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Britain’s Treasures…

As Britain’s longest continuously-running theatre celebrates a landmark age, Mel Sherwood takes a look behind the scenes and discovers a suitably dramatic history…
FRONT OF HOUSE The grand entry that Bristol Old Vic has today was not attached to the theatre until 1972 – it was formerly the entrance to a fruit and vegetable warehouse
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BRISTOL OLD VIC Bristol

This year, Bristol Old Vic becomes the only theatre in the English-speaking world to reach its 250th birthday. To mark the occasion, it is presenting a special series of productions, and it promises to be spectacular. There’s already an Olivier award nomination in the bag (for Pink Mist). is current celebration and glory only makes the theatre’s story – which includes illicit beginnings, Nazi bombs and threats of closure – all the more remarkable.

TOKEN GESTURE The original 50 investors of Bristol Old Vic were presented with a token, allowing them to see all performances for free. They can still be used today, for those lucky enough to be in possession of one.
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