TOURING: Steamed – A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale


Hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans, steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This Christmas join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something festive, Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!

Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new Christmas show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.”
★★★★ Stage Talk

“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!”
David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol

Tickets include a chance to look around Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
There is a full bar available on the night.

Photos: Chelsey Cliff
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Christmas Comedy with Maisie Adam and Tom Taylor


A young comedian from Yorkshire, Maisie Adam only started on the comedy circuit in 2016 but her anecdotal material and self-deprecating charm have quickly won her praise up and down the country. Winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, Maisie followed that up the following year with a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

“So natural is her stage presence and the command she radiates from it.”

Multi-award winning comedian and creator of The Charlie Montague Mysteries, Tom Taylor has received high praise from audiences and critics alike. His unique brand of musical comedy is smart and silly in equal measure and he boasts an impressive stock of quirky, and very funny, musical one-liners.

“Excellent… beautifully daft.”
Sunday Times


Christmas Comedy with Bobby Mair and Harriet Kemsley


A UK-based Canadian with a uniquely bizarre outlook, Bobby Mair has supported Bill Burr and Doug Stanhope on tour, won numerous competitions and is the third cousin of Justin Bieber. Bobby also starred alongside his fiance (then wife) Harriet Kemsley in Viceland’s Bobby and Harriet Get Married and Comedy Central’s Roast Battles. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

“A real expert at the venting game.”
The Scotsman

Harriet Kemsley is just beginning to break through into the comedy big time, with her 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show Slutty Joan receiving rave reviews and playing to packed houses daily. Harriet also starred alongside her fiance (then husband) Bobby Mair in Viceland’s Bobby and Harriet Get Married and Comedy Central’s Roast Battles. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Comedy Central at The Comedy Store.

“You can feel the funny bubbling up inside her.”
The Scotsman


Blah Humbug’s Queer Christmas

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays

With the novelty knitwear out in force and blinding LEDs tarting up the streets, escape the festive foreplay with our annual Blah Humbug’s Christmas Special. This year we’ll be celebrating by bathing in the wit, wonder and wisdom of some of our favourite LGBT+ spoken word artists. Featuring the likes of Toby Campion and more, it’s guaranteed to be a riotous, rip-roaring and rollicking old time.

Stay tuned for the full line-up – to be announced soon!

The Sleeping Trees Nativity: A Christmas Sketch Show

Chuck on your favourite Christmas jumper, load up on figgy pudding and join the chaps for an evening of the heartiest festive laughs. Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepards, Wise Men, Angels, Donkeys, Santa Claus, Elves, Snowmen, Reindeer, The Queen and Bono will all be making an appearance in this brandy butter-soaked selection of brand new sketches from award winning comedy trio, Sleeping Trees.

Winners of Merv’s Spirit of the Fringe 2017
Amused Moose Comedy Finalists 2016

“James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith and John Woodburn jump from character to character with a seemingly unnatural elasticity… they come from a tradition of anarchic buffoonery that’s underpinned by a militantly controlled skill.”
★★★★ Time Out

“If you only see one Christmas show this season, see this one.”
★★★★★ British Theatre

“The birth child of Monty Python and League of Gentlemen.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Phenomenal performers, brimming with verve and fizzing with invention.”
★★★★ Chortle

“Puns, heartbreak and visual humour the likes of which you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.”
★★★★ The Skinny

Suitable for ages 16+
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Christmas Tales With Granddad

Bursting with heart-warming storytelling and festive cheer, Christmas Tales With Granddad creates the sense of an intimate fireside in the theatre, with Granddad welcoming imaginative input from the audience as he weaves 3 brand new tales.

A magical a feast of festive stories including a special pair of Christmas pants, the mystery of the snowflake necklace and the mischievous shenanigans of the Tomten – a feisty Gnome, who loves the chance to swap gossip with woodland creatures, and who might just be the reason Granddad can’t find his favourite tree decoration.

“Skilful puppetry and charming story-telling.”
The Stage

“A delightful family show.”
Animations Online

“Fantastic interaction with the audience, quizzing the children with brilliant conversation throughout. All audience left with a smile asking when Granddad will be back.”
The Pound, Corsham

“The puppetry was excellent, and the variety of characters and puppets was really great fun and enjoyed by audiences.”
Doncaster Theatre

11am only on December 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th and January 5th, 6th
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Oedipuss In Boots

As lightning cracks at the summit of Mount Olympus, the royal kitten Oedipuss is cursed with the prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother. Outcast, this brave puss must go on an incredible adventure of self discovery, encountering crooks and charlatans, terrifying monsters and outrageous villains as Oedipuss tries to unlock the complex question of his destiny. But as he soon discovers, escaping your fate isn’t easy when you’ve got the King’s blood on your paws…

Fast, smart and devilishly funny, Oedipuss In Boots puts the romp in anthropomorphism. An original dark comedy from The Wardrobe Theatre (makers of Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears, Nachos, Kirk Vs Ming and Muppits Die Hard) jam-packed with big laughs, puppetry, dance routines, musical numbers and unforgettable drama. Oedipuss In Boots is the ultimate Greek tragedy and the original mother-loving pantomime!

“Simply faultless… a triumph… so funny you will probably want to see it a more than once!”
★★★★★ The Fix on Reservoir Mogs

“An absolutely gold plated show, a must see.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby on Goldilock, Stock & Tree Smoking Bears

“There are laughs aplenty, not the polite laughter of the theatre crowd but real genuine guffaws from an audience with a drink in hand and ready to have a good time.”
★★★★ The Reviews Hub on Rocky Shock Horror

“Brilliantly bizarre and hilarious… A truly engaging and original slice of theatre.”
★★★★ Bristol Theatre Review

Running Time: TBC
Suitable for ages 14+
2pm matinees on December 1, 8, 15, 22, 28, 29, 30 and January 5, 6, 12, 13, 19
No shows November 25, 26 or December 2, 3, 10, 17, 24, 25, 26, 31 or January 1, 7, 8, 14, 15

An original production, written and devised by the company
Director – Chris Collier
Cast – Adam Blake, Harry Humberstone, Andrew Kingston, Jannah Warlow
Music & Lyrics – Kid Carpet
Designer – Madeleine Girling
Puppet Maker – Dik Downey
Assistant Director – Megan Vaughan-Thomas
Costume Supervisor – Catherine Pilsworth
Producers – Jesse Meadows & Matthew Whittle
Originally Devised by – Chris Collier, Harry Humberstone, James Kent, Andrew Kingston, Matthew Whittle
Original Designer – Harriet De Winton

TOURING: Rocky Shock Horror

Tobacco Factory Theatres: 12-17 Nov – Tickets
Tolmen Centre, Cornwall: 1 Dec – Tickets
Theatre Royal Plymouth: 5-30 Dec – Tickets
Salisbury Playhouse: 17-19 Jan – Tickets
The North Wall, Oxford: 24 Jan – Tickets
Norwich Playhouse: 26 Jan – Tickets

It’s a hook to the left! And then a jab to the right! Let’s do the time-warp back to 1976; a world without men and women – only lovers, fighters, dancers and all-nighters and where the mean streets of Philadelphia are filled with campy song.

When small-time boxer Rocky Featherboa is challenged to the fight of a lifetime, the Italian Stallion must risk it all and learn to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, dance like a rock’n’roll star and sing like a queen!

After the stunning successes of Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears, Reservoir Mogs and Muppits Die Hard, The Wardrobe Theatre brings you another of its signature, darkly comic, adult only shows – a loving, playful fusion of the boxing classic with the cross-dressing cult musical masterpiece. A scary-sexy, knock-out comedy that always punches below the belt, ROCKY SHOCK HORROR is a show you won’t forget, however hard you try…

“If you are not shouting and clapping by the end of this two-hour hullabaloo, I’d be surprised.”
★★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine

“A smash hit must-see… Fantastically entertaining.”
★★★★ The Fix

“There are laughs aplenty, not the polite laughter of the theatre crowd but real genuine guffaws from an audience with a drink in hand and ready to have a good time.”
★★★★ The Reviews Hub

“The outright winner of the comedy heavyweight title… Take a ringside seat, and have a good roll round in the aisles of the Wardrobe Theatre, punchdrunk with glee.”
Bristol 24/7

Ages 16+
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

An original production by The Wardrobe Theatre
Director – Tom Brennan
Cast – Caitlin Campbell, Kim Heron, Daniel Norford, Alex Roberts
Music Director & Composer – Tom Crosley-Thorne
Originally Devised and Performed with Music & Lyrics Written by – Harry Humberstone, Emma Keaveney-Roys, James Newton, Katy Sobey, Tom Crosley-Thorne, Tom Brennan
Associate Directors – Matthew Whittle, Stephanie Kempson
Designers – Madeleine Girling, Ruby Spencer Pugh
Costume Supervisor – Catherine Pilsworth
Lighting Designer
– Edmund Mckay
Production Managers
– Matthew Whittle, Chris Collier
Producers –
Matthew Whittle, Bebhinn Cronin
Movement Director
– Linzy Nakorn
Movement Associate – Joêl Daniel
Set Builder – Phil Collier
Makeup Artist
– Madeleine Ellis
Vocal Coach & Additional Harmonies
– Verity Standen
Original Outside Eye – Andrew Kingston
Boxing Consultant– John Lomas
Costumes Hired From
– Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
With thanks to RichMix, Victoria Park Baptist Church, Vicky Meadows and Marcus Grant.

Norwich Playhouse: 26 January 2019 – TICKETS
The North Wall, Oxford: 24 January 2019 – TICKETS
Salisbury Playhouse:
17-19 January 2019 – TICKETS
The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth: 5-30 December 2018 – TICKETS
Tolmen Centre, Cornwall: 1 December 2018- TICKETS
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol: 12-17 November 2018 – TICKETS
The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol: 1 December 2016 – 15 January 2017