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Mental

25th Apr - 28th Apr
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Winner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​very​ ​first​ ​Mental​ ​Health​ ​Fringe​ ​Award​, Kane Power Theatre ​present​ ​a​ ​moving​ ​and​ ​personal​ ​story​ ​about​ ​about​ ​one​ ​son’s relationship​ ​with​ ​his​ ​mother​ ​and​ ​her​ ​mental​ ​health

At​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​is​ ​increasingly​ ​making​ ​the​ ​headlines,​ ​yet​ ​still​ ​so​ ​many​ ​are unable​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​about​ ​their experience​ ​for​ ​fear​ ​of​ ​stigma,​ ​this​ ​show​ ​tells​ ​a​ ​personal​ ​story that​ ​will​ ​get​ ​people​ ​talking. An​ ​exploration​ ​of​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​with​ ​music,​ ​anecdotes,​ ​and​ ​medical​ ​notes. Kane​ ​Power​ ​Theatre​ ​presents Mental by​ ​Alice​ … More Mental

Best of Bristol Theatre

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons

1st May - 5th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Sat) | £10

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2018: Sam Steiner’s award-winning play imagines a world where we’re forced to say less

‘When we are lost for words, we are at our most powerless.’ The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. Sam Steiner’s award-winning play imagines a world where we’re forced to say less. After the government passes a … More Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons

Best of Bristol Theatre

Nutty Noah

6th May
11am & 2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Bringing his own brand of side-splitting nuttiness, Nutty Noah’s award-winning show includes cheeky original songs, crazy juggling and amazing magic for children 3-8 and their families

Come along, take a seat, get ready and go nuts with Nutty Noah at this fabulously funny, musical and magical entertainment show. Bringing his own brand of side-splitting nuttiness to The Wardrobe Theatre, Nutty Noah’s award-winning show includes cheeky original songs, crazy juggling and amazing magic. If you ask him nicely, he will even balance … More Nutty Noah

Comedy Family

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Alabaster DePlume (plus RHAIN)

6th May
8pm | £10.75-£14 (inc. bf)

A ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems and “a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be” (Guardian)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. ALABASTER DEPLUME Following 12 monthly development residency concerts and 3 viral video clips, this ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems, under spoken elements that attempt to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Alabaster DePlume (plus RHAIN)

Music

Four Play

8th May - 12th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Sat) | £10

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2018: Jake Brunger's new comedy about sex and commitment in the twenty-first century

‘A deep and clean tap into modern relationship neurosis, with pinpoint honesty and observation. Hilarious and poignant.’ After seven and a half blissful years together Rafe and Pete’s lack of sexual experience is driving them apart. When they proposition mutual friend Michael to help them out – knowing full well that he has his own … More Four Play

Best of Bristol Theatre

Nincompoop

13th May - 10th Jun
7.30pm (plus 2pm on 13th May for family special) | Pay What You Decide

Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: A face-achingly funny monthly night of alternative comedy where anything can happen and quite often does

The South West’s best and most absurd alternative comedy event, Nincompoop showcases the very best new ideas in comedy, clowning, fooling, slapstick, mime, audience participation, mischief and tomfoolery. Hosted by an array of loveable idiots including Deirdre Me and Bertie Boulevard, previous Nincompoops have included: speed dating with alphabetti-spaghetti, an invisible plate spinner, a bride’s … More Nincompoop

Best of Bristol Comedy

Kiss Me

15th May - 19th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Sat) | £10

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2018: Richard Bean's unconventional love story between two young people in the wake of World War One

‘Are you allowed to kiss me? What are the parameters?’ With no husband and no prospects, exactly how far is Stephanie willing to go to start a family? Based loosely on true events, Kiss Me is an unconventional love story between two young people in the wake of World War One. The war may be … More Kiss Me

Best of Bristol Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Young Waters (plus Spindle Ensemble)

20th May
8pm | £10.75 / £14 (inc. bf)

Twisted neo-folk tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar

YOUNG WATERS Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. 2017 has seen the band record a full … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Young Waters (plus Spindle Ensemble)

Best of Bristol Music

Story Slam

20th May - 26th Aug
2pm | £8 (£5 conc.)

Bristol's true storytelling event, presented by Story Slam: Bristol - held on the third Sunday of every month

Story Slam’s ticketing and price increase announcement A hugely popular community driven storytelling event, Story Slam is where you can hear people’s amazing true stories told live on stage. All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell a story, or just head along … More Story Slam

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Closer Each Day’s Brunel’s SS Great Britain TAKEOVER!

20th May - 21st May
8pm | £15 (£12 conc.)

Join Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol's cult hit Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, as they take over Brunel's SS Great Britain

Performed at Brunel’s SS Great Britain NOT The Wardrobe Theatre Tickets include a chance to walk around Brunel’s SS Great Britain from 6.30pm Sunday 20th May Join Closer Each Day Company for a fully spontaneous night of comedy! The first half will be games in the style of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ and the … More Closer Each Day’s Brunel’s SS Great Britain TAKEOVER!

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Tender Napalm

22nd May - 26th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Sat) | £10

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2018: Philip Ridley’s greatest love story ever told, but most of it is complete horse$%&#

‘Your mouth … it’s such a wet thing. I could squeeze a bullet between those lips.’ This couple share the greatest love story ever told, but most of it is complete horse$%&#. The shards of truth that shine through in the stories they tell each other are stained by tragedy, but that’s okay. They love … More Tender Napalm

Best of Bristol Theatre

Sharp Teeth

27th May - 29th Jul
7.30pm | Pay What You Decide

Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: Stimulate your Sunday brain by coming down to Sharp Teeth's monthly night of many genres

For the last three and half years Sharp Teeth Theatre have been bringing together theatre, storytelling, poetry and music to create a night of riotous Sunday fun. They’ve had raps about stolen bikes, poems about cottaging, performances from drag kings, new writing about women who climb the shard, and improvised storytelling about Lance Armstrong getting … More Sharp Teeth

Best of Bristol Music Spoken Word Theatre

Elf Lyons: Swan

28th May
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

ELF LYONS: SWAN The giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur is delighted to bring her Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show to The Wardrobe Theatre. Think big. Think weird. Matthew Bourne would be proud. It’s going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah, let’s throw that word in there too. Graduate of L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier. Best Show Nominee 2017 Edinburgh … More Elf Lyons: Swan

Best of Bristol Comedy

Glorious Greeks

28th May
11am & 2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Outwit greedy monsters, escape the savage cyclops and survive the sweet-singing sirens in this awesome Odyssean adventure - Wild Words presents a magical storytelling and music show for ages 3-10 preceeded by a playshop puppet making workshop

PLAYSHOP: 11am-11.45am | 2pm-2.45pm SHOW: 12pm | 3pm An awesome adventure of myth and modernity inspired by Ancient Greek classic, The Odyssey. Outwit greedy monsters, escape the savage cyclops, survive the sweet-singing siren sisters (played by the dolls of Barbie) and overcome the sucking and spewing whirlpool to save the day with the cleverest Greek … More Glorious Greeks

Best of Bristol Family

TOURING: Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

29th May - 3rd Jun
8.05pm | £10-£12.50

An original alternative comedy by The Wardrobe Theatre, touring to Brighton Finge 2018

Performed at Brighton Fringe 2018 NOT The Wardrobe Theatre The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine … More TOURING: Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Butt Kapinski

29th May - 31st May
8pm | £10

Private Eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery set in a seedy world of sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge - an award-winning comedic experience presented by Deanna Fleysher

Think it’s a solo show? Think again. Butt Kapinski, a gender-troubled private eye with a mouth full of speech impediments and a wearable streetlight, invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery. An immersive comedy, for adults only. BEST COMEDY Fringeworld 2017 INNOVATION AWARD Adelaide Fringe 2017 BEST COMEDY Adelaide Fringe 2016 SIX … More Butt Kapinski

Comedy Theatre

Perfect

31st May - 3rd Jun
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

The award-winning family theatre maker Tessa Bide (A Strange New Space, The Tap Dancing Mermaid) presents a beautiful new show for ages 3-8 and their families featuring stunning puppetry, original live music and animation

A young boy waits for the birth of his new baby sister, his excitement bubbling over at the thought of a new playmate to race and chase with. He can’t wait to tell her all about the swifts which nest not far from the top window of their pointy house. It’s nearly time, she’s nearly … More Perfect

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Faslane

2nd Jun
8pm | £10

With her family having worked at the home of Trident all her life and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide - presented by Showroom in association with Summerhall

Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK’s nuclear missile program: Trident. With her family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide. Drawing upon interviews … More Faslane

Theatre

Larry Dean: Fandan

3rd Jun
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Extra date added due to phenomenal demand! Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Larry Dean brings his critically-acclaimed new show on tour following a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run and a debut appearance on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo. Enjoy “unexpected and excellent” (Sunday Times) storytelling from one of UK comedy’s fiercest new talents. As seen on Comedy … More Larry Dean: Fandan

Comedy

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

4th Jun - 2nd Jul
8pm | £7

The unplanned, unscripted & unconventional cult comedy show continuing the world's longest improvised narrative every other Monday

Don’t miss Closer Each Day’s Brunel’s SS Great Britain TAKEOVER 20-21 May Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 6 years and over 125 episodes. The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay

5th Jun
8pm | £14.50- £16 (inc. bf)

A delicious mix of raw, retro country plus sweet irony from this stunning Austin-based duo

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart (“Before the World Was Made”) and humor (“Breaking Up And Making Up Again”). Evidence: Before the World Was Made. The Austin-based songwriters’ debut collaboration spotlights … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay

Music

Engine Brake

6th Jun - 9th Jun
8pm | £10

Following a sell-out run of the Afghanistan inspired There Shall Be Fireworks, The Plasticine Men return from research in India with a razor-sharp new show exploring what our relationship with the car says about us

The English and Indian skeleton crew of a crumbling advertising agency prepare their final pitch: for a global car campaign to end all car campaigns. Original music mixing East and West joins a symphony of car horns and slogans as they brainstorm their way through traffic. ‘The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection. Motion and Emotion. Don’t … More Engine Brake

Best of Bristol Theatre

Kidocracy

10th Jun
11am & 2pm | £8

The grown-ups have clearly made a mess of the world so Kidocracy offers the next generation a chance to rule instead! An interactive comedy show for ages 6+ presented by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow)

The ancient Irish know-it-all Brehon has awoken from a 400 year slumber to find the world in a state of chaos. The grown-ups have clearly made a mess of things and so Brehon offers the boys and girls a chance to rule the island of Kidocracy. In just under an hour, they must elect leaders, … More Kidocracy

Comedy Family Theatre

Pundemonium

11th Jun
8pm | £10 (+bf)

Into innuendo? Dabble in double-entendre? A punning gameshow by Rachel Mars and Daniel Pitt

A hilarious live game show full of PUNishing linguistic challenges for compulsive punners and their carers. Join us for competitive wordplay in this groan-off with guest pundits including performers, comedians, poets and writers to compete alongside members of the public for the ‘Thesaurus Rex’ trophy and a place in the Grand Final. Got appundecitis and … More Pundemonium

Comedy

Steve Bugeja & Bilal Zafar

12th Jun
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with two of the country's most popular comedians

STEVE BUGEJA: SUMMER CAMP Its 2009 and an eighteen year old Steve Bugeja decides to spend his summer working at a kids? camp in America, dreaming of red cups, beach parties and being mistaken for Prince Harry. Unfortunately, coming to America doesn’t stop him from being notoriously terrible with children and even worse at talking … More Steve Bugeja & Bilal Zafar

Comedy

Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery | Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible

13th Jun
8pm & 9.30pm | £10 (1 ticket for both shows)

An exciting DOUBLE BILL of Edinburgh Fringe previews

Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery – 8pm ‘I collect bags of sugar from cafes and restaurants I’m in. I have a big collection. Often I forget that I’ve taken them with me home and somehow, if you apply time and pressure, they have the tendency to explode…’ A one-woman dark comedy exploring the innermost … More Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery | Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Blah’s Big Weekend: Harry & Chris (with support from Erin Bolems)

15th Jun
7pm | £10 (£7 conc.)

A packed weekend showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers - presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest Having played together for over 10 years, World Poetry Slam champion Harry Baker teams up with jazz musician Chris Read for the imaginatively titled Harry and Chris. … More Blah’s Big Weekend: Harry & Chris (with support from Erin Bolems)

Comedy Spoken Word

Blah’s Big Weekend: Young Blah Workshop with Jasmine Gardosi

16th Jun
11am | Free (limited space available)

A packed weekend showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers - presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman (workshop for poets ages 16-25)

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest Poet, performer and seminar extraordinaire, Jasmine Gardosi will be hosting a workshop. All welcome, whether you’ve never done this before or you’ve been writing for years. You’ll … More Blah’s Big Weekend: Young Blah Workshop with Jasmine Gardosi

Spoken Word

Blah’s Big Weekend: Young Blah Showcase

16th Jun
2.30pm | Pay What You Decide

A packed weekend showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers - presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest Following our decade-long success of Blahblahblah, we are excited to invite you to our Young Blah showcase. A host of the brightest emerging talent in the South … More Blah’s Big Weekend: Young Blah Showcase

Spoken Word

Blah’s Big Weekend: Poets vs MCs

16th Jun
8pm | £10 (£7 conc.)

A packed weekend showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers - presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest Collaborating with Raise the Bar and Poets vs MCs, we’ll be pitting a team of rappers and poets against each other to bring you Brighton’s infamous battle … More Blah’s Big Weekend: Poets vs MCs

Spoken Word

Blah’s Big Weekend: Salena Godden & John Berkavitch

17th Jun
7.30pm | £10 (£7 conc.)

A packed weekend showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers - presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest Blahblahblah is excited to be able to support two established artists in developing brand new shows this year. We’re offering a preview of both shows for one … More Blah’s Big Weekend: Salena Godden & John Berkavitch

Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Dallahan (plus Kate Griffin & Ford Collier)

19th Jun
8pm | £10.75-£14 (inc. bf)

One of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene; heavily rooted in traditional Irish music, but with hugely diverse backgrounds and influences

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. DALLAHAN Dallahan call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritage to create a unique and seamless musical montage, drawing in influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical music. Dallahan will push and pull you along on … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Dallahan (plus Kate Griffin & Ford Collier)

Music

DoppelDänger

20th Jun - 23rd Jun
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups, gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling - presented by She Goat (a new company made up of two members of Little Bulb Theatre)

Thursday’s performance will be accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences (see below for details) Experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups; gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling: this new work is an exploration of ‘the Doppelgänger’ – devised and performed by a pair of real life doppelgängers. With an uncanny blend of European 1630s-inspired retrofuturism and … More DoppelDänger

Comedy Music Theatre

Nachos

25th Jun - 7th Jul
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays) | £12

A brand new comedy from The Wardrobe Theatre following on from last year’s summer success Kirk Vs Ming that promises high stakes action and straight up laughs

In Juarez, on the Mexican border with the USA, one man is making millions; a modern day Robin Hood to his countrymen and an enemy to the United States. Everyday his empire grows and grows, and with it so does the body count. The Nachos Kingpin will stop at nothing until his legacy is assured. … More Nachos

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

The Family Blimp

1st Jul
2pm | £8

Physical theatre, grotesque clown and a lick of the absurd come together in a slightly monstrous, slightly delicious, look at how we create our identity and what we will do to protect it, presented by The Klump Company

The Klump Company throw open their front door and cordially invite you in to meet The Family Blimp. Physical theatre, grotesque clown and a lick of the absurd come together in a slightly monstrous, slightly delicious, look at how we create our identity – and what we will do to protect it. How far will … More The Family Blimp

Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

3rd Jul
8pm | £12.50-£14 (inc. bf)

Back by popular demand - this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio perform live alongside their magnificent film project

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. A return booking for this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio and their magnificent film project, which involves the band performing live to 12 specially-commissioned short films made by 13 filmmakers and visual artists in response to 3CW tunes … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

Best of Bristol Music

Drag Murder, She Didn’t Write

10th Jul
9pm | £10

Bristol Pride Theatre Night returns with plotting, mayhem and laughter, teaming up with local troupe Degrees Of Error to bring you a very special edition of their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show

Part of a double bill of theatre for Bristol Pride 2018. Click here for info on HIV Monologues at 7.15pm The talented cast create a completely original and hilarious murder-mystery, improvised on-the-spot using your suggestions and a whole host of gender-swapped suspects in a show that promises to dazzle, enthral and delight. Miss Crimson poisoned … More Drag Murder, She Didn’t Write

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

HIV Monologues

10th Jul
7.15pm | £10

Bristol Pride 2018 presents an exceptional, moving and poignant piece by Dragonflies Theatre that explores issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community at a time when local HIV services are under increasing pressure

Part of a double bill of theatre for Bristol Pride 2018. Click here for info on Drag, Murder She Didn’t Write at 9pm Alex knows nothing about HIV. Nick is his Tinder date who’s just been diagnosed positive, struggling with self-worth. Their date is going amazingly until Nick discloses his diagnosis… And Alex reacts in … More HIV Monologues

Theatre

Parlour Games

11th Jul - 14th Jul
8pm | £10

Sharp Teeth Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre present a right royal romp through British history, exploring politics, passion and parlour games; a cross-dressing comedy for all those with a taste for Victoria's Sponge and who enjoy playing with their Prince Albert

It’s 1848 and Europe is revolting. As foreign royals topple at an alarming rate, how long will it be before the whispers of revolution reach the proud shores of old Blighty? With an isolated, postnatal Queen intent on playing solitaire, can the future of the British monarchy be saved before those dastardly working-classes start uprising … More Parlour Games

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Blahblahblah: Imaginary Advice – A Live Podcast presented by Ross Sutherland

16th Jul
8pm | £8

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

Launched in 2014 as a way to explore new forms of storytelling, the Imaginary Advice podcast has grown into one of the most popular storytelling podcasts in the UK. Written and presented by Ross Sutherland (BBC2’s Missing Episode; Standby for The Tape Back), this live podcast presents a selection of brand-new stories, both true and … More Blahblahblah: Imaginary Advice – A Live Podcast presented by Ross Sutherland

Spoken Word

One Man & His Cow

17th Jul - 19th Jul
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

A man. A cow. A shed load of trouble - written and performed in rhyme and song by the acclaimed Living Spit (makers of The Six Wives of Henry VIII)

Trevor loves Judy. Judy loves Trevor. They’re best mates. Trouble is, Trevor’s family don’t approve. They think that Trevor should leave his prize cow alone and get on with looking after his farm. And then Trevor gets some bad news… Written and performed in rhyme and song the acclaimed Living Spit (makers of The Six … More One Man & His Cow

Best of Bristol Comedy

Impromptu Shakespeare

26th Jul - 27th Jul
8pm (plus 9.30pm on Friday) | £10 (£8 conc.)

An entirely new and unique Shakespeare play improvised on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions, showing as part of Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2018

WORKSHOP with Impromptu Shakespeare Sunday 29th July Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, power struggles, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, the supernatural and everything in between – this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and novices alike. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of the Bard. Whether you … More Impromptu Shakespeare

Comedy Theatre

Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose

28th Jul
2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Come and join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger - for ages 3-8 and their families

Marvin The Mischievous Moose presents Captain Cauliflower with a mystical magic hat that gives him super powers. We then follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis the evil and odorous Onion Man? Dan Lees and Neil Frost invite you on … More Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose

Comedy Family

The Establishment: Fool Britainnia

28th Jul
8pm | £10

Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from critically acclaimed duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost

Critically-acclaimed comedy duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost present an idiots guide to Britishness. An hilarious clown show exploring the history and culture of Britain. ​”A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “This is silliness as an art form.” ★★★★ The Scotsman “Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that … More The Establishment: Fool Britainnia

Comedy

WORKSHOP with Impromptu Shakespeare

29th Jul
11am-4pm | £35 (£30 conc.)

Learn how to improvise using style, character and language techniques to create the scenes Shakespeare never wrote from this experienced company

Get to grips with Shakespeare in a very different way – by making it up. Learn how to improvise using style, character and language techniques to create the scenes Shakespeare never wrote. Improvisers from the critically-acclaimed Impromptu Shakespeare will guide you to use improvisation skills to uncover your inner Bard. Expect to improve your verbal … More WORKSHOP with Impromptu Shakespeare

Said And Done

30th Jul - 31st Jul
8pm | £10

Darkly comic with snippets of original music and dollops of cheesy pop - a snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close by Sugarscratch Theatre

Two women sit at a table at a wedding. They hate everyone here. They hate themselves. And, although they are the very best of friends, they probably hate each other. When you know everything about a person’s life it’s easy to find ammunition to use against them, but sometimes teasing gets too much and insults … More Said And Done

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Rex The King

1st Aug - 3rd Aug
8pm | £10

Wassail Theatre presents their witty, uplifting and ludicrously tragic adaptation of Oedipus Rex - expect blood and sweat, tears and beers, not to mention plenty of songs and silliness

A blind man walks into a village pub and tells anyone who’ll listen that he was once the king of darts. An adaptation of the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex reimagined in the world of pub darts and disco featuring live music, flying arrows and a portable dartboard. Rex The King is the story of a … More Rex The King

Best of Bristol Theatre

Dance Of The Violin

28th Aug
11am & 2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Wild Words presents a magical storytelling and music show for ages 3-10 preceeded by a playshop puppet making workshop

PLAYSHOP: 11am-11.45am | 2pm-2.45pm SHOW: 12pm | 3pm Once there was a boy called Joshua who loved making a noise, who loved making sounds and his parents would say “Joshua that’s good but could you do something else now please?” Then one day his parents started to hear music and they said “Joshua that’s really … More Dance Of The Violin

Best of Bristol Family

The Pixies’ Scarf

30th Aug - 2nd Sep
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

A magical adventure for ages 3-8 and their families set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor, presented by Soap Soup Theatre (makes of The Snow Baby and The Owl & The Pussycat's Treasury of Nonsense)

Inspired by the powerfully evocative tale of The Pixies’ Scarf by Alison Uttely, Soap Soup Theatre present a theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor. While out picking whortleberries with Grandmother, Dicky Bundle finds a treasure that opens the door to a beautiful, fragile world. It is … More The Pixies’ Scarf

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Monkey Tennis: LIVE

7th Sep
8pm | £10

A live recording of the acclaimed Alan Partridge fan podcast

Following sold-out shows in London, an appearance at Comic Con, broadsheet acclaim and an iTunes #1, Monkey Tennis – the Alan Partridge Fan Podcast, heads to Bristol for the first time. Expect insight, speculation, tangents and nonsense as four Alan enthusiasts bring this unofficial podcast to The Wardrobe Theatre, discussing, dissecting and celebrating episodes from … More Monkey Tennis: LIVE

Comedy

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

25th Jan
8pm | £15

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

She’s a regular on Mock The Week and a much-loved figure on Live at the Apollo, as well as being all over Radio 4 – for whom she’s making her very own series in 2018, after extensive stints on The News Quiz, Just A Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. All this makes it … More Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Comedy

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

16th Mar
8pm | £14

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

With Showtime Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival’s most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it’s ‘showtime’ for the rest of the … More Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

Comedy