The Old Vic is one of the best known and best loved theatres in the world, synonymous with the greatest acting talent that Britain has ever produced, from Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, and Peter O’Toole.
This iconic 192-year-old building, standing within a short walking distance from Waterloo Station, has a rich history of great performances, and The Old Vic Theatre Company under the artistic leadership of Kevin Spacey, continues to attract the best creative talent from the UK and all over the world to tread its famous boards.
Sir Derek Jacobi worked with VocalEyes Describer Roz Chalmers on the description of The Old Vic Theatre for London Beyond Sight (2012).
Directions, access and additional information
Tube: Waterloo – Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee Lines
Bus: 59, 68, 168, 17163, 100, 45, 1, 168, 68, 171, 172, 176, 188, 4, 26, 139, 59, 381 and RV1
Train: Waterloo, Waterloo East
From Waterloo Station, exit on to Waterloo Road and cross over the pedestrian crossing in front of you. Turn right and go along Waterloo Road. Cross over at the Cut. The Old Vic is in front of you and the accessible entrance is on the left-hand side of the building.
There are four steps from the street into the foyer and Box Office. Handrails are available on either side of the entrance. From the foyer there are three steps into the Stalls (without handrails). There are 29 steps to the Dress Circle and a further 20 steps to the Upper Circle. Regrettably there is no step-free access to the foyer, Box Office or bars. Please contact a member of staff if you require any assistance during your visit.
If you have an assistance dog that you would like to bring into the auditorium, please let the Box Office know when booking and we will offer an aisle seat if available. We will also advise you of any special effects in the production that might affect your dog’s comfort. If you prefer, our front-of-house staff will be happy to take care of your dog during the performance.
For booking, information and help, please contact our accessible booking team on 0844 871 7628. To ensure the best choice of seats, we advise you to book in advance. We can send you tickets before the performance. Concessions are available for disabled patrons – please ask for details when booking and mention if you require a particular seat.
FACILITIES FOR BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED PATRONS
Please mention your requirements when booking and we will do our best to ensure you have appropriate seats. Early booking is strongly advised. When booking audio-described performances, please advise the Box Office whether you will be attending the touch tour beforehand.
There are two spaces for wheelchair users in the Stalls. Please inform Box Office at the time of booking if you require one. When you arrive at the theatre, please make yourself known to a member of the front-of-house team (the main entrance is staffed from at least one hour before the performance). You will be escorted to the Webber Street side of the building where there is ramped access leading directly into the Stalls. Entry to the auditorium is not possible until approximately 30 minutes before the start of the performance. There is an accessible toilet close to this entrance. For information regarding parking in the area please contact Lambeth Council.
There are regular audio described performances at The Old Vic Theatre which can be found in the What’s On section of this website or by checking The Old Vic Theatre website.
Parking – There is a Blue Badge parking bay available on Webber Street to the side of the theatre.