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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School gains cast-iron support

21st June 2010

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has launched a fundraising campaign with the help of one of its former students – Oscar- winning actor Jeremy Irons. The theatre school is hoping to raise £700,000 to complete building work on its Downside Road site in Clifton and Mr Irons hosted a gala event at the Theatre Royal to kick the campaign off.

The plans are for new rehearsal spaces, provided in a building linking the two existing buildings on the site. £250,000 has already been raised.

For the last five years, Mr Irons has been president of the school’s fundraising appeal. He is keen to make it clear that the theatre school appeal is entirely separate to the Old Vic’s ongoing appeal to redevelop the Theatre Royal in King Street.

In 2007, just before the historic venue closed for a revamp, he was a signatory on a letter backing the theatre and calling for it to remain a producing theatre, but last night he said that although the theatre and school were interlinked, their appeals were independent of each other.

He said there were “a few big hitters” in the audience who he hoped would give the appeal some money.

Source: Bristol Evening Post

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