A THEATRE has been blasted after axing male and female toilets and making them all gender neutral.
The Old Vic replaced traditional signs on the loos with pictures of cubicles or urinals.
The theatre doubled the number of cubicles from 12 to 24 but they are now all “self-selection” so men can use them as well as the 18 urinals.
Patrons are furious that the Old Vic, in Waterloo, South London, had launched a £100,000 fundraising bid for more women’s loos.
Luvvies including Joanna Lumley and Glenda Jackson even appeared in a video urging donations.
Mary Fernandez tweeted: “It’s possibly serious fraud.”
Nooshie West hit out: “The crowdfunded money was supposedly for ‘better female toilet provisions’ – yet another lie which discriminates against women and leaves them open to predators. Disgusting.”
Janice Turner, of the Centre for Women’s Justice, said: “This latest stupidity means men can use all the loos, but women only the ones which just have cubicles.”
Kate Varah, executive director at the Old Vic near Waterloo, South London, defended the refurbishment by stating: “We set out to make changes to The Old Vic that were reflective of the needs of today’s audiences and our local community.
“An accessible front of house, new lift, 10 auditorium wheelchair spaces, double the loo provision, an additional bar, and an ethically produced sustainable range of food and wine on offer, all feel like significant steps towards securing The Old Vic’s future as an artistic powerhouse and a vital civic resource.”
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The 1,067-capacity theatre now has 44 loos compared to 32 before the works.
They include two “roomier” toilets designed to accommodate pregnant women or those with young children.
Gender-neutral toilets in the UK have steadily increased in recent years.
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