Just under a fortnight ago we officially opened our Backstage Bar alongside previews of the Timothy West starring King Lear, and we’re ecstatic to share that it’s gone down quite the storm!
In the run up to our redevelopment works which commenced mid-June, our team of contractors were quietly working behind the scenes to craft the cracking bar space you see before you now.
Sitting at the heart of our Theatre, our Paintshop has been transformed to accommodate both you and the same excellent selection of beverages you’ve come to know and love from the best of the South West including our 250th Anniversary Ale ‘1766′ from Bath Ales.
In our opening week, we were named ‘Bar of the Week‘ by Bristol 24/7 which particularly praised the “various elements which other bars would call design features but here are just part of the fabric of the high-ceilinged space which not so long ago was purely functional.”
We’re pleased our redevelopment works provide a unique opportunity to share a true ‘backstage’ look at our Theatre – a sentiment shared by those of you who have already passed through our new Stage Door entrance.
Following our Backstage Bar’s grand opening on 18 June, the compliments have continued to flood in. Here are some of our top visitor comments so far:
“You have created a fabulous “Banksy” feeling to the temporary entrance/bar area, great music and feel to the space.”
“Loved the ‘temporary bar’. Will be sad when it goes in a couple of years!”
“Loving the alternative rustic look during restoration and helpful friendly staff as ever”
“I loved the new backstage bar area and look forward to spending more time there, and also seeing how the renovations adapt and develop over the next few months.”
Our exciting redevelopment will see our front of house spaces transformed into a beautiful combination of the historic and new – all ready for 2018. Until then, just kick back and relax with a drink or two on one of our backstage sofas and, as always, we hope you enjoy your show!
For more information and regular updates about our redevelopment works, visit our redevelopment page here.