Monday, 19, June 2017

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Bristol's Thriving Theatres

We've gathered up some of our favourite places to go for your daily dose of dramatics

Bristol, ever the cultural hub, has one of the most vibrant theatre and performing arts scenes in the UK. From tiny theatres nestled above pubs to the oldest continually-operating theatre in the English-speaking world, there is enough going on to see something new every night of the week

To help you traverse this mountain of music, dance and drama, we’ve gathered up some of our favourite places to go for your daily dose of dramatics.

1.   Bristol Old Vic at the Theatre Royal

No list of Bristol Theatre would be complete without a mention of the English-speaking world’s oldest continually operating theatre. Referred to as “the most beautiful theatre in England” by none other than the great Daniel Day-Lewis. Over the years, the theatre has played host to several stunning productions. Currently under the Directorship of Tom Morris, this summer the Old Vic will be joined by Julian Glover from Game of Thrones and Lynn Farleigh of Pride and Prejudice fame for a contemporary production of Shakespeare’s most famous political drama.

Bristol Old Vic by David McKelvey


2.   Bristol Hippodrome

The Bristol’s nearby harbourside neighbour, the Bristol Hippodrome, is so nearby you could barely even call it a walk. Regarded as one of the country’s top family-friendly theatres, is Bristol’s answer to a West End theatre. Whether it’s musicals, ballet, opera, concerts of comedia’s that tickle your fancy the Hippodrome caters to every taste.

Bristol Hippodrome


3.   Alma Tavern Theatre 

Living up to Bristol’s quirky reputation, The Alma Tavern Theatre is the intimate theatre above one of the city’s best known pubs. Off the beaten track, the Alma Tavern is nestled in a quiet Georgian street in Clifton. Pop in for a drink and some truly delicious gastropub food then stay for one of their eclectic mix of theatre productions.

Alma Tavern & Theatre


4.   The Room Above

Another intimate little theatre above a pub (it is Bristol after all). The White Bear on St. Michael’s hill in Kingsdown has a 50 seat performance space that is home to regular comedy nights, film screenings, talks and of course theatre. This summer, in the lead up to the Edinburgh Fringe, The Room Above will be playing host to a series of Edinburgh Previews.

5.   Tobacco Factory Theatre

The openness of Bristol’s audiences and performers as nurtured a more daring theatre scene in Bristol. Head down to Tobacco Factory in Southville for perhaps Bristol’s most diverse and exciting program of shows, workshops and events. A relative newcomer to the scene, the theatre has built a reputation as one of the most respected theatre venues in just a decade.

Tobacco Factory Theatre


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