Indian Boy from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, Handspring Puppet Company, Bristol Old Vic, 2013, wood, paint, leather and metal. Photo Alice Hendy

Indian Boy from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, Handspring Puppet Company, Bristol Old Vic, 2013, wood, paint, leather and metal. Photo Alice Hendy

A selection of scenery designs from Bristol Old Vic, Centre Stage 2015. Photo Alice Hendy

A selection of scenery designs from Bristol Old Vic, Centre Stage 2015. Photo Alice Hendy

Backdrop for Cinderella model box, by John Elvery, Bristol Old Vic. Photo Alice Hendy

Backdrop for Cinderella model box, by John Elvery, Bristol Old Vic. Photo Alice Hendy

Stage props produced for Swallows and Amazons, Jill Molyneux, Jag Props Bristol Old Vic, 2010 & 2014, wood, canvas and metal. Photo Alice Hendy

Stage props produced for Swallows and Amazons, Jill Molyneux, Jag Props Bristol Old Vic, 2010 & 2014, wood, canvas and metal. Photo Alice Hendy

Parrot Head and costumes from Mary Poppins, US Tour – 25th March 2009, Cameron Mackintosh. Photo Alice Hendy.

Parrot Head and costumes from Mary Poppins, US Tour – 25th March 2009, Cameron Mackintosh. Photo Alice Hendy.

Stage props and scenery from Mary Poppins, designed by Bob Crowley. Cameron Mackintosh. Photo Alice Hendy.

Stage props and scenery from Mary Poppins, designed by Bob Crowley. Cameron Mackintosh. Photo Alice Hendy.

Cinderella Pantomime Backdrop. Designed by John Elvery, cotton canvas and rosco supersaturated paints. Photo Alice Hendy

Cinderella Pantomime Backdrop. Designed by John Elvery, cotton canvas and rosco supersaturated paints. Photo Alice Hendy

Centre Stage Private View event, 2015, RWA. Photo Alice Hendy

Centre Stage Private View event, 2015, RWA. Photo Alice Hendy

Phantom costume from The Phantom of the Opera, designed by Maria Björnson, London – 9th October 1986, Silk suit and worsted antique jet cloak. Photo Alice Hendy.

Phantom costume from The Phantom of the Opera, designed by Maria Björnson, London – 9th October 1986, Silk suit and worsted antique jet cloak. Photo Alice Hendy.

Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company, Bristol Old Vic, 2013, cane, wood, metal and leather. Photo Alice Hendy

Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company, Bristol Old Vic, 2013, cane, wood, metal and leather. Photo Alice Hendy

Candelabra from The Phantom of the Opera, Designed by Maria Björnson, UK Tour 1, Manchester – 19th October 1993, fibreglass and steel, Cameron Mackintosh. Photo Alice Hendy.

Candelabra from The Phantom of the Opera, Designed by Maria Björnson, UK Tour 1, Manchester – 19th October 1993, fibreglass and steel, Cameron Mackintosh. Photo Alice Hendy.

Centre Stage takes visitors on a magical journey to explore the story of theatre in Bristol. Turning the spotlight on those working behind the scenes as well as the famous names in front of it, this enchanting family-friendly exhibition includes life-size set designs, painting, photography, costume and an immersive new artwork commissioned especially for the exhibition. Focusing on craft and creativity, Centre Stage opens the doors on the enchanting world of theatre, transforming design into art and art into theatre.

As the inaugural event in Bristol’s 2016 celebrations of 800 years as a mayoral city, Centre Stage also celebrates the 250th anniversary what is now Bristol Old Vic, 70 years of the Bristol Old Vic Company, 70 years of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 70 years of the Theatre Club and 65 years of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. As well as family events throughout this FREE exhibition please join us on the 23 and 24 January 2016 to celebrate the start of the Bristol 800 celebrations. More details to follow on our website.

This exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, The Centre for Moving Image at UWE (CMIR) and the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, and is supported by Bristol 800, Bristol City Council, Bristol Festival of Ideas and Arts Council England.

11 December 2015 – 24 January 2016

Admission prices

Entry to the Centre Stage exhibition will be FREE to everyone.

Become a Friend (yearly membership): from £15, enjoy unlimited repeat visits, private view invitations, and other benefits.

For more details on admissions go to: www.rwa.org.uk/visit-us/admission/

Opening times

Galleries and café
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed Mondays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Christmas Opening Hours:
CLOSED Thurs 24 December to Mon 28 December
OPEN Tues 29 Dec: 10am – 6pm
Wed 30 Dec: 10am – 6pm
Thurs 31 Dec: 10am – 4pm
CLOSED Fri 1 Jan New Year’s Day
Sat 2 Jan: Open as normal

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