Bristol Old Vic Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic

King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED, United Kingdom | 01179877877 | Website

Venue Description

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously-running theatre in the UK and following a recent £12million redevelopment project, is now one of the most modern and comfortable with state of the art rehearsal rooms, a dramatically extended forestage and precision-engineered sightlines giving audiences an even more intimate theatrical experience. 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. Come and play.


Our Theatre entrance on King Street is now closed. We now invite you to enter the Theatre via our new Stage Door entrance which can be accessed via a small street called ‘Rackhay’ (BS1 4HJ) just off Queen Charlotte Street around the corner from King Street. On entering the building from Rackhay there are 12 steps leading up to the Backstage Bar and Pre Show Box Office. There is also a standard large lift via our Stagedoor entrance for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. Just ring the buzzer to enter via Stagedoor. All doors in our current set up are manual, however, staff are on hand to help, so please let them know if you need any assistance. There are allocated wheelchair spaces in the Theatre in the Dress Circle. Please book in advance by phoning 0117 987 7877 and mention any access requirements at this time. Please note that during our redevelopment the only level in the auditorium that is step free is the Dress Circle. There are steps to the Pit and to Upper Circle and Gallery. Once our redevelopment is complete in September 2018 we will have step free access to all levels.

Accessibility Guide

Accessibility Guide Link:

Accessible Performances

We provide a range of Accessible performances including BSL Interpreted Shows, Audio Described Shows, Captioned Shows and Relaxed performances. Please see website for more details on each show.


Our accessible toilet for customers can be found on level -1. This can be reached via the lift from the Backstage Bar and Box Office. It can also be reached via stairs too.


Bristol Old Vic is part of 'Bristol Access Venues'. This is a group of Bristol based venues that promote excellent access facilitates in their venues and work on how they can best improve their current provisions, staff awareness and staff training. At the Bristol Old Vic we also have an internal Access Forum which is built up of front line staff. This forum plans training for the teams that welcome you into the building. Some recent workshops have been: Dementia Friends, Autism Awareness, Agents for Change workshops and Mental Health Awareness. Our Access Forum are in contact with our audiences on weekly basis as they work Front of House and love having a chat about their experiences at the venue and what their requirements are. Our Box Office team are very accommodating and are happy to answer any question you have regarding accessing our programme. For ticket enquires email: For any access questions specifically, big or small, feel free to email the Front of House Manager on:

Assistance dog facilities

Assistance dog exercise facilities

Assistance dog's can exercise on Queen's Square which is 5 mins walk from the Theatre.

Other assistance dog facilities

We can offer assistance dog's water when they visit and if we have permission are happy to walk your dog whilst you are enjoying the show!

The venue says it has...

  • Audio Described
  • Accessible Format
  • Audio Format
  • Sign Language
  • Carer Discount
  • Dedicated Seating
  • Disabled Access
  • IR Induction Loop
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print

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