The Vaults is London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts. Our mission is to collaborate and conspire, embracing artists from all walks of life to come together and inspire others.
Set in a maze of disused railway arches under Waterloo station in London, we encourage those that have a natural affinity to the unusual, the daring and the unknown. We want talented artists from every vocation to mutate their art; to make stuff that is challenging, accessible and imaginative. We are unparalleled, we are unexpected and we are under your feet.
The Leake Street graffiti tunnel, founded by Banksy, is a public space where you can view the ever-changing work at any time. To visit our other tunnels, book a ticket via our What's On page.
The Vaults is London's home for immersive theatre, and we strive to continue to be so by supporting and co-producing with innovative immersive theatre makers; fusing together art forms and championing unsung voices, especially those of the LGBTQ+ community. We want to make immersive experiences for Everyone, and focus on big and current ideas told in outlandish, accessible and most of all, FUN, ways.
We seek to prove that sustainability promotes a business, not stifles it, and are always trying to green-up our act. See what we're doing HERE.
We are here to feed your curiosity and open your mind. Let The Vaults’ maze of underground tunnels swallow you whole.
***Notice due to COVID-19***
For 2021, and the foreseeable future, we have had to make changes to how we're working with artists.
This year, as a temporary measure, we will no longer be able to offer box office splits, or act as co-producers, in the use of our spaces. Sadly this is a direct reflection of being declined in our application to the Cultural Recovery Fund.
We're now accepting applications for all types of productions that fall in line with Our Aims. Drop us a line on email@example.com and we'll get back to you!
The Vaults receives external productions, as well as co-producing work and creating our own shows in-house. As an artist or producer of work, there are numerous ways you can get involved with The Vaults:
BOX OFFICE SPLIT
The Vaults wants to continue our work supporting innovative immersive theatre makers, fusing together art forms and promoting marginalised stories as part of the status quo. We have been really blooming lucky in the last few years to work with some amazing people, and we would like to continue to do so. So, we are adjusting the way we do hires of our theatre spaces - The Vaults Theatre and The Smiths Arch. We are still completely self funded, but we hope to be as invested in all the work that graces our grimy walls as the people who made it.
Rather than dry hire, we are now looking at being able to offer Box Office splits at 70/30 in favour of the guest companies, coming in line with the model offered during the Vault Festival.
We hope this will mean you can get to know us better as part of your creative process, have our support when it is needed and the energy to make the best work you can.
- We have eleven tunnels of varying sizes and aesthetics - and while we're not ruling out any of them - we are particularly focusing on our seated space for this new supportive model. It has permanent seating and a basic technical rig in at all times, making it more accessible for those starting out or experimenting.
- Please let us know more about your project, yourselves and what you’re planning - the more you can tell us about you and the show, the better. If you have made marketing materials, those are handy, as well as rough dates and length of run.
AS A CO-PRODUCER
In addition to this new Box Office split model, we also support our artists by co-producing work with them. These opportunities tend to be a little rarer with more specific guidelines for how this works. The same applies as above, please tell us as much as you can about you and the show. So if you fancy going a little bigger, and taking over more of the space, drop us a line about co-producing.
And lastly, if it's your preference to still operate under a dry hire model, all of our spaces are available in different guises throughout the year - if this is your vibe, we'd love to hear from you too!
If you have an idea, a full production or anything else you think would fit The Vaults, please read the info below and then get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
We're gushingly proud of everyone on this list, but also those in the background that have played such a huge part in all of these brilliant nods.
Nominated for Best Unique Venue - Hirespace awards, 2019
Theatre and Technology Finalist - People Who Need People, 2018, Vault Festival
Les Enfants Terribles and EBP's Alice's Adventures Underground, nominated for Olivier Award, Best Entertainment and Family
Off West End Nominations:
Best New Play - David Javerbaum - An Act of God, 2019
Best Female Performance - Zoe Lyons - An Act of God, 2019
Best Sound Design - Yvonne Gilbert - An Act of God, 2019
Best Lighting Design - Clancy Flynn - An Act of God, 2019
Best Female Performance in a Musical - Jeannette Bayardelle - Shida, 2019
Best New Musical - Shida, 2019
Best Director - Andy Sandberg - Shida, 2019
Best Female Performance for a Supporting Role in a Musical - Stacey Francis for Bare: A Pop Opera, 2019
TBC Award (for all productions that defy traditional categories) - An Evening of Meat, 2018
Best Sound Design - Sam West for Becoming Shades, 2018
Best Actor - Conor O’Kane for Miss Nightingale, 2017
Best Actor - Nicholas Coutu-Langmead for Miss Nightingale, 2017
Best Costume Designer - Sophia Simensky for King Kong (A Comedy), 2017
Best Set Designer - Simon Scullion for King Kong (A Comedy), 2017
Best Production - King Kong (A Comedy), 2017
Best Ensemble - King Kong (A Comedy), 2017
Best Choreographer - Hair The Musical, 2016
Best Musical Director - Hair The Musical, 2016
Best Musical Production - Hair The Musical, 2016
Winner of Business of The Year, Lambeth 2014
Winner of Start up of The Year, Lambeth 2014
Nominated for Timeout LoveLondon Awards 2014 - People's Choice for The Vaults Gallery
Nominated for Best Start Up, National Business Awards 2015
Nominated for Best Events Venue, Events Awards 2015
Nominated for Best Sport Pop Up, MatchPint Sports Pub Awards 2016
Vaulty Towers Awards:
Best Event Venue, Hospitality Awards - Vaulty Towers, 2018
Runner up for Most Loved Bar, or Pub, Time Out Love London Awards - Vaulty Towers, 2018