Continuing Bennetts Associates’ work at The Old Vic in an association that stretches back to 2012, the project is the first major phase to be undertaken as part of a wider redevelopment of the 200 year old theatre. The transformation aims to create more welcoming environment for patrons and safe-guard the long-term future of this historic theatre.
The scheme improved accessibility and the much maligned WC provision in a complete transformation of front of house spaces. A new main entrance from Waterloo Road with new stair and lift serving the basement and ground floor was inserted into the Grade II* listed theatre by relocating the rear wall of the auditorium. This created a more spacious foyer and box office that is accessible for the first time, in addition to providing new wheelchair access into the re-raked stalls. Working with Interior Designer Rebecca Richwhite, the new bar spaces and WCs revitalise the front of house experience and create an all-day destination. Carefully selected materials explore texture and colour through the use of tactile elements such as Clayworks textured wall and ceiling finishes and exposed mild steel, along with theatrical touches by Old Vic Associate Artist Rob Howell and Lighting Designer Hugh Vanstone.