Old Vic

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Old Vic

Centuries-old theatre that's host to some of the most exciting new productions in Bristol

The Bristol Old Vic was the city’s original speakeasy. Back in ye olde Georgian times, the Theatre Royal was built without the knowledge of the authorities. To enter, you had to knock on the front door of a certain Mr Foote on King Street, behind whose house was the hidden front door of the theatre.

Remarkably, within the next few years, the original 250-year-old fabric of the Old Vic will be permanently on display from King Street for the first time ever, as part of ambitious front of house redevelopment plans.

History means a lot here, but that doesn’t mean the theatre is stuck in the past – far from it. With Tom ‘War Horse’ Morris at the artistic helm, who arrived here from the National in 2009, the Old Vic has seen a creative renaissance. You’re as likely to see a challenging and experimental work-in-progress piece in the studio as a rip-roaring family friendly yarn in the main auditorium. And with a thriving, young company, the future of the Old Vic is in safe hands.

By: Betty James


Venue name: Old Vic
Address: Theatre Royal
King Street
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  • Ballet Saturday April 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017
  • Classical and opera Thursday April 6 2017 - Sunday April 9 2017
  • Musicals Tuesday April 11 2017 - Saturday April 22 2017
  • Shakespeare Tuesday April 25 2017 - Saturday April 29 2017
  • Drama Friday May 5 2017 - Monday May 22 2017
  • Wednesday May 31 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017
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