Bristol Old Vic Theatre

King Street, Old City, Bristol, BS1 4ED

Tel: +44 (0)117 987 7877

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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. Come on in.


A multi-million-pound redevelopment project recently created a new fully accessible front of house boasting a Bar & Café, alongside a new interactive heritage offering and a brand-new Studio Theatre. It also provided state-of-the-art rehearsal rooms and, in the auditorium, a dramatically extended forestage and precision engineered sightlines offer audiences an even more intimate theatrical experience.

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

  • Free companion tickets

    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.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)



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    • garyt378
      St. Albans, United Kingdom
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      Nice intro to Bristol
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 12th March 2023
      Good atmosphere, tremendous mix of new and old, good beer (left handed giants) and friendly staff. Good introduction to Bristol. Read full review
    • Voyage02267573223
      London, United Kingdom
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      Solo travel
      Good for theatre enthusiasts
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 1st November 2023
      The Old Vic is a must-visit for anyone interested in theatre. The theatre is beautiful and historic, and the productions are always top-notch. I highly recommend attending a performance at the Old... Read full review
    • richardwQ5642TA
      Clifton, United Kingdom
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      Pie and pint!
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 3rd November 2023
      It was a cold and bulstery mid autumn afternoon; a sign that said pieminister pies caught my eye and soon enough i had a warming and hot cheering pie (beef and stilton) and pint (clear head - it was... Read full review

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    Thursday, 23rd November 2023 - Saturday, 6th January 2024

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