About The Old Vic Theatre

The Old Vic has a long and distinguished history and its story includes some of the most famous actors and artistic directors to have ever worked in the industry. Founded in 1818, the Theatre has witnessed a great deal and existed in various different incarnations. It was badly damaged during the Second World War and, after serious renovations, was declared a listed building upon reopening in 1951.


Though its recent past has been somewhat tumultuous, it is now enjoying a period of stability and critical acclaim. This has coincided with the arrival of Kevin Spacey as artistic Director in 2003 and the recent handover to Matthew Warchus in 2015, both of which have injected a new lease of life into one of the most prestigious theatres in the country.


Site Access

  • Attraction is only partially wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair hire is not available.
  • Scooter hire is not available
  • Walking frame hire not available
  • There is not a drop-off point by the entrance
  • All toilets are accessible
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • There are described guides
  • There is subtitled media
  • Induction loops are used throughout
  • There are concessionary prices




Very helpful staff but book in advance


My husband uses a wheelchair and when we visited the Old Vic we found the staff really helpful. I would recommend booking well in advance though as we found it difficult to get tickets on our preferred dates.


A theatre for the hard of hearing!

by Guy Abraham

I'm a little hard of hearing and don't often visit the theatre because of this. However, the Old Vic has done a fantastic job of making the theatre accessible and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the performance with the help of my neck loop.

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