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The Vault festival is a new three week arts festival in London, which showcases theatre, music and film. Held in the Old Vic Tunnels the festival takes place from 9th - 26th February.


2012 line-up, news and rumours

Highlights of the programme include :

  • The award winning Silent Opera: Rebooting La Boheme as silent disco meets live opera, with an incredible new recording of Puccini’s orchestral score.
  • Kindle Theatre's The Furies: Uniting theatre and live music, mixing rock, metal and soul, retelling the story of Clytemnestra, the ultimate tale of envy, rage and revenge.
  • The Exciting B-Movie Ball: An event that invites guests to "dress up as any character they want, and dance the night away to the kind of tunes normally reserved for a Tarantino film"
  • The Flicker Club Screening movies adapted from short stories and novels, with surprise celebrity guests reading and interviewing about the source before it screens (Past highlights include Steven Berkoff, Joan Collins, Bill Nighy and Sir Ian McKelle).

Specially for Vault, the flicker club teams up with Hammer films, showing the best of their thrilling films, including a special screening of The Woman In Black- starring Daniel Radcliffe.

For a full detailed list of the screenings and performances, click here.

It's important to note that all tickets for Thursdays and Sundays include entry to Baxter’s Basement- a fantastic madcap Cabaret event.


Proudly presented by Heritage arts, the event takes place in the historic underground labyrinth that is the Old Vic Tunnels.

A highly cultural event, "cinemaphiles" right down to those who have a general interest in theatre and associated entertainment, all have plenty to see.

The event aims to attract a "vibrant and hip audience", encouraging them to "embrace the arts in an innovative way"

Other Entertainment

As mentioned earlier, tickets bought for Thursday and Sunday performances include free admission to the Baxter's Basement cabaret.

On Fridays and Saturdays, Vault opens for the Lates, which involves " live music catering to all tastes and fancies where you can dance into the early hours."

On the 18th February there will be the annual B-Movie Ball curated by Kenton Halliday plus screens, live bands, dancers, DJs, magicians, tarot readings and, of course, champagne prizes for fancy dress.

On Site Information

ATM's The event is cash only, and it is important to withdraw your needed money before you enter the event, as there are no cash machines inside. There are plenty of cash machines at Waterloo station and surrounding areas.

Online Bookings Close at 5pm daily, or two hours before the event, whichever is earlier.

History and facts

2012 will be the launch year of the event, who have teamed up with the Heritage Art Company for the festival.

Founded in 2007 Heritage Arts Company works to "rouse the public imagination through both creating its own work and producing work by other artists."

Over their career their work has varied through music, theatre, installation art, radio, games and dance.

As well as creating their own projects, the company offers emerging artists their professional and commercial help.

The venue itself- The Old Vic Tunnels- were an amazing find, "derelict, industrial and gritty, but also magical"

Location and travel

Public Transport

The Old Vic Tunnels are located on Station Approach Road.

The nearest underground stations are:

  • Waterloo (Tube lines: Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee)
  • Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line)
  • Southwark (Jubilee Line)

Waterloo is also accessible via train with travel details available on the National Rail website.

In regards to bus and tube information, you can visit the Transport For London to find out how to travel from where ever in London you are based

By Air

If you are visiting for a prolonged period from abroad, the closest airport by distance is London Heathrow, which also has it's own tube.

You can also arrive via Gatwick and get the train into London, and then travel from your accommodation.


This is a non camping event, but London has a wealth of different priced hotels, hostels and B&B's to stay at.

Tickets and contact details

Tickets can be purchased via the main website or on the Old Vic Tunnels website.

Ticket prices vary from event to event, as does age limits, so it's best to research using the main website.