Early audiences would’ve walked to the Theatre, but the wealthier theatre-goers would have arrived by horse-drawn coach.
18th-century newspapers describe the crush of carriages blocking King Street on show evenings. However, by the late 19-century audiences could take the tram to the Theatre, as the Bristol tramlines opened in 1875.
We found this tram ticket underneath the stage during the 2012 renovations. It’s a one penny, one-way ticket from Eastville to Durdham Downs, so we’ve no idea how our audience member got home after the show!