Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol's musical behemoth continues to delight with brand new musicals, old favourites and some one-off performances by much loved household names. 

Wicked: 31 Jan – 3 Mar

An ingenious and witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

WNO Tosca (11-13 April), Don Giovanni (Thu 12) and La Forza del Destino (Fri 14)

The Welsh National Opera take up a 4 night residency at the Hippodrome with 3 different operas.

Awful Auntie: 1-6 May

From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie!

Miss Saigon: 16 May – 23 Jun

In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son.

Shrek the Musical: 8-19 August

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Madagascar – a Musical Adventure: 9-13 Oct

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Cinderella: 8 Dec – 6 Jan

If you’re super organised, you can book your tickets for the the ball for Christmas 2018 with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella.

Expect all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect,  laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. 

Tobacco Factory Theatres

2018 sees a time of transformation for Tobacco Factory theatres, as a new project sees the creation of a brand new studio theatre. Note that the full program for 2018 hasn't been launched yet - we've picked the best bits up until May. 

Macbeth: 22 Feb – 7 April

Macbeth speaks to a world we find ourselves living in now; a world in which politicians lie to our faces but no one can plaster over the truth that the planet is threatening to turn on us.

A View from the Bridge: 18 April – 12 May

Tobacco Factory Theatres is delighted that A View From the Bridge is the first production directed by Artistic Director Mike Tweddle for the theatre. It will be part of the inaugural Factory Company season, alongside Adele Thomas's direction of Macbeth. For this groundbreaking season of dynamic work, Tobacco Factory Theatres will become home to its own ensemble of incredible actors. The season will also incorporate a series of events connecting the productions with our local community, artists and audiences.

Bristol Old Vic

In its second phase of redevelopment, the Old Vic remains open as a new catering offer, studio theatre and accessible entrance are built. 

The Cherry Orchard: 1 Mar – 7 April

Chekhov's final masterpiece is full of wild humour and piercing sadness in this fresh, funny and honest new translation by award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey. A portrait of changing times, it maps the building tensions between the desperate longing to hold onto what is familiar and the restless lure of the new. A civilised and complacent culture is on the brink of collapse...

A Monster Calls: 31 May – 16 June

A Monster Calls, the extraordinary and heartbreaking novel by Patrick Ness - now an 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 

The Elephant Man: 26 June – 7 July

Inspired by the extraordinary life of a man with a facial disfigurement, Bernard Pomerance's multi-award-winning play explores changes in perception. Merrick's story was also recognised in David Lynch's film starring John Hurt.

Touching the Void: 8 Sept – 29 September

What happens when you have to face death squarely in the face and how do you find the strength to crawl back towards life?

Marking the long-awaited completion of the Old Vic’s redevelopment, Tom Morris(The Grinning Man, War Horse, Swallows & Amazons) directs the first stage adaptation of this nail-biting adventure, bringing award-winning writer and Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh David Greig (The Events, The Lorax, The Suppliant Women) back to Bristol for the first time since his college days.

Redgrave Theatre

Beowulf: 3 – 10 February 2018

Nine year old Sophie knows the story of Beowulf well.  She has enjoyed sharing it many times with her mother, a professor of Old English.  Together they have even learned to read a language that no one has spoken in this country for over nine hundred years.

But Sophie is fighting monsters of her own, monsters every bit as terrifying as those that Beowulf must face.  Her mother is dying, and Sophie’s life is changing beyond her control.

Iolanthe: 18 – 21 April 2018

Peers, queens, mortals and fairies, what more can you ask for in a show? Bristol’s Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society present Iolanthe, the seventh collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan and Savoy smash hit.

High Society: 2 – 5 May 2018

Join the Lords for a weekend of fun and games as Bristol Musical Theatre perform this classic show – featuring What a swell party, Who wants to be a Millionaire and I love Paris and of course, Let’s Misbehave!