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Leading theatres such as the Hippodrome and Old Vic are busy filling up their schedules with new and exciting productions.

With COVID measures now relaxed, Bristol’s cultural sector has taken a big breath of fresh air for what feels like the first time in a long time. Leading theatres such as the Hippodrome and Old Vic are busy filling up their schedules with new and exciting productions. Lessons have been learned and innovations earned – with some productions being streamed live all around the world. It’s an exciting time to see some theatre on stage. 
Here are 6 shows that are coming soon to the Bristol scene… 
1 That’ll Be The Day @ Bristol Hippodrome Theatre – link here

That’ll Be The Day cast. Image via ATG. Link here. 
One of the city’s most iconic venues Bristol Hippodrome Theatre is known as Bristol’s West End Theatre for good reason and is now back in action. With a roster of shows spanning many genres, we are particularly excited about the 1950s themed That’ll Be The Day. Following the story of British teen Jim MacLaine as he embarks on a journey of maximum hedonism and rock and roll. 
Where? Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ
When? Sunday 4th July 2021.

2 Touching the Void @ Bristol Old Vic – link here

Touching the Void. Image via the Old Vic. Link here.  
Touching the Void returns for just one week in which it will be broadcast globally. Following pair Joe Simpson and Simon Yates as they descend the towering mountain Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, their adventure quickly turns into a matter of survival and defying the odds. Covering the emotions that ensue when death is close by, the story is masterfully directed by Tom Morris (War Horse). 
Where? Bristol Old Vic. King St, Bristol BS1 4ED.
When? From the 26th May 2021.

3 Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt @ Bristol Hippodrome Theatre – link here

This is Going to Hurt. Image via ATG. Link here.
Doctor turned comedian Adam Kay’s book This is Going to Hurt is a phenomenon. A Sunday Times bestseller and soon to be BBC series join Adam in this live event as he recounts horrors from the NHS frontline, mixing prose with ‘silly spoof songs’. Sounds like an entertaining mix, doesn’t it?
When? 26th September 2021. 
Where? Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ


4 Destiny by Florence Espeut-Nickless @ Tobacco Factory Theatre – link here


Florence stars in Destiny. Image via Vimeo
Written and performed by Florence Espeut-Nickless, Destiny is a semi-autobiographical monologue depicting the story of a teenage girl in rural Wiltshire. Directed by Jesse Jones and showing at Tobacco Factory Theatre, Destiny hits hard, as she desperately tries to gain social mobility and the seemingly impossible confines of love. Florence’s theatre and writing is a real asset, showing hope for those not automatically gifted the experience and opportunities of theatre and the arts. 
Where? Tobacco Factory Theatre.
When? 25th and 26th June 2021.


5 Outlier @ Bristol Old Vic – link here

Outlier writer and star Malaika Kegode. Link here
A ‘souring piece of gig theatre’ performing at Bristol Old Vic, Outlier is many things. Written by poet Malaika Kegode, Outlier follows Malaika’s own forays into adulthood based in rural Devon. Mixing beautiful poetry with the musicianship of Bristol band Jakabol, this production takes on some tricky topics – addiction, isolation and companionship seen through the lens of youth. 
Where? Bristol Old Vic. King St, Bristol BS1 4ED
When? From Saturday 12th June 2021.


6 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast @ Bristol Hippodrome Theatre – link here

The Beauty and the Beast; The Musical. Link here.
Beauty and the Beast first debuted back in 1994 on Broadway and 2021 will happily see its return to the Bristol stage. Following the enduring story of Belle and the Beast, this production featuring music and lyrics from Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The cast is yet to be announced…
Where? Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ
When? From Wednesday 25th August 2021.