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

BBC News Feature on the 250th Anniversary

Featuring information about the funding of the venue

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)
  • Documents

    Bristol Theatre Royal Photos and Information 
    [External Website]
    From Historic Theatre Photographs

    Bristol Old Vic Gets An Update (November 1949)
    [External Website]
    From BBC Rewind

    Britains Oldest Playhouse Reopens (January 1950)
    [External Website]
    From BBC Rewind

    LSI: Bristol Old Vic - History in the Making (November 2012)
    [External Website]
    From Lighting & Sound International

    Mentions of Bristol Old Vic in indexed journals




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    Keywords: Bristol Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Bristol