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Lovely old theatre, lift not working- a challenge for some

Very atmospheric, good food and bar. Perch seats unusual but OK. Bit over zealous stewardship of... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Only visited, didn't see a show. My drama group is performing here in a few months' time so we came... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lancaster, 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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Theatre Royal King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED, England
+44 117 987 7877
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very atmospheric, good food and bar. Perch seats unusual but OK. Bit over zealous stewardship of seats!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mairi_ok
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A matinee performance of Wise Children, arrived early planning to have coffee. At 1.30 not a seat available. Ordered coffee at the bar, then a long wait until our drinks appeared at the end of the bar. Eventually secured a seat - not sure that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KarenKew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only visited, didn't see a show. My drama group is performing here in a few months' time so we came to look round. Beautiful, intimate theatre despite seating over 500 people and fantastic to see backstage and stand onstage looking out. Good variety of shows...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank katherine153
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful theatre. The newly refurbished theatre seems to please most theatre goers, but there are some details I found could have been better thought through. I actually walked past the entrance even though I was looking for it! A small door which looked as if...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A gorgeous, joyful show in a beautiful theatre with the most wonderful, helpful staff. Shout out to Nathan on the main bar and his wonderful service!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carly_101
Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

The top place for an actor is the West End but ask any actor and the Bristol old Vic is mega famous. Built 1766 as a place to gather people together in Bristol. From that start the Old Vic evolved to a theatre. It's very...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 January 2019

1766, the oldest working theatre in the UK, now with a spectacular contemporary entrance and cafe, Dramatic space just to sit in, have good food and a drink or coffee even if you don't attend a show

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

Called in just for a drink, very impressed with the decor and ambience. Laid back Friday night vibes. Thanks to Felix for the daiquiris!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

Family (all adults) pre book for show and dinner on Christmas Eve. Seated late, long wait before service first course delayed. Main course does not arrive before play starts. Serve us at intermission so we have 20 minutes to use toilets and eat while fighting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GlennMilwaukie
BristolO2, Head of Marketing at Bristol Old Vic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2019

Dear Glenn, Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit. Please email the Bar & Kitchen directly on 1766@bristololdvic.org.uk so we can investigate fully what went wrong. Kind regards,

Reviewed 27 December 2018

I go to the Bristol Old Vic periodically and whilst the shows are always of an excellent standard and the theatre more of an intimate feel to it than larger venues locally and I have always had a good seat with generally no obstructions i.e....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Lynda M
20 January 2019|
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Response from DavidSHarris | Reviewed this property |
There is uaually plenty of street parking available, but it is metered, so you have to pay, but it's not expensive. Get there early in case you have to drive around to find a spot.
6 August 2017|
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Response from mikeeM6009OK | Reviewed this property |
Check theatre website perhaps a bit nearer the time you visit.