Open Performances

A Christmas Carol

Open Performances are specially designed for people that have an Autism Spectrum Condition, anxiety disorder, learning disability or if you would benefit from a more informal environment.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Open Performance is on Saturday 12 January, 2.30pm

A big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

This show has a recommended age guidance of 8yrs+. Babes-in-arms are welcome for this performance, please let us know when booking.

Please note: We will be taking photos and videos of the audience during this performance to help promote future access performances. If you do not wish to be captured or used in any promotional material please let a member of staff know.

What is an Open Performance?
  • You can make as much noise as you like during the show
  • You can come and go from the performance as you please
  • The lights in the audience will be kept on so it doesn’t get too dark
  • We also make small changes to the lights and sound (such as taking out any loud bangs or strobes lights) so that the show is more accessible if you have sensory sensitivities
  • If you’d like a break from the show there will be several chill out areas in the foyer
Where should I sit?

Step-free access is available only in the Stalls area of the auditorium, and these seats also allow the option to come and go from the auditorium during the performance. If you would prefer to be seated in this area, please get in touch with our Box Office, who will be able to find the best seats for you that may not be currently visible or on-sale to the general public.

If you sit in the Stalls, Dress Circle or Baylis Circle then you may come and go from the auditorium as you please, but this option will not be available in the Stage Stalls.

If you would like any further information on where the best place for you to sit would be please contact box office on 0344 871 7628 or email

Information for wheelchair users

Due to limitations of our building (which are being improved in our upcoming building work) there are currently only two spaces available for wheelchair users in the Stalls. Please let us know at the time of booking if you need one. When you arrive at the theatre, please let us know you are here. You will be escorted to the Webber Street side of the building where there is ramped access leading directly into the Stalls.

We can take you into the auditorium up to 30 minutes before the start of the performance and we will accommodate any special requirements where we can.

There is an accessible toilet close to this entrance.

I have hearing sensitivities do you have ear defenders?

We do not provide ear defenders but these performances can get noisy in the audience. So if you have particular sensitivities to noises you might want to bring your own ear defenders. You are also welcome to move around the auditorium to find a quieter area

Will there be a visual story?

We will send out a Visual Story which includes images of the building, staff and characters, as well as a synopsis for the show and anything else that will help you prepare for your visit.

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