Old Vic Drama School in Bristol

Old Vic Bristol Professional Drama school training.

Finding a drama school in Bristol has never been easier, there are several schools to choose from.

The most Famous school in Bristol.

Bristol Old Vic was opened in 1946 by Laurence Olivier since then many actors have trained at the  school and have become well known around the world.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is one of the most successful and well-respected conservatoire drama schools in the UK. The Old Vic attracts the very best talent in students and staff, and the courses are recognized nationally and internationally as a benchmark of quality in professional drama training.

It has been a centre of excellence for world-class vocational training in the arts and entertainment industry since its launch in 1946. In recognition of its achievements, in 2003 the Theatre School was one of just three drama schools invited to join the prestigious Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. A student’s first day at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is regarded as the first day of their professional career.

Entry is highly competitive: in acting, for instance, over 1,700 applicants audition for the 28 places available each year. Applications are made online and not through UCAS.

All applicants are auditioned / interviewed. More information on the Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

A Theatre Company for young actors living in Bristol.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company is home to young people from all across the city. From inspiring weekly sessions to full-scale performances, if you are 7-25 years old and passionate about theatre then you too can get involved.
Our Young Vic Company has performed at Bristol Harbour Festival and in Bristol Old Vic's professional production of Coram Boy, won three awards at the National Student Drama Festival, created six full-length Studio productions and performed both Children of Killers and The Grandfathers at the National Theatre as part of NT Connections. Excitingly, after seeing The Grandfathers Nicholas Hytner invited the show back for a run in The Shed at the National Theatre in July 2013. More recently Bristol Old Vic Young Company performed Pigeon English, a co-commission with the National Youth Theatre, at Bristol Old Vic and in a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. Pigeon English is the premiere stage adapation of Stephen Kelman's Man-Booker shortlisted novel, adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan.
Made in Bristol is the Young Company's graduate training company. Now in its fourth year, recent successes include an international tour of the production RIOT (including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), performing I Would Not at the National Theatre and taking Convinction into Ashfield Young Offenders institute.
Our Young Company continues to expand through Satellite Young Company sessions which take place in six schools across Bristol and in various local communities. The aim of these sessions is to connect with young people who find it difficult to participate in arts activity, to provide a rich education through the arts and to develop deeper engagement with local communities across the city.
More information on Bristol Old Vic young Company can be found here.

The acting school in Bristol also offers training in other aspects of theatre such as directors, stage managers and costume designers.

If you are looking for part time Performing Arts Schools for children and young adults you can choose between:


The Actors' Workshop

Classes for kids and adults in Bristol

Centre of Excellence for talented dedicated performers.
College preparation, agency affiliation. Ages: 8 - 22 Years.

Contact Clara Marullo on 01275 464771.


Performing Arts Schools in Bristol The Pauline Quirke Academy 

Film and TV classes for kids in Bristol
Bristol Avon

Saturday 10.00 am - 1.00 pm Ages: 6 - 18 Years.

Contact Trish Verey on 0845 673 2022.


Drama Nights Adult Drama Classes Clifton, Near Bristol.

Adult Acting classes in Bristol, also other venues in the UK



A sociable, creative and fun evening –make new friends whilst developing new skills.

Drama Nights is a pub based weekly acting Class with new venues opening each Half Term.

Classes include a lively mix of Theatre Games, Improv and Performance.

Contact Suzanne on 07896 958665 for more details


Performing Arts Schools in Bristol The Big Act

Classes and short acting courses in Bristol also professional classes.

Bristol Avon

Various professional classes across Bristol. Regular performances / filming. act:sing:dance:PERFORM Ages: 4 - 18 Years.

Contact Martin Williams on 0870 881 0367.


Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools in Bristol North

Part of the stagecoach chain specialising in children's drama and dance and singing classes in Bristol


Acting-Singing-Dancing Ages: 4 - 18 Years.

Contact Matt Broad on 0800 970 2456.


Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools in Portishead

Dancing, singing and acting classes for kids.


Main School-3 hours of dance, singing and drama for ages 6-18. Early Stages-90 mins for ages 4-6. Ages: 4 - 18 Years.

Contact Heidi Hollis on 0117 953 2500.


Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools in Bristol Central

3 hour classes in singing, dancing and drama classes for kids.


Drama-Singing-Dancing Ages: 4 - 18 Years.

Contact Matt Broad on 0800 970 2456.


Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools in Bristol Hanham


Dance, Singing and drama for ages 4-18,taught by professional teachers. Ages: 4 - 18 Years.

Contact Olivia Kennard on 0117 902 8925.


Performing Arts Schools Bristol North Avon Razzamataz Theatre Schools 

Razzamataz is a funky, modern Theatre school for kids who want to get ahead in the Performing Arts!

Ages: 4 - 18 Years.

Contact Jodie Horton-Stanley on 01454 850348.


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