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Bristol Old Vic Theatre

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre


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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Recent Reviews:

  • DougieFowler
    Thornbury, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A fantastic reopening party
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 26th September 2018
    I was lucky enough to be a ballot winner and attend the grand reopening party when the new extension was unveiled. The whole place is now coordinated and an splendid example of how architects can... Read full review
  • 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:
    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
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Old City

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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