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A Bristol Old Vic and The English Concert co-production

Messiah returns to Bristol Old Vic following its sell-out debut at Bristol Proms in 2013.

Handel's profound religious masterpiece was wildly controversial at its Dublin premier in 1742. He insisted on the anchor alto role being sung by the disgraced divorcee actress Susannah Cibber and to have it performed in theatres and concert halls rather than churches reserved for sacred works, including its first performance at Bristol Old Vic in 1782.

Inspired by Handel's early performances of the work, this staging explores the dramatic heart of the piece, taking as its starting point the bereaved community of a messianic leader and the struggle towards faith that must have confronted them.

Staged by Tom Morris and featuring internationally-renowned soloists Catherine Wyn Rogers and Julia Doyle, The Erebus Ensemble (Songs of Hope) and Europe's most celebrated Baroque orchestra The English Concert under the revered baton of Harry Bicket, this powerfully accessible dramatised concert is a rare treat for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.

A visual spectacle"

BACHTRACK on Messiah (Bristol Proms, 2013)


6-9 Apr

(plus booking fee)
£8 Standing Pit

Running time TBC
Ages 10+

Photography by SWNS

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Creative Team
Tom Morris
Conductor Harry Bicket
Set Designer Anna Orton
Costume Designer Emma Cains
Lighting Designer Robert Casey
Projections Designer Rod Maclachlan

Contralto Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Tenor Joshua Ellicott
Bass Brindley Sherratt
Soprano Julia Doyle

Cast Includes
Nir Paldi as the Leader, 6 Apr
Jamie Beddard as the Leader, 7 Apr
Jessica Murrain as the Leader, 8 Apr
Toby Jones as the Leader, 9 Apr

Ticket Offers

Groups of 10+ £3 off all tickets (excl Sat & Sun eve)
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Sat & Sun eve)
Groups of 50+ £6 off all tickets, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Sat & Sun eve)

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
50% off a limited number of full price tickets on all performances
Limited to 2 tickets per Friend

In summer 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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