The Old Vic Has Closed, Postpones All Upcoming Productions

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Old Vic closure

The Old Vic has taken the decision to close its doors.

With much of the West End brought the curtain down on Monday night, The Old Vic was one of the few theatres left standing today (although they took a swift decision to cancel the remaining two weeks of the Daniel Radcliffe-led Endgame). Now, however, they’ve decided in the best interests of public health and safety to close their doors for the first time since World War II, effective immediately. (Featured image: @oldvictheatre)

Since Endgame had already been confirmed to close, the major impact this decision has falls upon their upcoming production of 4000 Miles, which is set to be the London stage debut of one Timothée Chalamet. That production has now been delayed indefinitely, although any tickets already purchased will be valid for the new performance dates.

The Old Vic’s closure, however, comes with a plea for help. Since the theatre is a charity, it’s not funded by the Arts Council, and therefore relies heavily on ticket sales to keep things running. With performances disrupted for the foreseeable future, they’re asking you – the good people of London – for donations or membership sign-ups to help support this bastion of British theatre.

I know times are tough, but if you love the arts and have the means, your support would be hugely welcomed. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the words of the theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Warchus: “Let’s all focus on coming through this separation with our togetherness intact. Even strengthened. Take care of yourselves and each other. Be creative. There’s going to be some great theatre on the other side.”

Also published on Medium.