Living Spit's Beauty and the Beast announce COVID plans for Bristol Old Vic run

4 Dec 2020

Whatever the rules, Christmas at Bristol Old Vic is guaranteed—at the theatre, live-streamed or on-demand.

With the news last week that Bristol's theatres are to remain shut for the next few weeks in the Tier 3 restrictions, Living Spit and Bristol Old Vic have put their heads together to make sure this brand new rip-roaring show can still go ahead.

For at least the next two weeks from 2 Dec, Bristol Old Vic will be unable to welcome audiences into its theatre spaces. However, the theatre is determined to make sure Christmas is still full of as much traditional theatre fun and laughter as any other year. 

Living Spit's Beauty and the Beast was due to open on 8 Dec. It will now start slightly later than originally planned, running in the theatre from 18 Dec until 9 Jan. In-theatre tickets for those shows are available now.

In addition, performances on 18 and 19 Dec will also be live-streamed, in case Bristol has to stay in Tier 3 or for those who would prefer to stay at home. All the jeopardy of live theatre, without leaving your sofa!

We are thinking positively that Bristol will move into Tier 2 on 16 Dec. If this doesn’t happen, or if other government restrictions prevent us from opening, all “in-person" theatre ticket-holders will be given a choice between a full refund and a digital capture of the show to watch at home at their leisure.
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Listings Information:
18 Dec, 8pm - Live Stream, at home (single £12/multi-person view £25)
19 Dec, 2.30pm & 8pm - Live Stream, at home (single £12/multi-person view £25)

21 Dec - 9 Jan - In-person, at the Theatre
times vary, check website for details.

PLEASE NOTE: If Bristol remains in Tier 3, all planned in-person shows will be automatically switched to a digital recording of the show, to watch at home, or, if preferred, a full refund. 

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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