About us

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club has been going strong since 1946. The theatre’s Artistic Director at the time, Hugh Hunt, suggested that an independent supporters’ organisation should be formed to champion the work of both the Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, as well as presenting its own programme of events. We maintain that mission to this day.

For a modest annual membership fee, we continue to add to the enjoyment of the playgoer’s overall experience in a variety of ways.

We invite theatre practitioners to explain their work and share ideas that have shaped productions. We welcome directors, actors, playwrights and technicians, all of whom help us build insider’s knowledge of the work involved in taking a play from page to stage.

Social events like after-show parties and special occasions bring us into contact with one another and with the stage professionals involved in the creative process.

We enjoy occasional invitations to exclusive performances of work in progress, celebrations, backstage visits and master classes.

However, we are not parochial. Organised trips and discounted tickets make it easy for us to broaden our theatrical horizons. We regularly visit productions at theatres in London, Plymouth, Stratford and Newbury, and other towns within easy reach.

We occasionally provide sponsorship and practical support, so become partners in nurturing talent. We give helping hands to Bristol Old Vic’s new-writing initiatives, support to the work of the Young Company and make annual awards to students of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Our monthly Newsletters report on events, provide more inside information about the work of the Bristol Old Vic and include interviews with personalities.

Membership of the Theatre Club offers an opportunity to meet like-minded people. We come from a variety of backgrounds and enjoy mixing with other playgoers and getting to know more about what is happening at the Bristol Old Vic.

Come and join us!

A special Birthday Video message from 
Tom Morris and Emma Stenning 

A Birthday Message