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250th Anniversary Programme

250th Anniversary Programme

Bristol Old Vic's full 250th anniversary programme featuring shows from each century of the theatre's life and a Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Apr

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Apr

Dark Land Light House

Dark Land Light House

Sleepdogs present a visceral sci-fi horror set in a Dark Land in the depths of space where Teller Ghent is the lone keeper of the orbiting lighthouse. Teller's only company is a sentient computer with a taste for the poetic... and a host of terrible visions from the end of the universe.

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May

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

For your viewing pleasure, Peepolykus and Co. proudly present Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary. The seminal 19th Century novel will be brought spectacularly to life by director Gemma Bodinetz and her ‘bijoux' cast (with a fair amount of doubling).

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09

May

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09

May

I Am Joan

I Am Joan

A hopeful comedy about a woman in recovery from trauma finding empowerment by connecting with various inspiring Joans, Beautifully performed by Viv Gordon winner of Judge's Prize at Arts in Health South West 2015.

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12

May

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22

May

Mayfest

Mayfest

Mayfest is Bristol's unique annual festival of contemporary theatre. It is dedicated to presenting a broad range of unusual, playful and ambitious work from leading theatre makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond.

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12

May

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May

Comeback Special

Comeback Special

What happens if the Comeback comes back? Greg Wohead presents a rocking re-enactment of Elvis Presley's 1968 Comeback Special. Sort of. Greg welcomes Elvis fans, theatre fans and anyone who thinks this peculiar re-enactment might be fun. He certainly does.

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May

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May

Chekhov's First Play

Chekhov's First Play

Dead Centre return to Mayfest following last year’s sensational Lippy with Chekhov's First Play; the hotly anticipated rendition of Chekhov before he was Chekhov.

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14

May

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May

Castle Rock

Castle Rock

Inspired by the characters of Stephen King, Castle Rock transforms the cult hit film Stand By Me into a reimagined story about loss and acceptance.

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May

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15

May

Word

Word

A playful, participatory work-in-progress by emerging live artist Jamal Harwood, 'Word' seeks to explore the truth behind our accepted understanding of human communication.

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May

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18

May

The Complete Deaths

The Complete Deaths

Spymonkeys solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death where "four of the greatest clowns working in Britain" (Time Out) will perform all the 74 onstage deaths in William Shakespeares works in just 90 minutes.

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17

May

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18

May

Portraits In Motion

Portraits In Motion

Intrepid traveller Volker Gerling invites our audience to witness his breathtaking flipbook experience. Portraits In Motion animates the precious moments he's captured in a series of heart-warming stories from all around the world.

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May

Symphony

Symphony

Exploring the human voice and how it can be celebrated, Symphony creates a unique sound world of metallic tones using one commonplace, yet primarily unheard instrument.

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May

Of Riders and Running Horses

Of Riders and Running Horses

Following sell-out premiere performances at Mayfest 2015, 'Of Riders and Running Horses' returns combining a group of dancers and a live band that conjures a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together.

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May

Opening Skinner's Box

Opening Skinner's Box

Opening Skinner's Box is a whistle-stop tour of the scientific quest to make sense of what we are and who we are, told through ten great psychological experiments and the stories of the people who created them.

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May

It Folds

It Folds

Brokentalkers have built a reputation as one of Ireland's most innovative and original theatre companies. Junk Ensemble is a multi-award winning dance-theatre company. Together they present an extraordinary portrait of the tragicomic events that shape our everyday lives.

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21

May

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May

Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball

This piece from Action Hero is a text to be read by an audience and two performers, and they're telling a story about a male celebrity photographer and a female celebrity. It's a conversation about consent, authorship and putting words in other people's mouths, about what it really means to say ‘yes'.

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May

Blahblahblah - May

Blahblahblah - May

Team GB

Hollie McNish and Vanessa Kisuule represented Great Britain at the Slam Du Monde in Paris, and came 3rd, which is a great result when you're up against the (other) best poets in the world. Join them with special guest for the final Blahblahblah of the Spring Season.

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Jun

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic's 'The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk' traces the lives of Marc and Bella Chegall who walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Emma Rice's final production as Kneehigh's Artistic Director is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall's paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition.

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May

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May

250th Birthday Weekend

250th Birthday Weekend

On the May bank holiday weekend, we are flinging open our doors and inviting an array of Bristol creative talent to take over our building. There will be performances for everyone, packing out all our stages and spaces with talented performers who embody all that is great about Bristol.

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May

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29

May

250th Anniversary Gala

250th Anniversary Gala

Our 250th Anniversary Gala, a star-studded celebration of Bristol Old Vic's past, present and future on Sunday 29 May as part of our Birthday Weekend.

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30

May

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30

May

Bristol Open Stage

Bristol Open Stage

Bristol Open Stage invites everyone to share their interpretation of Bristol's imaginative spirit in whatever way they like on our historic Theatre stage. We want to hear your ideas about what makes Bristol special, your inspiring stories and see your brilliant work.

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Jun

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10

Jul

King Lear

King Lear

British theatre legend Timothy West plays King Lear in Tom Morris'production of Shakespeare great tragedy in a powerful examination of inter-generational conflict. A collaboration between Bristol Old Vic in their 250th anniversary year and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in their 70th anniversary year.

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16

Jul

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17

Jul

Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts

Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts

Meet all the characters from your favourite Julia Donaldson books, made all the more magical by a set that transforms from library to ship, to tropical island, to deep, dark wood. A very special show that families won't want to miss!

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Jul

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23

Jul

Made In Bristol Show

Made In Bristol Show

This year's Made in Bristol company 'Splint Theatre' display the exciting young talent that the South West region has to offer in a brand new show at The Wickham Theatre this July.

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26

Jul

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31

Jul

Ferment

Ferment

Ferment, the artist development factory of Bristol Old Vic, is now in its sixth year and very much a staple of the Theatre's calendar. Join us for Ferment this summer, where you will see the early stage work of some of the amazing artists who will be lighting up our stages for many years to come!

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Aug

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Aug

Under A Cardboard Sea

Under A Cardboard Sea

In a nameless city, beneath a cloud of smog there is a theatre. A little kingdom of its own, where secrets are hidden and lies are told. Behind the curtain nothing is as it seems... Featuring a cast of 100 young people aged 5-25, the award-winning Bristol Old Vic Young Company celebrate the theatre's 250th birthday with a newly devised piece inspired by its heritage.

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Sep

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02

Oct

The Rivals

The Rivals

In the summer streets of Bath, social climber and "pineapple of politeness" Mrs Malaprop is determined to make her niece Lydia Languish a fortuitous match. Lydia, however, fueled by an excessive indulgence in romantic fiction, has other ideas and plans to fall in love with a penniless man. Introducing the inconveniently wealthy Captain Jack Absolute who, in an attempt to fulfil Lydia's romantic ambition and capture her heart, disguises himself as a poor soldier - with hilarious consequences!

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Oct

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Nov

The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man

A wonderfully weird and wickedly wild new musical based on Victor Hugo's 'The Man Who Laughs', that tells the story of the hand-made freak Grinpayne and his hideously beautiful face.

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Nov

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Nov

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and presented by the ever inventive Kneehigh, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings.

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Jan

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Come on an epic adventure this Christmas with Bristol Old Vic's thrilling new version of Hans Christian Andersen's timeless story 'The Snow Queen'.

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