It is vital that every regional theatre has a successful studio and that's why I'm delighted to launch this appeal. That's why I'm asking you to sponsor a seat in the new Studio. It will be an investment down the years, down the decades. It will be sowing the seeds to turn into mighty oaks".

Simon Callow, 14/07/2017

In 2018, Bristol Old Vic will see the realisation of our £25m redevelopment plan and building work has begun in earnest. In celebration, we have released the final seats in our historic auditorium and our brand new studio - we are looking for sponsorship from individuals or businesses to name a seat. This sponsorship will provide vital income towards the refurbishment of Bristol Old Vic's Front of House and commercial ventures that will secure the future of this historic beautiful theatre we call home.

Sponsorships are available at £500 & £1000 in our brand new Studio and £2500 & £5000 in our Georgian Auditorium. Payments can be made in instalments (up to 3 years). In return, you will receive an engraved plaque attached to the seat for up to 25 years and, with enough notice, we will ensure you can always sit in your seat when you visit. As a thank you, seat sponsors are invited to join us for a technical rehearsal to experience how we make productions at Bristol Old Vic.

Your donation will make a BIG difference. Take a seat and you'll be in good company!

Supporters of this campaign to date:

Sir Daniel Day-Lewis
Dame Judi Dench
Jeremy Irons & Sinéad Cusack
Patrick Malahide
John Nettles
Tim Pigott-Smith
Alan Rickman
Patricia Routledge
Greta Scacchi
Sir Patrick Stewart
Sir Tom Stoppard
Trudie Styler
Julie Walters


Other ways to Support Us

In addition to purchasing a ticket to a show in our theatre there are a number of ways in which you can support our wide-ranging activities:


   Peter O'Toole Prize            Become a Friend                 Sponsor a Seat              Join Supporter Circles

If you would like more information or help processing your donation please contact Sarah Watts, Development Officer, on 0117 317 8654 or email

To view full list of supporters of Bristol Old Vic click here.

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