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Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Old Vic's new look...

Today, Jeremy Hunt, the Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport came to Bristol. There was no way he could come here and not visit The Bristol Old Vic - the country's oldest working theatre. He's picured here with Richard Eddy ( Leader of the Council Conservative Group, me, Nick Yarker, the Prospective MP for Bristol West, and Adeela Shafi, the Prospective MP for Bristol East.

The super-dynamic Dick Penny, who has more or less saved the historic theater from ruin, showed us round and described exactly how he was going to transform the Old Vic into a theater of the times.

Plans include exciting new developments for the space outside the theater and a redeveloped bar/cafe area that can become a cultural hub of Bristol.

It was inspiring and comforting to see a man with such a love of, and understanding of theater balancing the delicate demands of respect for the past with ambition for the future.

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