UK – Bristol – Old Vic

Dates: 1766 – present

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The Old Vic has a thunder run (which produces the rumble of thunder by rolling cannon balls along wooden channels above the auditorium room).
Bristol Old Vic Heritage post about the Thunder Run

Video of thunder run (BBC)

250th Anniversary Video

Bristol Old Vic Theatre Guide


1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics; Strand PR 72 on SL perch. Dimmers – 72 (54 x 1kW and 18 x 2kW); 2 presets; 3 groups. Circuits – FOH 20; Flies 26; Stage dips 12. Socket type – 15A BESA. Total capacity to stage – 90kW on 3 phases. Special effects supply – 60A on 1 phase. No followspots. No footlights. 
Sound: Console is mobile. 1 x 35W amplifier. Tape decks – 2. Turntables – 2. Mic sockets – none. Loudspeakers 3 FOH, 3 backstage. 

Links to information about equipment at Bristol Old Vic over the years

  • Light Console (Strand)
  • PR / System PR (Strand)
  • Mentions of Bristol Old Vic in indexed journals


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