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Bristol Old Vic

Step inside the theatre and look around you. The graceful curved balconies which cradle you also carry the memories and imaginings of Bristol audiences over the last 243 years.

Its amazing intimacy makes this theatre a truly magical space for telling stories. It’s no surprise that actors, writers and directors love to work here.

From the front of the stage it feels as if you can reach out and touch the audience with your hand.

And it belongs to you…

Forthcoming Events

The Magic Elves Presented by Bristol Old Vic 26 Nov 03 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £13
Concession Price: £7.50 | Under 2s go free

Tme_keyimage_webres_thumb A Bristol Old Vic production Music by Kid Carpet Written by Mike Akers Directed by Miranda Cromwell After the success of last year's Antarctica, the Bristol Old Vic Studio i...

Swallows and Amazons Presented by Bristol Old Vic 27 Nov 17 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £5-£30

Akiya_henry__titty_walker__in_swallows_and_amazons All aboard The Swallow! This Christmas, our much-loved family musical returns after a highly-acclaimed sell-out run in 2010, national tour and run in London's West End. Swal...

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil Presented by Bristol Old Vic Young Company 07 Jan 10 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £12
Concession Price: £8

Gigantic_beard_that_was_evil_-_illustration_stephen_collins_thumb Bristol Old Vic Young CompanyBased on the Graphic Novel by Stephen CollinsDirected by Stephanie Kempson"Beneath the skin of everything is something nobody can knowThe job of the...

FERMENT FORTNIGHT: JAN 2015 Presented by Bristol Ferment 19 Jan 31 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £5
Concession Price: £5

Ferment_fortnight_-_jan_2014_thumb Bristol Ferment is our artist development factory, a place where ideas are taken from seed to crop, where the first whiff of a storyline, a character, a place or poem, is coaxed...

SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL 2015: Victoria Wood celebrates Gloria Swanson Part of the Slapstick Festival 24 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15

Slapstick_web_carousel_thumb Slapstick Festival 2015 Seeing Double!: Celebrating comedy double acts at Bristol Old Vic We are delighted to be hosting eight unique comedy events as part of this year's Slap...

SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL 2015: Mel Smith & Griff Rhys Jones Part of the Slapstick Festival 24 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15

Slapstick_web_carousel_thumb Slapstick Festival 2015 Seeing Double!: Celebrating comedy double acts at Bristol Old Vic We are delighted to be hosting eight unique comedy events as part of this year's Slap...

SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL 2015: Stanshall Onscreen Part of the Slapstick Festival 24 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15

Slapstick_web_carousel_thumb Seeing Double!: Celebrating comedy double acts at Bristol Old Vic We are delighted to be hosting eight unique comedy events as part of this year's Slapstick Festival. From cla...

SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL 2015: Laurel & Hardy's Silent Goodies Part of the Slapstick Festival 24 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15

Slapstick_web_carousel_thumb Seeing Double!: Celebrating comedy double acts at Bristol Old Vic We are delighted to be hosting eight unique comedy events as part of this year's Slapstick Festival. From cla...

SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL 2015: Bring me Sunshine! The Unfettered Genius of Morecambe & Wise Part of the Slapstick Festival 25 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15

Slapstick_web_carousel_thumb Seeing Double!: Celebrating comedy double acts at Bristol Old Vic We are delighted to be hosting eight unique comedy events as part of this year's Slapstick Festival. From cla...

SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL 2015: Top Comedy Moments Part of the Slapstick Festival 25 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15

Slapstick_web_carousel_thumb Seeing Double!: Celebrating comedy double acts at Bristol Old Vic We are delighted to be hosting eight unique comedy events as part of this year's Slapstick Festival. From cla...

SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL 2015: Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer Part of the Slapstick Festival 25 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15

Slapstick_web_carousel_thumb Seeing Double!: Celebrating comedy double acts at Bristol Old Vic We are delighted to be hosting eight unique comedy events as part of this year's Slapstick Festival. From cla...

SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL 2015: Ginger Geezer: Celebrating the Life and Art of Viv Stanshall Part of the Slapstick Festival 25 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15

Slapstick_web_carousel_thumb Seeing Double!: Celebrating comedy double acts at Bristol Old Vic We are delighted to be hosting eight unique comedy events as part of this year's Slapstick Festival. From cla...

Ginger Geezer: Celebrating the Life and Art of Vivian Stanshall Starring Stephen Fry, Neil Innes and Mike Livesley 25 Jan

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £15.00

Viv_stanshall_for_bristol_thumb Stephen Fry, Neil Innes and Mike Livesley head a cast paying tribute to the lost comic genius of sometime Bristol resident Vivian Stanshall by bringing his gloriously eccentric&...

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill Presented by Bristol Old Vic and Lamplighter Drama 05 Feb 07 Mar

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £34 - £5

Fanny_hill_web_carousel_v2_thumb A Bristol Old Vic and Lamplighter Drama production Adapted for the stage by April de Angelis From the novel by John Cleland Starring Caroline Quentin Based on John Cleland's (i...

Light Presented by Theatre Ad Infinitum 12 Feb 14 Feb

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £12

Light_-_theatre_ad_infinitum_thumb Inspired by Edward Snowden's revelations and the ensuing debate on state surveillance, Theatre Ad Infinitum (Ballad of the Burning Star) conjures an Orwellian future where a tot...

Detective O and the Cold Case Caper 16 Feb 21 Feb

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £12
Concession Price: £7

Detective_o_and_the_cold_case_caper_thumb Calling all rookie detectives! Can you help us find a missing person?Are you good at following clues and helping solve mysterious crimes? Have you ever found a lost sock, a misp...

The Heresy of Love Presented by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 06 Mar 14 Mar

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £15
Concession Price: £10

The_heresy_of_love_-_bristol_old_vic_theatre_school_thumb Presented by Bristol Old Vic Theatre SchoolWritten by Helen EdmundsonDirected by Jenny StephensA story of ambition, desire, jealousy and betrayal, The Heresy of Love was premier...

The Absense of War Presented by Headlong 10 Mar 14 Mar

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £27.50-£10
Concession Price: see website

The_absence_of_war_-_headlong_thumb Presented by Headlong, Rose Theatre Kingston and Sheffield TheatresWritten by David HareDirected by Jeremy HerrinIt's now or never for George Jones. The charismatic leader of th...

Ablutions Presented by FellSwoop Theatre 18 Mar 20 Mar

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £12
Concession Price: £8

Picture yourself as a bartender, sipping top-shelf whiskey and watching your customers descend into nightly oblivion. Your heart is broken by the world around you and, leaving t...

John Shuttleworth: A Wee Ken To Remember Presented by The Comedy Box and Bristol Old Vic 19 Mar

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £16.50

John_shuttleworth_carousel_thumb Versatile singer/organist, John Shuttleworth, wants to share fond memories of his favourite past weekends. However, a typo on the poster means John is obliged to spend the eve...

Mass Presented by Bristol Ferment 30 Mar 02 Apr

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £12
Concession Price: £8

Mass_-_amy_mason_thumb Presented by Bristol Old Vic FermentWritten and performed by Amy MasonWhen the bus Amy Mason was travelling on ran two people over she found herself praying for the first time i...

Room on the Broom Presented by Tall Stories 31 Mar 02 Apr

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £12.50
Concession Price: Family ticket £45 (plus booking fee) - 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children

Room_on_the_broom_-_tall_stories_thumb A Tall Stories productionBased on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson & Axel SchefflerTall Stories' magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donal...

Young Company Spring Show Presented by Bristol Old Vic Young Company 15 Apr 18 Apr

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: £12
Concession Price: £8

Young_company_spring_show_thumb A collaboration with Tonic TheatreDirected by Lisa GreganWritten by Silva SemerciyanWho are the greatest girls of all time?This Young Company production will mark the world prem...

Birdsong Presented by The Original Theatre Company & Birdsong Productions Ltd 27 Apr 09 May

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Theatre
Full Price: £27.50-£7.50
Concession Price: see website

Birdsong_thumb Presented by The Original Theatre Company & Birdsong Productions LtdStage version by Rachel WagstaffDirected by Alastair WhatleyMarking the 100th anniversary First World War...

Mayfest 2015 Presented by MAYK 11 May 24 May

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio
Full Price: TBC

Mayfest_2015_thumb Produced by MAYKSupported using public funding through Arts Council England***PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2015***Mayfest invites you to dive into a heady ten days of thea...

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Bristol Old Vic, Studio

Bristol Old Vic, Studio Bristol Old Vic is one of Bristol's main theatre venues. It is a producing theatre and is the oldest continuous working theatre in the country. It produces award-winning and critically acclaimed classics and new works, a wide range of shows for families, as well as experimental work in its Studio theatre. This space has been used for theatre performance.

Bristol Old Vic, Theatre

Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Bristol Old Vic is one of Bristol's main theatre venues. It is a producing theatre and is the oldest continuous working theatre in the country. It produces award-winning and critically acclaimed classics and new works, a wide range of shows for families, as well as experimental work in its Studio theatre. The main stage is a proscenium arch theatre with a Georgian auditorium. This space has been used for: theatre performance.

Bristol Old Vic, Basement

Bristol Old Vic is one of Bristol's main theatre venues. It is a producing theatre and is the oldest continuous working theatre in the country. It produces award-winning and critically acclaimed classics and new works, a wide range of shows for families, as well as experimental work in its Basement theatre. This space has been used for theatre performance.