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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 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.

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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Map & Directions

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TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    228
  • Very Good
    83
  • Average
    22
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    4

Recent Reviews:

  • mairi_ok
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Lovely old theatre, lift not working- a challenge for some
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 12th February 2019
    Very atmospheric, good food and bar. Perch seats unusual but OK. Bit over zealous stewardship of seats! Read full review
  • RCS87
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Attractive venue
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th February 2019
    Good venue for a comedy gig. Good sightlines from the stalls, convenient location, interesting building with history and character. Read full review
  • Birdioso
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Advertised show not on 😒
    2 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th February 2019
    Really disappointed... came to Bristol to spend a couple of days getting to know the city better with my daughter who had an interview at UWE. Planned so much to do, visited some lovely cafes, the... Read full review
King Street
Old City
Bristol
BS1 4ED

Tel: +44 (0)117 987 7877

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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