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The Best Bristol Theatre to Look Out for in 2018
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The Best Bristol Theatre to Look Out for in 2018

23 December 2017 | Charlie Kenber

With 2018 just around the corner (we can’t believe it either) this is a great time to look ahead and start to get to grips with what this great city has to offer. To do just that, here are some of the best theatrical treats to look out for in 2018…

Bristol Old Vic


The Little Match Girl and Other Happier Tales. Image Credit: Shakepeare's Globe/ via Facebook

Kicking things off at the city’s largest producing house, The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales continues for the first fortnight of the year, bringing Emma Rice’s distinctive style to bear on this wintery interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson stories. In February, look out for Things I Know To Be True by form-defining company Frantic Assembly. A tale of family and identity, the show has already enjoyed a successful tour of Australia and the UK, so it’s well worth catching during its week-long stop off in Bristol. March brings a co-production of The Cherry Orchard with Manchester’s Royal Exchange: directed by the indomitable Michael Boyd and starring the wonderful Kirsty Bushell and Jude Owusu, it’s sure to be an excellent production.

In April, acclaimed homegrown company The Wardrobe Ensemble arrive with Education, Education, Education, an inventive and physical show that whisks us back to the 90s, whilst in May the Bristol Old Vic teams up with its London namesake for a new production of A Monster Calls. Directed by local favourite Sally Cookson, this world premiere promises a treat for anyone aged 10+, finally bringing Patrick Ness’ popular story about love, loss, hope and healing to the stage. For those who love to plan, another new adaptation arrives in September: this time of fan-favourite Touching the Void. Adapted by David Greig and directed by Tom Morris, the show is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the completion of the theatre’s redevelopment.

For more information and tickets head to Bristol Old Vic’s website. You can find the theatre on King Street, BS1 4ED (but be aware that during redevelopment there’s a temporary entrance on The Rackhay, BS1 4HJ).

Tobacco Factory Theatres


The Ugly Ducking. Image credit: Tobacco Factory Theatres/ via Facebook

To keep hold of your wintery immersion, check out Beauty and the Beast and The Ugly Duckling, and then don’t miss Macbeth running February to April. This is the first production in the theatre’s Factory Company season in which an ensemble of actors will become resident for each show. March features highlights from Birmingham’s international performing arts festival, The Best of BE Festival, which will run at Circomedia. These are followed by a new production of Arthur Miller’s heavyweight classic A View from the Bridge in April and May, directed by the consistently excellent Mike Tweddle.

Bristol Hippodrome


Image credit: WICKED The Musical/ via Facebook

The Bristol Hippodrome continues its programme of major UK tours and West End transfers with highlights including Wicked running throughout February, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella in March, Take That’s The Band in April, Miss Saigon in May and June, Thriller Live and the hilarious The Play That Goes Wrong in July and the ever-popular Shrek the Musical in August.

The Bristol Hippodrome is on St Augustine’s Parade, BS1 4UZ.

The Wardrobe Theatre


Labels. Image credit: Stephen Joseph Theatre/ via Facebook

Bristol’s favourite fringe establishment kicks off the new year with Edinburgh fringe transfer Labels, a stirring show about mixed heritage and immigration. Their schedule for the spring is so packed it’s worth having a proper look yourself, but keep an eye out for Kieran Hurley’s Heads Up, Viki Browne’s comic-yet-moving Help!, or The Wardrobe Ensemble’s show for 3-8 year olds, The Time Seekers.

The Wardrobe Theatre is at The Old Market Assembly, 25 West Street, Old Market, BS2 0DF.
 

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