In order to support the national effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic, our beloved theatre is currently closed.

A lot of people don’t know that The Old Vic is a charity. And, unlike many of our industry peers, The Old Vic does not receive any regular government subsidy, which means that we don’t get financial help from the local authority or the Arts Council. Under normal circumstances The Old Vic survives largely through ticket sales and on top of that we still have to raise £4 million a year through donations and partnerships to ensure our iconic theatre remains an indispensable part of London’s cultural landscape.

We have no safety net and this extended period of closure has been financially devastating for our theatre. We were grateful to receive a one-off grant of £3m from the Culture Recovery Fund, which gives us a lifeline until reopening; helping the theatre remain solvent over the next few months, to retain our staff, support the freelance creative community and, ultimately, enable us to connect with our audiences and beneficiaries through innovative creative digital content whilst our doors must remain closed. However, the CRF grant has to be spent by March next year, and it likely that we will need to exist without income for much of 2021, so we still need your help.

Theatre is on an ever-diminishing list of group experiences that provides a sense of community and connectedness. We are certain that in the months ahead, as we emerge from closure and isolation, the need to reconnect and share with one another will become increasingly important.

Our supporters have always been the lifeblood of The Old Vic, helping to secure its future. Never has this been more true. We will fight hard to keep it for everyone, as we know that theatre has a profound role to play in the cultural, social and economic rebuild of our nation.

If you would like to make a donation we would be extraordinarily grateful. It will enable The Old Vic to survive and thrive as a theatrical powerhouse with a strong social mission at its heart, just as it has done throughout the last two centuries.