Our Project

The Old Vic aims to be surprising, unpredictable, ground-breaking, rule-breaking, independent, accessible and uplifting.

We hold the belief that theatre needs to be supported and shared by as many people as possible. Our 1,000 seats are yours from £10 a ticket. Our productions are diverse, adventurous, new, epic, exciting. Our Education and Talent programmes, working with over 10,000 people each year allow students to explore and artists of tomorrow to create. Our building is open and alive day and night. Our theatre is yours.

We have been a cultural icon at the centre of both the theatrical and local community for two centuries. We have hosted some of the world’s greatest performers and welcomed millions of visitors across the decades. But, 200 years of world-class productions can take its toll.

We all love our old building but in the 21st century it should be accessible to everyone. Every patron should be able to enter the foyer and auditorium through the same door. Every patron should be able to go to the loo AND order a drink in the interval. And possibly even have time to buy an ice cream as well.

These things are basic human rights and we want to make these upgrades to our building:

  • A new accessible entrance from Waterloo Road into the reconfigured foyer which will allow disabled patrons access to The Old Vic foyer for the very first time in its 200 year history
  • An accessible lift from the new entrance to the basement café and loos
  • Doubling (yes doubling!) the number of ladies’ loos with additional cubicles in the basement and on the top level
  • A reconfigured foyer area with new bar facilities and box office, again accessible for everyone to use

Old buildings are extraordinarily difficult and expensive to adapt and I salute the vision and energy which have led The Old Vic team to address their access problem head on. The plan to make this legendary theatre accessible to all, fit for purpose for its next century, is inspirational. I urge you all to help make the restoration possible. It is a vital cause. Let us not be a tribe apart

Melanie Reid, writer, The Times, and Capital Project Ambassador.

Why haven’t we done this before now? The Old Vic is a registered charity in receipt of no regular public subsidy – that means we don’t get a regular grant from the Arts Council or local authority. Every penny we raise through ticket sales or donations from generous supporters is needed to create our work on stage and with our community. To revitalise our building requires even more fundraising – which is where you come in.

We have now starting making these improvements but we still need your help. Accessibility is our biggest physical challenge. And the ladies’ loos (or lack thereof) is our customers’ number one complaint. So, please help us change this by Lighting Up Our Future or Naming A Seat with a donation. You can donate anything from £10 upwards and all donations, no matter how small, are gratefully received.