Bristol Hippodrome

The 10th anniversary of the multiple Tony award-winning production. At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Welsh National Opera Series

Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera is based on the Alexander Pushkin novel of the same name. Tatyana is a young country girl convinced that the dashing Onegin is the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, not all goes according to plan in this tale of how unrequited love and the ways of high society can catastrophically collide.

Set in a claustrophobic Siberian prison the show is a compelling collage of the in-mates’ stories as they recount why they ended up in jail. During a time of political oppression, each individual tale explores the extremes a person will go to, to right a wrong.

Centred around the extravagant ball, the events of Die Fledermaus are set to a rich, romantic score by Johann Strauss II featuring some of the most irresistible melodies ever written for the stage.

Telling the traditional tale, full of action, humour and drama, Rudolf Nureyev’s award-winning production based on Shakespeare’s heart-breaking tale makes a triumphant return for its 40th anniversary year. 

English National Ballet Romeo & Juliet

Image - English National Ballet, Romeo & Juliet

Having wowed audiences in 2011, this truly unique theatrical adventure is filled with heart, humour and spectacle. Enter Slava’s snowy world for a once-in-a-lifetime, joyous, fun-packed event culminating in a blizzard that puts you firmly at the centre of the action!

Bristol Old Vic

This show was a sell-out, stonking great hit at the Edinburgh Fringe this August and is making its way home - the company were founded as result of the inaugural Made in Bristol year (a Bristol Old Vic Engagement project giving the opportunity for 12 young people to train as theatre makers with support and resource from Bristol Old Vic). The show won a Fringe First Award and the company were awarded a The Stage Edinburgh award for the second year running.

Written by Carl Grose, composed by Charles Hazlewood and directed by Mike Shepherd - the team that brought you the internationally acclaimed Dead Dog in a Suitcase, The Tin Drum is a folktale for troubled times: political, profane and profound. Seats are selling fast, but there’s an extra matinee just added due to incredible demand on Thu 16 Nov at 2.30pm.

The Tin Drum

It’s going to be a brilliant evening celebrating the life of friend of the Old Vic Tim Pigott-Smith who sadly and unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. They will welcome Christopher Biggins, John Caird, Stephanie Cole, Alan Cordina, Bob Crowley, Daniel Hill, Pippa Haywood, Nicholas Farrell and Greta Scacchi, alongside messages from many other comrades including Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack. It is certain to be a joyous night, with performances from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students who follow in Tim's illustrious footsteps.

Emma Rice's "exquisite" (Daily Telegraph) production comes to Bristol this Christmas following its critically-acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare's Globe.

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Last chance to catch Beckett’s masterpiece in the round at the Tobacco Factory. The theatre’s first major solo production, masterfully acted with clowning direction from Circomedia’s co-founder, if you only watch this show once, this is the production to see.

Henry Cyril Paget was one of Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. The 5th Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came, causing a very 19th century scandal. Seiriol Davies’s fierce and tragi-gorgeous new musical is a true story of being too weird for the world but desperately not wanting it to forget you. This show is hosted by Tobacco Factory Theatres at the Wardrobe Theatre at The Old Market Assembly.

Bristol-based Myrtle Theatre are masters of inclusive theatre and imaginative new writing. An ambitious and brave new tale about growing up and moving on, told in a unique and invigorating way, Up Down Man asks the question that faces every parent of an adult with a learning disability… What will happen when I’m not here?

A mischievous and music-filled marvel of a Christmas show. Deep in the forest lives a very unusual figure, suffering under a terrible curse. In a poky farmhouse on the edge of town, three remarkable daughters and their weary father are struggling to make ends meet. But everything changes beyond their wildest dreams when Belle, the youngest of the daughters, dares to enter the forest…This re-telling of the French classic fairy tale is brimming with surprises and delights to remind us that beauty – and beastliness – are only skin deep.

Redgrave Theatre

Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show, the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies...But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice?

Other theatre and performance this month

Fusing Dance and Circus in a collaboration with internationally-renowned choreographer Jonathan Lunn, Joli Vyann present Imbalance. Integrating exciting acrobatic skills with athletic dance in an energetic and thought-provoking performance that explores our obsessive dependence with technology, it asks whether our lives are 'in' or 'out' of balance?

Circomedia imbalance

Image - Circomedia - Imbalance

Bringing the best of black plays to Bristol, Missing Pieces presents a script-in-hand play reading of Meetings directed by Anton Philips. Meetings is a deeply comic play about commerce, marriage and food.

Playwright and architect Sir John Vanbrugh's rollicking Restoration comedy, in a new updated, site specific and immersive version set in the glorious baroque surroundings of Kings Weston House, the great Bristol mansion that Vanbrugh himself designed.

Often hailed as the ‘King of Bhangra’, UK-based Malkit Singh is a true Punjabi icon in today’s Bhangra industry. The best-selling Bhangra solo artist in the world, Malkit’s original style and wonderful melodious voice has brought Punjabi culture to worldwide audiences during an incredible career, spanning over 30 years.

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War Horse at Bristol Hippodrome
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War Horse at Bristol Hippodrome

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WNO: Eugene Onegin at Bristol Hippodrome
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WNO: Eugene Onegin at Bristol Hippodrome

Tchaikovsky’s best loved opera, is based on the Alexander Pushkin’s novel by the same name

WNO: From the House of the Dead at Bristol Hippodrome
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WNO: From the House of the Dead at Bristol Hippodrome

Janáček based both the music and the libretto on the semi-autobiographical recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky, who himself only survived the firing squad as a result of a last minute reprieve from the Tsar.

WNO: Die Fledermaus at Bristol Hippodrome
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WNO: Die Fledermaus at Bristol Hippodrome

Centred around the extravagant ball, the events of Die Fledermaus are set to a rich, romantic score by Johann Strauss II featuring some of the most irresistible melodies ever written for the stage.

English National Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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English National Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

English National Ballet, winner of the award for Outstanding Company at the 2016 National Dance Awards, brings the world’s greatest love story to Bristol Hippodrome.

Slava's Snow Show at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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Slava's Snow Show at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

This truly unique theatrical adventure is filled with heart, humour and stunning spectacle, promising a breath-taking multisensory delight.

Education, Education, Education at Bristol Old Vic
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Education, Education, Education at Bristol Old Vic

Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble's love letter to the schools of the 90s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies.

The Tin Drum at Bristol Old Vic
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The Tin Drum at Bristol Old Vic

Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Günter Grass' surreal post-war masterpiece has never been more prescient. Kneehigh will retell this extraordinary story of love, war and fizz powder as startling musical satire: part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem. A burlesque, a blitzkreig, a tidal wave about to break.

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales at Bristol Old Vic
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The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales at Bristol Old Vic

Emma Rice's "exquisite" (Daily Telegraph) production comes to Bristol this Christmas following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare's Globe.

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.

How to Win Against History at the Wardrobe Theatre
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How to Win Against History at the Wardrobe Theatre

Tobacco Factory Theatres is partnering up with the brilliant Wardrobe Theatre to bring you this critically acclaimed comedy musical by the gobsmackingly talented Seiriol Davies. This is one not to be missed by fans of Tim Minchin, Hedwig and the Angry Inch or Flight of the Conchords.

Up Down Man at Tobacco Factory Theatres
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Up Down Man at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Audiences lucky enough to have seen the brilliant Up Down Boy will know the incredible treat in store with Up Down Man. Bristol-based Myrtle Theatre are masters of inclusive theatre and imaginative new writing.

Beauty and the Beast at Tobacco Factory Theatres
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Beauty and the Beast at Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel at the Redgrave Theatre
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Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel at the Redgrave Theatre

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The Snow Dragon at the Redgrave Theatre
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The Snow Dragon at the Redgrave Theatre

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Imbalance at Circomedia
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Imbalance at Circomedia

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Meetings by Mustapha Matura at Wardrobe Theatre
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Meetings by Mustapha Matura at Wardrobe Theatre

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The Provoked Wife by John Vanbrugh at Kings Weston House
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The Provoked Wife by John Vanbrugh at Kings Weston House

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Malkit Singh at St George's Bristol
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Malkit Singh at St George's Bristol

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