Plans for a £12 million refurbishment of the Bristol Old Vic have been unveiled today.
The building's old front of house area will completely changed following a public consultation which call for it to be more welcoming and accessible.
Inside, the original front wall of the Georgian Theatre from the 1760's will be exposed for the first time in it's 250 year history.
The plans also include the refurbishment of the 18th century Cooper's Hall building, which will once again be used as a function room, and a new studio theatre.
A number of 'green' features have also been included in the design to keep the theatre's carbon footprint down.
The project is being backed by a range of funders, including £5 million from the Arts Council England. A fundraising appeal will be launched next year to reach the full £12 million.