Bristol’s oldest theatre is among hundreds of organisations that have received a financial boost from the government thanks to a £1.5 billion fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
Bristol Old Vic will receive £610,466, with other funds going to organisations including We The Curious receiving £173,400 and Underfall Yard receiving £25,500.
This funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by the government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
For Bristol Old Vic, the money will support the theatre’s survival for the immediate future and enable the organisation to plan its recovery.
Artistic director, Tom Morris, said: “This is fantastic news for many arts organisations all over the country. For Bristol Old Vic it is transformative.
“Immediately, it keeps us open and prevents another devastating round of redundancies. Beyond that, it gives us a solid platform from which we can contribute to the economic and social recovery which must follow the pandemic over the next two years.”
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