What’s On

Tez Ilyas & Suzi Ruffell

23rd Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 TEZ ILYAS: LIFE IS A TEZT Fresh from his hit nationwide tour, Tez Ilyas is back with a brand new show. Expect a silly, smart and subversive ride from this breakout star. As seen on: Man … More Tez Ilyas & Suzi Ruffell

Comedy

Ivo Graham & Kiri Pritchard-McLean

24th Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 IVO GRAHAM: MOTION SICKNESS A feisty new hour about facing the future named after my fourth favourite Hot Chip song (and a beaut by Phoebe Bridgers). As seen/heard on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, … More Ivo Graham & Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Comedy

Angela Barnes & Ahir Shah

25th Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 ANGELA BARNES: ROSE-TINTED Following sell-out Fringe shows in 2014, 2015 and 2017, Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled, Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, host of Newsjack on … More Angela Barnes & Ahir Shah

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

See also workshop with Impromptu Shakespeare on 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 … 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

Welcome to Britain’s worst school, taunt the nervous supply teacher, bunk of PE and get caught smoking behind the bike sheds. Award-winning comedians Dan Lees and Neil Frost take you back to school for a very silly and hilarious history lesson. “A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “This is silliness as an … 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

Things Are Hotting Up: The Wardrobe Theatre is Fundraising!

31st Jul
Target: £20,000 | £50 donations entered into a competition draw

Help us install ventilation and air-con at The Wardrobe Theatre to keep the theatre cool in the summer and warm in the winter

For every donation of £50 or more, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a GOLDEN TICKET:  2 free tickets to every show at the theatre for a whole year!!! Please donate here With your support we can install much need air-conditioning in the theatre are continue to: • bring brilliant shows … More Things Are Hotting Up: The Wardrobe Theatre is Fundraising!

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

TOURING: The Star Seekers

8th Aug - 1st Sep
11.30am & 2.30pm | £12 (£10 under-18s)

An out of this world adventure for ages 3-8 and their families, a collaboration between The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre - performing at National Theatre, London

Touring to National Theatre, London – Tickets 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 … More TOURING: The Star Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Nachos

9th Aug - 12th Aug
8pm (6pm only on Sunday) | £12

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: From the creators of Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears, Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror, Muppits Die Hard and Kirk vs Ming comes a brilliant new comedy 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

Story Slam

26th Aug - 16th Dec
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

Dance Of The Violin

28th Aug
11am & 2.30pm | £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 | 2.30pm-3.15pm B.Y.O – BRING YOUR OWN Instruments and we’ll make our own BAND in the Playshop! SHOW: 12pm | 3.30pm 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?” … 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

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

3rd Sep - 10th Dec
8pm | £7

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

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 The Wardrobe Theatre. Think Twin Peaks meets … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Baba’s Song

4th Sep - 5th Sep
8pm | £10

A beautiful new piece of storytelling and song exploring some of the less talked about issues of new motherhood, by new company In Our Hands

Armed with a token of love from her dying mother, Vasilisa is on a journey into darkness to discover her own flaming strength. Baba’s Song is a folk tale of our time. Two performers use the restrictions of space to invite audiences into a vast universe of the imagination. Devised using song and physical theatre, … More Baba’s Song

Best of Bristol Theatre

Fan Club Party!!

6th Sep
8pm | Free (Fan Club members only)

A special cabaret night of theatre, comedy, music and surprises from some of Bristol's best performers

This event is the members of The Wardrobe Theatre Fan Club only. Join the fan club here A thank you event for members of The Wardrobe Theatre Fan Club. Stay tuned for line-up details closer to the time…

Best of Bristol

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

Nincompoop

9th Sep - 9th Dec
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

Blahblahblah: Stand Up and Slam

10th Sep
8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)

In an epic battle of spoken word, six phenomenal acts go head-to-head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays Following an uproarious showcase at Blah’s Big Weekend 2017, we’re excited to welcome back Stand Up and Slam for a much-anticipated encore this September. In an epic battle of spoken word, six phenomenal acts will … More Blahblahblah: Stand Up and Slam

Spoken Word

Prom Kween

11th Sep - 15th Sep
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12.50

The fabulous award-winning ★★★★★ comedy musical by Rebecca Humphries, presented by Aine Flanagan (How To Win Against History, Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho)

How one boy made herstory… Inspired by real events, this is the true story of Matthew – the first ever person to win the coveted title of ‘prom queen’ – and of the bitches who tried to stand in his way. Think Grease meets Drag Race meets a Trump rally with sequins. Lots of sequins…! … More Prom Kween

Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Alasdair Roberts

16th Sep
8pm | £12.50-£15 (inc. bf)

The brilliant Scottish/German singer-songwriter cand acoustic fingerstyle guitarist performing traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwriter/composer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreter/arranger … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Alasdair Roberts

Music

Skin A Cat

18th Sep - 19th Sep
8pm | £10

A wickedly funny, no-holds barred take on a teenage girl’s sexual awakening and misadventures, the award-winning show by Isley Lynn

Every teenager thinks they’re the only one not having sex. But for Alana, it may well be true. Every time she gets close to doing it something just seems to get in the way… Soon she can’t help wondering is it this tricky for everyone else? Because no one ever said it was going to … More Skin A Cat

Theatre

Vikki Stone

20th Sep
8pm | £12

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

As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, BBC One’s John Bishop Show and the BBC Proms Podcast, award winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone, is popping a piano in the back of the car, and heading out on tour with a mixture of songs and stand-up you have have seen her … More Vikki Stone

Comedy

Interval Takeover

21st Sep - 22nd Sep
Times Vary | All shows 'Pay What You Decide' (recommended donation £4)

Over two days Bristol-based collective Interval are setting up camp and will taking over both The Wardrobe Theatre and Old Market Assembly with a thrilling programme of performance, sound and film

Interval is a collective of artists who share space, knowledge and resources above St Nicholas market in the centre of Bristol. We perform across the UK and internationally, but rarely on home turf. This is our chance to come together to put on a collection of work for Bristol audiences. The programme will be a … More Interval Takeover

Best of Bristol Theatre

Adventure Bureau

23rd Sep - 16th Dec
11am (2pm only in Sept) | £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

The Dizziness of Freedom: Book Launch

24th Sep
8pm | £5

A dynamic night of live poetry exploring mental health, to launch Bad Betty Press anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom

Shortlisted for Most Innovative Publisher in the 2018 Saboteur Awards, Bad Betty Press presents a night of live poetry to celebrate the launch of their ground-breaking anthology on mental health, supported by Arts Council England. The Dizziness of Freedom showcases compelling, strange, beautiful and startlingly honest stories about mental health, written by 50 of contemporary … More The Dizziness of Freedom: Book Launch

Spoken Word

Sleeping Trees: World Tour

25th Sep - 29th Sep
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Brilliant new show from the hilarious multi-roling, genre-splicing, physical comedy trio behind the movie trilogy: Mafia?, Western? and Sci-Fi?

Sleeping Trees have been travelling around the world! They’ve been scuba-diving at the Great Barrier Reef, trekking the ancient Inca trails of Peru and gone dogging in Blackpool. But what starts as an innocent journey of discovery soon leads to an intricate series of events, culminating in the secret mission to end all missions. A … More Sleeping Trees: World Tour

Comedy Theatre

Sharp Teeth

30th Sep - 23rd Dec
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

Nick Cope

30th Sep
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

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Ewan McLennan

2nd Oct
8pm | £12.50-£15 (inc. bf)

A guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Ewan McLennan

Best of Bristol Music

Show & Tell

3rd Oct
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

TOURING: Parlour Games

3rd Oct - 6th Oct
Touring to Corsham, Bath, Clevedon and Birmingham |

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 from Sharp Teeth Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre

Touring to Bath Rondo – Tickets Touring to Theatre Shop, Clevedon – Tickets Touring to Old Joint Stock, Birmingham – Tickets 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, … More TOURING: Parlour Games

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Sexy

5th Oct - 6th Oct
8pm | £10

Vanessa Kisuule explores our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress

‘Oi, you. Sentient flesh owner. I have some questions for you. Do you think you’re sexy? What do you find sexy? What does sexy even mean?’ As a young woman who loves poetry, smashing the patriarchy and a well timed slut drop, this has been a question that has plagued Vanessa her whole life. Sexy … More Sexy

Best of Bristol Comedy Spoken Word

Missing Pieces

7th Oct - 2nd Dec
5pm | £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

Best of Bristol Theatre

Pamela deMenthe presents Sticky Digits

7th Oct
8pm | £10

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

The doyenne of erotic fiction, Pamela DeMenthe, presents her seminal scorcher, Sticky Digits. She invites you to an interactive masterclass in salacious storytelling and a reading which she promises will make you weep from every orifice. Plus, personalised erotic fiction to take home. “Fifty Shades of Grey meets Alan Partridge.” Exeunt Magazine “Does for the … More Pamela deMenthe presents Sticky Digits

Comedy

Blahblahblah: Perseverance

8th Oct
8pm | £8

Stunning spoken word from Raymond Antrobus, supported by Shruti Chauhan and Tom Denbigh

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays Coinciding with the launch of his new book, Perseverance, “writer of colour to watch out for” (The Fader) Raymond Antrobus returns to the Blah podium with his graceful and finely crafted lyricism. Taking the stage … More Blahblahblah: Perseverance

Spoken Word

Coulrophobia

9th Oct - 13th Oct
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12

Two clowns trapped in a cardboard world, a hysterical comedy from Pickled Image

Dik and Adam are clowns! They couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag, let alone a surreal cardboard world. Why are they there and what are they supposed to be doing? They know something sinister is afoot (wearing really big shoes…) and they need to get out before it’s too late. Join them … More Coulrophobia

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Jen Brister: Meaningless

12th Oct
9.45pm | £10

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

Ever wanted to know the meaning of life? No, neither has Jen, she’s too busy trying to stop her twins from using her shoes as a toilet. Still, we’re only on this planet for a finite time, wouldn’t it be good to find a bit of meaning in your otherwise pointless existence? Join Jen as … More Jen Brister: Meaningless

Comedy

Lands

16th Oct - 17th Oct
8pm | £10

A Bush Theatre and Antler co-production, Lands is a playful, intimate dissection of a relationship teetering on the edge of collapse

2 performers, a mini trampoline and a 1000 piece puzzle. Leah and Sophie have been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here. But there’s a problem. There’s a massive f**king problem and soon they’re going to have to talk about it. Exploring the impossibility of relationships, our inability to understand one another, … More Lands

Theatre

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

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 in 2017 isn't easy. - a exciting new show by Limerence Productions

Being gay in 2017 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 … 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

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

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

Sacred places. Mythical structures. Nando's. - a new solo show by Pariah Khan

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

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

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

TOURING: Rocky Shock Horror

12th Nov - 17th Nov
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

Touring to Tobacco Factory Theatres – Tickets Touring to Theatre Royal Plymouth – 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 … 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 Folk Club: 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 Folk Club: 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 Folk Club: 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

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

18th 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

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

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

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

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

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