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Bristol Old Vic reveals details of first live performances since lockdown

By martin booth, Monday Aug 17, 2020

Live indoor performances are returning to the Bristol Old Vic after a break of five months.

The King Street theatre is set to reopen on Thursday with a series of experimental performances that will run throughout August and September.

It follows the reopening of the cafe and the launch of an appeal through which funds will be raised to commission new work from Bristol artists.

Poetry from Vanessa Kisuule, comedy from Mark Olver, and music from Patrycja Kujawska and James Gow will be the first trio of events: “three tiny performances by brilliant and beloved Bristolian artists,” in the words of Old Vic artistic director, Tom Morris.


“Our doors are already open, but we can only call ourselves a theatre when we are sharing live performance again,” Morris added.

“While we’ve been fighting to keep our business alive, we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and supporters whose kindness is funding this programme.”

The programme starts on Thursday, August 20 with a live performance by former city poet Vanessa Kisuule, whose recent poem Hollow about the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue went viral online.


The following evening, Mark Olver invites you to join him for a game of Who Said That?, the comedy panel show that he devised during lockdown.

The first ever live edition of the show will see Olver hosting from the Old Vic with his four guests Jayde Adams, Luke Kempner, Robin Morgan and Lou Conran joining in remotely.

And on Saturday, Patrycja Kujawska and James Gow will be serenading audiences with a repertoire of light miniatures for violin and cello, developed over the past months together in their gardens.

Expect to hear Bach, Mozart, Handel and other classics brought to life from the Old Vic’s new indoor stage.

Tickets for all three events cost from £10 for a table of two to £30 for a table of six. For more information, visit

Main photo: Bristol Old Vic

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