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What’s On: Bristol’s Theatre in 2020

Charlie Kenber

Looking ahead to 2020 (it’s closer than you might hope!) there’s a great array of theatrical offerings already promised. With top work from companies local and international, get your tickets booked in now to be sure of catching the next big thing. Here are some shows to look out for…


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Kneehigh’s Ubu
Marble Factory, 74-78 Avon Street, BS2 0PX

Once the Christmas shows are out the way, we kickstart the year with this ‘singalong satire’ by the famed Kneehigh Theatre Company. Full to bursting with their typical cocktail of music, laughter and raucous energy, Ubuis set to be their most anarchic show yet, with the audience free to roam, text and chat throughout the performance. So strap in for this hearty romp, certain to banish the January blues for good.

Kneehigh’s Ubu is on from 8 - 25 January 2020. Tickets from £17 - £27, available here.

The Wardrobe Ensemble
Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED

To mark their tenth anniversary, Bristol export The Wardrobe Ensembleare going back where it all began. Taking a creative peek at the 2005 opening of Lewisham Ikea’s descent into anarchy (no, really – someone got stabbed over a cheap sofa), Riot is a playful, physical and musical telling of events. So make sure to catch this short celebratory run, and you can pretend you saw them before they were cool. And if you enjoy it, pop back for their latest piece The Last of the Pelican Daughters in April.

Riot is on from 7 – 9 February 2020. Tickets from £8 available here.

The Last of the Pelican Daughters is on from 21– 25 April 2020. Tickets from £10 available here.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Tobacco Factory Theatres, The Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF

Edward Albee’s American classic is set to be given a feisty restaging here by David Mercatali. The famous play sees George and Martha host younger couple Honey and Nick for a nightcap after a college campus party – an evening which quickly descends into manipulation and mind-games. In the intimate surroundings of the Tobacco Factory expect a gripping and hilarious evening at the theatre.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is on from 19 February – 21 March 2020. Tickets from £12 available here.

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The Red Lion
Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED

If you like your plays smartly-written and tightly-formatted, then you can do a lot worse than Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion. A love letter to non-league football, the story follows a semi-pro team struggling for form suddenly joined by a young rising star. Starring local boy Joe Sims and alongside former Bristol City match-day announcer David Lloyd, check out this locally-infused tale of conflict, trust and the beautiful game.

The Red Lion is on from 11 – 28 March 2020. Tickets are £12, available here.

Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED

Finally, acclaimed director Maria Aberg directs this brand new production (adapted alongside Joel Horwood) of Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tome. Radically reimagined, the show promises to excavate the origins of modern power, and the deep roots of the American dream. A touring co-production between a consortium of UK theatres, expect a heavy-hitting and wildly imaginative tale of the hunt for riches, fame and fortune.

Gatsby is on from 12 September – 3 October 2020. Tickets from £8, available here.

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