Sea Wall

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Andrew Scott reprises his role in the critically-acclaimed short play Sea Wall, written for Scott by Simon Stephens. Playing as part of the Old Vic 200th anniversary celebrations, the pertinent production discusses the topics of family and fear, and runs at the London venue for a strictly limited two-week season.
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Booking from 20 June 2018 until 30 June 2018

A Monster Calls

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Acclaimed director Sally Cookson leads a creative new stage adaptation of Patrick Ness’s bestselling book A Monster Calls. Presented in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, the magical production plays at London’s Old Vic Theatre for a limited summer season. Based on the well-known novel, the story sees 13-year old Conor attempt to deal with grief, love and loss in equal measure.
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Booking from 12 July 2018 until 25 August 2018

Sylvia

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British director and choreographer Kate Prince teams up with acclaimed author Priya Parmar to present a brand new musical based on the iconic Suffragette movement. Celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, the electrifying production combines dance and hip hop with one of the biggest events in British history. Running for a strictly limited season, Sylvia plays as part of the theatre’s new season of works.
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Booking from 5 September 2018 until 22 September 2018

A Christmas Carol

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Jack Thorne’s magical, big-hearted adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol returns to the Old Vic Theatre for a festive run after a sold-out season in 2017. On a cold, bitter Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who force him to confront the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Scrooge turn things around before it’s too late? Directed by Matthew Warchus, the uplifting tale plays a limited season.
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Booking from 1 December 2018 until 19 January 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

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History

Originally named the Royal Coburg Theatre, then the Royal Victoria Hall, the venue finally became the Old Vic Theatre in the 1890's. First built in 1818, the theatre had an early affinity with Shakespeare, with theatre owner George Bolwell presenting six varying Shakespeare texts in six nights. Some 80 years later in 1912, new owner Lilian Baylis also heavily encouraged the Bard in the theatre's repertoire.

In 1929, the Old Vic Company was established, steered by prolific actor John Gielgud. Over the years, the company produced and performed their own work at the theatre, whilst Baylis was creating the early Sadler’s Wells dance company, rotating ballet and drama between both venues until dance finally relocated to Sadler's Wells in 1935.

After suffering bomb damage during the Second World War, the theatre was closed until 1950 and toured the UK instead. In the 1960's the Old Vic Theatre Company dissolved, with the National Theatre Company taking its place and performing at the venue between 1963 and 1976, when the National Theatre opened on South Bank. During this time, the company performed The Tempest (1974) and a fantastical production inspired by the Shakespeare text, entitled Midnight Mushrumps (1974).

Following the departure of the National Theatre Company, the Old Vic closed its doors for over ten years, reopening in 1985 and establishing its roots in classic drama and new writing. In 2011, acclaimed actor Kevin Spacey became the venue's artistic director, shooting the theatre onto the scene of the West End by guaranteeing continuous high-quality drama. Early productions in the first 2011 season included Terence Rattigan's Cause Celebre, directed by Thea Sharrock and starring Anne-Marie Duff, Shakespeare's Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, The Playboy of the Western World and Noises Off, directed by Lindsay Posner and starring Celia Imrie.

2012 saw Jamie Lloyd direct a production of The Duchess of Malfi, starring Eve Best, Democracy, Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, starring Sheridan Smith and a revival of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Stephen Mear. After a year of successful theatre, the Old Vic continued into 2013 with shows including Rattigan's The Winslow Boy, directed by Lindsay Posner, Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, starring Kim Catrall, Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Mark Rylance and starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, and Fortune's Fool.

After Much Ado was met with lukewarm reception, Spacey reverted back to serious dramas, including Other Desert Cities, Clarence Darrow, The Crucible and Electra, starring Kristin Scott Thomas in the title role. 2015 saw Spacey's last year at the venue, stepping down after presenting Tree, Clarence Darrow and musical High Society, directed by Maria Friedman.

Matthew Warchus took over as artistic director, featuring and directing productions such as Future Conditional, starring Rob Brydon, The Hairy Ape, starring Bertie Carvel, Dr Seuss's The Lorax, The Master Builder, starring Ralph Fiennes, The Caretaker, starring Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays and George Mackay, Jekyll and Hyde, by Drew McOnie and the ground-breaking new Tim Minchin musical Groundhog Day.

Warchus' 2017 season featured Beckett's No's Knife, with Lisa Dwan, Glenda Jackson in King Lear, Yasmina Reza's Art, starring Rufus Sewell, Tim Key and Paul Ritter, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire, Woyzeck in a new translation by Jack Thorne, starring John Boyega, Girl from the North Country, featuring music and lyrics by Bob Dylan and Dr Seuss's The Lorax. Rhys Ifans rounded off the season, starring in Jack Thorne's adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

2018 began with a London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's new play The Divide, followed by a brand new season that sees Penelope Wilton in Fanny & Alexander and Rhys Ifans in Mood Music, as well as new productions of A Monster Calls and Sylvia.

Past Shows

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Mood Music
(closed 16 Jun 2018)
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Fanny & Alexander
(closed 14 Apr 2018)
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The Divide Part 1
(closed 10 Feb 2018)

 
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The Divide Part 2
(closed 10 Feb 2018)
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A Christmas Carol
(closed 20 Jan 2018)
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Dr Seuss's The Lorax
(closed 4 Nov 2017)

 
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Girl From the North Country
(closed 7 Oct 2017)
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Woyzeck
(closed 24 Jun 2017)

 
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Art
(closed 18 Feb 2017)
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King Lear
(closed 3 Dec 2016)
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No's Knife
(closed 15 Oct 2016)