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

  • 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.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Sarah S
      Chepstow, United Kingdom
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      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 7th May 2022
      Blown away by the building! Ancient and modern sit comfortably cheek by jowl. Stunning reception space to eat and drink in too! Read full review
    • A J
      Swansea, United Kingdom
      Interesting place to visit and enjoy a coffee.
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 2nd June 2022
      Lovely member of staff who allowed us to have a good look around, enjoyed a coffee and filled roll. Would visit again Read full review
    • Blackth0rn
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Fascinating backstage tour
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 6th June 2022
      A fascinating backstage tour around this lovely old theatre. We were lucky enough to be the only people booked on it on this particular occasion, so it was like an exclusive tour just for us. Our... Read full review

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