Royal Bank of Canada and The Old Vic

Since the beginning of Matthew Warchus’ tenure in 2015, RBC has supported over 30 main stage productions and now, in the face of such challenging times, RBC continues to stand alongside us and support our theatre, our audiences, our community, our young beneficiaries, our freelancers and our emerging artists when we all need it most. RBC’s extraordinary generosity has not only enabled our innovative OLD VIC: IN CAMERA and IN CAMERA: PLAYBACK series; they have also supported our free-to-access Your Old Vic programme of artistic and educational content; an inclusive festive community project, Curtain Up; the digital delivery of the theatre’s free employability programme, Take the Lead; and in our greatest time of need, RBC have even enhanced their support to newly become Principal Partner of The Old Vic’s Emerging Talent Programme, nurturing the theatre makers of tomorrow.

The impact of RBC’s renewed support at this critical time for The Old Vic, the creative industries as a sector, and indeed, for the UK as a nation, is more profound than ever. RBC is brilliantly helping to safeguard The Old Vic’s future as a leading theatrical powerhouse, driven by a strong social mission.

Take a look back over everything RBC has helped us to achieve.

Season 6

The OLD VIC: IN CAMERA series continues following the success of Lungs, with the live streams of Three Kings and Faith Healer being streamed to over 35,000 screens globally. To date, over 63,000 households have streamed the OLD VIC: IN CAMERA series across 84 countries, allowing over 25,000 to experience an Old Vic production for the first time.

We now look ahead to A Christmas Carol, the first time a full scale production will be streamed as part of the  OLD VIC: IN CAMERA series, and we’re looking to relive the brilliance of Three Kings, Faith Healer and Lungs thanks to the IN CAMERA: PLAYBACK  series.


02–04 Dec 2020, 20–22 Jan 2021, 27–29 Jan 2021

Old Vic In Camera

Old Vic: In Camera – A Christmas Carol

12–24 Dec 2020

Old Vic: In Camera – Faith Healer

16–19 Sep 2020

Old Vic: In Camera – Three Kings

03–05 Sep 2020


Season 5

Season 5 will go down in history as one of the most tumultuous Seasons in our history. With the advent of lockdown, resulting in the premature end of Endgame in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II and the postponement of the eagerly anticipated 4000 Miles and Local Hero. Despite this, we still managed to reach an audience of over 193,000 thanks to the ongoing support of our Principal Partner RBC and our exceptional audiences. Beginning with a bang with the multi award-nominated, word premiere of A Very Expensive Poison, we managed to get two helpings of Lungs thanks to Claire Foy, Matt Smith and the team behind our very first live streamed production of Lungs which paved the way for the global, sell out success of Three Kings which was written especially for Andrew Scott and OLD VIC: IN CAMERA.

Old Vic: In Camera – Lungs

26 June –  04 July 2020

Endgame in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II

27 Jan – 14 Mar 2020

A Christmas Carol

23 Nov 2019 – 18 Jan 2020


14 Oct – 09 Nov 2019

A Very Expensive Poison

19 Aug – 05 Oct 2019

Season 4

An audience of over 280,000 came to experience this Season with Andrew Scott and Indira Varma going on to receive Olivier Awards for their roles in the critically acclaimed Present Laughter – and even more got to experience this and All My Sons with Sally Field and Bill Pullman in two respective NT Live performances which were screened in cinemas across the globe. New audiences got to relive the magic of Emma Rice’s Wise Children from home as the archive recording was made available during lockdown and on BBC iPlayer. 

Present Laughter

17 Jun – 10 Aug 2019

All My Sons

13 Apr – 08 Jun 2019

The American Clock

04 Feb – 30 Mar 2019

A Christmas Carol

24 Nov 2018 – 19 Jan 2019

Wise Children

06 Oct – 10 Nov 2018


26–29 Sep 2018

Season 3

Almost 230,000 people came to see our bicentenary season of new writing as The Old Vic turned 200 with a celebratory free performance of Mood Music in May 2018, which returned alongside A Monster Calls earlier this year as part of Your Old Vic to keep audiences entertained during lockdown. We also got to experience the very first production of the now beloved A Christmas Carol which, four years and one Broadway transfer later, returns to inject some much needed festive cheer to audiences with the globally live streamed OLD VIC: IN CAMERA production this December. 


03–22 Sep 2018

A Monster Calls

07 Jul – 25 Aug 2018

Sea Wall

18– 30 Jun 2018

Mood Music

21 Apr – 30 Jun 2018

Fanny & Alexander

21 Feb – 14 Apr 2018

The Divide

30 Jan – 10 Feb 2018

A Christmas Carol

20 Nov 2017 – 20 Jan 2018

Season 2

Breaking all the records, Season 2 saw an audience of over 320,000 descend on The Old Vic for an epic season which included a then little-known now-West-End-and-Broadway-transferred-Olivier-Award-winning Girl from the North Country. Dr Seuss’s The Lorax returned to kick off the 200-day countdown to our bicentenary to top off a season of truly iconic performances. 

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax

15 Oct – 05 Nov 2017

Girl from the North Country

08 Jul – 07 Oct 2017


15 May – 24 Jun 2017

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

25 Feb – 06 May 2017


10 Dec 2016 – 18 Feb 2017

King Lear

25 Oct – 03 Dec 2016

No’s Knife

29 Sep – 15 Oct 2016

Season 1

Almost 280,000 people came to experience Matthew Warchus’ first season as Artistic Director at The Old Vic and the beginning of our long standing support with our Principal Partner, RBC. Dance returned to The Old Vic after a lengthy hiatus with Jekyll & Hyde which returned to our screens earlier in 2020 thanks to Your Old Vic. The world premiere of Groundhog Day would go on to achieve a Broadway transfer whilst Dr. Suess’s The Lorax followed for a Canadian and US tour. Future Conditional would also return to our screens for the world’s first Twitter live stream of an archive production on our 200th birthday two and half years later.

Groundhog Day

15 Jul – 17 Sep 2016

Jekyll & Hyde

20–28 May 2016

The Caretaker

29 Mar – 14 May 2016

The Master Builder

23 Jan – 19 Mar 2016

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax

04 Dec 2015 – 16 Jan 2016

The Hairy Ape

17 Oct – 21 Nov 2015

Future Conditional

01 Sep – 03 Oct 2015

Education & Community

Take the Lead

Thank you, it has been truly inspiring to see the students’ confidence blossom throughout the programmeTeacher, Take the Lead  

Since its inception in 2018, Take the Lead has worked with over 1,700 students from 46 schools across 23 London boroughs, with free employability training, thanks to RBC’s support which directly enables this project.

Over the course of 195 workshops and 15 events, 45 RBC volunteers have supported students aged 15–18 from across London to take ownership over their next steps after school and prepare them for the working world of the future.  

Emerging Talent Programme

We are delighted to announce that RBC has enhanced its support to become Principal Partner of The Old Vic’s Emerging Talent Programme, enabling The Old Vic 12, the Baylis Director and Baylis Assistant Director Programmes, and the Connect Network.

This hugely generous additional donation from the RBC Foundation marks the exciting expansion of the RBC Emerging Artists Project to Europe, of which The Old Vic are proud to be a part. The launch of this programme reflects RBC’s long-standing commitment to supporting emerging artists, with its Canadian programme flourishing for more than a decade.

RBC recognises the important role artists play in building vibrant communities and strong economies. Without such well-established and industry renowned programmes, which offer paid development opportunities to young talent, the industry risks falling drastically behind in its attempt to diversify the talent pool, or worse still, losing an entire generation of theatre-makers at a time when culture is more critical than ever to our economic and social survival.

As Principal Partner of The Old Vic’s Emerging Talent Programme, RBC is helping to sustain the lifeblood of the creative industries when it is needed most, and we are indebted to its generosity and vision.

Curtain Up

RBC are also Principal Partner of A Christmas Carol Curtain Up, joining us in our commitment to the belief that engaging with the arts can enrich lives and expand horizons, and that encounters with theatre can act as a gateway into the arts for people from all backgrounds. 

Curtain Up supports equality of access to the arts by working with groups who have limited access to the arts. Through Curtain Up we are committed to removing barriers which may ordinarily exclude people from accessing theatre. 

The enhancement of RBC’s support of The Old Vic at this vital time demonstrates its profound recognition of the unique value of the cultural industries in building vibrant communities and strong economies, and its passionate promotion of diversity, social mobility and accessibility within the arts and society.