The Old Vic

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Old Vic, The Cut, Waterloo Road, Waterloo
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Opening hours:
Box office (in person): 10 AM to 7.30 PM (Mon–Sat); Box office (by phone): 9 AM to 10 PM (Mon–Sat); 10 AM to 8 PM (Sun)
Visiting hours are subject to change

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The Old Vic Theatre started life in 1818 as the Royal Coburg in 1818, before changing its name to the Royal Victorian Theatre – in honour of the fifteen-year-old Princess.

In 1880 it was taken over by Emma Cons, who redesigned the interior and changed its name to the Royal Victoria Coffee Music Hall. But the convoluted title simply hastened the adoption of its nickname, which still survives today – The Old Vic.

The Old Vic Company

The Old Vic Company was established in 1929 by Sir John Gielgud, and most of the 20th-century greats followed him on stage. Some of the famous names to tread his boards include Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson.

In 1963 The Old Vic company was disbanded and replaced with the National Theatre, until it moved away to the Southbank Centre.

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  • josh – “A great theatre with very nice and comfortable seats. My only criticism, which isn't really a criticism at all because it's not something that can be helped, is its location. Whilst the building itself is lovely, the surrounding area is definitely not. It's on the wrong side of the river for a start. It does seem like a night out at the theatre for me unless its in the west end.”

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If you enjoy this then try: Donmar Warehouse (walk it in 24 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Covent Garden); Globe Theatre (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Southwark); National Theatre (you can walk it 10 mins) and Trafalgar Studios (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Charing Cross).

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