The transformation programme which is planned to commence in 2018 will bring back to life an iconic building with a sympathetic modern touch. In doing so it will deliver a venue fit for a leading European, national and regional centre for the performing arts. It will include:
The designs show the main hall with a new, larger and more flexible stage; new canopy and fore-stage lift; new balconies replacing the single deeply overhanging balcony; new seats and ceiling shape; new wall finishes and interior with a modern look and variable acoustics; and, unusually, the original Victorian windows brought back into use.
Audiences will step from the new foyer into a modern reworking of the historic spaces of the Victorian hall.
Our unique and highly atmospheric cellars were used throughout the 19th century as Bristol’s original customs warehouse. These will be converted for intimate club-type events, teaching facilities, creative workshop space and studios, enabling the first public access for a hundred years.