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.
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Building on the success of King Lear in 2016, Julius Caesar will bring together theatre legends Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh with the stars of tomorrow from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for a contemporary production of Shakespeare's most famous political...Shakespeare Until Saturday July 1 2017
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Cornish King Mark falls head over heels in love with his sworn enemy's sister in Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy's drama of forbidden desires, adapted and directed by Emma Rice for Kneehigh Theatre using comedy, live music and tender truths.Tuesday July 4 2017 - Saturday July 15 2017