Young Vic Theatre Facade

Young Vic Theatre Facade

Young Vic Theatre  Interior

Young Vic Theatre Interior


The Young Vic is a theatre on the Cut, located near the South Bank, in the London Borough of Lambeth. David Lan has been the theatre's artistic director since 2000. Its philosophy is to "produce great plays for great audiences now and in the future".

In the period after World War II, a Young Vic Company was formed in 1946 by director George Devine as an offshoot of the Old Vic Theatre School for the purpose of performing classic plays for audiences aged nine to fifteen.

This was discontinued in 1948 when Devine and the entire faculty resigned from the Old Vic, but in 1969 Frank Dunlop became founder-director of The Young Vic theatre with his free adaptation of Molière's The Cheats of Scapin, presented at the new venue as a National Theatre production, opening on 11 September 1970 and starring Jim Dale in the title role with designs by Carl Toms (decor) and Maria Bjornson (costumes). Initially part of the National Theatre, the Young Vic Theatre became an independent body in 1974.

In the words of Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theatre: "Here we think to develop plays for young audiences, an experimental workshop for authors, actors and producers." The aim was to create an accessible theatre which offered high quality at low cost in an informal environment. The aim was to appeal to young audiences, but this time not specifically to children.

Frank Dunlop completed creation of the theatre venue in 1970, a breeze-block building on The Cut constructed out of a former butcher's shop and an adjacent bomb-site. It was intended to last for five years, but has become permanent. The auditorium, with a thrust stage, has a capacity of 420. The configuration can vary depending on the needs of each production.

In addition to the Young Vic's main house, there are now two smaller theatre spaces. The Maria, named after theatre designer Maria Bjornson, is the larger of the two with a capacity of 150. The Clare, named after the former artistic director of the Sheffield Crucible, Clare Venables, seats 70. Like the main house, both smaller theatres have flexible seating configurations which can be arranged to suit the production design. In the two smaller auditoriums seating is unreserved, with the actors performing in close proximity to the audience.

The Young Vic primarily performs classic plays, but often in innovative productions. Many well-known actors have worked at the Young Vic including Ian Charleson, who made his memorable professional debut with the Young Vic 1972–74, and who played Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger and Hamlet in the first revival of Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in 1973. Others include Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Timothy Dalton, Robert Lindsay, Willard White, John Malkovich, Michael Sheen and Arthur Lowe.

Quintessential rock band The Who held free, weekly concerts at the Young Vic in early 1971 in order to rehearse what would become their masterpiece album, Who's Next. One of these shows was released on the Deluxe edition of this album.

A memorial at the theatre's south-east corner commemorates the 54 people killed in 1941 while sheltering in the cellars of the former building on the site, during the Blitz. In 1982 the theatre hosted a Poetry Olympics, where comedian Pat Condell took part.

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Venue Access Information.

The Young Vic is committed to making your visit as enjoyable as possible. They aim to cater for every audience member's needs. If you're coming to see a show and have specific access requirements, please contact them in advance so that they can make your visit as enjoyable as possible. For more information please call them on 020 7922 2922 (Textphone 18001 020 7922 2922). If you'd like to keep up to date with all their access news via email, join their access community.

About audio description. Audio description is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production. It is delivered in-between dialogue on stage and is picked up by an easy-to-use headset. Please let them know when you book if you want to take advantage of audio description. Forthcoming audio described performances:

  • The Inheritance Part 1 | 30 April 7.15pm 2018.
  • The Inheritance Part 2 | 1 May 7.15pm 2018.
  • Fun Home | 27 July 7.30pm 2018.
  • About captioning. Captioning converts the spoken word, song, sound effects and offstage noises into text that provides people with hearing loss access to live performance. Please let them know when you book if you want to take advantage of captioning. Forthcoming captioned performances:

  • The Inheritance Part 1 | 23 April 7.15pm 2018.
  • The Inheritance Part 2 | 24 April 7.15pm 2018.
  • Fun Home | 19 July 7.30pm 2018.
  • Captioning supported by See A Voice.
  • About speech-to-text transcription (STT). STT is similar to live subtitles. A highly-trained professional uses a specially designed phonetic keyboard and software to transcribe the actors’ words verbatim. The text will appear on the caption unit slightly after it is spoken.

    Guide dogs. Guide dogs are always welcome at the Young Vic, if you are planning a visit please let them know which performance you will be attending and they will be happy to look after your dog during the show – you can telephone them on 020 7922 2922 or email the box office at

    About Relaxed Performances. Relaxed Performances welcome people with learning disabilities and/or sensory and communication impairments. During the show, audience members should feel comfortable making noise and moving around as and when they need to in a friendly environment.

    About Safe Space Performances. All Young Vic performances are open to everyone but the safe space performances are designed especially for people who would benefit from a more informal experience - they will ensure that you are able to come and go as you wish and that the auditorium is a welcoming space for you. Complimentary tickets are available for accompanying carer.

    Infrared amplification system. The Young Vic has an infrared amplification system for use by patrons during performances. Headsets can be collected from their Front of House team upon arrival at the theatre. Please let them know when you book if you want to take advantage of the system. The box office counter also has an induction loop service.

    Concessions. They offer a number of £10 tickets for every production for full time students and people aged 25 and under. This discount has a strictly limited availability, so booking in advance is recommended. You will be asked for proof of age or full-time student status when you collect your tickets.

    Almost all their shows sell out, with returns queues around the block for hits like Yerma and A Streetcar Named Desire. If you want to make sure you see their award-winning productions try their new Lucky Dip tickets for just £10! Buy your ticket in advance, and find out your seat number just ahead of the performance. You might get one of the best seats in the house, or a standing spot. At the Young Vic, they don’t sell restricted view – so wherever you are, you’re guaranteed great sightlines. There are a limited number of Lucky Dip tickets available. If they are available for your performance then they will appear on the ticket selection page when booking.

    60 and over. For people aged 60 and over, there are £15 tickets available for weekday matinees. You may be asked for proof of eligibility when you pick up your tickets.

    They offer a number of tickets for every performance for people with disabilities. They also offer a variety of discounts for people with access needs and people who receive Jobseeker's Allowance are entitled to discounted tickets on Wednesday matinees. These aren't currently available on their website, so please call them on 020 7922 2922 (Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm) for more details. If you have any access requirements, it's often best to let them know before the day of the performance so they can make your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. You can call them on the number above or e-mail them at to arrange this.

    Groups. Booking as a group at the Young Vic offers great benefits. Book in a group of 10 or more for a main run performance, and they will give you:

  • •A discount of 10% off seating zones A-C
  • •Only a 10% deposit required to secure your booking*
  • To book please call the Box Office on 0207 922 2922, Mon - Sat 10.00am to 6.00pm.
  • *Full payment due 30 days in advance.
  • Season Savers. Book for three shows in the same booking and save 20%! Offer excludes £10 tickets and preview performances.

    Young Vic Age Policy. They enjoy playing to as wide an audience as possible. Some of their shows might be unsuitable for younger children. To help you decide if a show is right for you and your family, look at the age guidelines on each show page. Babies and young children will not be admitted, except for certain family shows. If you bring a child under the age of 10 to an adult show they may not be able to let you in and your tickets may not be eligible for exchange. If you are unsure whether a show is suitable for your child, please speak to their Box Office team prior to booking by calling 020 7922 2922.

  • Age Guidelines.
  • The Brothers Size: General public 14+, schools Year 10+
  • The Inheritance: General public 14+, schools Year 10+
  • Winter: General public 14+, schools Year 10+
  • Fun Home: General public 14+, schools Year 10+
  • Doors to the theatre open between quarter and half an hour before the performance starts. Half an hour is plenty of time to collect tickets, get a programme, buy a drink and catch your breath - before they take it away again. If you arrive late then you may be asked to wait until a suitable break in the performance before you enter and sometimes you may not be able to enter at all. They only do this if it's necessary to avoid disrupting the production and it will be clearly stated on your ticket.

    Seating. The Young Vic gives theatre artists the freedom to create without barriers, so they have the most flexible auditorium in London. Seating will never be quite the same from one show to the next. In their Main House, reserved seating allows you to choose your own seat when booking - just click on the 'Book tickets' link on the individual show page. They operate an 'unreserved house' in The Maria and The Clare, which means that your ticket won't have a seat number on it and you can choose where to sit when you arrive. You'll find any extra seating information for each production in their What's on section.

    You'll find the Young Vic in the South Bank area of London, a short walk from the Tate Modern, the National Theatre and the River Thames. They are no more than five minutes from Waterloo, Waterloo East or Southwark stations. The nearest car parks are National Car Park Ltd on Upper Ground, Coin Street and Waterloo station. They are in London's congestion zone operating 7am-6pm Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays.


    Location : Young Vic Theatre, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ

    Transport: Rail : Waterloo (National Rail) then 5 minutes. Underground: Waterloo (Bakerloo Line, Jubilee Line, Northen Line) then 5 minutes. London Buses routes : 24, 29 and 176 stop close by.

    What's On

    Seating Plan: - see above

    Access Line : 020 7922 2922

    Tel: 020 7922 2922