Tribute night for Tim Piggott-Smith

Colin Davison

Bristol Old Vic and its Theatre School are to celebrate the life and career of one of their most illustrious members and supporters, the late Tim Pigott-Smith, on Sunday 12 November.

Tim trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before going on to make his name in The Jewel in the Crown and more recently the Olivier Award-winning King Charles III.

Several of Tim’s acting colleagues will take the stage to share their stories, including Christopher Biggins, John Caird, Stephanie Cole, Alan Cordina, Bob Crowley and Daniel Hill, with messages from others such as Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack. The evening will also include performances from Theatre School students.

Bristol Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris said, “he was a truly great actor, whose skill and ambition seemed to deepen with the years. He was also a profoundly generous and passionate lover of Bristol Old Vic theatre and this city, where he studied, trained as an actor, and began his career, describing that time as “the dream come true.

“Over the last ten years, Tim was a persuasive advocate in the fundraising which has made possible the current refurbishment of the Front of House areas of the theatre.”

All proceeds from the event will go to the Peter O'Toole Prize which helps Theatre School graduates to launch their careers at Bristol Old Vic.