Information for our audiences


In light of the latest government advice recommending that everyone avoids large social gatherings, we have decided to temporarily close our beloved theatre from tonight in order to play our part in ensuring the country moves beyond this as swiftly as possible.

We will be in touch with anyone who holds a ticket to a future performance affected by this decision. If you have a ticket for 4000 Miles we will honour your booking and you don’t need to do anything at this point – we’ll be in touch as soon as we can with more details about the new performance dates. Please do let us contact you first in order to ease the pressure on our brilliant Box Office team.

For over 200 years The Old Vic has been many things to so many people; a theatre, a pub, an educational hub, a civic resource. The last time we closed our doors was during the Second World War when our building was hit by a bomb, and even then this resilient theatre bounced back stronger than ever to become the home of the country’s first National Theatre, and today thrives as an independent, artistic powerhouse with a strong social mission.

We are usually proud to be open and alive all day and night, not just for those coming to see our shows but for those coming for a coffee or drink with friends, a thought-provoking talk, a free community workshop, a self-convened knitting group, a choir practice for children (possibly my favourite moment of the year) or a safe space for students to do their homework.

We are no stranger to adversity, and we are determined to weather this storm – but we need your help to do it. As you may know, we’re unlike many other theatres in that we are a charity receiving no regular Arts Council funding or subsidy. We have to make sure our 1,000 seats are filled each performance and on top of that raise an additional £4 million to keep making theatre and serving our community.

If you could consider making a donation or purchasing a membership we would be so grateful.

In the meantime please check our FAQs and follow us on social media for all the latest updates. Most importantly, as Matthew rightly says, please take care of yourselves and each other, and keep in touch.

Kate Varah
Executive Director