shows at bristol old vic...

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Apr

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Apr

They Are The Champions

They Are The Champions

Two UK Slam Champions and a Young Poet Laureate, Aprils' Blahblahblah presents Hollie McNish, Adam Kammerling and Aisling Fahey.

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Apr

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Apr

DanceFest

DanceFest

Bristol Old Vic Ferment presents DanceFest; three nights of spectacular contemporary choreography from some brilliant physical artists.

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Apr

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Apr

The Happiness

The Happiness

Combining first person stories, case studies from across the globe and referencing a whole host of philosophers and self-proclaimed happiness gurus, this work throws happiness up for all to question, see, experience and, ultimately, feel. Part of Bristol Ferment's DanceFest.

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Apr

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Apr

Asking For It

Asking For It

Performed by PINCH with delicious humour 'Asking For It' celebrates the ridiculous and desperate in equal measure. Part of Bristol Ferment's DanceFest.

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25

Apr

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25

Apr

Promises Of Happiness

Promises Of Happiness

A dance show by Robert Clark for joy, for simple pleasures, for saying ‘no' to people who want to tell us what should or should not make us happy. Part of Bristol Ferment's DanceFest.

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27

Apr

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09

May

Birdsong

Birdsong

by Sebastian Faulks

Marking the 100th anniversary First World War, we welcome the hit, critically-acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks.

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30

Apr

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03

May

Blah's Big Weekend

Blah's Big Weekend

In a ground-breaking collaboration between Tangent Books, Bristol Old Vic and The Thunderbolt Arts Pub, Blah's Big Weekend is a huge and colourful celebration of words and a chance to engage with some of the best and brightest poetic minds in the UK with performances from John Hegley, Jonny Fluffy-Punk, Tongue Fu and Kate Tempest.

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14

May

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24

May

Mayfest 2015

Mayfest 2015

Mayfest invites you to dive into a heady ten days of theatrical magic. See an unmissable selection of the best local, national and international theatre in venues and unusual locations across Bristol, including right here at Bristol Old Vic.

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May

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May

How To Disappear Completely

How To Disappear Completely

'How to Disappear Completely' is a personal yet universal story of life, death and the special tie between and a mother and her son. Created by The Chop Theatre, performed by an internationally acclaimed and award-winning lighting designer Itai Erdal.

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15

May

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18

May

Of Riders And Running Horses

Of Riders And Running Horses

Of Riders and Running Horses is a stirring and visceral new dance event by Still House created as a communal animation of urban spaces. Six female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together.

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May

Before Us

Before Us

Before Us is the story of a creature, the last of an undiscovered species, facing extinction. It featuring an abnormally exuberant combo of live music, storytelling and dangerously impressive body movements. It's a raucous, surreal, experimental melan-comedy about death, family and loneliness.

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May

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May

Blackouts

Blackouts

Twilight of the Idols

Dickie Beau conjures the spirits of celebrated Hollywood icons, leading you on a bewitching adventure as he channels the ghosts of his childhood idols.

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15

May

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May

This Last Tempest

This Last Tempest

This Last Tempest begins where Shakespeare left off: Ariel and Caliban are left alone on the enchanted island, as Prospero's ship sails over the horizon and out of view.... Part theatre, part gig, this radical take on The Tempest is for both those who know Shakespeare well and audiences new to the play.

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16

May

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May

Kid Carpet and the Noisy Neighbours

Kid Carpet and the Noisy Neighbours

After a sell-out run last Christmas with The Magic Elves Bristol-based theatre maker of nonsense music and rock'n'roll theatre Ed Patrick (aka Kid Carpet) returns to our Studio as part of Mayfest. His funny and moving new show uses music, puppetry and projection to look at what it's like to move into a new house in the city and find your place there.

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18

May

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18

May

Chris Redmond, Shagufta Iqbal and Indigo Williams

Chris Redmond, Shagufta Iqbal and Indigo Williams

May's Blahblahblah brings Tong Fu host and creatro Chris Redmond, poetry-storyteller Shagufta Iqbal and 2012 New Generation slam winner Indigo Williams.

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May

Political Mother

Political Mother

Pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences and cinematic editing make Hofesh Shechter Company's 'Political Mother' a dance experience like no other.

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May

Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon

Award-winning Canadian theatre collective bluemouth inc bring their worldwide smash hit Dance Marathon to Mayfest.

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May

what happens to the hope at the end of the evening

what happens to the hope at the end of the evening

The latest collaboration between long-term friends and award-winning theatre makers Tim Crouch and Andy Smith. A story about this evening, one evening and every evening; a story of two men meeting in the middle of their lives, and at the outer edges of their friendship.

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May

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May

Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball

This new 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

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May

Confirmation

Confirmation

With an election looming, and new voices appearing in mainstream UK politics, Chris Thorpe and The TEAM Artistic Director Rachel Chavkin examine the phenomenon of confirmation bias through an honourable dialogue, real and imagined, with political extremism.

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May

Lippy

Lippy

Dead Centre's award-winning production brings together fragments of tragic true events in a haunting and unforgettable way.

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23

May

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24

May

Pop-Up Love Party

Pop-Up Love Party

Pop-Up Love Party is a philosophical feast, a multisensory contemplation of love and desire supplemented with a 7-course snack menu by Michelin-starred New York chef Daniel Burns.

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May

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27

May

Gorilla Gardening

Gorilla Gardening

A joyous adventure into a hidden world of gardens. Join Ellie this May halfterm as she tracks down the shape she saw in the moonlight and swaps her headphones for a spade.

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27

May

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May

Constellations

Constellations

Following sold-out runs at the Royal Court Theatre in the West End and on Broadway, Constellations is an explosive new play about free will and friendship from one of the leading voices in UK theatre, Nick Payne.

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May

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May

The Possible Impossible House

The Possible Impossible House

An enthralling adventure from Britain’s greatest theatrical mischief-makers. Combining home-made visual magic and comical live sound effects, international trail blazers Forced Entertainment collaborate with visual artist Vlatka Horvat on their first ever work created especially for children aged 6+.

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15

Jun

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27

Jun

Love For Love

Love For Love

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present Love for Love. One of the most popular plays of its day, Love For Love has all the hallmarks of great Restoration Comedy. Theatrical wit and farce abound in this tale of mistaken identities, disguise, deception, lust and love.

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21

Jun

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21

Jun

Peter O'Toole Night

Peter O'Toole Night

A glittering evening that will pay tribute to lifelong friend of Bristol Old Vic Peter O'Toole and feature a showcase of highlights from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School's graduating class.

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Jun

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27

Jun

The Ted Bundy Project

The Ted Bundy Project

A solo performance that sprung from an experience in November 2012; Greg stumbled upon the confession tapes of Ted Bundy, the American serial killer, rapist and necrophile. He couldn’t stop listening.

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01

Jul

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04

Jul

Made In Bristol

Made In Bristol

After the success of their Halloween show The Spooky Ship aboard the SS Great Britain, this year's Made In Bristol company Propolis Theatre will perform a brand new, devised piece of theatre in the Studio this July.

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Jul

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11

Jul

Pink Mist

Pink Mist

Owen Sheers' 'Pink Mist' tells the story of three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan, inspired by 30 hours of interviews with returned serviceman.

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07

Jul

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11

Jul

Medusa

Medusa

Athens is cursed! King Theseus has only one desire: a son to inherit the throne, but every child born to him perishes after only a few hours. Despair leads Theseus to seek terrifying answers, and a truth which will bring him eye-to-eye with the most hideous creature in the ancient world - Medusa! A brand new legend inspired by Greek myths perfect for ages 7 years and older and school Years 5 - 8.

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15

Jul

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25

Jul

Ferment Fortnight

Ferment Fortnight

Our artist development factory is back with another Ferment Fortnight exploding with the South West's best dancers, dreamers, animators, actors, directors, writers and more all ready to unleash their work in front of a live audience and ask you what you think.

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Jul

Hetty Feather

Hetty Feather

From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought thrillingly to life on stage by award winning script writer Emma Reeves and Bristol's own celebrated director Sally Cookson (Peter Pan, Varmints).

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27

Jul

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01

Aug

Bristol Proms 2015

Bristol Proms 2015

Now in its third year, Bristol Proms is back, continuing its tradition of inviting world-class artists to explore the classical repertoire in an informal, accessible atmosphere, and embracing the intimacy and unparalleled acoustics of Bristol Old Vic's Theatre. This year's line-up features today's most celebrated performers including Daniel Hope, Milos Karadaglic, Alison Balsom and Pumeza Matshikiza.

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05

Aug

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08

Aug

Wapping Wharf

Wapping Wharf

Performed in a new, specially created open air auditorium on M Shed's Museum Square, 'Wapping Wharf' will tell stories from the sites grizzly history from the New Bristol Gaol to the Bristol Riots through 60 young people from Bristol Old Vic Young Company and Travelling Light Youth Theatre.

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27

Sep

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27

Sep

Sean Hughes

Sean Hughes

Mumbo Jumbo

In middle age multi award-winning comedian Sean Hughes has realised that the two sides of his brain are in constant conflict. Join him as he battles with his common sense and Mumbo Jumbo.

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25

Oct

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25

Oct

Henning Wehn

Henning Wehn

Eins, Swei, DIY

After more than a decade in Britain, the German Comedy Ambassador has ‘groan' to like puns.... though he still couldn't eat a whole one. Join Henning Wehn for a crash course in personal accountability and have a right old laugh at the same time! Wunderbar!

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08

Nov

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08

Nov

Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicombe

What Do I Do Now...

Josh Widdicombe, that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair, as seen on Mock the Week, QI, Have I Got News For You (the list goes on), is back on the road with a brand new tour.

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10

Nov

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10

Nov

Jenny Eclair

Jenny Eclair

How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)

Professional Grumpy Old Woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

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27

Nov

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17

Jan

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Bringing the much loved fairytale bang up to date, roles are reversed as our male beauty is tricked into a deep sleep for 1,000 years, only to be woken by a modern day, female ‘prince'. By releasing the spell, two worlds collide and both must then deal with the consequences, resulting in a rite of passage adventure that all the family will enjoy.

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21

Jan

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06

Feb

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

First staged at Bristol Old Vic in 2014, Director Sally Cookison now brings her acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece back to us presented as a single, exhilarating performance following its transfer to the National Theatre.

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