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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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TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    229
  • Very Good
    84
  • Average
    23
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    4

Recent Reviews:

  • CalBristol
    Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    The theatre auditorium is still stunning but the new foyer . .?
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 23rd February 2019
    Visited the Theatre Royal a couple of nights ago to see Sir Ian McKellen - what a brilliant actor and raconteur he was, a most enjoyable evening. I also inspected the new foyer which was somewhat... Read full review
  • Departure670597
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Great
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 2nd March 2019
    Great theatre with great shows, nice bar, was served by Nathan who was lovely and made great cocktails for us all! Lovely place for a great night. Read full review
  • mealtimehost
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Pancake for pancake day
    3 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 5th March 2019
    The restaurant is in the theatre with nice spacious environment and relaxing vibe. The staff are friendly and helpful. I just came for the pancake on pancake day. It tastes ok and the price is a good... 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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