United Kingdom, England

Established in 1946, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is an institute responsible for training and performing acting for film, TV and theatre in Bristol, UK. The school is affiliated to Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. Although the awarding powers are granted by the University of the West of England and a mixed graduation ceremony is held between the students of the school and UWE Bristol’s Faculty of Arts. The Bristol Old Vic is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools. After the full support of Sir Laurence Olivier, the school opened eight months after founding of its original heir Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company. The theatre school is capable of accepting only 14 applicants out of 2,500 yearly. After rigorous auditions and rounds of enactment, the applicants are chosen purely based on their skills and talent. 

Campus Life

The school was initially poorly funded and had to carry out their education and rehearsals in the Old Vic Company until 1954. For a long time, it introduced standard understudy creations in the Department's test Drama Studio changed over from an indoor tennis court off a hallway in the Wills Memorial Building behind the University's Bell Tower at the highest point of Bristol's in vogue Park Street. Understudies from the School and the Drama Department shared a considerable lot of one another's conventional talks and some of the Department's alumni proceeded to proceed with their career as full-time understudies at the School. School has now access to various theatres and resources including the Redgrave Theatre at Cliffton College, The Theatre Royal at Old Vic, New Vic Studio and The Basement. In 2002 the Theater School purchased the previous BBC Christchurch radio studios in Clifton and has additionally built up the offices there which incorporate sound studios and sound and video altering suites which are utilized by understudies and furthermore by music and media industry customers. 

Noted Alumni

There are numerous talents associated with this school and some of them have represented their talents in mainstream categories. Few of them include Brian Blessed – (Flash Gordon, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace), Samantha Bond – (James Bond, Downton Abbey), Laura Carmichael - (Downton Abbey, The Spanish Princess), Flaminia Cinque - (Doctors, EastEnders), Richard Coyle - (A Good Year, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)