What you need to know about Young Vic:
Young Vic is one of London’s most popular and well-regarded theatres. The venue has three performance spaces and a busy bar/café. The Main House seats 420. The Maria studio seats 150. The Clare studio seats 70. The majority of its shows are in-house productions, and normally high quality dramas. Young Vic productions frequently transfer to the West End and other major venues.
The Young Vic company began its life in 1946. It was connected to The Old Vic and specialised in theatre for children aged 9 – 15. This focus on work for young people lasted for only a brief period. The Young Vic’s life really began in 1969 when Frank Dunlop took over as founder-director of the venue. Dunlop oversaw the building of the Young Vic on The Cut. Built on a former Second World War bomb site, the building was temporary and intended to last around five years. It ended up staying until 2004.
David Lan joined the company in 2000 as Artistic Director. Lan’s time at the venue includes overseeing significant redevelopment work culminating in its reopening in 2006. His tenure is widely regarded as a great success, securing the Young Vic’s reputation as one of the best-loved and prestigious venues in London. In 2003, Lan won an Olivier Award for the whole of the Young Vic’s 2003 season.
In June 2017, Lan announced his plan to leave the post at the end of the year. At the time of writing, they have not appointed a successor.
Top facts about Young Vic:
- When Young Vic opened it aimed to be a “paperback” theatre. This means it aimed to provide high standard art to audiences at a low cost. It is an ethos that survives to this day.
- From 2004 – 6, Young Vic went on Walkabout while the theatre was rebuilt. It worked with 20 different British theatres and made 22 shows.
- One of Young Vic’s biggest hits of recent times was Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. Ivo van Hove directed the show, which transferred to the West End and Broadway.
- Other successes include winning the Olivier Award for Best Revival for their 2016 production of Yerma. The show’s lead Billie Piper also won the Olivier for Best Actress.
Key information about Young Vic
Tube: The closest tube station is Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo and City lines), which is approximately five minutes walk from the theatre. Alternatively, use Southwark (Jubilee line), which is also a five minute walk.
Train: The closest train stations are Waterloo and Waterloo East, which are both a five minute walk. Alternatively, London Bridge and Charing Cross are only one stop away on the tube.
Bus: Bus numbers 59, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 26, 76, N68, N171 and also X68 all travel along Waterloo Road to Waterloo Station. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
Parking: The nearest Pay & Display car parks are National Car Park Ltd on Upper Ground, Coin Street and Waterloo Station. Please note that Young Vic is in the congestion charge zone and there is extremely limited on-street parking available in the area.
Young Vic has its own Access For All commitment. The Cut bar/café and the foyer have level-floor entrances that are wide and open enough to manoeuvre a wheelchair through.
The building has lifts.
Accessible toilets are available.
Visitors can use the theatre’s infra-red amplification system. You can collect headsets from the front of house team on arrival. However, it’s best to let the box office know in advance so they can make sure there is one available. The box office also provides an induction loop service.
To discuss all access requirements please email the welcome team at [email protected] or phone 0207 922 2922 (Textphone 18001 020 7922 2922).
Young Vic offers a variety of discounts and concessionary tickets to those with disabilities. These are often for Wednesday matinees and are not available on the website. Please contact the box office directly.
Young Vic runs audio-described, captioned and relaxed performances.
Extra: Young Vic also runs ‘babes in arms’ performances. Visitors can bring babies younger than 18 months into the auditorium at these performances and be assured of a welcoming atmosphere. The lights stay up throughout the performance and you’ll be welcome to move about or come and go as needed. They also provide spaces to park buggies, plus milk-warming and changing facilities.
Young Vic has a bar, café and restaurant called The Cut. With outdoor and indoor seating (plus a nice balcony/terrace upstairs), it’s a great place to stop off even when you’re not seeing a performance.
They offer lunch and dinner menus including tapas, and specialise in organic and seasonal produce. If you happen to be around in the morning, they also serve breakfast including fresh-out-the-oven muffins, smoked salmon and a Full English.