Royal Visit to Bristol Old Vic 01.02.19

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Bristol Old Vic to officially open the newly redeveloped front of house space and to share the historic moment with the next generation of theatre makers in a series of school workshops held throughout the building. Haworth Tompkins director, Roger Watts described to them the work that took place, accompanied by Artistic Director Tom Morris. Their Royal Highnesses unveiled a plaque commemorating the day, which was witnessed by guests from across the city, actors and children who have been involved with the theatre’s Year of Change and also current play casts.

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