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WATCH: Bristol Old Vic reveal time lapse video of major redevelopment

How the new theatre entrance will look in 2018. Photo: Bristol Old Vic

Time lapse footage captures a milestone in the major Bristol Old Vic redevelopment project.

Filmed over the last few months, the video shows the work by builders to carefully demolish the unwanted sections of the 1970s frontage while protecting the iconic Coopers' Hall.

While the space is clear of buildings, for the first time in living memory, the actual 251 year old Theatre - built on a plot of land behind King Street - can now be seen from the street itself.

Since its construction in 1766, the Theatre has been hidden from view by either terraced houses - belonging to the now infamous Mr Foote and Mr Gill, or with various versions of a foyer space or later, a studio theatre and office space.

19th Century version of the theatre entrance. Credit: Bristol Old Vic

The theatre has had many faces over the years.

Exterior of the theatre from 1902. Credit: Bristol Old Vic

Built in 1764, the Old Vic is the UK's longest-running theatre.

The 1970s exterior which has now been removed. Credit: Bristol Old Vic

The next version of the world famous theatre is due to be opened in September 2018 and will feature a glazed entrance, with a new bar, box office and reveal the 1766 wall of the theatre.

How Bristol Old Vic will look in 2018. Credit: Bristol Old Vic