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

We appreciate your support and your understanding as we make decisions to support and protect each other as we navigate unchartered territory. If you would like to make a general donation to help the theatre survive, we would be extraordinarily grateful.

A lot of people don’t know that The Old Vic is a charity. We receive no public subsidy, which means that we don’t get regular financial help from the local authority or the Arts Council. Every penny we need to produce the great work on stage, support our projects with young people and the community and even keep our lights on, we have to raise ourselves. We do this largely through ticket sales but on top of that we still have to raise more than £4 million a year to ensure our famous building remains one of the most vibrant and vital theatres in the world and an indispensable part of London’s cultural landscape.

Lots of people DONATE and they do so for many reasons. Some have a special memory of The Old Vic; others are fans of our artistic programming; some are passionate about theatre and looking to give something back; and others want to access priority booking privileges.

Whatever your reason, we are truly grateful for your support.