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Bristol Old Vic Theatre

King Street, BRISTOL, BS1 4ED
01179 877877

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Young Company: Year 9 Sessions
From:08-01-2018
To:19-09-2022
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Year 9 Sessions

Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Young Company: Year 10 -11 Monday Session
From:08-01-2018
To:19-09-2022
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Years 10-11 Monday Session


Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Young Company: Year 10-11 Tuesday Session
From:09-01-2018
To:20-09-2022
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Year 10 - 11 Tuesday Sessions


Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Approximately 2 Hours

Young Company: 16-25 Tuesday Session
From:09-01-2018
To:20-09-2022
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Ages 16-25 Tuesday Session


Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.


Approximately 2 Hours

Young Company: Year 1-2 Session
From:13-01-2018
To:24-09-2022
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Year 1-2 Sessions


Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Approximately 1 Hour

Young Company: Year 6 Sessions
From:13-01-2018
To:24-09-2022
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Year 6 Sessions

Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.


Approximately 1 Hour 30 mins

Young Company: Year 7-8 3-5pm Session
From:13-01-2018
To:24-09-2022
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Years 7-8 3pm-5pm Session

Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Approximately 2 Hours

Young Company: Year 7-8 5-7pm Session
From:13-01-2018
To:24-09-2022
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Years 7-8 5pm-7pm Session

Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Approximately 2 Hours

YOUNG COMPANY: STREET THEATRE SUMMER TERM 2022
From:29-04-2022
To:09-07-2022
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Street Theatre Summer Term


Bristol Old Vic Young Company is teaming up with Katie Storer to offer a 10-week course in Street Theatre. During this time, we will be exploring and researching the many different forms that encompass Street Theatre, from interactive walkabout characters to large scale puppetry.

Using the street as their stimulus, the group will focus on building skills in group movement/choreography, character creation, interacting with an audience, theatrical street games, devising building blocks and how to use theatre to explore political/environmental ideas. This is a course about investigating your ideas, thoughts and opinions and creatively shaping them to be theatrical vehicles of change on our streets.

Approximately 2 Hours

Young Company: Early Years Session (Ages 3-5)
From:30-04-2022
To:24-09-2022
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Early Years Session (Ages 3-5)


Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different techniques, genres and art forms guided by our team of professional artists and within the historic walls of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Our ensemble theatre features large casts of young people of all ages and abilities; learning skills that can contribute to a future career in the performing arts or simply build confidence and self-esteem.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company has become a training ground for young people to find their voice, express creativity and make work that reflects the world they live in. We aim to maximise the opportunities for involvement by keeping our fees as low as possible and by offering financially assisted places to more young people than ever before.

Approximately 0 Hour 45 mins

CATASTROPHE BAY
From:18-06-2022
To:02-07-2022
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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School presents Catastrophe Bay


Deep in the wilds of Cornwall lies the tiny fishing village of Newfrock. The inhabitants are a curious and mischievous gaggle of misfits - a smuggling schoolmistress, the sinful priest, reprobate orphans and singing fishermen - who, despite their differences, abide by a strange patchwork of rituals and beliefs in order to protect the village’s secrets.

When newcomer Murdo Moxy - freelance crook and con-artist - enters their midst with his roguish daughter in tow, it sets off a series of events for the townsfolk to grapple with. Inspired by a vast language of British and European folk songs, Catastrophe Bay is as rich and hearty as a night in a candlelit tavern, whilst storms rage outside.

Approximately 2 Hours 30 mins

LOAM
From:24-06-2022
To:02-07-2022
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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Presents - Loam


“I said "I’m sh*tting pine needles". I don't know how to make that any more clear, you get me?!”

A dirty, expensive city; present day (ish). A peculiar pandemic is blossoming. NHS helplines are jammed with queries from the public about plants growing inside and outside of their bodies. Politicians are avoiding the bigger questions, vigilantes are fighting back at nature and a professor is in cahoots with a woodlouse – because, why not?!

Singing plants, menacing tree-kickers, armpit moss and useless executives collide in Bea Roberts’ timely, utopian eco-comedy, Loam. Directed by Marcus Romer, the graduating Professional Acting cohort from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will present the production - originally commissioned in 2019 - on Bristol Old Vic’s main stage this July.

Approximately 1 Hour 30 mins

PLAYHOUSE FESTIVAL
From:05-07-2022
To:07-07-2022
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Playhouse Festival


We are excited to relaunch Playhouse – Primary Schools Festival!

Playhouse is a national collaboration between Theatre Royal Plymouth, York Theatre Royal, Polka Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Theatre Iolo and Bristol Old Vic. The six theatres have worked together to commission professional playwrights to write short plays specifically for large casts of primary school children to perform.

Each piece has been directed by teachers and supported by Bristol Old Vic Technical and Engagement team.

Playhouse celebrates the talent and creativity of teachers and young people in Bristol and South Gloucester.

FREAK OUT!
From:07-07-2022
To:09-07-2022
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Made In Bristol: Coin Toss Collective presents


This town is falling apart.

Now in its twelfth year, the Made In Bristol ensemble invites you to the party of a lifetime.

Overindulge yourselves, dance until your body drops, and revel while the sun sets on this final horizon.

Full of joyfully chaotic energy, Coin Toss Collective asks why do we party while doom lingers at our door?

Approximately 1 Hour 10 mins

KEVIN BRIDGES WARM UP
From:09-07-2022
To:10-07-2022
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Kevin Bridges


Catch Scottish comedy superstar Kevin Bridges ahead of his sell-out UK tour. Plus Support.

Strictly 14+ Swearing and adult content

MORGAN REES: WIP
From:12-07-2022
To:12-07-2022
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Morgan Rees: WIP


Catch Welsh funny man Morgan Rees before he makes his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.

An hour full of "fast gags, unexpected swerves and rolling stories" (Sunday Times).

YOUNG COMPANY SUMMER SCHOOL: AGES 10-12
From:25-07-2022
To:25-07-2022
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Young Company Summer School is returning to Bristol Old Vic!


Join us this August for an imaginative and fun two-week summer school for three different age groups. This course will hone your theatre making and performance skills.

All groups will work on the same stimulus, to create an end of project performance where groups are parts of the same jigsaw. You will work with a theatre maker as well as movement, sound and design specialists, in this exciting and innovative summer project. The summer school will culminate in a sharing on Friday 5th August at Bristol Old Vic.

YOUNG COMPANY SUMMER SCHOOL: AGES 13-16
From:25-07-2022
To:25-07-2022
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Young Company Summer School is returning to Bristol Old Vic!


Join us this August for an imaginative and fun two-week summer school for three different age groups. This course will hone your theatre making and performance skills.

All groups will work on the same stimulus, to create an end of project performance where groups are parts of the same jigsaw. You will work with a theatre maker as well as movement, sound and design specialists, in this exciting and innovative summer project. The summer school will culminate in a sharing on Friday 5th August at Bristol Old Vic.

ED GAMBLE: ELECTRIC
From:04-09-2022
To:04-09-2022
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Ed Gamble: Electric


Due to overwhelming demand, award-winning comedian Ed Gamble extends his brand-new stand-up tour Electric with over 35 more dates nationwide from September 2022. This autumn run includes Ed’s biggest solo show yet, at London’s Hammersmith Apollo!

He’s been on the road since February, played three sold out nights at London’s iconic Hackney Empire and now Ol’ Broken Pancreas is charged up and ready to flick the switch on even more nights of attention seeking.

Co-host of the award-winning mega-hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, new judge on Great British Menu, Taskmaster champion and host of Taskmaster the Podcast, and has his own special Blood Sugar available worldwide on Amazon Prime.

Approximately 1 Hour 50 mins

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - ASTOUNDING INVENTIONS TOUR
From:10-09-2022
To:10-09-2022
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Astounding Inventions Tour


This year, as part of the Heritage Open Days festival, we’re celebrating the cutting-edge creations that make theatre possible and the imaginative inventors behind them.

Our guides will expertly peel back all the layers of our building, from Haworth Tompkins’ innovative renovation of our foyer space in 2018 to the work of the Theatre’s original architects and engineers in the 1760s. For the first time you will also be able to step into the Theatre’s original roof space and view our iconic Thunder Run.

The ideal outing for anyone interested in the technical innovations which have kept our theatre open for the people of Bristol and beyond for more than 250 years.

Approximately 0 Hour 45 mins

KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN: HOME TRUTHS
From:25-09-2022
To:25-09-2022
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Kiri Pritchard-Mclean : Home Truths


Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News For You?, Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown) is back with a brand new tour.

It’s been a big few years for most of us and Kiri is no different. She’s moved back to her home island of Anglesey, struggled with lockdown and got herself some rescue chickens. You can expect jokes about skinny jeans, learning Welsh and white supremacy - something for everyone.

Ages 16+
Running time: 2 hours

HAMLET
From:13-10-2022
To:12-11-2022
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A Bristol Old Vic Production - HAMLET



Hamlet's father is dead. His mother has remarried. He is alone with his thoughts. Then, he speaks.

Haunted by grief, and with his world spinning violently out of control, Hamlet has to make some decisions: forget or remember; live or die.

Rising star Billy Howle (The Serpent; MotherFatherSon; On Chesil Beach) returns to Bristol Old Vic to play the title role.

This visceral new production directed by John Haidar (Richard III) excavates the dark subconscious of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy.

Ages 12+

JAYDE ADAMS: MEN I CAN SAVE YOU
From:23-10-2022
To:23-10-2022
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Jayde Adams - Men, I can save you


Change is always hard, and what better person to lead the men selflessly by the hand into the new world than TV’s Jayde Adams.

Multi-award winning comedian and actress, Jayde Adams’ critically-acclaimed special was released on Amazon Prime to worldwide applause, was longlisted for an Emmy and has amassed over 156 million views.

Jayde stars in Sophie Willan’s BAFTA-winning TV series Alma’s Not Normal (BBC Two), the upcoming Take That movie Greatest Days and also stars in Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens (Amazon Prime). She is the co-host of the BAFTA nominated series Snackmasters and Netflix smash hit, Crazy Delicious.

Ages 16+

Approximately 2 Hours 15 mins

SOFIE HAGEN - FAT JOKES
From:30-10-2022
To:30-10-2022
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Sofie Hagen - Fat Jokes


Edinburgh comedy award winner Sofie Hagen presents Fat Jokes, a show bursting with big jokes and fat punchlines.

Sofie returns to her craft of devastatingly brilliant joke writing and storytelling and has created this collection of fat jokes and unforgettable moments that you can laugh at without feeling like sh*t. Come as you are and enjoy an actual fat person at the top of her game.

Ages 16+
Running Time: 90 minutes

Approximately 1 Hour 50 mins

JESSICA FOSTEKEW
From:06-11-2022
To:06-11-2022
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Jessica Fostekew - Wench


A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?). You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill's Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She's a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4's News Quiz and Now Show.

Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Show and Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020.

Ages 16+
Running Time: 110 minutes

THE NUTCRACKER
From:24-11-2022
To:07-01-2023
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The Nutcracker


On a Christmas Eve unlike any other, Clara receives a magical gift that most certainly didn't come from Amazon...

Transported to a fantastical kingdom where toy lemurs come to life, nutcrackers can talk and just about anything feels possible, she soon discovers that it’s not just mice lurking beneath the floorboards.

But danger is coming - will Clara and her friends be able to stop the King of the Rats in his tracks before it’s too late?

And why is she so fixated on her imaginary unicorn?

Bristol Old Vic presents a bold and wild theatrical re-telling of The Nutcracker, full of magic, adventure and show-stopping dance numbers.

Ages 7+

Transport

Bristol Old Vic is located on King Street, a 5-minute walk (0.2 miles) from the City Centre Harbourside.

There are bike racks on both King Street and Prince Street.

Bristol Old Vic is a 15-minute walk (0.8 miles) from Bristol Temple Meads railway station, or there are regular buses and taxis from outside the station. There is also a ferry which runs from the railway station into the City Centre. Bristol Bus Station is a 15-minute walk (0.7 miles) away. From Bristol Airport, it's 40 minutes by bus or 25 minutes by taxi to the City Centre.

Please book taxis for drop-off (and pick-up) to Bristol Old Vic, King Street, BS1 4ED.

Parking

There are good car parking facilities in the surrounding area including the NCP on Queen Charlotte Street and Trenchard Street car park, a 5 minute walk across the city centre. Meter parking is also available on Queen Charlotte Street and Queen Square. There is one disabled space round the corner of the theatre on Queen Charlotte Street. Blue Badge Holders park for free. For more information on parking, including options for minibuses and large vehicles, visit Bristol City Council parking services.

There is space for two coaches to set-down and pick-up in front of The Rackhay. The closest coach park is near the M Shed museum (access off of Cumberland Road) with a fee of £1.10 for up to 24 hours (do check this before setting off). Read about coach parking in Bristol on the Travel West website.

Cafe
Restaurant

Make yourself at home in one of our purpose-built beach hut-style cabins, decorated with a touch of theatrical magic, and while away your day with craft beers from Left Handed Giant, local ciders, coffee, tea, snacks and more (Marshfield ice cream, anyone?). Or sit in our architecturally award-winning foyer, set against the stunning backdrop of the original 1766 Theatre wall.

For more information and to view menus and opening times please visit: bristololdvic.org.uk/eat-drink

Bar
Access Info

Several per season. For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: bristololdvic.org.uk/your-visit/access

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.

Our front of house has recently undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment. Our new building boasts a brand new Studio Theatre, relaxing and fully-accessible front of house space, with a bar and kitchen serving everything from tasty treats with a morning coffee to an evening meal, alongside a new interactive heritage offering – opening up the 250-year-old history of this unique building for everyone to discover and enjoy at their own pace.

Our mission is to create pioneering twenty-first-century theatre in partnership with the people of our energetic city; inspired by the history and magical design of the most beautiful playhouse in the country.

We are led by artists who see the world with distinctive clarity and whose ability to articulate what they see allows us to understand and engage with our world afresh, whether that be through our 350-strong Young Company, our many outreach and education projects or helping ascendant artists by nurturing the spark or seed of an idea into something fully-formed.

We are publicly funded by Arts Council England and Bristol City Council, using that investment to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to our programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it or be able to afford it and to keep our extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

We strive to be welcoming, professional and boundlessly curious; playful, ambitious and rigorous; resourceful, honest, and generous; collaborative, Bristolian and world class.

Come and play.

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