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We want your experience at The Old Vic to be enchanting, magical and memorable however old or young you are. Whether it’s your first trip or you are a seasoned theatre explorer, we’re offering more and more productions and events for everyone to enjoy and spark the imagination.

Here’s some information on what’s coming up for families:

A Monster Calls - The Old Vic


‘Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?’

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to The Old Vic stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson (Peter Pan, National Theatre).

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye.

Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

On publication, A Monster Calls became a bestseller with children and adults alike with its dazzling insight into love, loss and healing.

Recommended for a young adult and adult audience

28 JUL

Get the summer holidays off to a roaring start with a morning of monstrous tales for the whole family. Authors and performers will read short stories from their own work and from their own favourite tales. Meet new friends and get reacquainted with old ones with a selection of stories about monsters of all shapes and sizes.

The line-up includes actor Sharon D Clarke (Holby City); poet Joseph Coelho (winner of the Children’s Poetry Award); children’s author Benji Davies (The Storm Whale) and star of stage and screen Glenda Jackson (King Lear, The Old Vic).

Recommended for ages 5+

Sylvia - The Old Vic

03–22 SEP

Votes for Women and a fractured family at a momentous hour in British history.

100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, Kate Prince combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement.

Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, SYLVIA is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.

Recommended for ages 10+

A Christmas Carol - The Old Vic

27 NOV–19 JAN


Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic with previews from 27 November, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story for everyone aged 8+.

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