Young Vic

Theatre , Private theatres Southwark
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One of the world's most outward-looking and influential theatre

Founded back in the mists of time (well, 1970) as a sort of youth-orientated adjunct to the National Theatre (then located at the Old Vic), the Young Vic has grown in stature to the point of now being one of the most influential theatre in London, if not the world.

Long-term artistic director David Lan's programming is eclectic, with the two smaller studio spaces (the Clare and the Maria) often hosting new writing and experimental performances. But the heart of the Young Vic programming lies in leftfield productions of great classics, bringing auteur directors from across the globe in and pairing them with the cream of British acting talent. The Young Vic is arguably the closest Britain has to a 'directors' theatre' in a European mould, with the added bonus of big name actors eager to perform on its stage.

Tickets are very reasonably priced and there is a terrific outreach programme that offers free and subsidised tickets to schools and the local community: it's perhaps the only major theatre in London to boast a genuinely young and diverse audience.

It's also got extensive bar facilities on two levels, plus a menu centred on that ubiquitous London staple the burger. It's a lunchtime hub for workers in the Waterloo area, many of whom are only vaguely aware that they're dining in one of the greatest theatres in the world.

Venue name: Young Vic
Address: 66 The Cut
Transport: Tube/Rail: Waterloo
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  • Drama Thursday May 12 2016 - Saturday July 2 2016
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I like this theater, it consistently shows quite innovative shows. However the seating can be a bit uncomfortable. The bar is fun though!

Ioanna La

It has been some time but we really enjoyed ourselves at the bar of the young vic on a Friday night. Vibrant, nice atmosphere, yummy food, one of the most unique bars, definitely worth visiting! Going to the theatre to watch a play there is on my to-do list! And I'll surely visit the bar again afterwards.

Tom Bruce

Our reserved tickets magically turned into unreserved tickets upon our arrival, which wasn't super impressive. Then we were crammed into the side pens, like sheep about to be shorn, until everyone else had taken their places. When we were let in, however, the ushers pushed us into a spot dead centre and only five rows back - the illustrious £35 zone. We'd only paid £15 each. Result. 

The Young Vic is more of an edgy character than it's older brother, who is also named Vic and lives up the road. I tried to capture this edge with a post-play snap, but failed to match the edge of Philip Vile's photo, seen above. I'll put mine in anyway, for posterity. Hey, I'm not a professional, but I gave it a shot. 

Mira Vladimirova

Excellent cast, lively atmosphere, kind and helpful staff. The prices are low compared to other theatres in London, however, there are no student discounts which is a shame bearing in mind the audience is mainly young people.