We check out this month's upcoming theatre, including Circus City Festival and award-winning shows at Bristol Hippodrome...

Bristol Hippodrome

Caroline Flack of Strictly Come Dancing fame leads this high-energy, high-kicking glamorous production. Old favourites grace the score, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, and Embraceable You.

Hailed by Time Magazine as 'A Landmark Theatre Event', War Horse is a spectacular, powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs. Thomas Dennis, fresh from playing Christopher Boone in the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will play the central role of Albert Narracott.

Image - War Horse

Bristol Old Vic

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling each of them think they control. The classic play's original director, Max Stafford-Clark co-directs this major new production from Out of Joint, with Kate Wasserberg.

On its first ever UK tour, The Weir tells the tale of stories round the crackling fire of Brendan's pub one stormy night. As the beer and whisky flows, the arrival of a young stranger, haunted by a secret from her past, turns the tales of folklore into something more unsettling. One story, however, is more chilling and more real than any of them could have ever imagined.

A chance to catch French circus troupe Groupe Bekkrell, as part of Circus City, Bristol’s biennial circus festival.  Inspired by Henri Becquerel’s discovery of radioactivity, the show combines circus with music in an exhilarating visual feast.

Image - Yablochkov Candle

Image - Yablochkov Candle

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she's in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn't with Emma, it's with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she's smart enough to know that there's no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up? The show has just had a sold out run at the National Theatre in London, and is in Bristol for only 4 nights.  

Tobacco Factory Theatres

When first performed in Paris in 1953, Waiting for Godot shook the foundations of the theatrical landscape at the time. Brought to London by the late Sir Peter Hall at its British premiere two years later, the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan remarked that the play had “changed the rules of theatre”. It retains relevance to this day, as ‘the play in which nothing happens, twice’.

Imagine being far, far from home and all alone, arriving in a remote snow-bound village, surrounded by dense forest and strange noises. This is how Yana’s story begins. Featuring exquisite music, Arctic landscapes and a cast of extraordinary puppets, Yana and the Yeti is a funny and poignant tale of a small child’s discovery that friends can come in the most unexpected shapes and sizes.

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Redgrave Theatre

Performed by a cast of over 40 actors from ITV WEST Television Workshop, this is a Steam-punk look at the madcap, fast-paced ridiculous journey of Alice through the world of Wonderland.

Based on the movie of the same name, this international sell-out musical follows the transformation of Delta Nu sorority girl, Elle Woods as she goes from Fab to Fabulous taking on her new enrolment at Harvard Law School.

Other theatre this month

The Spooky Ship : 28-29 October

SS Great Britain (with Bristol Old Vic)
Step on board Brunel's SS Great Britain after-dark this Halloween and settle in for a good old-fashioned, Victorian fright-fest. Follow your ghoulish guide and navigate the darkest nooks and crannies of Brunel's 174-year-old ship; explore the eerie sights, sounds and smells and watch out for characters lurking in the shadows, hoping to share their terrible tales with you.

Image - Spooky Ship, Brunel's SS Great Britain

Ice Road : 2 October – 19 November

Jacob’s Wells Baths

In the wreckage of an old apartment block, four orphans are compelled to join forces to survive the murderous Leningrad blockade. Through a cruel winter, enemy shelling and gnawing hunger, Leah, Zoya, Tati and Kub fantasise about escape on the only road out of the city – the ice road. Harnessing Russian folklore and historical witness accounts, Ice Road fuses performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.

The Turn of the Screw - 18 October

Arnos Vale Cemetery
The setting for this chilling tale is the beautiful Arnos Vale Cemetery. Join them in the graveyard chapel as they transform its walls into the eerie house of Bly. There you will meet the Governess, a woman haunted by the mysterious past of her new home, yet enchanted by the children who live in it. 
 

Circus City : 12-29 October

City wide
Bristol’s biennial, and one of Europe’s largest festivals of circus returns for 3 weeks across 15 venues. There’s comedy, clowning and aerial, workshops and exhibitions for both the expert and those wishing to attend their first circus show.

Circus city

Image - credit Nat Wittingham by Joe Clarke for Circus City

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Crazy For You at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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Crazy For You at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical.

War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

Rehearsals began this week for the 34-strong cast of a major tour UK tour of the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of War Horse, which begins performances on 15 September 2017 (with press night on 3 October) at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and continues on a 15 city tour until February 2019.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Bristol Old Vic
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Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Bristol Old Vic

Andrea Dunbar's semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

The Weir at Bristol Old Vic
Performance
The Weir at Bristol Old Vic

Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson's chilling, modern classic The Weir visits Bristol Old Vic this autumn as part of its first ever UK tour, marking its 20th Anniversary year.

The Bekkrell Effect at Bristol Old Vic
Performance
The Bekkrell Effect at Bristol Old Vic

Part of Circus City, Bristol's biennial circus festival, The Bekkrell Effect is an exhilerating visual feast combining the power of punk with risk and flare.

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett at Tobacco Factory Theatres
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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett at Tobacco Factory Theatres

First performed in 1953, Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett is an undeniable classic of 20th century literature. Tobacco Factory Theatres are delighted to present it as their first major solo production, directed by Mark Rosenblatt.

Yana and the Yeti at 1532 Performing Arts Centre
Performance
Yana and the Yeti at 1532 Performing Arts Centre

Bristol puppetry geniuses Pickled Image have teamed up with Olivier-nominated writer Hattie Naylor and return with their latest stunning show for children featuring, of course, a real life Yeti.

The Spooky Ship - Halloween at Brunel's SS Great Britain
Performance
The Spooky Ship - Halloween at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Step on board Brunel's SS Great Britain after-dark this Halloween and settle in for a good old-fashioned, Victorian fright-fest.

Ice Road at Jacob's Well Baths
Performance
Ice Road at Jacob's Well Baths

Harnessing Russian folklore and historical witness accounts, Ice Road fuses performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.

Alice in Wonderland at the Redgrave Theatre
Performance
Alice in Wonderland at the Redgrave Theatre

Performed by a cast of over 40 actors from ITV WEST Television Workshop, this is a Steam-punk look at the madcap, fast-paced ridiculous journey of Alice through the world of Wonderland!

Legally Blonde at the Redgrave Theatre
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Legally Blonde at the Redgrave Theatre

Glamorous Elle Woods is a girl with an eye for style (pink of course), but don't let this fashionista fool you, this sorority sister is smarter than she seems…..

Circus City Festival Bristol
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Circus City

Circus City - Bristol's biennial circus festival - is back this October (12 to 29) with something for everyone - theatre lovers, party animals, punks, swing dancers, science geeks, jazz fans...the list goes on an on!