Applications now open for hotly-anticipated return of Bristol Open Stage

19 Feb 2019

Once again, Bristol Old Vic is inviting Bristolian and West Country talent to share their creativity on the main stage in a showcase like no other. Born out of the theatre’s 250th anniversary celebrations in 2016, Bristol Open Stage carries its legacy into 2019, celebrating Bristol’s extraordinary community and its creative heart.

The event will take place on the Bank Holiday Monday 27 May in the week of the theatre’s 253rd birthday (30th May, 1766). Applications are open to anyone and previous years have seen over 300 people take to the stage. Anyone looking to raise the roof on Bristol Old Vic is very welcome – from choirs to circus performers, jazz musicians to spoken word artists, Bollywood dancers to mimes: the stage is yours!

Hattie De Santis, Engagement Producer at Bristol Old Vic said: 

“Open Stage is one of Bristol Old Vic’s treasures. The building buzzes with creativity, excitement and anticipation as our brilliant participants share their stories on our beautiful stage. Whether you’ve been on stage before, or it’s your first time treading the boards – everyone is welcome. We cannot wait to see what the city will bring in 2019.”

The deadline for applications is Mon 1 Apr. Applicants should make note of any technical requirements they may have and be able to describe what they’d like to share in 100 words. The application form is available here: 

Bristol Open Stage performances are free for everyone to watch and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available through the Box Office at or 0117 987 7877.

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. The historic playhouse aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions, both at home and on tour, whilst nurturing the next generation of artists, whether that be through their 350-strong Young Company, their many outreach and education projects or their trailblazing artist development programme, Bristol Ferment.

They use their funding to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to their programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it, or be able to afford it, and to keep their extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

On 24 Sep 2018, Bristol Old Vic completed its 2-year multi-million pound redevelopment project, which transformed its front of house space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol to enjoy, created a new studio theatre and opened up its unique theatrical heritage to the public for the first time.

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