Take a look at some of the exciting shows coming to Bristol this October, from Henry V to Hairspray! 

Bristol Hippodrome:

Saturday Night Fever: 2 – 6 October
Whilst paying homage to the 1977 John Travolta classic, this all new stage version promises more drama, more music and is bound to have you dancing in the aisles.

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure: 9 – 13 October
Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, this 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

Whitney - Queen of the Night: 14 October
Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!

Rip It Up: 15 October
Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Louis Smith MBE and people’s champion Aston Merrygold will tour together as the ultimate boy band of dance, presenting everlasting hits from the decade that changed the world; from Mersey Beat, Motown and Mod to West Coast and Woodstock.

WNO - La Traviata: 25 & 27 October
The conflict of duty and thwarted love has made La traviata a favourite with opera audiences across the world.

WNO - La Cenerentola: 26 October
Rossini’s delightful retelling of Cinderella but with a few twists along the way.

Jersey Boys: 30 October – 17 November
The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys is working its way back to round the UK! Telling the real life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide.

Image: Madagascar - A Musical Adventure. Credit: Scott Rylander

Bristol Old Vic:

Windrush: Movement of the People : 10 October
Shining a light on an important era of British history, Phoenix Dance Theatre present a thrilling new dance piece celebrating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush that brought the first Caribbean migrants to the UK.

The Meaning of Zong - A Workshop Performance: 11 October
This new play examines the massacre aboard the slave ship Zong in 1781 and the repercussions of these events.

Twelfth Night: 17 October – 10 November
Bristol Old Vic and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh are delighted to announce that the first co-production between the two award-winning theatres will be Shakespeare’s hilarious and heart-breaking Twelfth Night.

Image: Windrush: Movement of the People

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Henry V: 12 September – 6 October
Shakespeare's play is a thrilling examination of the nature of power. It explores the burden of leadership and explodes the myth of heroism. It depicts the powerful and the powerless fighting side by side.

Beautiful Thing: 11 – 27 October
A play that has charmed and delighted audiences across the world and inspired a cult film of the same name. In its 25th anniversary year, Tobacco Theatres is excited to present it as their major autumn in-house production.

No Show: 24 – 27 October
Tobacco Factory Theatres open the new Spielman Theatre with an incredible award-winning all-female contemporary circus show from Ellie Dubois. A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.

Image: Beautiful Thing

Redgrave Theatre

The Trench at Redgrave Theatre: 5 – 6 October
Olivier Award nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War epic, The Trench ; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production.

A Foreign Field at Redgrave Theatre: 10 – 13 October
An opera painting a true story of three British soldiers caught behind enemy lines in France during World War 1, and their impact on a family who offer to help them survive.

Hairspray: 16 – 20 October
You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance.

Image: Hairspray

Other Theatres:

Horses! Horses! at Bristol Improv Theatre: 1 October
The darkly comical tale of a stolen horse, wild west-country soul and the mess we make of relationships. Landlord Johnny is desperately trying to save his pub, while his wife Susie is hiding out on Ted's farm. A show performed in the midst of your local boozer with pub games, pints, crisps, heartbreak and laughter, country music, lots of karaoke and a few surprises.

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes at Arnos Vale: 4 October
​An affectionate one-man homage to the world's greatest detective that includes quick costume changes, humour and audience participation.

Brothas With Attitude at St George's Bristol: 14 October
Showcasing singers, spoken word performers, DJS and other Bristol-based aritsts – with mental health and wellbeing as the main theme.

A Pure Woman at 1532 Performing Arts Centre: 24 – 27 October
Thomas Hardy, 84, has an affair of the heart with the 20-something Dorset woman playing Tess in the local amateur Hardy Players' production - which drives Hardy's second wife, Florence, into a jealous rage. Within this highly theatrical love triangle, a deeply moving portrait of a marriage in extremis is played out. Adapted from Christopher Nicholson's highly acclaimed novel Winter.


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

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

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.