Images of the cast of Far from the Madding Crowd rehearsing in period dress

Far from the Madding Crowd: an announcement

Published on:
26th November 2020

On 26 November 2020, the UK Government announced that Bristol will be placed into tier 3 restrictions when the national Covid-19 lockdown lifts on 2 December 2020. This means that entertainment venues within the region, including theatres, must remain closed to in-person visitors or audiences.

Whilst all students and staff at the School are understandably disappointed that we will not be able to welcome an in-person audience to The Redgrave Theatre for Far from the Madding Crowd, this decision is not unexpected. The production has been carefully planned with a digital team encompassing vision mixers and camera operators, and we are delighted to be broadcasting live from The Redgrave Theatre on the 5, 7 and 8 December.

A multi-camera setup throughout the auditorium will ensure the magic of live performance is captured for those joining us from the safety of their own homes. So, if you haven’t already, please book your livestream ticket, stock up on snacks for the interval, download the virtual programme, and prepare to join us as the graduating students of BOVTS present the timeless story of Bathsheba Everdene.

If you have already booked an in-person ticket, then The Redgrave’s Box Office will be in touch shortly with details of your refund and how to book a livestream ticket.

Rehearsal photography by Rachel Holman. Trailer by Craig Fuller Photography. 

One of my favourite parts about BOVTS is that it feels ‘homegrown’. From the set to the costume, lighting, acting and sound, every single aspect of a theatre production or film is down to the students. The location of Clifton is so serene and the School being so small everyone knows each other and it feels so personal and special. Violet Morris, BA Professional Acting Student