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Bristol Old Vic

King Street, Bristol. BS1 4ED • (0117) 987 7877
Bristol Old Vic
Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic is a theatre company based at the Theatre Royal, the longest continuously-running theatre in the UK. Following a recent £12 million redevelopment project to make it one of the most modern theatres in the UK, it still keeps the charm of the original to give audiences an intimate theatrical experience.

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The main frontage is that of Coopers' Hall from 1744, the interior of which was completely rebuilt in 1971 to form the foyer of the Bristol Old Vic. The Theatre Royal itself is set back off King Street and to the left of Coopers' Hall. In the 1971/72 rebuild, the 1903 entrance building was sadly demolished and, more controversially, the stage area of the 1766 theatre. A drab brick frontage completely out of keeping with the rest of the street was built. In 2018 a major refrurbishment brought a new frontage to King Street with a new entrance foyer for the Theatre Royal.

The theatre is 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.


Bar, Food Available.

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

See the website for performance times and ticket prices.


Advance booking recommended.


Located in the city centre close to Queen Square.

Getting There:

National Rail Bristol Temple Meads railway station: 15 minutes walk.


Parking available nearby - payment required.

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Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol. BS1 4ED • (0117) 987 7877

Last Updated Monday 21 March 2022

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