Archive

The archives of our theatre are just as old as the building, in fact some are even older. For over 250 years the people who have owned, worked inside and visited the theatre have kept records about their activity. These are kept safe and secure at Bristol Archives and the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, our partner organisations in the Heritage Lottery Fund project.

Throughout these pages you'll discover a range of documents which chronicle the history of the theatre, from its foundation in 1764 up until the present day. They provide an insight into the lives of actors, managers, and audience members. They help us to understand the many changes to our Theatre over the course of time. They let us peek behind-the-scenes at centuries of rich theatrical heritage. So take a look and see what you can find…