Keeping You Safe

27 Sep 2021

Welcome back to live theatre.

We know from the government’s events research programme, our own experience in 2020 and recent announcements from UK Theatre that indoor performances are safe to attend. In order to welcome back as many people as we can, we’ve kept the additional safety measures we put in place over the last year – including increased ventilation and face coverings – to make sure that theatre continues to offer the safest possible environment for us all to gather in again.

Theatres across the country have been pioneers of Covid safety and we are collaborating with all of them to implement the See it Safely protocols which will ensure we keep it that way.

This is your theatre. Welcome back. Come on in.

Face Coverings

Wearing a face covering helps to protect those around you and reduce the spread of coronavirus. We understand that not everyone is able to wear a face covering but, if you are, please continue wearing one when you are moving around Bristol Old Vic and when seated in our auditorium.

Seating and Social Distancing

The majority of performances are now planned to go ahead with no social distancing in the auditorium. However, in order to keep our programme as accessible as possible, we’ve committed to providing two Guaranteed Socially Distanced performances per week until the end of the year (and one per week thereafter). So, if social distancing is a must for you to return to theatre comfortably, make sure to book one of these dates – they are clearly marked in the Dates & Times section of each show page on the website.

What does a Guaranteed Socially Distanced Performance look like?

One seat will be left empty on either side of each booking. Face masks are mandatory when moving around Bristol Old Vic and throughout the performance. No drinks will be allowed in the auditorium as wearing a face mask is compulsory throughout.

Book with confidence

It is still very important that you do not attend the theatre if you have symptoms of Covid-19. If you have been told to self-isolate or are displaying symptoms, please contact our Box Office team no later than 1 hour before the performance starts, to cancel your booking and receive the value of your tickets as credit on your customer account. Find out more.

Bar & Café

Table service is no longer a requirement so you will now be able to take a seat indoors or outdoors and then place your order at the bar should you wish. We will continue to offer table service as well. Takeaway coffees and hot drinks will also be available to order directly from the bar.

Has anything else changed?

We are no longer required to ask you to scan the Test and Trace QR code or leave any additional details with us, other than those taken at the point of booking.

The volume and intensity of cleaning of all surfaces and contact points across our building has not diminished, hand sanitiser is still available throughout the building and our theatre’s ventilation system continues to operate at its highest level. In addition, our staff are testing regularly.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please get in touch by e-mail ( or phone (0117 987 7877).