Bristol: Theatre Royal (Old Vic)

Country: England, United Kingdom
Historic County: Gloucestershire
City: Bristol
Location: King Street

Built 1766 by Thomas Patey. Alterations in 1790, 1800, 1853, 1881. 1903 new fašade and iron portico by W. Skinner. Alterations in 1943, 1944-1948, 1949, 1951. 18th century stagehouse and machinery completely demolished in 1972. 1973 rebuilding of stagehouse, new entrance through the adjacent Coopers' Hall, demolition of the 1903 theatre fašade, extension by the "New Vic" studio theatre by Peter Moro. 2012 and 2016-2018 rebuilding, demolition of Peter Moro's contributions. Since 1946, home to the Bristol Old Vic Company. 668 seats.

Notable world premieres:

  • Frank Marcus: The Killing of Sister George (1964)

Links:, Theatres Trust, Wikipedia

Bristol: Theatre Royal Picture: Skinner's 1903 fašade, demolished in 1973
Front Text: sign on canopy: "1766 Theatre Royal 1766", signed: "Griffin '69"
Reverse Text: "The Theatre Royal, Bristol. Drawn by Peter Griffin"
Publisher: Leisure Interests Ltd., Bristol; PC3/69
Size: Modern
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Bristol: Theatre Royal Guinness Trading Card
Front Text: sign: "Bristol Old Vic Theatre"
Reverse Text: "According to Guinness 113 - Oldest theatre in Britain - The Bristol Theatre Royal opened in 1766 and is still in use as a theatre today. There had been earlier theatres in London but none of them remains to be in use at the present."
Publisher: Guinness Brewery
Size: 4.5 x 6.3 cm

Bristol: Theatre Royal Picture: Cooper's Hall, vey left: new facade after 1973
Front Text: "Old Vic Theatre, King Street, Bristol"
Publisher: E. T. W. Dennis & Sons, Scarborough; 90
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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Bristol: Theatre Royal Front Text: "The auditorium of the Theatre Royal, Bristol. Opened in 1766 it is the oldest working theatre in England, and since 1946 has been the home of the Bristol Old Vic."
Publisher: Photograph by Derek Balmer
Size: Modern
Not sent.

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