What we did in 2008 when the theatre was closed!

In 2008 while the theatre was closed, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club continued its activities and organised over 20 events.  This was quite an achievement of which the Club is rightly proud.  Some of the highlights were:

Coffee mornings with guest speakers

  • Sir Jonathan Miller, Director of Hamlet at Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and many other plays and opera internationally
  • Catherine Johnson, author of Mamma Mia! and much else
  • Peter Lord, Director of Aardman Animations
  • Sue Wilson, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • ACH Smith, playwright, author of Up the Feeder, down the Mouth and back again
  • Kate McNab, Kit Morgan and others in the Ministry of Entertainment presenting their work in progress
  • George Ferguson, former president of Royal Institute of British Architects, and driving force behind the development of the Tobacco Factory and many other innovative multi-use sites
  • Jamie Ballard, actor, former student of BOV Theatre School who played Hamlet at the Tobacco Factory

Other events

  • At Home – a tour of the Mansion House with Bristol’s Lady Mayoress followed by tea and cakes
  • Arts and Literary Quiz and Dinner in partnership with the Royal West of England Academy
  • Pre- Christmas Dinner

Theatre trips

  • Visiting Mr Green featuring a rare opportunity to see Warren Mitchell on stage. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
  • Back stage tours - Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and London Coliseum
  • Calendar Girls - Minerva Theatre, Chichester
  • Aristo with Robert Lindsay - Festival Theatre, Chichester
  • Privates on Parade – Repertory Theatre, Birmingham