Old Vic Theatre Seating Guide
The Old Vic Theatre has a rich history dating back to 1818 when it was first used as a playhouse. It became heavily associated with Lilian Baylis in the 1900s who turned the venue around by presenting Shakespeare plays and seasons of opera and ballet. After moving to Sadler's Wells Theatre in Angel, the venue went back to more traditional roots and suffered from bad bomb damage in the Second World War. Olivier's National Theatre Company used the building in the 1960s before the National Theatre was built on the same side of the river. Kevin Spacey is the current artistic director, and the venue thrives with its own company at the helm.
The building is versatile and changes for various productions, which have also included putting the auditorium in the round. The shape of the stage can be extended, as much of the auditorium is built in a horse shoe shape, giving side on views of the stage and interesting perspectives. Prices are usually very fair and differ depending on where you choose to sit.
Big Budget TipThe auditorium's shape means that the Dress Circle is quite far away from the stage, although is almost on a level with the action. The mid front Stalls section provides the best views, with the centre of M, N and P being a good distance away to take everything in and hot have to always be looking upwards.
Best Value TipUnder 26's can benefit from the theatre's fantastic £12.50 ticket policy for every show, where only proof of age is required at purchase. Failing that, tickets in the Lilian Baylis Upper Circle are extremely reasonable, and provide a fascinating angle to see any production. For sold out productions, standing and bench tickets are also available for under £10.
Shows at the Old Vic Theatre
This new production of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece is directed by Yael Farber and stars Richard Armitage. The powerful play tells the story of the Salem witch trials but can also be seen as an allegory for McCarthyism. The story centres on John Proctor and his battle to save his name against a back drop of growing hysteria and tragedy. This production is performed in the round.
The classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles is performed in a new version by Frank McGuinness starring Kristin Scott Thomas and directed by Ian Rickson. Electra and her long lost brother Orestes take revenge on their father’s murderers. This show will be performed in the round.