Having overcome our longest period of closure since the Second World War, we are so thrilled to have reopened and welcomed back audiences to our Back Together Season. Yet The Old Vic, like theatres around the world, remains deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. If we are to keep our doors open and continue creating, entertaining and inspiring, we need your help.
Please consider supporting The Old Vic this Giving Tuesday on 30 Nov 2021 by choosing one of the following options, and read on to see how your vital support can help.
Since reopening on 6 Jul 2021, just four months ago, we are delighted to share that The Old Vic has:
- Staged four productions: The Dumb Waiter, Bagdad Cafe, Camp Siegfried and A Christmas Carol
- Streamed two free IN CAMERA: PLAYBACKS of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax to 22,700 children from 10 countries around the world, to mark COP26
- Provided meaningful employment to over 200 creative freelancers
- Welcomed 43,174 audience members back to in-person shows
- Sold 8,800 PwC £10 Previews tickets
- Grown the number of resources on our online Education Hub, which has been accessed by 15,950 people
- Invited 355 of our Matinee Idols, a free membership scheme for people aged over 60 and living in London, to three discounted shows
- Welcomed a new cohort of 21 Old Vic Theatre Makers, a free, six-month programme for 18–25-year-olds, to develop creative connections and create a toolkit to discuss and make theatre in the midst of a changing society
- Offered 28 Front Line Lambeth participants, aged 16–25, living in London and not in education, training or employment opportunities to discover more about working in the creative industry and develop key transferable skills
- Provided 40 schools and 942 students with free bespoke workshops, theatre tickets, backstage tours and diverse educational resources for staff and students though Schools Club
- Become completely plastic-free in all our front-of-house bars, with a further commitment to meeting The Green Book baseline standards for all productions in our 2022/23 Season, as well an overall aim of achieving net-zero carbon emission by 2030.
We achieved all this despite experiencing a 90% drop in box office income during closure and without the safety net of regular public subsidy. Your crucial support will help us continue creating innovative work, entertaining audiences and inspiring communities for many years to come.
Thank you from us all at The Old Vic.