Sir Derek Jacobi on The Old Vic Theatre

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The Old Vic Theatre

The Old Vic is one of the best known and best loved theatres in the world, synonymous with the greatest acting talent that Britain has ever produced, from Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, and Peter O’Toole.

This iconic 192-year-old building, standing within a short walking distance from Waterloo Station, has a rich history of great performances, and The Old Vic Theatre Company under the artistic leadership of Kevin Spacey, continues to attract the best creative talent from the UK and all over the world to tread its famous boards.

Sir Derek Jacobi worked with VocalEyes Describer Roz Chalmers on the description of The Old Vic Theatre.

Sir Derek Jacobi CBE

Sir Derek Jacobi CBE

We at VocalEyes are proud to have Sir Derek Jacobi as our patron.

Called one of the finest actors of his generation, Derek Jacobi has earned a singular place in the affections of theatre goers both in Britain and America.

A Cambridge graduate, he first joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre before being invited by Laurence Olivier to be a founding member of the National Theatre.  He was a celebrated 'Hamlet', touring extensively with the play, and is also to be frequently found in London’s West End from his debut in Breaking the Code and Becket up to recent successes, Schiller’s Don Carlos, John Mortimer’s A Voyage Round my Father, and Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Film credits include The Day of the Jackal, Henry V, Dead Again, Up at the Villa, Gladiator, Gosford Park and Nanny McPhee.

On television he played Augusto Pinochet in Pinochet in Suburbia, and achieved a career dream playing a villain in Doctor Who.

Among his many awards are a BAFTA for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role as the Emperor Claudius in I, Claudius, a Tony Award for Much Ado About Nothing (Best Actor in a Play, 1985), Emmys for The Tenth Man (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special, 1988–9) and Frasier (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, 2001), and Evening Standard Awards for Little Dorrit (Best Film Actor, 1988) and Love is the Devil (1998).

He was made a CBE in 1985 and knighted in 1994.

Directions, Access and Additional Information

From Waterloo Station, exit on to Waterloo Road and cross over the pedestrian crossing in front of you.  Turn right and go along Waterloo Road.  Cross over at the Cut.  The Old Vic is in front of you and the accessible entrance is on the left-hand side of the building.

There are four steps from the street to the foyer and box office.  Handrails are available on either side of the entrance.

The theatre beyond the foyer is not open to the public except at performance times

There are regular audio described performances at The Old Vic Theatre which can be found in the What's On section of this website or by checking The Old Vic Theatre website.

Parking – There is a Blue Badge parking bay available on Webber Street to the side of the theatre.

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Getting There


Waterloo Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee Lines


59, 68, 168, 17163, 100, 45, 1, 168, 68, 171, 172, 176, 188, 4, 26, 139, 59, 381 and RV1


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