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The Theatre Royal, built between 1764 and 1766, is Britain’s oldest surviving and continuously used theatre auditorium. Its design by Bristol architect Thomas Paty incorporated a horseshoe-shaped auditorium, copied in theatres around the world. The present theatre complex uses the Coopers’ Hall, built in 1743, as a foyer.

“ There then appeared one of the finest Scenes Imagination can conceive ... ”

From a letter, Sarah Farley’s Bristol Journal, 1766