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Bristol Open Stage 2017

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Your chance to perform in our Theatre

Last year, we celebrated our 250th birthday by throwing open our stage to everyone in our extraordinary community for the very first Bristol Open Stage. Over two showcases and one extraordinary festival on our birthday weekend in May, we saw over 100 Bristolian acts share their own creative work in a celebration of Bristol's creative heart.

This year, Bristol Open Stage returns for our 251st birthday on Monday 29th of May and we would like to invite everyone in Bristol to get involved. You might be a solo performer, an amateur theatre group, a songwriter, a community choir, a teacher, a stand-up comedian, a poet, a dancer, a lawyer, a street artist, a baker or a musician - we want to hear what you think makes Bristol special, be entertained by your inspiring stories and showcase your creativity.


How do I apply?

To get involved, all you need to do is get your idea together, and submit the Bristol Open Stage application form by Monday 24th April and tell us what you'd like to bring to our stage (maximum length 10 minutes).

We will give priority to those who want to present for the first time; but we'd also love to hear from Bristol Open Stage alumni who have appeared before but would like to present something new.  

To complete an application form, click here.

What happens next?

After the application deadline of Monday 24th of April, we will confirm the time slot of your Bristol Open Stage sharing, and will be in touch to support the focusing of your idea. On the day itself - Monday 29 May - we encourage you to bring family, friends and supporters to enjoy your performance and those of others taking part.

We can't wait to hear from you!

If you have any further questions, please email

Bristol Open Stage 2017

Mon 29 May

Key dates
Mon 24 April
Applications close for Bristol Open Stage
Mon 29 May Bristol Open Stage Showcase

Please note, you will need to be available to perform at any point during the day on 29 May 2017.

Photography Jon Craig and Jack Offord

@bristololdvic #OpenStage

In summer 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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