Bristol Old Vic

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Bristol Old Vic
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Theaters
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Jo L
Bristol, UK7 contributions
Oct 2021
It’s a lovely theatre with excellent productions and as a prolific theatre attendee one that I would normally give a high score. However, the Covid precautions are woeful and I could see no effort being made by the theatre to encourage social distancing or the wearing of masks. In an almost full theatre I would guess that far fewer than a third of people were wearing masks; both moving about, standing in a packed foyer and in their seats. Other theatres I have attended recently have managed virus risk far more assertively and professionally. At the Bristol Old Vic you could gain the dangerous impression that the pandemic was over.Regardless of inadequacy of government policy theatres put in place their own rules, or in this case, don’t.
An ideal venue for Covid deniers and anti maskers though.
Written October 20, 2021
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comfy2
Hampshire, UK393 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Came here for the food rather than a show. Lovely setting in a grand room with chandeliers. The food is from the great Little French team so expectations were high. There was a limited small menu of choices (with an express menu for those catching the show at 7:30pm). We had sourdough and charcuterie starters which were good not exceptional. The highlights were the steak - succulent cooked to perfection, and also the pumpkin main. However, the real letdown was the chicken - simply too dry when it could have been moist, and the accompanying tomato salad had peppers (despite not in the menu) that some of our group were allergic to (& did not feel well after - we did ask for these to be removed but they just seemed to ignore this & said it wasn't peppers!).
Desserts redeemed it somewhat with lovely sorbets and chocolate mousse (although the presentation was not at all inviting - it provided hilarity however as it looked like poo!).
So disappointing in areas and good in others. Definite room for improvement.
Written October 18, 2021
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Rosaline V
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
Unique dining out experience at Cooper's Hall in Bristol Old Vic theatre. Perfect setting of updated dining area in historic atmospheric theatre. What made it even more special was the helpful and attentive team who served us the delicious food.
Written July 24, 2021
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Ashley W
2 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
On my visit to the old Vic was seated straight away, Charlie our server was so professional and friendly, hope you value your great staff on a bank holiday!!
Written May 30, 2021
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Corinne R
Bristol, UK2 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
We came here the first week of opening in April 2021. Lila served us, who had only been working there for 2 days. She was extremely good to us and made us feel very welcome so we enjoyed our time here. We highly recommend her and this venue.
Written April 15, 2021
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BobandJosie
Reading, UK989 contributions
Mar 2020
My wife had been to the Bristol Old Vic "many years ago" and wanted to see how it had changed. The entrance and bar area is very, very customer friendly. We saw "The 3 Musketeers" and throughly enjoyed the performance.
Written March 14, 2020
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Lizzieflint
Thirsk, UK67 contributions
Mar 2020
First visit to the Bristol Vic. Interesting building, riveting play with talented cast. The foyer cafe is a great venue even if you aren't seeing a performance. We found online booking straightforward and were pleased with the seats we'd chosen.
Written March 13, 2020
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LadyJenniferAnn
Bristol, UK30 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A match made in heaven! A delightful pre theatre supper followed by the perfect dance programme. A double birthday meal, and a super Rambert 2 programme. Loved it all. The pre theatre ambience is great, good food and great service.
Written February 29, 2020
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Travelling_w_kids_9
Bristol, UK88 contributions
Nov 2019
BOV does a varied range of plays for all ages and tastes. They often have a slightly quirky take on their plays, so if you like things to tradition and exactly as they have always been... I wouldn't recommend it, otherwise it's a must-go, even to those not so big in theatre.

Because the theatre is old, some of the seats have very limited visibility. It's always called out in the booking system. Some times, it doesn't matter much, other times it seems quite distracting, so do try to avoid.

The BOV does a "friends" option whereby you pay a membership fee for a year. As a member, you will then get 25% discount on your tickets. This means that as a group of 4, you've instantly got your money back - larger groups are obviously already saving! You'll also get early access to booking tickets
Written February 24, 2020
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Yvie P
Bath, UK3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Went to see romantics Anonymous with a meal before hand (desert in the interval). Entire experience was wonderful - food, staff and show all stunning! A must do experience - enjoy!
Written January 18, 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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