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Bristol Old Vic Theatre

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre

About

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.

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 nearly finished: a new fully-accessible front of house will boast a bar and kitchen, open sun-up to curtain-down, alongside a new interactive heritage offering and a brand new Studio Theatre.

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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TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    202
  • Very Good
    69
  • Average
    15
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    2

Recent Reviews:

  • Travellers1970
    Chicago, Illinois
    Modern but still a piece of Theatre History
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 6th August 2018
    Since we have family living is different part of the United Kingdom, when we visit Cornwall we always make a stop in Bristol of attend a performance at the Old Vic. We've never been disappointed with... Read full review
  • Ann_y21_12
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Wonderful historic theatre
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 22nd July 2018
    Staying in Bristol for a few days we decided to go to a performance at this beautiful old theatre. Yes they are doing a lot of work on it at the moment but don’t let this put you off. We saw a... Read full review
  • Ann L
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Great venue
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 5th July 2018
    Went to see a production of the Elephant Man at the Bristol old Vic - went 2 years ago when the works were there - these are still on-going - hopefully to finish some time soon? Entrance has moved... Read full review
King Street
Old City
Bristol
BS1 4ED

Tel: +44 (0)117 987 7877

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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