Hidden beneath Waterloo Station lies a labyrinth of mystical railway arches, now known as The Old Vic Tunnels. The Old Vic acquired the lease for this unique performance space from BRB (Residuary), formerly British Rail, in February 2010. It has since been home to an exciting plethora of art, music and theatre events.
So far this year we’ve welcomed the superb Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, the legendary New York Dolls, a screening of The Battle of Algiers from Secret Cinema, an orchestral masterpiece from the London Contemporary Orchestra, SlapBash and London’s best comedy talent performing at The Screening Room Society. We’ve had the Coming Up Later festival – a late night extravaganza showcasing some of the best young talent around. Boom Boom Club transformed the tunnels with 6 sell out performances of decadent underground cabaret and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain performed their summer season including Our Days of Rage and Orpheus & Eurydice. In May 2010 The Old Vic Tunnels was awarded with a Big Society Award from Number 10 and we have recently started an underground artist’s programme supporting creative young talent across the capital.