Tom Morris introduces the newly renovated Bristol Old Vic

15th September 2012



The artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic talks to Heather Neill about the £12m refurbishment and renovation of the oldest working theatre in the country, on the eve of its reopening production of John O’Keeffe’s Wild Oats. Recorded at the Bristol Old Vic, 11 September 2012.

Georgian theatres were beautifully modelled architecturally and this one was held in the 18th century to be a perfect theatre and was copied in Edinburgh and elsewhere. But the average life span of a theatre was 17 years, so this, as the oldest survivor of any working theatre in the country, is a sort of freak.