Take a look at some of the exciting shows coming to Bristol in July, from dazzling musicals to Shakespeare in the park!

Bristol Hippodrome

Birmingham Royal Ballet - La Fille Mal Gardee: 4 – 7 July
La Fille Mal Gardée (The Wayward Daughter) mixes spectacular classical ballet with slick comedy, a clog-dancing dame and a super-cute pony, to make fantastic entertainment for everyone!

Thriller Live: 9 – 14 July
Experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco in a show that pays homage Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion in a show that you will never forget.

The Play That Goes Wrong: 16 – 21 July
As the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does for the accident-prone drama society as they attempt to put on a murder mystery.

This is Elvis: 23 – 28 July
This Is Elvis recreates all the drama leading up to the comeback as well as staging the monumental concert. It then proceeds with the King to his Vegas debut.

Kevin & Karen: 15 July
Following their sell-out debut tour last year, Kevin and Karen Clifton are back with a brand new show.

An Officer and a Gentleman, The Musical: 30 July – 4 August
The world premiere of a brand-new musical that will simply sweep you off your feet!

Thriller Live

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Bristol Old Vic

The Elephant Man: 26 June – 7 July
Joseph Merrick is 'The Elephant Man'. The sordid spectacle of a travelling freak show, he moves from city to city, mercilessly put on display to the horrified delight of Victorian audiences

Birdsong: 10 – 14 July
Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically-acclaimed stage show based on the world-famous novel by Sebastian Faulks.

Playhouse Festival 2018: 16 – 18 July
Playhouse is a national collaboration between Plymouth Theatre Royal, York Theatre Royal, Polka Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Bristol Old Vic.

Theatre Preview Birdsong

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Tobacco Factory Theatres

An Elephant in the Garden: 6 – 7 July
A moving story from the creators of the hit show Private Peaceful which resonates with the plight of refugees and displaced people fleeing wars around the world today.

Anne Boleyn: 10 – 14 July
First staged in 2010, Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn was commissioned for Shakespeare's Globe. It celebrates Anne's life and legacy with a new, compelling view of this multi-faceted, iconic figure.

South Western: 17 – 27 July
With a shotgun in one hand and a packet of pickled onion Monster Munch in the other, drenched by rain and facing the final frontier of the wilderness, The Wardrobe Ensemble present an epic tale of blood, guts and cider.

Theatre Preview July Anne Boleyn Wardrobe Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Redgrave Theatre

The Cause: 6 July
The Cause considers the impact that a lifetime of political campaigning has on an individual.

Scummy Mummies: 12 July
Following their sell-out UK tour, the Scummy Mummies are back with a brand new comedy show. New songs! New sketches! New catsuits! And even some new jokes!

Theatre Preview July The Cause Redgrave Theatre

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The Wardrobe Theatre

Nachos: 25 June – 7 July
In Juarez, on the Mexican border with the USA, one man is making millions; a modern day Robin Hood to his countrymen and an enemy to the United States.

HIV Monologues: 10 July
Dragonflies Theatre are dedicated to making challenging and thought-provoking work that reflects issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

Parlour Games: 11 – 14 July
Sharp Teeth Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre present a right royal romp through British history, exploring politics, passion and parlour games; a cross-dressing comedy for all those with a taste for Victoria's Sponge.

One Man & His Cow: 17 – 19 July
A man. A cow. A shed load of trouble - written and performed in rhyme and song by the acclaimed Living Spit (makers of The Six Wives of Henry VIII)

Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose: 28 July
Join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger - for ages 3-8 and their families

Said And Done: 30 – 31 July
Darkly comic with snippets of original music and dollops of cheesy pop - a snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close by Sugarscratch Theatre.

HIV Wardrobe Theatre

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Bristol Shakespeare Festival

1599: A Year in the Life at Stackpool Playhouse: 3 – 14 July
In the year 1599, William Shakespeare is in trouble. The competition’s got stiffer, his theatre’s been dismantled and everyone’s telling him what he should be writing. But when you’re in trouble, the best way out is to get in a bit deeper.

Much Ado About Nothing at Brandon Hill Bowling Green: 5 July
Hearts will be won, lost, and won again as war makes way for masked balls, gossip, deception and true love.

An Audience with Sir John Falstaff at The Room Above: 12 – 14 July
Falstaff regales us for an hour with his true-life story – and his never-before-seen relationship with William Shakespeare. The fat knight is here in the flesh to answer the questions that audiences across the world, and throughout time, have long sought to ask.

Cordelia/ Fool at The Room Above: 13 – 15 July
This is King Lear from the inside-out: a powerful retelling of the classic Shakespeare story.

As You Like It at St George Park: 14 July
Fueled by wit, love, liberty and live music, this jubilant open-air comedy will remind you to do what you love and remember how to live.

The Shakespeare Heptet at Arnos Vale Cemetery: 14 July
​​​Experience the extraordinary passion of Shakespeare’s darker-themed sonnets with the Shakespeare Heptet.

Being Romeo And Juliet at Trinity Community Centre: 22 July
With no characters per se, this is a unique Romeo and Juliet.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Brandon Hill: 24 July
Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular comedy of love and intrigue, magic and mayhem, is brought to life by family favourites Quantum Theatre in their wonderfully funny and exuberant production of the Shakespeare classic.

Super Hamlet 64 at Alma Tavern: 25 – 28 July
What if you woke up one morning and realised that your life was actually a computer game? Your dad just died and your uncles married your mum – and he’s hell-bent on world domination

Hamlet The Musical at The Room Above: 26 – 29 July
Experience Shakespeare’s most famous play in its purest, most ridiculous form!

Impromptu Shakespeare at The Wardrobe Theatre: 26 – 27 July
An entirely new and unique Shakespeare play improvised on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions.

Love's Labour's Lost at St Werburghs City Farm: 27 – 28 July
This is a wonderful Shakespeare comedy, filled with Folksy’s signature live music, audience interaction and downright silliness.

The Tempest at Brandon Hill: 27 July
Bring a chair and a picnic, and spend a glorious summer evening watching this enchanting, fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s finest plays

Shakespeare Undone! at SS Great Britain: 29 July
Shakespeare Undone! takes you on a theatrical journey through the nooks and crannies of the SS Great Britain, where the best bits of Shakespeare will come to life around you!

Theatre preview July Shakespeare festival.

Other Theatres

Romeo & Juliet in Eastville Park Swimming Pool: 4 – 29 July
You're invited to enter a new vision of Verona - hidden in plain sight - full of ferocious brawls, raucous parties and secret trysts.

The Final Journey of Edward Wilson at St John on the Wall: 5 July
First performed at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham to commemorate the centenary of Captain Scott's ill-fated mission to the South Pole, this play charts the life of Edward Wilson, explorer and naturalist on Scott's journeys to the Antarctic.

Tea with Oscar Wilde by Don't Go Into the Cellar! at Arnos Vale: 6 July
A chat show with a difference! Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews a leading celebrity of the Victorian era, recounts a story or two and invites his audience to get "Caught in the Act".

Don Giovanni Opera live screening at Millennium Square: 12 July
Join the final live screening from the Royal Opera House this summer as We the Curious brings Mozart's enthralling opera Don Giovanni to Millennium Square.

Launch Day by Kelly Abbott Dance at St Paul's Church: 12 July
Launch Day is a celebration of the working class and shipbuilding in all its industrial glory. Inspired by the paintings of artist Alexander Millar.

Made in Bristol Show at 1532 Performing Arts Centre: 18 – 21 July
Made in Bristol display the exciting young talent that the South West region has to offer as this year’s emerging theatre-makers present their fresh, innovative and exciting new production at 1532 Performing Arts Centre.

Outdoor theatre 'The Tempest' at Tyntesfield: 28 July
Tyntesfield and The Lord Chamberlain's Men invite you to join us on the Croquet Lawn for Shakespeare's spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest.

Theatre preview July tea with Oscar Wilde

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The Bristol Hippodrome
Bristol Hippodrome theatre inside

One of the country's top provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Bristol Old Vic Theatre exterior

Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

Tobacco Factory Theatres
The Tobacco Factory Exterior

A popular theatre and café bar in Southville, with a programme of touring and in-house productions, childrens' and music events

Redgrave Theatre
Redgrave Theatre

Hidden aware in the beautiful suburb of Clifton the Redgrave Theatre is one of Bristol’s most popular theatres hosting a wide variety of productions including operas, musicals, stand-up comedy, theatre and dance.

Bristol Shakespeare Festival
Bristol Shakespeare Festival

A summer of stunning theatre beckons, as the Bristol Shakespeare Festival returns!