Double your donation to Bristol Old Vic this week with the Big Give Christmas Challenge

Big Give Christmas Challenge - seats, seeds, bricks and bolts

Image: Seats, seeds, bricks and bolts available to sponsor this week. 

This year, Bristol Old Vic is delighted to have been selected to take part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, meaning that all donations made to the theatre over the next week will be doubled!

Any money donated via the Big Give website ( between midday today (Tue 28 Nov) and midday on Tue 5 Dec, the Big Give Christmas Challenge will match your donation and Bristol Old Vic will receive double your gift.

Philanthropist and Bristol Old Vic Board Member Helen Wilde said: “We’re really excited to be participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year and thrilled to have secured matched funding, which comes from The Reed Foundation. This is our one opportunity to turn to our brilliant Bristol public and ask for help to finish our capital appeal, by doubling their donation during Challenge Week. Our target is just £20,000 and it’s really important to us that everyone knows that their support, at whatever level, whether £5 or £50, really does make a difference.”

With gifts available from £5, there’s something for every pocket – why not use your Black Friday savings to do double the amount of good, and nab the ultimate Christmas gift for the theatre lover in your life.

  • £5 sponsors a packet of seeds for our new living roof and you’ll receive a personalised thank you tweet.
  • £10 sponsors an energy-efficient LED lamp for the chandeliers in Coopers’ Hall, and you’ll also receive a unique Bristol Old Vic Christmas haiku.
  • £25 sponsors a bolt that secures the new diagrid roof in our foyer. You’ll also receive a thank you postcard from a member of Made in Bristol, our young theatre-makers programme.
  • £50 buys you a brick reclaimed from our 1970s Studio. Collect from us, together with an authentication certificate.
  • £500 sponsors a seat in our new Studio.
  • £2,500 or £5,000 sponsors the best seats in our Georgian auditorium.

All money raised will go towards funding the final stage of Bristol Old Vic’s Capital Appeal. With just £20,000 left to raise, we need your support to ensure the project is completed, and your theatre transformed.

Bristol Old Vic Development Director Zoe Crick-Tucker said: “Our campaign is helping us to raise valuable funds to fit out our vital new Studio – a space which will see work presented from visiting companies, alongside providing a place of experimentation and development for our Engagement activity, and a designated testbed for Ferment artists (our Artist Development programme). We hope that the public is as excited as we are to see this new space filled with imaginative and daring new work.

The redevelopment project includes commitments to:

  • Transform our King Street Front of House space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol - and beyond - to enjoy;
  • Build a brand new, state-of-the-art Studio, which will be used by our award-winning Young Company, by Ferment - our new writing strand supporting emerging artists, and by a whole host of inspiring visitors we’ll be able to bring to the city;
  • For the first time, open up the theatre’s unique 250-year heritage to the public through a series of interactive, accessible on-site activities.

With your help, the project is due to be completed in autumn 2018, and will completely overhaul the audience experience, and bring to life the last 250 years of Bristol Old Vic’s unique and amazing history.

To support our journey, and to make double the difference, please visit: