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Bristol Old Vic is the region’s leading producing theatre and since the appointment of artistic director Tom Morris in 2009 has become a major force in British Theatre.
The oldest working theatre in the country, Bristol Old Vic’s Georgian Theatre celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2016 and has been a concert hall and playhouse since its opening in 1766, with a hugely popular series of promenade concerts in the 1840s, featuring Paganini, amongst others.
The Theatre even then was fames for its acoustics, and musical performance was still free from the sombre and intimidating atmosphere which some now find when they attend a concert. In this festival, we are inspired by the huge energy with which people from all over the classical world are finding new ways to support an old passion.
Artistic Director Tom Morris has a notable history of staging innovative takes on classical music and opera, including The Death of Klinghoffer (ENO and the Metropolitan Opera); Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre); Coram Boy (developed with Melly Still, National Theatre) and Jerry Springer: The Opera (Producer,BAC).
Bristol Old Vic is more than half way a major transformation of the oldest and most beautiful playhouse in the country. This has created an inspiring new setting for its world-class, ground-breaking productions and fundraising is underway to complete the project which will deliver a welcoming place for all in the heart of the city.