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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- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good82
- katherine153Lancaster, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayFabulous TheatreMonday, 28th January 2019Only visited, didn't see a show. My drama group is performing here in a few months' time so we came to look round. Beautiful, intimate theatre despite seating over 500 people and fantastic to see... Read full review
- KarenKewPortishead, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesNice theatre but the foyer/bar is not user friendly.Thursday, 31st January 2019A matinee performance of Wise Children, arrived early planning to have coffee. At 1.30 not a seat available. Ordered coffee at the bar, then a long wait until our drinks appeared at the end of the... Read full review
- mairi_okEdinburgh, United KingdomLovely old theatre, lift not working- a challenge for someTuesday, 12th February 2019Very atmospheric, good food and bar. Perch seats unusual but OK. Bit over zealous stewardship of seats! Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 987 7877
|Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|