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16 Narrow Quay

Thu 28 Feb 2019
18:30 - 20:00


Join award-winning Architect Steve Tompkins of Haworth Tompkins for a fascinating insight into the recently completed Bristol Old Vic and Battersea Arts Centre.

Hear how the history of these two popular theatres takes centre stage through beautiful restoration and transformation.

An award-winning architectural studio with an international reputation for intelligent, purposeful design, Haworth Tompkins have made a name for themselves in reinventing spaces for the performing arts; including Liverpool’s Everyman and London’s National Theatre. Bristol Old Vic becomes their most recent jewel in the crown, devising a foyer that is stage-like in its theatricality and city square-like in it’s magnetism for the city’s glitterati.

Opening to the public in October 2018, the work comprises a radical new front of house space and studio theatre for the Grade I listed Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. Successfully pulling the theatre’s 250 year old history into the 21st century, the project aims to open up the front of house areas to a wider, more diverse audience and to place the theatre at the heart of Bristol’s public life and public space.


“With this transformation, we are returning the theatre to its origins as a place for all and a new welcoming space where everyone can feel at home.” Tom Morris, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic
“We owe a debt of gratitude to an architectural practice who don’t just do design, they also do cultural change” David Jubb, Artistic Director, Battersea Arts Centre

This event is in collaboration with the Bristol Old Vic.

Theatres of Dreams City Dinner is kindly sponsored by Donald Insall Associates.