Theatre Royal Bristol silver token

Theatre Collection

silver token

In 1766 a theatre was built on King Street in Bristol, which later became known as the Theatre Royal Bristol and the home of Bristol Old Vic theatre company. Fifty supporters each pledged fifty pounds towards the cost of building the theatre. In return they were each presented with a silver token, numbered between one and fifty, entitling them ‘to the sight of every performance to be exhibited in this house.’ This promise remains upheld to this day.

The Theatre Royal complex is currently undergoing redevelopment and Bristol Old Vic has issued a further fifty silver tokens, numbered fifty-one to one hundred, to acknowledge substantial donations.

  • Item reference: TCO/M/000001/1
  • Photographer: Dave Newbury
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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