Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously-running theatre in the UK and following a recent £12million redevelopment project, is now one of the most modern and comfortable with state of the art rehearsal rooms, a dramatically extended forestage and precision-engineered sightlines giving audiences an even more intimate theatrical experience.Our mission is to create pioneering twenty-first century theatre in partnership with the people of our energetic city; inspired by the history and magical design of the most beautiful playhouse in the country.We are led by artists who see the world with distinctive clarity and whose ability to articulate what they see allows us to understand and engage with our world afresh, whether that be through our 350-strong Young Company, our many outreach and education projects or helping ascendant artists by nurturing the spark or seed of an idea into something fully-formed.We are publicly funded by Arts Council England and Bristol City Council, using that investment to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to our programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it or be able to afford it and to keep our extraordinary heritage alive and animated.We strive to be welcoming, professional and boundlessly curious; playful, ambitious and rigorous; resourceful, honest, and generous; collaborative, Bristolian and world class.Come and play.

Find us at...

  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Theatre Royal
  • King Street
  • Bristol
  • BS1 4ED


We want to make your visit to Bristol Old Vic as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, so we have provided you with detailed information regarding accessibility in all areas of the theatre here:
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the box office on 0117 987 7877 or email

Our Events

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    29-Nov-2018 - 13-Jan-2019

    "Bah humbug!"

    7 - 16 years
    Age Friendly
  • Sleepyhead


    30-Oct-2018 - 03-Nov-2018

    It’s been a long day for Dad and he can hardly keep his eyes open. All he wants is for Baby to go to sleep so he can catch up on a little shut-eye too.

    2 - 5 years
  • The Spooky Ship

    The Spooky Ship

    31-Oct-2018 - 03-Nov-2018

    Step on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain after-dark this Halloween and settle in for a good old-fashioned Victorian fright-fest.

    8 - 16 years
    Age Friendly
  • Chloe and the Colour Catcher

    Chloe and the Colour Catcher

    30-Nov-2018 - 06-Jan-2019

    Chloe lives in a world with only one colour, a world that is completely grey. But at night, when she’s wrapped up tight, her dreams are colourful and bright.

    4 - 7 years
  • Igloo


    08-Dec-2018 - 06-Jan-2019

    Winter is on its way, and anticipation for that first smattering of snow is building.

    0 - 3 years


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