Bristol Old Vic Theatre

King Street, Old City, Bristol, BS1 4ED

Tel: +44 (0)117 987 7877

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bristol Old Vic Theatre is temporarily closed. Please check directly on their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates. 

Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

Redevelopment

A multi-million-pound two-phase redevelopment project first provided state of the art rehearsal rooms, a dramatically extended forestage and precision engineered sightlines, giving audiences an even more intimate theatrical experience. The second phase is now complete: the new fully-accessible front of house boasts a bar and kitchen, open sun-up to curtain-down, alongside a new interactive heritage offering and a brand new Studio Theatre.

Bristol Old Vic's mission

The theatre’s mission is to create pioneering twenty-first century theatre in partnership with the people of their energetic city; inspired by the history and magical design of the most beautiful playhouse in the country. They are publicly funded by Arts Council England and Bristol City Council, using that investment to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to their programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it or be able to afford it and to keep their extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

 

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Special Offers

  • Bristol Old Vic – Companion ticket of disabled visitor free of charge

    The offer: People with disabilities requiring an accompanying person can request a free companion ticket at the time of booking

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Bristol Old Vic website.

    Offer link: Offers for carers

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2020
  • Excellent
    268
  • Very Good
    103
  • Average
    25
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    5

Recent Reviews:

  • Lizzieflint
    Thirsk, United Kingdom
    Brilliant play - Joanna Faustus
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 13th March 2020
    First visit to the Bristol Vic. Interesting building, riveting play with talented cast. The foyer cafe is a great venue even if you aren't seeing a performance. We found online booking... Read full review
  • BobandJosie
    Reading, United Kingdom
    Very Impressive
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th March 2020
    My wife had been to the Bristol Old Vic "many years ago" and wanted to see how it had changed. The entrance and bar area is very, very customer friendly. We saw "The 3 Musketeers" and throughly... Read full review
  • D9787KAcorinner
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Great experience during lockdown
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 15th April 2021
    We came here the first week of opening in April 2021. Lila served us, who had only been working there for 2 days. She was extremely good to us and made us feel very welcome so we enjoyed our time... Read full review

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