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Bristol Old Vic Theatre

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre



Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. Under Artistic Director Tom Morris, the historic playhouse aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions, both at home and on tour, whilst nurturing the next generation of artists, whether that be through their 350-strong Young Company, their many outreach and education projects or their trailblazing artist development programme, Bristol Ferment.

They use their funding 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.

Since 2016, while the theatre continues to present work, it has simultaneously been undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment project to transform its front of house space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol to enjoy, create a new studio theatre and open up its unique theatrical heritage to the public for the first time. The project is due to be completed in autumn 2018.



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  • Sally T
    Wilmington, United Kingdom
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    Amazing little gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 8th December 2017
    This is apparently the oldest theatre in the UK. Once inside you can imagine what it looked like when it was built as it has been very sympathetically restored. There was still some work going on... Read full review
  • Tim S
    Romsey, United Kingdom
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    Just magic…
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th November 2017
    …as you might expect from Britain’s oldest working theatre. The Bristol Old Vic doesn’t disappoint. The auditorium has an intimacy, coupled with that strange feeling that something is about to... Read full review
  • Brenda A
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
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    Solo travel
    Feel part of history
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 20th November 2017
    I loved the sense of being in touch with past theatre goers through the layers of paint visible on the walls and supports. Unusual to have the dress circle seats almost on the same level as the... Read full review
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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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Thursday, 30th November 2017 - Sunday, 14th January 2018

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Monday, 18th December 2017 - Monday, 18th December 2017

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Thursday, 1st March 2018 - Saturday, 7th April 2018

The Cherry Orchard at Bristol Old Vic
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Thursday, 10th May 2018 - Sunday, 20th May 2018

Mayfest at Bristol Old Vic
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Thursday, 31st May 2018 - Saturday, 16th June 2018

A Monster Calls at Bristol Old Vic
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Saturday, 8th September 2018 - Saturday, 29th September 2018

Touching the Void at Bristol Old Vic
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Thursday, 11th October 2018 - Thursday, 11th October 2018

The Meaning of Zong - A Workshop Performance at Bristol Old Vic
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Thursday, 29th November 2018 - Sunday, 13th January 2019

A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic
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Wednesday, 17th October 2018 - Saturday, 10th November 2018

Twelfth Night at Bristol Old Vic
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Friday, 1st December 2017 - Sunday, 7th January 2018

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