A night on the town

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During the summer of 2017 the city centre Bristol Hippodrome underwent a massive refurbishment with new seats and more tghan a lick of paint - see slideshow below.

Now the world-famous Bristol Old Vic has had a multi-million-pound transformation - top slideshow.
The dramatic redevelopment was overseen by leading theatre and Stirling prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins.
A full-height timber and glass-fronted foyer, revealing the original auditorium façade to the street for the first time, acts like a covered public square.

Huge sun-shading shutters, incorporating the text of Garrick’s naugural 1766 address and a poem by former Bristol city poet Miles Chamber, highlight the theatre’s long history and look forward to its future role in the whole community.

The internal layout has been completely transformed, with the restoration of the Georgian Coopers’ Hall as a public assembly room for Bristol, a new studio theatre created in the old barrel vaults, mezzanine galleries, winding staircases and viewing platforms.

 The fascinating history of the oldest continuously-running theatre in the English-speaking world is also being opened up to the public for the first time as it becomes a new heritage destination later this autumn (November). Exhibitions, interactive experiences, tours and workshops will shine a light on the amazing stories of a playhouse that has been entertaining Bristol for over 250 years.
This major project is the second stage of a ten-year £26 million programme to completely overhaul and safeguard the future of this historical and cultural gem, led by artistic director Tom Morris and chief executive Emma Stenning.

They originally embarked on the challenge when they arrived at the theatre nearly 10 years ago, after it had been threatened by closure

  • Nailsea Little Theatre also had an open evening to tell people more about what it does and to celebrate a significant milestone in NLT’s history. Fifty years ago NLT acquired the old Ebenezer Chapel at Union Street as its permanent home for rehearsals and set building; and

  • Once a year the Friends of The Playhouse at Weston-super-Mare host an Open Day where you can come and take an exclusive look behind the scenes of the theatre, learn about the history of the building, explore the dressing rooms, and take centre stage. This year the event was in September but so far no one has reported back they say the ghost!

Bristol Hippodrome
New seats at Bristol Hippodrome
Orchestra pit
In the Gods


126-130 High Street


BS23 1HP


The Playhouse is a 664-seat theatre that hosts shows all year round including opera, ballet, comedy, music, am dram and pantomime performances.

Although the beautiful building was designed by world renown architect Hans Price it now has a really modern ugly facade.

The theatre is supported by a voluntary group called The Friends of the Playhouse.


St Augustine's Parade

Bristol BS1 4UZ


The city centre theatre has a full line-up of fantastic shows including opera, pop, ballet and one-off star performances.To see its full future programme click HERE to go to listings

To read all the reviews about shows at the Bristol Hippodrome scroll down from the menu button at the top of the page or to read the latest review click HERE



Nailsea Musicals started in 1977, as Nailsea Musical Comedy Club, with a debut performance of the musical Oliver! in 1978.

The society now performs three or four shows each season.

Membership is spread over three sections: Minis, Juniors and Adults.

All sections rehearse on at the Mizzymead Recreation Centre - the Minis at 9.45am and the Juniors at 10.30am on Saturdays and the Adults at 7.30pm on Wednesdays.


Nailsea Little Theatre,

Union Street


Nailsea Theatre Club was formed in 1963 by a few dedicated enthusiasts.

Since then it has had a continuous programme of successful productions and currently presents three plays a year.

Some years ago the club became a registered charity and as a consequence was able to obtain a National Lottery grant to extend the premises - an old Methodist Chapel which is used for rehearsals, scenery building, social events and productions.

The new extensions were opened by our past president, Tom Williams, in June 1996. Since the start of the 2011 season the premises at Union Street have become known as Nailsea Little Theatre.


Mariner’s Drive,

Backwell BS48 3HT


Backwell Playhouse is a charming, intimate theatre once called the theatrein the garden.

It boasts a strong and talented in-house theatre company and a thriving film club, as well as a stream of visiting companies and classes, all nestled within the heart of the village.

The Playhouse is a unique space, with 99 seats raking to a open and flexible performance area.

The space has been used for plays, dance recitals, music performances, films and presentations.

It's even hosted productions in the round.

With full technical facilities, backstage amenities and bar & foyer area, Backwell Playhouse truly is an amazing theatre.

The Backwell Playhouse Theatre Company produce at least three productions each year, all of which are challenging to both cast and audience, but always of the highest quality and entertainment.

An entirely voluntary enterprise, the Playhouse is a charity that aims to advance the education of the public in the performaning arts and literature.

Details of its autumn programme are on the preview page, click HERE.