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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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Jan

Studio Walkabout Season

Studio Walkabout Season

We’re taking our studio programme on Walkabout around Bristol while our King Street Front of House undergoes a major redevelopment and a brand new Studio is built.

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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, 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

ON TOUR: And Then Come The Nightjars

ON TOUR: And Then Come The Nightjars

South Devon, 2001. Jeff is a vet with a problem. Michael is a cattle farmer who is a problem. But when Foot and Mouth sweeps through the British countryside, communities are thrown into chaos.

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Sep

Blahblahblah - Sep

Blahblahblah - Sep

Soweto Kinch, Sally Jenkinson and Toby Campion

MOBO award winning saxophonist and charismatic fireball Soweto Kinch is joined by the gorgeously wrought poetry of Sally Jenkinson and Poetry Slam winner Toby Champion for a night that will take you from hip hop to hilarity.

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Oct

The Terrible Things I've Done

The Terrible Things I've Done

Invisible Ink has been collecting true stories of the terrible things we do. From lying to your boss to breaking your mum’s heart and everywhere in between, 'The Terrible Things I've Done' explores the darker side of human nature.

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Oct

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13

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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Blahblahblah - Oct

Blahblahblah - Oct

Adam Kammerling, Deanna Rodger and Agnes Torok

Deanna Rodgers’s super smart and astute observations have made her a UK Poetry Slam Champion and one of ELLE UK magazine’s “30 Inspirational Women Under 30”. Sharing the stage will be TED speaker and poetry regular on BBC The Social Agnes Török alongside Adam Kammerling with his playful and funny, political and rhythmical performance.

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Oct

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29

Oct

The Spooky Ship

The Spooky Ship

Step on board Brunel's ss Great Britain after-dark this Halloween. Explore the eerie sights, sounds and smells and watch out for characters lurking in the shadows for a good, old-fashioned, Victorian fright-fest.

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Nov

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Dec

ON TOUR: Peter Pan

ON TOUR: Peter Pan

Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the National Theatre after a sell-out run at Bristol Old Vic in 2012. This winter, JM Barrie's much-loved tale takes flight. When Peter Pan leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland - where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. It's a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.

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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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Nov

Blahblahblah - Nov

Blahblahblah - Nov

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan - Luke Wright

In a story of shattered friendship, class ceilings, and the hollow reality of the New Labour dream, Luke Wright delivers a multi award winning hurricane of a performance. With humour and humanity he takes British politics head on for what promises to be “Pulsating piece of poetic storytelling” (Guardian).

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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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08

Jan

Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

This Christmas, Bristol Old Vic sets sail to transform The Lantern at Colston Hall into a nautical playground with 'Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain'.

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08

Jan

ON TOUR: The Night that Autumn Turned to Winter

ON TOUR: The Night that Autumn Turned to Winter

This Christmas, our wonderful family show 'The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter' blows in to Battersea Arts Centre in London for a frenzy of nut gathering and adventure.

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Dec

Blahblahblah - Dec

Blahblahblah - Dec

The Lie - Francesca Beard

In what’s become a bit of a tradition for Blahblahblah, we bring you something to cut through the relentless Christmassy onslaught. We’re delighted that this year it’s a new interactive spoken word show from razor-witted, darkly hilarious, internationally acclaimed poet Francesca Beard.

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Feb

David O'Doherty: Big Time

David O'Doherty: Big Time

David O'Doherty - the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya - is delighted to present a brand new show of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

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Feb

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Feb

The Record

The Record

Award-winning New York theatre company 600 HIGHWAYMEN bring 45 Bristolians together on stage for the first time. In 61 minutes they show us who they are, and who they could be. Part theatre, part dance, part group hallucination - a vivid human assembly on an epic scale.

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Feb

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14

Feb

Miles Jupp: Songs of Freedom

Miles Jupp: Songs of Freedom

Miles Jupp (stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband, worrier, fool, star of Rev. and host of The News Quiz) hits the road in a freshly-ironed shirt and some robust trousers and tries to make some bloody sense of the everyday mysteries of life.

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17

Feb

John Shuttleworth: My Last Will and Tasty Mint

John Shuttleworth: My Last Will and Tasty Mint

A recent health scare (well, a mild bout of sciatica) has made John Shuttleworth, "Sheffield's finest singer/songwriter" (The Times), focus on his mortality in this show featuring hilarious new songs, and a few of the old favourites bashed out on his trusty Yamaha.

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Feb

The Bear

The Bear

A heart-warming and humorous wintry tale based on Raymond Brigg's much-loved storybook, this show features dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling and dozens of laughs. The perfect introduction to theatre for ages 3+ and families.

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Mar

Junkyard

Junkyard

Inspired by the true story behind the Lockleaze playground known as ‘The Vench', Junkyard is a story about Bristol from BAFTA award-winning writer and Bristolian Jack Thorne and Evening Standard award-winning director Jeremy Herrin.

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Mar

Escaped Alone

Escaped Alone

Don’t miss 'Escaped Alone', the critically acclaimed new play by Caryl Churchill (The Skriker, Top Girls), one of the UK’s greatest and most inventive living playwrights.

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Apr

Life.

Life.

BalletBoyz are coming to Bristol! 'Life.' is their new show performed by an all-male company of 10 amazing dancers, set to a mesmerising and evocative original musical score.

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Apr

Messiah

Messiah

Messiah returns to our Theatre following its sell-out debut in Bristol Proms in 2013. Tom Morris brings this dramatic work to life in a semi-staged performance with a cast of actors, the glorious Erebus Ensemble and The English Concert’s brilliant Baroque orchestra, conducted by Harry Bicket.

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Apr

La Strada

La Strada

Directed by Bristol's own Olivier award-nominee Sally Cookson, this visually stunning new stage adaptation of Federico Fellini's masterpiece 'La Strada' is retold by a multi-talented cast to create a theatrical experience that will stimulate the senses, fire emotions and stir the soul.

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Apr

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

'The Winter's Tale' tells of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart. But this is the new Shakespeare, after he completed his great tragedies, and the tough struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope.

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