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Murder, She Didn’t Write

18th Oct - 20th Oct
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error’s improvised murder mystery YOU become the author and watch your very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece unfold on stage

Returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after multiple sell-out runs, Murder She Didn’t Write provides “one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time” (Ed Fringe Review). The talented Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess, to create an original and hilarious improvised murder-mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for … More Murder, She Didn’t Write

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Eshaan Akbar

19th Oct
9.45pm | £10

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

ESHAAN AKBAR An intelligent and engaging performer, Eshaan Akbar has established himself as an exciting voice on the UK comedy scene. A winner of the Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year 2016, Eshaan has been in the finals of many other prestigious competitions and received rave reviews for his 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show … More Eshaan Akbar

Comedy

Story Slam

21st Oct - 18th 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

Adventure Bureau

21st Oct - 16th Dec
11am | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

A brilliantly fun interactive storytelling show for ages 3-8 and their families, presented by Katie Storer and Simon Panrucker

Katie and Simon are coming on a special trip from the Adventure Bureau, an ancient organisation whose job it is to create all the adventures EVER! With the help of your biggest (and smallest) ideas, they will weave a totally improvised story complete with an improvised soundtrack and songs. The audience decides what elements go … More Adventure Bureau

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Bella Hardy – Hello Sammy Acoustic Tour

21st Oct
8pm | £14-£16 (inc. bf)

Acclaimed songwriter and traditional music luminary with humanist hymns, ancient Chinese poems and feminist battle cries

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Bella Hardy, acclaimed songwriter and traditional music luminary, released Hey Sammy in November 2017, a record that bears the stamps of extensive musical expeditions far from home. Humanist hymns, ancient Chinese poems, feminist battle cries, and the … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Bella Hardy – Hello Sammy Acoustic Tour

Music

Fin Taylor: When Harassy Met Sally

22nd Oct
8pm | £12

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

Star of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and Live From The Comedy Store, Fin Taylor, is off on tour with a brand new show. His finger’s still on the pulse, except now he doesn’t know whether that’s flirting or harassment. Fin has quickly established himself as one of the most original voices on the comedy circuit, … More Fin Taylor: When Harassy Met Sally

Comedy

Ginger Beer

23rd Oct - 25th Oct
8pm | £10

Grindr. Fisting. Drugs. All whilst staying fabulous. Being gay isn't easy - An exciting new show by Limerence Productions

Being gay isn’t easy. For Sammy and El it’s even harder, with an obsessive lad and a lovesick teen following them around. Between gay male saunas, chemsex parties and the pursuit of the perfect dick pic, Ginger Beer explores the difficulties of the gay male scene with vibrancy, honesty and warmth. Limerence Productions is an … More Ginger Beer

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Let Me Look At You

26th Oct - 27th Oct
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Stand-up meets solo theatre in this personal story from the gay “movement” - presented by the double Fringe First winning Starving Artists Theatre Company

Q: What’s so funny about being gay? A: Let Me Look At You. Grounded in history and battered by camp, a fifty-something gay man shares his misadventures while quietly having a nervous breakdown himself. On the fiftieth anniversary of the UK’s Sexual Offenses Act, Starving Artists offers up the oft-ignored warning: things haven’t changed all … More Let Me Look At You

Theatre

Fern Brady

26th Oct
9.45pm | £10

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

FERN BRADY Fearless writing and lighting fast wit make Fern Brady an exceptional comedian, whose bizarre true life tales and insightful observations always make for a comedy set like no other. Fern has performed stand up on numerous TV shows including Live from the BBC and Live at The Apollo (to be aired in 2018). … More Fern Brady

Comedy

Sharp Teeth

28th Oct - 28th Jul
7.30pm (4pm in Dec) | 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 four 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 lost in … More Sharp Teeth

Best of Bristol Music Spoken Word Theatre

Lo Fi Funky Space Quest

29th Oct - 3rd Nov
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Return To The Unknown: An intergalactic interactive cosmic adventure from Babyhead Tom and DJ Cheeba, for ages 3-10 and their families

Calling all intergalactic little humans! If you are full of super human energy and imagination, we need you! Babyhead Tom and DJ Cheeba are looking for an eager crew of space cadets to help them on their latest mission into the depths of space. Who knows what new surreal planets and bonkers alien species we’ll … More Lo Fi Funky Space Quest

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

29th Oct
8pm | £7

Halloween Special of the unplanned, unscripted & unconventional cult comedy show

CLOSER EACH DAY – OTHER PERFORMANCES HERE Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 7 years and nearly 150 episodes. The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by … More Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Pundemonium

30th Oct
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

An Indian Abroad

31st Oct - 1st Nov
8pm | £10

A new solo show by Pariah Khan, directed by Manga Theatre's Eduardo Gama

Stifled by life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world. He takes a year out from his studies to visit the exotic island of Great Britain. Keen to seek out the locals, he wants to learn about life through their eyes. What does Krishnan’s journey teach him about the world? … More An Indian Abroad

Best of Bristol Theatre

Lash Stackers present… The Infinite Narcissism of Xtravaganzah

2nd Nov
8pm | £10

The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club presents an evening with one of the UK's very best drag artists

Your favourite, fabulous 70’s working mens’ club is back and this time, back by popular demand, we have a brand new feature length show from your holy local Virgin Mary. In 2014, The Virgin Xtravaganzah descended from Heaven because heaven was boring and full of Christians… #NotTheLook. She tried to find heaven on earth, but … More Lash Stackers present… The Infinite Narcissism of Xtravaganzah

Comedy Theatre

Harry & Chris Save The World

3rd Nov
5pm & 8pm | £12.50

A special night of spoken word and live music from world poetry slam champion Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read

After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read have been featured three times on ‘The Russell Howard Hour’ (Sky) and have been touring regularly around the UK. Last year they prevented a apocalypse and got a panda pregnant, so they are now drunk on comedy-rap-jazz … More Harry & Chris Save The World

Comedy Music Spoken Word

Missing Pieces: Clubland by Roy Williams

4th Nov - 8th Jan
5pm (7pm in January) | £8

A series of script-in-hand performances showcasing classic and new plays by Black British, Caribbean and African writers

Missing Pieces is a series of monthly staged play readings showcasing Black British, Caribbean and African work from new writing to classics. Missing Pieces brings Black theatre to Bristol, and brings work seen in London and elsewhere to the Bristol stage. A Missing Pieces Season brings you plays that are already published, performed, a cultural … More Missing Pieces: Clubland by Roy Williams

Best of Bristol Theatre

The Death Hilarious present Alterwise By Owl-light: A Night Of Comedy

4th Nov
8pm | £10

A fabulous night of comedy presented by Chuckle Busters

Crotchety double dose The Death Hilarious present their new work-in-progress ‘Pony Cum Transfer’. A genre-defying, confusing 45 mins that retells the Old Testament through stolen footage from David Attenborough’s most recent colonoscopy. It might not work. Also featuring David Jason, if he wants to see his boy alive again. As heard on BBC Radio 4. … More The Death Hilarious present Alterwise By Owl-light: A Night Of Comedy

Comedy

Blahblahblah: White

5th Nov
8pm | £8

Koko Brown explores the vital concept of mixed-race privilege and what it means to grow up a mixed-race woman in contemporary Britain, with spoken word support from Deanna Rodger

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays The first in a trilogy of fully-devised shows from Roundhouse alumnus Koko Brown, WHITE explores the vital concept of mixed-race privilege and what it means to grow up a mixed-race woman in contemporary Britain. Expect … More Blahblahblah: White

Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

6th Nov
8pm | £12.50-£15 (inc. bf)

Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, accordion, bagpipes, guitar, banjo and fiddle combine with a highly energetic performance and an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence. Having played … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

Music

Lovely Girls

7th Nov - 8th Nov
8pm | £10

Comedic dance-­theatre company The Hiccup Project present an insight, celebration and ode to being a woman in the 21st century (work-in-progress)

Chess and Cristina are The Hiccup Project, a comedic dance-­theatre company. People commonly refer to them as ‘the lovely Hiccup girls.’ It’s got them thinking… It’s been 100 years since (some) women got the vote. This was a (bit of a) step towards gender equality, but how liberated are women today? After diving into the … More Lovely Girls

Comedy Dance Theatre

WORKSHOP with The Hiccup Project

7th Nov
10am-12pm | £10

Gain an insight into the award-winning The Hiccup Project's practices of fusing dance, theatre and comedy

A highly energetic, dynamic and playful class exploring the voice as well as the body – gaining an insight into the The Hiccup Project’s practices of fusing dance, theatre and comedy. Our workshops are centred around pushing and developing physicality with intention and/or specific qualities. We will focus on the enjoyment and pleasure in movement, … More WORKSHOP with The Hiccup Project

Queen C*nt: Sacred or Profane?

9th Nov - 10th Nov
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12 (£10 conc.)

An absurd comedy sketch show from China Blue Fish and Deborah Antoinette

‘Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians…’ Come and see us do all of this – and more! Venus is about to collide with Earth! A multi-character melange of opinion paints the stage rainbow coloured, sequined, hairy and fleshy pink. Blending music, comedy, drag, movement, … More Queen C*nt: Sacred or Profane?

Best of Bristol Comedy

Nincompoop

11th Nov - 9th Jun
7.30pm (4pm in December) | 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

The Snow Baby

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

Soap Soup Theatre the makers of The Pixies' Scarf and The Owl & The Pussycat's Treasury of Nonsense present a magical children's show for ages 3-8 and their families

Deep in the remote snowy forest an icy wind blows and snowflakes fall from the sky. Doris and her Bear Man live on the hill, alone but happy. Wrapped up in a snowy smother, they are in love. But when the snowstorm comes, Doris’ Bear Man disappears! How will Doris survive by herself in a … More The Snow Baby

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

12th Nov - 8th Jul
8pm | £7

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

SPECIALS: Treehouse Of Horror Halloween Special: 29th October 2018 – TICKETS 150th Ever Episode Special: 28th January 2019 – TICKETS Valentine’s Special: 11th February 2019 – TICKETS Easter Monday Special: 22nd April 2019 – TICKETS Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

TOURING: Rocky Shock Horror

12th Nov - 17th Nov
Performed at Tobacco Factory Theatres | 7.30pm | £12-£27

A fabulous comedy-drag-boxing-musical extravaganza from The Wardrobe Theatre, makers of Reservoir Mogs and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears - on tour to Tobacco Factory Theatres

Tobacco Factory Theatres – Tickets Tolmen Centre, Cornwall – Tickets Theatre Royal Plymouth – Tickets The North Wall, Oxford – Tickets Norwich Playhouse – Tickets Tickets for Salisbury Playhouse on sale soon. 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 … More TOURING: Rocky Shock Horror

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Flo & Joan: Alive On Stage

13th Nov
8pm | £13

Chuckle Busters presents a handpicked selection of top comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers, musical comedy duo and sisters Flo & Joan are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs. Winner: Best Musical Act – Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 Winner: Best Music and Variety Act – Chortle Awards 2018 … More Flo & Joan: Alive On Stage

Comedy

We Are Brontë

14th Nov - 17th Nov
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Morecambe & Wise meets David Lynch in Publick Transport’s brilliantly funny and madcap interpretation of the Brontë myth

Inspired by the real and imaginary worlds of the Brontës, two performers combine rigorous physical theatre with anarchic comedy to deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves. Expect wind, spooky houses and really bad coughs. “A mini comedic masterpiece… ambitious, risk-taking, edgy, just downright different.” ★★★★★ StageTalk Magazine “Masters … More We Are Brontë

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Dakhla Brass (plus Spindle Ensemble)

18th Nov
8pm | £12.50-£15 (inc. bf)

Weaving glittering brass threads into intricate musical tapestries like no other band, propelled by restless percussion drawwing on jazz, brass band, Arabian and second-line Mardi Gras: ‘Mumur’ Album Launch

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. DAKHLA BRASS Dakhla Brass return to The Wardrobe Theatre to showcase their brand new and most expansive album yet – ‘Murmur’. As well as marking the addition of a sixth member, in the form of brilliant double-bassist … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Dakhla Brass (plus Spindle Ensemble)

Music

Oedipuss In Boots

22nd Nov - 20th Jan
7.45pm (plus 2pm matinees) | £15 (previews £12)

A devilishly funny anti-Christmas comedy from The Wardrobe Theatre, the company that spawned Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

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 … More Oedipuss In Boots

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Milk Busters

2nd Dec
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters and Milk Poetry join forces to bring you a night of poetic comedy and comedic poetry with a selection of the very best names in stand up and spoken word

Full line-up TBC very soon.

Best of Bristol Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Bruce Molsky

3rd Dec
8pm | £14-£16 (inc. bf)

One of the most revered ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music, with an expansive discography including 7 solo albums, a dozen collaborations and 2 Grammy-nominations

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. He’s a self-described “street kid” from the Bronx who bailed on college and big city life for a cold-water cabin in Virginia in the 1970s. His mission? To soak up the passion that was dramatically upending his … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Bruce Molsky

Music

Blah Humbug’s Queer Christmas

17th Dec
8pm | £8

Blahblahblah's festive special celebrates Christmas by bathing in the wit, wonder and wisdom of some of our favourite LGBT+ spoken word artists, featuring Toby Campion and more

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, … More Blah Humbug’s Queer Christmas

Spoken Word

The Sleeping Trees Nativity: A Christmas Sketch Show

19th Dec - 22nd Dec
9.45pm | £10

Award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees present a fast, funny and festive selection of brand new sketches - from the makers of hit comedy shows Mafia?, Western?, Sci-Fi? and World Tour

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 … More The Sleeping Trees Nativity: A Christmas Sketch Show

Comedy

Christmas Tales With Granddad

22nd Dec - 6th Jan
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Exquisite puppets and captivating storytelling combine to create an enchanting and magical Christmas show guaranteed to spark the imagination of years 3-8 and their families, presented by Pickled Image

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 … More Christmas Tales With Granddad

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Death of a Restaurant

15th Jan
7.30pm | £8

The unofficial funeral for every Little Chef, presented by Megan Clark-Bagnall

B. 13/10/1958 – D. 31/01/2018 Sermon by: Mr & Mrs Lord We are Megan and Owen and in 2017 we visited every Little Chef. That means ALL of the surviving, but not thriving Little Chef restaurants. Travelling at maximum speeds of 65 miles per hour, in our beloved bright red 1986 Bedford Rascal mini-van, we … More Death of a Restaurant

Best of Bristol

Show & Tell

21st Jan - 1st Apr
8pm | £5

A comedy night with a difference! Open mic nights can be laddy, exclusionary and quite frankly we are sick of penis* jokes - Show & Tell by Sophie and Lucy Bishop is a friendly platform that encourages new performers (especially women!)

Show & Tell has a different theme each time, and you can experience the best of Bristol’s new talent through a series of short 5 minute performances. You can even participate in the Q & A after each performer’s slot. Show & Tell performers bring an artefact with them to pass around, or sometimes they … More Show & Tell

Best of Bristol Comedy

Polyester

23rd Jan - 24th Jan
7.30pm | £10

An honest, moving show that will transport you into the heart of an Irish family by Emily Souter Johnson

What do a measuring tape, a priest with a clamped car and a polyester frill have in common? They all mean something to Emily. Follow Emily Souter Johnson on a heart-warming story of love and laughter to find out what that is. She will take you on a journey back to Dublin, back in time, … More Polyester

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

25th Jan - 26th 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

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: The Once

29th Jan
8pm | £12.33 (inc. bf)

Indie-folk trio bringing together their Newfoundland roots with something altogether modern

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Indie-folk trio The Once bring together their Newfoundland roots with something altogether modern. Pure, understated but never lacking in heart, the band have scooped a trio of Canadian Folk Awards, two JUNO nominations and even toured with … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: The Once

Music

The Bearpit

30th Jan - 31st Jan
7.30pm | £10

Kopfkino’s debut piece utilises contrasting text and movement to investigate what happens when a community stops talking to each other

The night is young. The world is ending. The relationship is exploding. Publicly, Flora and Nic are the perfect couple. Privately, they haven’t spoken to each other in months. As the Glaciers melt and the rain begins to fall, they’ve got one night to settle the scores. One of them is going to crack. The … More The Bearpit

Best of Bristol Dance Theatre

The Paper Cinema’s Ghost Stories: Tales Of The Supernatural

1st Feb - 2nd Feb
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Sat) | £12 (£8 for under 18s & conc. - Saturday matinee only)

A wintery show for long, dark nights, live film animation company The Paper Cinema present a bewitching new production based on ghostly tales from around the country

Beguiling pen and ink drawings are magically brought to life in real time by two puppeteers and a projector to create a unique, animated film. They are joined by a hugely talented ensemble of multi-instrumentalists (including violin, guitar, musical saw and live looping) performing the atmospheric soundtrack live on stage. Discover what happened when the … More The Paper Cinema’s Ghost Stories: Tales Of The Supernatural

Film Music Theatre

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is…

3rd Feb
8pm | £12

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

All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy! One of the Edinburgh Fringe’s most celebrated talents of recent times sets out on his first full national tour. John-Luke Roberts’ show this year was a complete sell-out run and one of the most … More John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is…

Comedy

Bristol Playwright Festival 2019

3rd Feb
Times Vary | Workshops £3 , Performances £9 (£8 students)

Join Bristol-based Elvin Acting Theatre Company for their annual Bristol Playwright Festival as they take over The Wardrobe Theatre!

Be part of bringing playwrights, actors, directors and all lovers of theatre together to celebrate new writing! Festival Workshops – From 10am Your morning will involve Festival Workshops for you to take part in, covering all things theatre. For any age or ability level, opportunities will include creative writing, acting, lively discussions and slam poetry … More Bristol Playwright Festival 2019

Best of Bristol Theatre

Monster

4th Feb
7.30pm | £10

A toy and puppet theatre exploration of cinematic horror from Croon Productions, creators of the fantastic puppetry Western, SPAGHETTI!

LOOK OUT! Classic cinematic monsters have escaped their retirement home! Who will save the world from this onslaught of evil? Why does the car never start? Why does the girl ALWAYS fall over when she runs and why isn’t she wearing enough clothes? Can Chuck, Nancy and their friends discover the weak spot of each … More Monster

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Unmythable

6th Feb - 8th Feb
7.30pm | £10

Heroes, monsters and randy gods go head-to-head in a hilarious and unforgettable journey through the greatest stories ever told - by Out Of Chaos

One show. Three actors. All the Greek myths. An anarchic blend of comedy, cross-dressing, stories and songs, Unmythable returns to the UK after a sell-out European and New Zealand tours and an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Are you ready to be a legend? WINNER – Three Weeks Editors’ Award “Stupidly entertaining.” The Guardian … More Unmythable

Comedy Theatre

Heather & Harry

12th Feb
7.30pm | £10

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Stumble Trip Theatre present a genre-blending, gender-bending story of LOVE told by all-singing, all-dancing Lecoq-trained clowns

Heather is cast from heaven by her gangster rapper husband, Zeus. Finding herself in the midst of London’s very sad, mad, bad inhabitants, she seeks solace in the lonely cockney philosopher Harry. Harry shows Heather the beauty amid the chaos. Combining mime, cabaret, theatre and impressive rapping Heather & Harry is an extremely silly unpicking … More Heather & Harry

Best of Bristol Comedy

Ad Libido

13th Feb - 15th Feb
7.30pm | £10

Join Fran's quest for a "normal" sex life - featured in The Guardian's Best Shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2018, written and performed by Fran Bushe, presented by Voxie

Fran wants to fix sex. No matter how many wonder-cures she tries, how many trips to the doctor or offers of help from friends, she doesn’t feel like her fire’s been lit. Sometimes it hurts. Join Fran on this “relentlessly hilarious” (★★★★ The Stage) quest, with songs, as she pursues a satisfying sex-life. Expect toe-tapping … More Ad Libido

Theatre

The Star Seekers

16th Feb - 22nd Feb
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

An out of this world adventure for ages 3-8 and their families - After a summer residency at National Theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble's Star Seekers return to Bristol Space Station!

Have you ever dreamt of flying to the moon? Meeting an alien? Becoming an astronaut? Join star seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo on a journey through space where you take the steering wheel! Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre have created a unique theatrical experience for … More The Star Seekers

Best of Bristol Family

Blahblahblah: Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters From Blackpool

18th Feb
7.30pm | £8

Through songs, recorded interviews, found love letters, poetry and stories this comic tale of Blackpool will make you fall back in love with this famous seaside town.

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays Twice nominated for best show at Leicester Comedy Fest and Manchester Fringe Top 10 Shows to see at EdFringe 2018 Sunday Post “Impossible not to be won over by this hosts charm.” ★★★★ One4Review “She’s … More Blahblahblah: Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters From Blackpool

Spoken Word

George Egg: DIY Chef

19th Feb
7.30pm | £10

A stand-up comedian who cooks food, surprisingly good food, live on stage using unconventional methods and unexpected equipment - he makes you laugh too

In DIY Chef a health scare sees George banished from the family kitchen, but relocated to the garden shed his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen there instead. During an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture George prepares a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner using, … More George Egg: DIY Chef

Comedy

The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

20th Feb - 22nd Feb
7.30pm | £10

Riddlestick Theatre present a riotous musical comedy celebrating curiosity and imagination with a miscellany of tall tales handpicked by you - featured in The Guardian's Best Shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Tales of woe, tales of science, tales of curses, tales of defiance. Also, some juggling. Reach into Fanny’s cabinet for a musical voyage of hilarity. But beware! Somebody’s out to sink her ship. Riddlestick Theatre are dedicated to tickling fancies with weird and wonderful stories and enchanting live music. Roll up your sleeves and choose … More The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

Best of Bristol Comedy Family

Steve Bugeja: Almost

23rd Feb
8pm | £13

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

Steve Bugeja was voted “most likely to be forgotten” at school (the reunion was in February, apparently). To prove his former classmates wrong, he hits the road for his third and largest UK tour to date with Almost, following three critically-acclaimed shows and direct from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. ‘Almost’ sees Steve trapped on a … More Steve Bugeja: Almost

Comedy

Dirty Words

26th Feb - 27th Feb
7.30pm | £10

A music and dance duet, a visual monologue, an exploration of communication by Cornwall's brilliant Cheap Date Dance Company

Exploring the filth, fun and aftertaste of our everyday interactions, Dirty Words is a humorous, intellectual, visceral experience that leaves you contemplating your own individual modes and forms of communication. A crash landing of self-expression, communication, humour, action and reaction through live music, dance, theatre and digital media. This visual monologue questions the physical, verbal, … More Dirty Words

Dance Theatre

This Is Your Musical

28th Feb - 2nd Mar
7.30pm | £10

Inspired by YOUR suggestions, Bristol Improv Theatre's stunning improvisers, singers and musicians create a brand-new, never-before-seen, smash-hit musical right before your eyes!

Every performance of This Is Your Musical is totally unique. Each night, a cast of professional actor/singer/improvisors accompanied by a fantastic band of talented musicians create a brand-new, hilarious, smash-hit musical inspired by YOUR stories. Formed in 2017 out of Bristol Improv Theatre where they have been performing regularly to sold out audiences, This Is … More This Is Your Musical

Best of Bristol Comedy Music Theatre

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

3rd Mar
8pm | £13

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

You might have seen Kiri on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour or heard her on The Now Show. You might have no idea who she is, that’s fine too. What you should know is, she’s very quietly been going mad for a few years and, to borrow a phrase from … More Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Comedy

Two, Four, Six, Eight!

3rd Mar - 10th Mar
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Shoofly Theatre presents a funny and charming journey into the world of numbers for ages 3-8 and their familes, by Katie Sykes and Craig Edwards

Craig has been invited to his best friend’s birthday party. There is an invitation to read, presents to wrap, cakes to buy and a house to find. Who will explain the rules of Musical Chairs? Will there be enough balloons? Using music, toys and far too much wrapping paper, Shoofly Theatre have created a funny … More Two, Four, Six, Eight!

Best of Bristol Family

Rob Auton: The Talk Show

4th Mar
7.30pm | £12

The award winning stand-up comedian and poet returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores talking

Following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk about talking. Since 2012 Rob has chosen a specific theme for his shows and challenged himself to create an hour of material about each subject. These … More Rob Auton: The Talk Show

Comedy Spoken Word

Girl(ing)

5th Mar - 6th Mar
7.30pm | £10

Witness exciting new company Run Like Stags' rebellious semi-musical exploring a forgotten piece of British feminist history - follow one woman's journey from Ipswich underdog to game-changing punk hero

It’s 1859. Penny-farthings are everything. Big Ben is ringing out with British pride for the very first time and housewife Mary Ann is the new ‘Son’ of God. But Mrs Girling isn’t your everyday Victorian lady, she’s a booze-hocking, hat-making sinner… That is, until a fabulous man in an impressive pair of wings makes an … More Girl(ing)

Theatre

Bottom

7th Mar - 9th Mar
7.30pm | £10

Willy Hudson's funny, honest and open-hearted storytelling yanks the lid off the queer experience

Locked in his bathroom during a tragic third date, Willy Hudson asks: are you a top or a bottom? Bottom is about bums, Beyoncé and burnt fish fingers. Join Willy for a queer coming-of-age remix, as he questions if ‘bottom’ in the bedroom means ‘bottom’ in life – and whether Beyoncé can help put his … More Bottom

Comedy Theatre

Glenn Wool: Wool’s Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

10th Mar
8pm | £14

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

Comfortably in his forties, award-winning comedian and new dad Wool delves into his back catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines. Does he still agree with those points of view or has he finally grown up? Plus a little navel gazing tossed in for the arty-farty types. “Lethally … More Glenn Wool: Wool’s Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

Comedy

WOMANS (like Romans but with a ‘W’)

13th Mar - 15th Mar
7.30pm | £10

What will one woman do to go down in history? The brilliant new show from Exeter's Scratchworks Theatre, makers of Great Train Robbery

It’s 46BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate. She is given a punishment worse than death “Damnatio Memoriae” – to be erased from history. Whilst noble Gladiators and infamous Emperors around her are becoming legends, her name will be scratched out and forgotten forever. But with the … More WOMANS (like Romans but with a ‘W’)

Comedy Theatre

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

Blahblahblah: Theresa Lola and Jess Green (Plus Support)

18th Mar
7.30pm | £8

An exciting night of spoken word with the 2017 Hammer & Tongue National Slam Champion and the 2018 BBC Slam Champion

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, events programmer, workshop facilitator and accountant. She is the joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry … More Blahblahblah: Theresa Lola and Jess Green (Plus Support)

Spoken Word

Les Gloriablès

19th Mar - 23rd Mar
7.30pm | £10

Following on from the success of Gloriator and Glorilla, comedy duo Spitz & Co are proud to present the third and final show of their trilogy

Inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, legendary French actress Gloria Delaneuf is determined to create a piece of theatre with the power to reunite Europe. She has dreamed a dream, and her hapless assistant Josephine Cunningham is going to help her make it happen. Vive la Revolution! “Riotous slapstick and immaculate comic timing.” … More Les Gloriablès

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Police Cops In Space

21st Mar
7.30pm & 9.30pm | £12

Multi award-winning company Police Cops' Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show and winner of 'Amused Moose Outstanding Show Award 2018' is a comedy blockbuster; an 80’s low-fi sci-fi set in the most dangerous place on Earth... Space!

After his father is killed by an evil robot, Sammy Johnson, the last Police Cop in the universe, blasts off in an unmanned escape pod. Now on a distant planet, Sammy must team up with alien fighter pilot Ranger and his trusty Cyborg C9 as they embark on an intergalactic adventure across the galaxy to … More Police Cops In Space

Comedy Theatre

Nutty Noah

24th Mar
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

Vulvarine

27th Mar - 30th Mar
7.30pm | £12

A slick and hilarious new superhero musical from Fat Rascal Theatre - 'Who can stand up to the tampon tax and stop the Mansplainer? Vulvarine, saviour of womankind!'

Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind! Where is all the … More Vulvarine

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

The Jurassic Parks

2nd Apr - 13th Apr
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Sat 13th) | £12 (£10 conc.)

Superbolt Theatre present their sell-out multi-award winning laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic - an epic adventure of show-stopping, spine-tingling theatrics and megalithic mayhem

Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family – Terry, Jade and Noah – embark on a journey to a misty past. Where, when things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs. This laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic is a theatrical celebration of … More The Jurassic Parks

Comedy Theatre

Stella & The Starshiners

6th Apr - 10th Apr
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Open Attic Company, creators of the beautiful Much Ado About Puffin, present a magical new adventure for ages 3-8 and their families where we make unexpected new friends and reach for the stars

In a secret place at the top of everything stands the tallest mountain in the world. On the peak of the mountain sits a tiny little village. In the centre of the village leans the tallest ladder in the world. At the bottom of the ladder is Stella. Stella is afraid of heights. With their … More Stella & The Starshiners

Best of Bristol Family

Blahblahblah: Dead or Alive Slam

15th Apr
7.30pm | £8

Witness a battle of words and wit as 3 the UK's leading slam poets challenge 3 the UK’s most beloved, celebrated and sadly dead poets

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays Witness a battle of words and wit as three of the UK’s leading – and very much alive – slam poets challenge three of the UK’s most beloved, celebrated, and sadly dead poets (brought back … More Blahblahblah: Dead or Alive Slam

Spoken Word

The Long Walk Back

16th Apr - 17th Apr
7.30pm | £10

The epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace, by Dougie Blaxland - produced by RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre

Based on real live events, ​The Long Walk Back​ tells the epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace. England cricketing all-rounder Chris Lewis enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and fortune in the 1990s playing 85 Tests and One Day Internationals for England. He seemed on the verge of greatness when … More The Long Walk Back

Best of Bristol Theatre

The Deep Sea Seekers

17th Apr - 22nd Apr
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

After stunning audiences at National Theatre with The Star Seekers, Alph, Betty and Gammo are back for their third adventure! A brand new family show for ages 3-8 from The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre this Easter Holidays

Have you ever dreamt of swimming with a pod of dolphins? Having an arm wrestle with an octopus? Exploring the depths of the ocean in a high-tech submarine? Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for an enchanting, interactive journey across the seven seas where YOU take the steering wheel! Following on from the … More The Deep Sea Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Lloyd Griffith: All-Rounder

18th Apr
8pm | £11 (£9 conc.)

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

After the success of his sold out 2017/18 UK tour, comedian, choirboy and host of Soccer AM, Lloyd Griffith is back on the road with his hilarious new stand-up show. Expect jokes, dubious impressions, jokes, a bit of choral singing, jokes, maybe a fact about a Cathedral, jokes and probably the story about about that … More Lloyd Griffith: All-Rounder

Comedy

Beyond The Ridiculous

19th Apr - 21st Apr
7.30pm | £10

Holly Stoppit and Beyond The Ridiculous return to The Wardrobe Theatre for a 3-night celebration of the human condition!

Beyond The Ridiculous perform ‘Fooling’, a solo improvisation form, where the fools use their own real life stories, feelings and thoughts as source material, choosing from a rage of performance techniques, including storytelling, character-work, clowning, physical theatre, movement and live music to create audaciously authentic, gob-smackingly resonant, instant theatre. Audience Reaction: “I felt like people … More Beyond The Ridiculous

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Andrew Lawrence: Clean

24th Apr
8pm | £13

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

Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. No politics. No religion. No smut. No swearing. Just great jokes and good clean fun. RECOMMENDED SHOW – British Comedy Guide 2018 “Master of dark humour and … More Andrew Lawrence: Clean

Comedy

Endless featuring N:Dless

25th Apr - 27th Apr
7.30pm | £10

An entertaining, irreverent, clever and saucy coming-of-middle-age music mock-umentary for the stage by Cornwall's Trifle Gathering

Collaborating with performers and musicians from Kneehigh Theatre and Punchdrunk, Trifle Gathering’s latest show merges live music, comedy, pop videos and documentary interviews into a tale of very little sex, a smattering of drugs and the unexpected phobias from a life of rock and roll – a coming of middle age music documentary for the … More Endless featuring N:Dless

Comedy Theatre

Nick Cope

5th May
11am & 2pm | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, 2s and under go free)

With songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith, the popular Nick Cope returns to The Wardrobe Theatre to perform his special live music gig for children

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter, and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families and has established a fanatical army … More Nick Cope

Family Music