Welcome Back season announced for the Summer at Bristol Old Vic27 Apr 2021
255th BIRTHDAY WELCOME DAY AND COURTYARD SEASON
On 30 May, Bristol Old Vic celebrates its 255th birthday and we’ve arranged something truly special this year to mark a moment of survival and celebration for the theatre and for Bristol.
For the first time in the theatre’s history, the unique Thunder Run will be opened to the public. Climb to the roof space of the theatre and step back in time to see first-hand how this 18th-century surround-sound technology created one of the most unique sound effects in theatre history. Tours will open on the theatre’s birthday (30 May) as a very special gift to the city. Tours go on sale Tue 27 Apr.
Our birthday is usually the moment when we host Bristol Open Stage, flinging open the doors of the theatre, welcoming anyone to share their talents (hidden or otherwise!) onstage with the whole city. Today the theatre announced that Bristol Open Stage will be returning next year, when we can fill the theatre with the best, brightest and most bizarre showstoppers Bristol has to offer!
We’re also pleased to announce the return of the Courtyard Season for a dynamic welcome back for Bristol this summer (Jul/Aug). The hugely popular season of one-night events, sharing performance in all its forms in the theatre’s spectacular foyer performance space, was a highlight of last year’s brief but powerful period of live performance. Details to follow soon.
And as a celebration of the extraordinary creativity of children and their families this year, the summer will see the return of the hugely popular Family Day (7 Aug). The phenomenal creative response to Bristol Old Vic’s free online content over 2020 has inspired us to host this official welcome back to children and their grown-ups, allowing them to explore the history and stories of their theatre through events, tours and storytelling sessions in person for the first time in 12 months. Consider it an open house! Full details here
BRISTOL OLD VIC AT HOME… On Demand, anywhere in the world. AVAILABLE NOW
And for those who have enjoyed the digital theatre on offer this year, our pioneering On Demand series of new and much-loved shows continues on our website as Bristol Old Vic at Home. Extensions are announced today for Pink Mist, Desert Island Theatre with Toby Jones and Impermanence’s dance double-bill, providing an invaluable connection to Bristol Old Vic’s programme for those who are unable to visit us in person, watchable from anywhere in the world.
FULL DETAILS OF OUR AUTUMN AND WINTER PROGRAMMES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE.
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.