Birthday Street Party and Open House


To celebrate The Old Vic’s 200th birthday we are delighted to invite you to our ENTIRELY FREE  Street Party and Open House. Suitable for all ages, come along and enjoy a special day of fun and entertainment  – the more, the merrier.

12noon – Join our PROCESSION as we begin the festivities on the South Bank outside the National Theatre. From there we will be led to The Old Vic by a 10-piece marching band from Kansas Smitty’s , with surprise performances along the way.

1.30pm – Our Webber Street STREET PARTY will be open. Bring along your family, friends, neighbours (anybody!) and be entertained as the street is brought to life by street performers, craft activities, food stalls and an interactive pedal-powered sound system. Plus Showtime Photo Booth will be with us with their GIF photo booth.

1.45pm – Inside The Old Vic a full programme of completely free activities for ages 3+ will begin. All OPEN HOUSE events are FREE but will require a ticket.

Tickets can be booked in advance with a small allocation of tickets available for walk-ups on the day. Capacity is limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Open House programme of events

Penny Lectures: A series of talks inspired by the original 19C lecture series
Rehearsal Room

Comedy Club 4 Kids:Featuring Howard Read with MC Inel Tomlinson
Rehearsal Room
2.45pm (For ages 6-9)
3.30pm (For ages 10-13)

The Children’s Bookshow: Interactive storytelling, live illustration and poetry
Baylis Bar
2pm (For ages 5-7 with Alexis Deacon)
2.45pm (For ages 7+ with Rachel Rooney)
3.30pm (For ages 3+ with Benji Davies)
4.15pm (For ages 9+ with Jan Blake)

Puppetry Workshops: Make your very own puppet with Maia Kirkman-Richards
Mark’s Bar
2pm (For ages 5-9)
2.45pm (For ages 9-13)
3.30pm (For ages 13-16)
4.15pm (For adults)

Stage Makeup Presentation: With makeup artist Dan Frye
Rehearsal Room
2pm (For ages 16+)

Please note; For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres – we appreciate your patience and understanding while these are taking place.

The Penny Lectures



Puppetry Workshops

Stage Make Up Presentation

with Dan Frye

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