1970s refurbishment

Circa: 1970

1970 saw the beginning of the controversial Peter Moro renovations, which involved converting Coopers' Hall into a foyer and the creation of the New Vic Studio. The first performance following the renovations was Trelawny, on 12 January 1972.

The original stage was altered and the 19th century machinery moved to make space for larger scenery. The theatre’s acoustics were damaged, but restored during the 2012 refurbishment.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre entrance, 1902-1970
Bristol Old Vic Theatre with New Vic Studio, 1970-2018

From University of Bristol Theatre Collection - P/358/19700427/45