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Year of Change

Year of Change

Bristol Old Vic’s aim for 2018 is not just to reopen a brand new Front of House and Studio theatre, thereby completing its multi-million pound redevelopment project, but also to renew its own relationship with the city, both as a place of entertainment and as a place where the most important concerns of the day can be explored, contested, discussed and understood.

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Jan

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

Emma Rice's "exquisite" (Daily Telegraph) production of 'The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales' comes to Bristol this Christmas following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare's Globe.

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Snow Globe

Snow Globe

Join Kid Carpet and his peculiar posse as they take over The Lantern at Colston Hall this Christmas with a signature blend of original music, comedy and theatrical chaos perfect for those aged 3 to 7 and their families.

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Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

This Christmas, Bristol Old Vic presents our very first baby show for 0-3 years in The Lantern at Colston Hall. Join us for Ice Ice Baby and discover the sights, sounds and textures of winter in a playful sensory exploration.

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Blahblahblah - Dec

Blahblahblah - Dec

Thick Richard: Swear School

A fast-paced crash course in everything you wanted to know about bad language that school couldn't teach you. Join the class of sinister puppets as punk poet Thick Richard looks at the history, definition and use of swearing in his darkly humorous, educational show.

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Punk Rock

Punk Rock

This January, Bristol Old Vic Young Company, directed by Lisa Gregan, take on Simon Stephens' award-winning 'Punk Rock', which premiered at the The Royal Exchange in 2009 to critical acclaim.

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The Wedding

The Wedding

Combining movement, imagery and provocative narratives into Gecko's trademark style, 'The Wedding' brings the complexities of human nature into question with an emotionally charged and spectacular performance.

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Slapstick Takeover

Slapstick Takeover

Slapstick - Europe's biggest and best festival of silent, visual and classic comedy - returns to Bristol for its 14th annual edition, bringing with it a full weekend of special events at Bristol Old Vic.

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A Passage to India

A Passage to India

Multi award-winning ensemble, simple8, transport us to Imperial India with their thrilling new adaptation of one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century, 'A Passage to India'.

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Blahblahblah - Feb

Blahblahblah - Feb

Love: What's the point?

In what's become something of a Valentine's tradition, some of the best poetic voices from across the UK will come together to argue for and against love. Expect moving poems, romantic rhythms and scathing pessimism, as we take the ultimate vote: does love suck? Will Team Love or Team Cynicism win? We'll just have to wait and see...

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Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, 'Things I Know To Be True' is a beautifully touching story of family and marriage, told through the eyes of four grown siblings.

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Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi

Mistress and Misfit

Delivered with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm, Shappi Khorsandi's whip-cracking UK tour takes to the road and pulls into Bristol this February.

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline

Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline

Name the comedian who might say “I wonder if I can set up a comedy club… in a refugee camp... in Palestine?” Of course, it’s Mark Thomas. This is a story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box. Funny, moving and necessary.

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SEXY

SEXY

Through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress, 'SEXY' explores the conflicted relationship we have with our bodies and our obsession with what is sexy...

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Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett

I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett

Pop in and see Joe Lycett on his brand new stand-up tour, where he'll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he's been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and The Royal Variety Performance.

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Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales

Perfect family fun for ages 3+ featuring live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's best-loved titles: 'Tiddler', 'Monkey Puzzle', 'The 'Smartest Giant in Town' and 'A Squash and a Squeeze'.

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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

Full of wild humour and piercing sadness, this fresh, funny and honest translation of Chekhov's final masterpiece maps the bittersweet tensions between the desperate longing to hold onto what is familiar and the restless lure of the new.

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Booby's Bay

Booby's Bay

Henry Darke's first full-length play, 'Booby's Bay', takes centre stage at The Wardrobe Theatre as part of our Studio Walkabout Season this spring.

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Blahblahblah - Mar

Blahblahblah - Mar

Zia Ahmed, Maria Ferguson and Kareem Brown

Roundhouse slam champion and Channel 4 playwright in residence Zia Ahmed steps onto the Blah podium alongside Maria Ferguson's (Fat Girls Don't Dance) unique blend of theatre, storytelling and killer moves. Sharing the stage is Barbican's Young Poet Kareem Brown.

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Black Men Walking

Black Men Walking

Dedicated to the Black Men's Walking Group, 'Black Men Walking' is the first national tour born from Revolution Mix - a three-year movement that will spearhead the largest ever national delivery of Black British stories.

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Blahblahblah - Apr

Blahblahblah - Apr

Ben Norris, Bridget Minamore and Jonny Fluffy-Punk

UK All-Star Poetry Slam Champion Ben Norris (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Family) heads up with his charismatic presence and complex, emotional verse. Joined by Bristol favourite Jonny Fluffypunk with his funny, absurd and oddly moving performance, accompanied by the profound poetry of British-Ghanian writer Bridget Minamore, this riotous round Blah is one you'd be a fool to miss!

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Education, Education, Education

Education, Education, Education

Following a sell-out run in 2017, former Made in Bristol company The Wardrobe Ensemble return to Bristol Old Vic with 'Education, Education, Education'.

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Mo the Comedian

Mo the Comedian

Coupla Cans

After selling out the 2017 leg of his smash hit 'Coupla Cans Tour' in a matter of minutes, online sensation Mo Gilligan is adding a string of new shows for 2018 by massive popular demand!

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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

This bold new revival of Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece is a fiery portrayal of what it means to be an outsider, in a society where we're all desperate to belong.

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BalletBoyz

BalletBoyz

Celebrated across the world for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with four brand-new works.

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Ballet Black

Ballet Black

Featuring some of the UK's finest dancers of Black and Asian descent, Ballet Black join us this spring with their latest double bill of classical and contemporary dance.

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Hofesh Shechter

Hofesh Shechter

Following the rapturously received Political Mother in 2015, internationally acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter returns to Bristol Old Vic with his company to present their unique, high-energy show, 'Clowns'.

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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness' extraordinary and heartbreaking tale, 'A Monster Calls' - international bestseller and major motion picture - is brought to the stage for the first time in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson.

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The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Inspired by the extraordinary life of a man with a facial disfigurement, our exciting new collaboration with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Diverse City explores changes in perception in Bernard Pomerance's multi-award-winning play.

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Birdsong

Birdsong

Following several national tours, and marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, 'Birdsong' returns to captivate audiences once more with its mesmerising story of love and courage.

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Touching the Void

Touching the Void

Based on the international bestselling memoir and BAFTA-winning film, 'Touching the Void' charts mountaineer Joe Simpson's struggle for survival on the perilous peaks of the Peruvian Andes.

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The Meaning of Zong: A Workshop Performance

The Meaning of Zong: A Workshop Performance

Giles Terera's new play examines the massacre aboard the slave ship Zong in 1781 and the repercussions of these events which influenced the growing abolition movement in the UK.

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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Mischief and mayhem abound in the most joyous of Shakespearean comedies! A whirlwind tale of mistaken identity, misadventure and unrequited love, follow the riotous and unpredictable journey of two separated twins as they draw ever closer to their remarkable reunion.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

In December 2018, Bristol Old Vic continues its festive tradition of imaginative new versions of classic stories with an enchanting new adaptation of Charles Dickens' timeless tale, A Christmas Carol.

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ON TOUR: The Grinning Man

ON TOUR: The Grinning Man

Following a triumphant premiere as part of our Theatre's 250th Anniversary season, our macabre new musical based on Victor Hugo's 'The Man Who Laughs' returns for a West End transfer.

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ON TOUR: Long Day's Journey Into Night

ON TOUR: Long Day's Journey Into Night

Following its sold out run as part of our 250th Anniversary Season, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles in 2018 for Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' at Wyndham's Theatre, London.

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WATCH ONLINE: Messiah

WATCH ONLINE: Messiah

Apple Music are streaming worldwide four songs from our our "beautifully semi-staged performance" (The Stage), available from Friday 14th of April.

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HLF supported Tour

HLF supported Tour

Join us for a free backstage tour as we say a HUGE "Thank You!" to National Lottery players!

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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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Backstage Tours

Backstage Tours

Join us for a backstage tour with our in-house expert guide and enjoy a perfect outing for anyone interested in theatre and Bristol Old Vic's rich history.

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