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Bristol Old Vic unveils dramatic multi-million-pound transformation

It's already won a top architectural award for its new design. Credit: Jon Craig

The UK’s oldest continuously working theatre has reopened following a two year, multi-million-pound transformation.

It's trained and played host to many stars including, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeremy Irons, Naomie Harris, Samantha Bond and Brian Blessed.

Built in 1764, Bristol Old Vic has had many looks over the years and has continued to entertain despite riots, financial decline, and war.

The redevelopment, which is designed to place the theatre back at the heart of the city, has already won an architectural award for its new design.

What's new?

A full-height timber and glass-fronted foyer. Credit: Jon Craig
Huge sun-shading shutters on the outside. Credit: Jon Craig
The foyer is now a meeting place including a café and a bar. Credit: Evoke Pictures Bristol Photographers
Plenty of winding staircases and viewing platforms. Credit: Philip Vile

The public are being invited to visit the theatre to see the radical changes and meet the team behind the project.

They are keen to see the theatre return to its original roots and re-engage with communities across Bristol.

From November, exhibitions, interactive experiences, tours and workshops will also tell the story of the theatre through the ages.

In a challenging time for regional theatre, this major redevelopment marks the launch of a new business model for the theatre and the renewal of its unique relationship with the city, with a radical programme presented that not only entertains, but also reflects the topics that people here care about most.

– Tom Morris, Artistic Director

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