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A multi-mil­lion-pound ren­o­va­tion has given a facelift to the old­est-con­tin­u­ally op­er­at­ing theatre in Eng­land: the Bris­tol Old Vic. An off­shoot of the Old Vic in London, the theatre com­plex in­cludes the Theatre Royal, which has been host­ing plays since 1766. The ren­o­va­tion in­cludes an in­ter­ac­tive jour­ney through the his­tory and her­itage of the theatre, a flex­i­ble theatre space, and a bar and restau­rant. The pin­na­cle of the project is a glass-fronted atrium, re­veal­ing the orig­i­nal theatre façade, which had been hid­den from view. The as­so­ci­ated theatre school has an im­pres­sive cast of alumni, which in­cludes Daniel Day-Lewis and Olivia Col­man.

Brick­work from the orig­i­nal build­ing can be seen in the Bris­tol Old Vic’s new foyer

ABOVE: Daniel Day-Lewis was a stu­dent at as­so­ci­ated theatre school in the 1970s

RIGHT: The en­trance to the Theatre Royal as it was in the early 19th cen­tury

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