Making Changes at The Old Vic

Waterloo Road entrance with lift space, steps down to lower ground floor and steps up to new Box Office area

Building work is well underway for OV Tomorrow and we’re looking ahead to what this is going to mean for the future of access at The Old Vic.

With a reconfigured foyer area, new bar facilities, a box office accessible to all and a lift from the foyer down to the basement café and loos, we’ll be able to welcome all our visitors through the same entrance into the auditorium for the very first time in our 200 year history.

As a registered charity in receipt of no regular public subsidy, it takes us time to fundraise for each phase of work that needs to be done to transform our building. A later phase of the project will renovate the Stage Door and provide level access to the stage, along with an accessible dressing room.

Throughout the current and next phase of work we’ll be working with our audiences to do everything we can to improve their experience of The Old Vic.

Today is Disabled Access Day and throughout the day we’ll be sharing guest blogs from people who have told us a bit about their experiences of access in theatre and what they’d like to see change in future.

Read our guest post from actress Ruth Madeley here

Read our guest post from blogger and activist Shona Louise here

Read our guest post from blogger and YouTuber Glen Turner here

We are excited to be in the process of making our theatre a better place for all our visitors – thank you to everyone who has generously supported us with donations so far.

We are still taking donations, which are all gratefully received. You can find out more about the project and how you can help here.