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Bristol Old Vic

Theatre Royal King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED, England
+44 117 987 7877
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Glorious traditional theatre

Historic theatre in the heart of Bristol. Charming historical touches throughout while benefitting... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Liz G
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
Open despite restoration

The restoration is impacting the foyers and bars but we could still see the wonderful old... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
KAW687
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London, United Kingdom
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Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. It was built as a symbol of the pride we have in our city and what it can achieve and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“jeremy irons” (12 reviews)
“king street” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Theatre Royal King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED, England
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+44 117 987 7877
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Historic theatre in the heart of Bristol. Charming historical touches throughout while benefitting from modern, first class theatrical requirements.

Thank Liz G
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The restoration is impacting the foyers and bars but we could still see the wonderful old auditorium. Very good value seats in the Pit for A Monster Calls-have never heard so much sobbing from a theatre audience! Could do with better signage directing theatre goers...More

Thank KAW687
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a gem... although externally the place is hidden by scaffolding and boards, it’s nice to know that the council are renovating such a historic place. Inside it is basic but cosy... the theatre itself is beautiful in its intimacy, with a gorgeous...More

Thank Len H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I attended a play here with colleagues and we had booked seats in the Pit but had not appreciated how small the theatre was so probably circle seats would have been better as they are elevated but not by enough to lose the view. The...More

Thank David S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went with friends to celebrate our joint 58th Wedding Anniversary. Although the main entrance was closed due to building work, the performance and audience enjoyment were unaffected. A beautiful theatre and a moving play, not just for children.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

One of my favourite buildings in Bristol, the building itself is the show and a great place to visit in Bristol.

Thank Robbie M
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

An iconic Bristol building, it’s currently undergoing extensive renovation works which means that the main King Street entrance is not in use and you have to enter via the rear stage door. As you get in the first thing you come to is a bar,...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

You won't regret a trip to the old Vic. We went to see The Cherry Orchard - which was a first class production. But worth a trip to the circular theatre alone, with its timber tiered seating and beautiful Georgian plasterwork. Its a fab place,...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Old Vic is reputedly the oldest continuously-running theatre in the English-speaking world. It is currently undergoing a major refurb, but the auditorium is untouched. We saw a wonderful production of The Cherry Orchard . We sat in the circle and will go back to...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

The theatre is extremely uncomfortable - lots of stairs, narrow concrete corridors and the seating is designed to replicate a bygone age, so is small, hard, with little room. This detratced from the performance of the Cherry Orchard which was wooden anyway. Not worth the...More

Thank Beacons A
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Geoffrey W
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Response from Mike E | Reviewed this property |
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