Joint statement from Bristol Old Vic and littlefrench

18 Oct 2021

Due to circumstances beyond their control, Bristol Old Vic and littlefrench have called time on their collaboration this Autumn.

Speaking today, Bristol Old Vic’s Executive Director Charlotte Geeves said:
“We have quickly come to realise the huge amount of organisation, staffing and time needed to integrate the highest culinary standards with the pressures of pre-show dining. Blending both businesses seamlessly to create a unique theatre version of littlefrench for Bristol Old Vic’s visitors has proved impossible to realise at this time.

We remain huge admirers of each other’s work and wish each other every success moving forward.”

Bristol Old Vic remain committed to combining world class theatre with an in-house dining experience and will be delivering a new menu from Thu 21 Oct.

Anyone with restaurant bookings for the 18 - 20 Oct will be contacted today.

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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