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The Boy Who Cried Wolf!

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A Bristol Old Vic production
Directed by Sally Cookson


Following 2011's Treasure Island, we once again return to King Street and the open air for a summer show to set imaginations aflutter.

With a creative team (including director Sally Cookson and composer Benji Bower) assembled from previous Bristol Old Vic shows like Treasure Island (2011) and Peter Pan (2012), we now unfold a sparkling, alfresco version of the famous storytelling slave's parables, adapted by the wonderful Mr Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful).

Expect many of the old favourites including The Tortoise and the Hare, The Sun and the Wind and of course, The Boy Who Cried Wolf with plenty of new ones thrown into the mix and all told in a summery whirl of colour, music, song and mischief.

This is a tightly wrought piece of storytelling that revels in the essentials of the art."

The Independent

Another beguiling theatrical reinvention by Cookson and company."

The Times

The moral of this tale: put a bunch of talented, creative people in a rehearsal room, throw a bit of straw funding at them and they'll turn it into pure gold."


This is another example of the richly inventive, risk-taking and genre-straddling theatre that Bristol does, arguably, better than anywhere." 

10/10 The Post

The cobbles have been covered with artificial grass, more suitable to the likes of The Tortoise and the Hare, but there is nothing artificial about the diverting combination of Benji Bower's original music and the sheer joie de vivre of the five-strong cast."

The Stage

The Boy Who Cried Wolf!
..and other stories from Michael Morpurgo's Aesop's Fables
13 Jul-1 Sep
Bristol Old Vic's open air theatre
(Saturdays) and 7pm
1pm and 5pm
10am (term-time only)
£22/£20 (unreserved seating - kids go free until 1 Sep (terms and conditions apply), and each show also has 50 x £10 tickets sold as first come, first served)
Signed performance: 3 Aug at 2pm
Audio described performance: 24 Aug at 2pm (signed and audio described tickets are just £10, available by calling box office only)
Groups of 10+: all tickets £20 (or less)
Schools: £12.50 (or less)
Ages: 5+

Chris Bianchi
Benji Bower
Will Bower
Lucy Tuck
Tom Wainwright

Director - Sally Cookson
Set Designer - Phil Eddolls
Costume and Props Designer - Katie Sykes
Composer - Benji Bower
Dramaturg - Adam Peck

*Please note: the show (and the audience) will be filmed by the BBC during the evening peformance on Wed 31 Jul

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