A guide to the iconic Old Vic Theatre


Address: The Cut, London SE1 8NB

The Old Vic Theatre is one of the most iconic symbols of London’s cultural heritage and remains one of the most popular venues for theatre lovers from far and wide.

Founded in 1818 by James King and Daniel Dunn, the venue was originally named the Royal Coburg Theatre, before taking on the guise of the Royal Victoria Hall in 1880.

Damaged in air raids during the Second World War, the grade II-listed building was reopened in 1951 as the Old Vic Theatre and has gone from strength to strength since, with award-winning production after production gracing its historic stage.

Old Vic TheatreSome standout productions have taken place at the Old Vic over the years, such as The Master Builder with Alan Bates and Waiting for Godot with Ben Kingsley, among others.

It is testament to the lasting popularity of theatre both in the UK and abroad that thousands of visitors continue to swarm to the Old Vic every year.

Indeed, the building itself is now not only an esteemed and renowned venue in which to watch some of the best actors and actresses performing their art to expectant audiences, the Old Vic is also a London landmark in its own right and a perfect place to visit for lovers of cultural.

Productions and admission

Current and upcoming productions being held at the Old Vic include The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill, which is open now until the end of November. Admission will cost from £12 for adult seats, with an additional transaction fee when booking online or by phone.

Dr Seuss’s The Lorax has been adapted for stage by David Greig and will be running until the middle of January 2016. Tickets will cost from £12, plus booking fees.

Meanwhile, The McOnie Company’s Jeckyll & Hyde will run for just over one week in May, with individuals now able to purchase advance tickets for the production from just £10, plus fees.

Shows are generally scheduled to take place each evening from 7.30 pm, with a number of matinee performances also available for those that would prefer to enjoy an afternoon at the theatre.

Updates on further upcoming productions can be found by visiting the Old Vic’s official website and looking for What’s On. Tickets can be purchased through the Old Vic Box Office, either online, over the phone or in person.

Parking options for Old Vic visitors

Drivers can make use of several nearby parking facilities when planning a trip to the Old Vic. Here are some of the best local places to park:

  • Hungerford Bridge Car Park (0.4 miles, nine minutes’ travel time on foot)
  • Cornwall Road Car Park (0.3 miles, six minutes)
  • Waterloo C Car Park (0.1 miles, two minutes)
  • Newington Causeway Car Park (0.8 miles, 15 minutes)

Anyone planning to drive during their time in London should remember that traffic volumes can be large, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours. Booking a parking space in advance is therefore recommended.

Underground options for the Old Vic

Visitors hoping to travel with ease during a visit to London might also like to make use of the city’s iconic Underground network. Several nearby Tube stations can be found in close proximity to the Old Vic, including:

  • Lambeth North (Bakerloo line)
  • Southwark (Jubilee line)
  • Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines)
  • Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines)
  • Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
  • Temple (Circle and District lines)
  • Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo and Northern lines)

Other nearby attractions

The Old Vic is just one of the many famous attractions that visitors to the busy English capital might like to explore, with a host of other fantastic sights to see and places to visit also available.

Some of the best nearby attractions that London visitors might like to enjoy during their stay include:

  • Coca-Cola London Eye (0.6 miles, 11 minutes’ travel time via public transport)
  • Westminster Abbey (0.9 miles, nine minutes)
  • Trafalgar Square (one mile, 11 minutes)
  • Palace of Westminster (0.9 miles, 12 minutes)
  • Buckingham Palace (1.5 miles, 16 minutes)
  • The National Gallery (one mile, ten minutes)
  • IWM (0.5 miles, six minutes)
  • Tate Britain (1.3 miles, 18 minutes)
  • London Transport Museum (0.9 miles, ten minutes)
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (1.4 miles, 11 minutes)