Looking back at 2020

Our building may have been closed for most of the year but we have still been busy working hard to ensure we are engaging with our audiences, supporters, schools and local community throughout the pandemic.

On 15 March 2020 we took the decision to suspend our production of Endgame in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II

On 18 March we closed our theatre. 

On 20 March, the Tech team left the building.

BUT NOT FOR LONG…

The seats in our auditorium have been empty for one of the longest periods since the Second World War – but our theatre has been alive during lockdown, our audiences (old and new) have supported us throughout, and it was impossible to keep live theatre from our iconic stage, even against seemingly insurmountable odds. 

We’ve been proud to share our work and free resources on the most accessible and far-reaching scale than ever before, all without the safety net of regular public subsidy and whilst operating with a 90% drop in income.

If we are to continue to offer live theatre and invaluable educational and creative experiences as we work towards reopening, and to rebuild the reserves we desperately need to be able to continue operating, we’ll need your help.

HOW YOU CAN HELP WHILE WE ARE CLOSED 

Buy a ticket Make a donation Become a Friend or gift a Membership Become an individual supporter Share our resources

WHILE YOU WERE AWAY

OLD VIC: IN CAMERA

Live performances streamed globally from The Old Vic stage to 33,647 homes in 79 countries

Old Vic: In Camera – LUNGS

with Claire Foy and Matt Smith
26 Jun–04 Jul 2020

Old Vic: In Camera – Three Kings

With Andrew Scott
03–05 Sep 2020

Old Vic: In Camera – Faith Healer

With Michael Sheen, David Threlfall and Indira Varma
16–19 Sep 2020

Old Vic: In Camera – A Christmas Carol

With Andrew Lincoln as Scrooge
12–24 Dec 2020

Young Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol

YOUR OLD VIC

Audiences have visited our digital channels to be entertained, educated and inspired with freely available content, both old and new.

A Monster Calls

Available to watch for free from 05–11 Jun 2020

Wise Children

Available to watch for free from 19–26 Jun 2020

Mood Music

Available to watch for free from 14–21 Jul

Jekyll & Hyde

Available to watch for free from 05–12 Aug

THE GREATEST WEALTH

Available to watch now

Burn

Available to watch now

Remembrance

Available to watch now

PlayCrush

Listen to the podcast now

CREATIVES’ CORNER

Ella Hickson spoke with emerging talent from across different creative disciplines to gain an insight into what it means to be working in theatre today. Look back here.

Education Hub

Get Going at The Old Vic

A free resource for beneficiaries of all ages from 90 countries across the world, featuring:

  • Inside guides to directing, playwriting and sound design
  • Workshops on directing, sound design, puppet making and playwriting
  • Wellbeing exercises
  • Working from home study guides
  • Interview preparation workshop
  • Aspirational view exercises
Visit the hub
Education & Community Projects
OV PEN PALS

Connecting people intergenerationally through letter writing. Learn more here.

OV Pen Pals

ZOOM GAME EXCHANGES

Free online game exchanges for teachers and parents. Learn more here.

Games Exchange

TAKE THE LEAD

A free employability programme for students aged 15–18. Learn more here.

SCHOOLS CLUB

Free theatre tickets, bespoke workshops and education resources for schools. Learn more here.

CURTAIN UP

Free workshops and performances for community groups across the UK. Learn more here.

Curtain Up

FRONT LINE ONLINE

Digital workshops designed to help people aged 1825 take their next steps in employment. Learn more here.

OLD VIC THEATRE MAKERS

A free six-month online programme for 18–25 year olds to develop creative connections and create a toolkit to discuss and make theatre in the midst of our changing society. Learn more here

STILL TO COME
IN CAMERA: PLAYBACK – THREE KINGS

02–04 Dec 2020

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Playback Three Kings Block Page

IN CAMERA: PLAYBACK – FAITH HEALER

20–22 Jan 2021

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Playback Faith Healer Block Page

IN CAMERA: PLAYBACK – LUNGS

27–29 Jan 2021

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Playback Lungs Block Page