Bristol Old Vic Thunder Run Press Round-up
Bristol Old Vic revives its Georgian Thunder Run to celebrate 250th Birthday
To mark Bristol Old Vic's 250th Birthday, our building's 18th century Thunder Run has been successfully restored, aided by theatre consultant and historian, David Wilmore.
The Thunder Run is a Grade I listed instrument which spirals round above the celing of our auditorium and, operated by weighted balls, produces the bellowing sounds and vibrations which mimic thunder.
This is the first time the device has been used since 1942 and, in a combined celebration of our birthday year and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, our audiences will be treated to its booming sounds in June 2016's King Lear [starring Bristish Theatre Legend, Timothy West].
THUNDER RUN COVERAGE
ITV West Country 1800 + 2230 broadcasts
BBC News website
BBC Radio 4 - Today (Listen from 01:42:39 - 01:47:20)
BBC Radio 4 - Today: video - How to make thunder in the theatre
BBC Breakfast x 2
BBC News at One
BBC Points West (local)
BBC Local Radio - Mark Forrest (broadcast to all local BBC radio stations in the country)