Theatre is an adventure in empathy. An experience which requires us to dare.
It has the power to heal and invigorate. To break down barriers and bring us together. To comfort and soothe – and solace and moments of escape to anyone who needs it.
The Public Fund was formed in 2017 by a consortium of visionary philanthropists to support The Old Vic’s wide-ranging and adventurous artistic programming in its 200th year and beyond, recognising Matthew Warchus’ desire to programme works that resonate with 21st-century audiences as a non-commercial theatre with no regular public subsidy.
The Public Fund aims to raise £1m as a central part of The Old Vic’s artistic and social mission to ensure that we can continue to programme a series of socially relevant performances with diverse creative teams, tackling some of the most important societal issues of our time.