Address: King Street, BS1 4ED
Date: Georgian period (1714-1837)
The Theatre Royal claims to be Britain’s second oldest working theatre and was set up in this street in 1766 because land here was cheap. It was set up by 50 wealthy local business men (patrons). Many of them were Merchant Venturers and they all invested £50 in the building. The Farr family, Henry Blight and Michael Miller were all patrons who lived nearby in Queen Square and were involved in the African trade. The theatre is now home to the Bristol Old Vic.