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The Old Vic

The Cut, LONDON, SE1 8NB
0844 871 7628
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Transport

The Old Vic is on the junction of Waterloo Road and The Cut. Waterloo is the closest railway and tube station – leave by EXIT 2.

Cafe

PENNY – Relaxed all-day artisan café and late night bar located in the basement of The Old Vic, serving up Workshop Coffee, unique drinks and seasonal dishes from the best London suppliers. Opening hours: Mon–Wed 8am–1am; Thu–Fri 8am–2am; Sat 10am–2am, Kitchen hours: 8am–7.30pm

Bar

MARK’S BAR – A unique collaboration with Mark Hix to bring a late-night drinking cocktail bar to Waterloo. Serving delicious cocktails, craft beers and a selection of wines, this is the perfect place to relax post-show. Thu–Sat post-show until 2am

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.oldvictheatre.com/your-visit/access

The Old Vic is a London theatre, located just around the corner from Waterloo station between The Cut and Waterloo Road in Lambeth. It’s considered one of the capital’s most prestigious theatre venues.

The theatre was initially founded in 1818 by theatre managers James King and Daniel Dunn, and royal painter John Thomas Serres, who managed to get permission from Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg to name it the Royal Coburg Theatre. The venue was deemed as a minor theatre and was only allowed to present non-serious genres. However, as the 1800s progressed, so did the rulings about major and minor theatres which led to the Royal Victoria Theatre (as it was known by that time) to be free to present a number of styles of theatre.

The Old Vic Company was established in 1929 by Sir John Gielgud and was forced to tour the country and use temporary venues when The Old Vic building was damaged during the Second World War. It remained an independent company until 1963 when it joined the National Theatre group. In 1985, it was majorly refurbished by Canadian businessman Ed Mirvish, who had Jonathan Miller and Sir Peter Hall as artistic directors under his time as owner.

In recent years, The Old Vic has been managed by a trust and has presented many critically and financially successful shows. In 2017, the theatre celebrated its impressive 200th anniversary.

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