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A riotous cabaret of a production

The Guardian

Bagdad Cafe will be performed for a live audience at The Old Vic – you will be coming to the theatre if you book a ticket for this production. It will also be live streamed for one week as part of our OLD VIC: IN CAMERA series.

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About the show

‘It’s showtime at the Bagdad Gas and Oil Cafe!’

Smack bang in the middle of nowhere (or was it somewhere on the legendary Route 66?) two women are thrown together by chance. Stranded tourist Jasmin stumbles out of her unhappy marriage and finds herself at Brenda’s remote cafe and motel. 

Ordinarily, no one would choose to stay at the Bagdad Cafe but in the dust and isolation, unexpected and extraordinary friendships begin to blossom. The lost are found as individuals transform into an eclectic community bound by music, magic and some very strong coffee. 

Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Wise Children) and the Wise Children Company bring Percy and Eleonore Adlon’s iconic 1987 film Bagdad Cafe to The Old Vic stage with their signature playful, visual and emotional style. After a long year apart, we invite you to join us for a joyful celebration of togetherness, hope and friendship. 

Suitable for you and yours (over the age of 8) – view age guidance. We cannot wait to reopen our doors. 


An Old Vic & Wise Children production

Seating information

Due to social distancing our seating is arranged in bubbles, which are groups of tickets containing a specific number of seats (1, 2, 3 or 4) next to each other in one row. You will need to pick up all the seats in a bubble to book tickets.

To support people in returning to the theatre, social distancing will be retained in the auditorium for the run of Bagdad Cafe. Seats in the Stalls will be placed at a 1-metre distance, and bubbles in the Circle and Baylis Circles will be separated by one single seat between each group. We also ask that you maintain social distancing and follow our one-way system in our front of house spaces.


Royal Bank of Canada – Principal Partner

PwC – PwC £10 Previews Partner

The Public Fund – Productions Partner

Garfield Weston Foundation – Reopening Partner

The Huo Family Foundation – Reopening Partner

Tickets: PwC £10 Tickets, £20, £30, £40, £55, £65

Premium and VIP tickets also available

Find out more about concessions.

Due to social distancing our seating is arranged in bubbles.

Running time: 1hr 30mins with no interval.

Suitable for ages 8+. Find out more.

Audio described performance: Mon 16 Aug, 7.30pm (touch tour at 5pm)
Captioned performance: Fri 20 Aug, 7.30pm

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