Bristol Open Stage returns to Bristol Old Vic

The highlight of Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary celebrations last year was Bristol Open Stage, which saw the theatre issue an invitation to the people of the city to take over the historic stage, culminating in a wildly joyous performance during the Birthday Weekend in May.

It was a phenomenal success, with over 350 Bristolians aged 6-91 treading the boards and capturing the spirit of the city. 2016 saw performances from poets, dancers and musicians, to playwrights and masters of martial arts, and audiences were captivated by the artists who proved that Bristol is a place where people dare to do things differently. It is in such spirit that Bristol Old Vic has been determined to continue as part of the 250th anniversary legacy.

Bristol Old Vic announce that Bristol Open Stage will return to the theatre in 2017. Taking place on the theatre’s 251st birthday (Mon 29 May), the people of Bristol will be welcomed to the stage once again to share their stories over the course of one very special day.

Entry is free for everyone who wants to come along to support the acts taking part, family and friends are invited to join the general audience and celebrate the fantastic creativity of our city.

For those who would like to take part, application forms must be submitted by Monday 24 April. Applications can be submitted here: Bristol Open Stage 2017 Application Form

For more information on how to apply, please visit