I worked on the stage door at the Bristol Old Vic theatre between November 2005 and June 2006. In February 2007 I went back to interview Andrew Stocker who has worked there since 1983. The result is a highly engaging and informative insight into the oldest continually-operating theatre in England. It is presented here on BIRSt in three parts. If you would like to find out more please visit their website.
PART 1 – History and the future
In the first part of the interview, Andrew talks about the theatre’s history as well as refurbishment plans; including a fundraising idea of selling special tokens, a method first used many years ago.
PART 2 – Famous names and the Bristol Old Vic theatre school
In the second part of this interview, Andrew explains the theatre’s connections with the Old Vic in London beginning in 1946. In the same year Laurence Olivier opened the Bristol Old Vic theatre school, past students include Patrick Stewart, Peter O’Toole and Miranda Richardson.
PART 3 – Do you believe in ghosts?
The third and final part of the interview where Andrew describes in compelling detail the unmistakable ghostly presence that haunts the Bristol Old Vic.