• Bristol Old Vic
  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Auditorium seen from stage (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Auditorium from rear stalls (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Auditorium with seating removed and stage extension in use (image credit: Paul Blakemore)

...a Georgian Theatre gets a major refurbishment

Bristol Old Vic


Project Summary


The Grade I-listed 1780s Bristol Old Vic theatre is one of the finest examples of a Georgian theatre still in existence. The redevelopment included refurbishment of the Theatre Royal and Studio, a reinvention of the Paintshop as a flexible rehearsal and performance space, a new Heritage Resource Centre, a dedicated Education Centre, Professional Development Centre and remodelling and expansion of the foyers, rehearsal spaces, technical and administrative facilities.


Charcoalblue designed new technical systems for the redevelopment of the theatre, including significant refurbishment of the scenery flying system, replacement of the stage grid, new architecturally-integrated lighting positions in the auditorium, completely new lighting and sound installations and new technical control positions, all in close collaboration with the theatre’s expert technicians.


Further enhancements designed by Charcoalblue include the introduction of a flexible forestage zone, allowing the recreation of the original Georgian apron stage and enabling the creation of a variable-size orchestra pit as well as the potential for a large standing audience area in front of the stage for promenadestyle events.