New Year, new theatre cheer. Take a look at some of the exciting shows coming to Bristol this January; you'll laugh, you'll cry and at some you'll get up off your seat and dance! 

Bristol Hippodrome

Cinderella: 9 December – 6 January
Featuring all of the ingredients for the perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.

Motown the Musical: 10 January – 2 February
Uncover the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

Image: Motown the Musical. Credit:Tristram Kenton

Bristol Old Vic

A Christmas Carol: From: 29 November - 13 January
Bristol Old Vic continues its festive tradition of imaginative new versions of classic stories, with an enchanting new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale.

Chloe and the Colour Catcher: 30 November – 6 January
Transforming the brand-new Weston Studio into a vibrant world of colour and rhyme, join Chloe on her courageous journey to unleash all seven shades of the rainbow in this extraordinary and wholly original tale of bravery and self expression.

Igloo at Bristol Old Vic: 8 December – 9 January
Winter is on its way, and anticipation for that first smattering of snow is building. Sometimes you don’t get what you want, even when you’re made to wait - sometimes what you end up with is something even better. For ages 0–3.

Hercules: 9 - 12 January 2019
Welcome to Thebes, a ping-pong parlour presided over by Zeus. In here, only the best, the strongest and the bravest can win, and Zeus won’t be pleased if you don’t show you’re willing. Zeus’ young son, Hercules, has a lot to live up to, but is he strong enough to be the best and fight his inner demons?

Slapstick Takeover: 18 – 20 January
Slapstick returns with an incredible series of 14 unique events in just three days, curated by comedian, writer and diarist Richard Herring.

Wise Children: 23 January – 16 February
In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 75th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day.

Image: Wise Children

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Beasty Baby: 6 December – 6 January
Using an inspired mix of puppetry and live music, Theatre-Rites creates a funny and magical shared experience for the whole family, to warm up those cold winter days.

The Borrowers: 29 November - 13 January
Watch as the theatre transforms into a giant adventure playground to tell the charmingly irreverent story of The Borrowers, based on the much loved novel by Mary Norton.

Olga Koch – Fight: 20 January
In 2014, Olga Koch’s father was stopped by authorities on the Russian border, which resulted in the most surreal year of her family’s life.

The Paper Man: 24 – 27 January
In 1938, Austrian football star Matthias Sindelar humiliated the Nazi regime by refusing to throw a match. A few months later, he was dead. Accident, suicide or execution? An intriguing true story of political protest, power and football.

A Hundred Different Words For Love: 30 – 31 January
Three years ago, James met the love of his life. A year ago, they broke up. This is James’s story of falling in love and landing broken hearted.

Image: The Paper Man

Redgrave Theatre

Aladdin: 2 – 6 January
The very popular Starlite Productions return for its 17th year at the Redgrave Theatre to present fun filled family Pantomime Aladdin.

Whispering Woods: 12 January
Skilled aerial acrobatics, partner acrobatics and physical theatre are the raw materials of the piece. These will be enhanced with visual projections and a musical soundscape delicately crafted to draw us deeply in.

Image: Whispering Woods

Other Theatres:

Blooming Out at Alma Tavern and Theatre: 4 - 5 January
Performed by two Brazilian actresses, this playful and provocative non-verbal show takes a comic and poetic look at a woman's experience, from periods, love, and maternity, to social taboos and the inevitability of growing old.

Sweet Talk by Michael Abbinsetts at The Wardrobe Theatre: 8 January
Bringing Black Theatre to Bristol. Missing Pieces is a series of staged readings, script in hand performances showcasing Black British, African, Caribbean, American classic and new plays. Set in the 70s in the one room home of Tony and Rita, the play revolves around this newly arrived Windrush West Indian couple.

Slapstick Festival at Various Locations: 16 - 20 January
This annual festival is held every January and gives audiences a unique and often once in a life time opportunity to see some extraordinary films in unique circumstances.

The Adventures Of The Improvised Sherlock Holmes at The Bristol Improv Theatre: 11 – 18 January
No script Sherlock! Veterans of the Edinburgh and Perth Fringe take you on a thrilling improvised romp through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London's great detective.

Belly Laughs at Various Locations: 12 – 22 January
Belly Laughs is a series of comedy shows in restaurants, cafes and bars across Bristol. All proceeds will go to the Julian Trust night shelter.


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.

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.

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