Bristol Old Vic Begin ‘Beach Hut’ Style Reopening

Bristol Old Vic

The Bristol Old Vic is set to create 17 ‘beach huts’ next week, following a payout of almost £290,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund.

The cabins are being designed to function as an outdoor bar and “socially distantced haven” outside the venue, ahead of theatres being able to open in full from 17 May.

Each hut will shelter a group of six and will be inspired by different productions from the theatre’s 255-year-history. This includes Peter O’Toole’s Hamlet of the 1950’s, as well as the theatre’s recent production of Touching the Void.

Dave Harraway, the Bristol Old Vic’s Director of Productions and Operations, said “after a long and cold winter, we’re ready to throw open the doors to our summer cabins here at Bristol Old Vic.

“King St. is world renowned for its welcome and atmosphere and we are delighted to re-open this new addition to the brilliant offers available around us.”

Bristol Old Vic is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The second phase of the recovery fund was announced to extend support to cultural organisations who were prevented from reopening by January’s lockdown.

Since the theatre’s closure in March 2020, the Bristol Old Vic has experimented with streamed performances accessible by audiences from across the world. The theatre recently announced details of their spring season, including shows such as Swallows and Amazons and Messiah.

Words by Millie Lockhart.

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