The oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world has re-opened following a two year multi-million pound redevelopment.
Haworth Tompkins' redesign includes a spectacular full-height timber and glass fronted foyer which allows the theatre to be seen from the pavement for the first time in its 250 year history. The original Grade I Listed Coopers' Hall at first floor level, which has been converted back into a grand public room, serves both as an extension of the foyer and as a self-contained function room.
In addition to creating world-class productions, the theatre company is now also offering a brand new heritage visitor experience, open throughout the building from sun-up to curtain down. There is also a new studio theatre at ground floor and basement levels, together with mezzanine galleries, winding staircases and viewing galleries.
The project was funded by the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Bristol City Council as well as grants and private donations.