Bristol Old Vic Theatre

King Street, Old City, Bristol, BS1 4ED

Tel: +44 (0)117 987 7877

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From Monday 6 December, Bristol Old Vic will be introducing mandatory mask wearing for anyone visiting the theatre. This will apply to everyone unless under 12 years of age, medically exempt, or while eating and drinking. 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. 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

  • 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.

    Offers for carers - redeem this special offer immediately

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
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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    Recent Reviews:

    • rosalinev904
      Trip Type:
      Unique dining experience, brilliant service, delicious food.
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 24th July 2021
      Unique dining out experience at Cooper's Hall in Bristol Old Vic theatre. Perfect setting of updated dining area in historic atmospheric theatre. What made it even more special was the helpful and... Read full review
    • comfy2
      Hampshire, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      No way as good as Little French - room for improvement.
      3 of 5 stars
      Monday, 18th October 2021
      Came here for the food rather than a show. Lovely setting in a grand room with chandeliers. The food is from the great Little French team so expectations were high. There was a limited small menu of... Read full review
    • 793jol
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Woefully inadequate Covid safety measures.
      1 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 20th October 2021
      It’s a lovely theatre with excellent productions and as a prolific theatre attendee one that I would normally give a high score. However, the Covid precautions are woeful and I could see no effort... Read full review

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