Jun: Friends
Tue 26 Jun: Public booking

For more information please click here or contact our Friends team at or on 020 7981 0983.