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An abundance of brilliant theatre this November at Bristol Old Vic.


There is a jam-packed offering this November at Bristol Old Vic. “Bright, bold and timeless” (Guardian) Kneehigh return to the Theatre for seven performances only with their 2014 sell-out Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Settle down for an evening of storytelling with Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn’s marathon Stories for the Starlit Sky, or from Jackie Hagan as she lights up our Basement with Some People Have Too Many Legs  (part of monthly spoken word cabaret Blahblahblah). If you love stories, come and be inspired by literary hero Philip Reeve in the first in a series of Saturday Storiesthe long-awaited return of our inspirational celebrations of reading, writing and storytelling.Bristol Old Vic Associate Artists Firebird Theatre bring Prospero, Duke of Milan to life with original music and a collaborative approach to ensemble, whilst Theatre West bring exhilarating new writing to the Basement with Miriam Battye’s Trip the Light FantasticNovember also sees the start of our Christmas shows. In the Theatre we welcome back the inimitable Sally Cookson with Sleeping Beauty – a twist on the classic tale, with a fantastic cast and magical music from the team behind Peter Pan and Treasure Island. And for the littlest children, following the success of Antarctica, our friends Little Bulb Theatre transform the Studio to create a winter wonderland with The Night That Autumn Turned to Winter.As the days get shorter, and the nights get colder – it’s the perfect time to get your imaginations glowing!

Bristol Old Vic presents

Saturday Stories with Philip Reeve

Stories are at the heart of what we do. Come and be inspired by today’s literary heroes at Bristol Old Vic when Saturday Stories returns this November. Open to all, but especially young people, we want to stir and nurture a lifelong love of reading, writing and storytelling, with a series of Saturday Stories planned in the coming months. November’s Saturday Stories brings Philip Reeve, author of award-winning novels Mortal Engines and A Darkling Plain (amongst many others) to our Theatre. He will talk about his latest work for older children, a brand new science fiction novel Railhead. Set to be released in October this year, Railhead is set in a far future civilization that sprawls across many worlds, linked by a hyperspace railway. Come along to hear Philip talk about his career, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Philip Reeve was born in Brighton in 1966. After school he went to art college, then returned to Brighton to work in a small, independent bookshop. Some years later he became an illustrator – providing cartoons for various books, including several of the Horrible Histories series. He has been writing since he was five, but Mortal Engines was his first published book for older readers.
Saturday Stories: with Philip Reeve
Sat 14 Nov
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
£4 (plus booking fee)
Booking: 0117 987 7877 |
Running Time: 90m
Ages 9 +@philipreeve1 |

Firebird Theatre present

Prospero, Duke of Milan
Firebird Theatre are a group of experienced disabled performers who work collaboratively to make striking, accessible performances that tell universal stories with personal resonance and theatrical imagination. Prospero, Duke of Milan tells the story of what happens in Milan to Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, before they arrive on the island where Shakespeare’s The Tempest takes place. Developed following last year’s relaxed performances of the play, when Firebird devised the story for young people and children who may not have visited the theatre before, these performances have seen the Bristol Old Vic Associate Artists work with Mark Lawrence, the Kennet and Avon Bellringers and local school children to create a production that remains true to Shakespeare’s back story of The Tempest; it also acts as an introduction to the full play. Prospero, Duke of Milan uses original music, audience engagement and ensemble performance to create a production that is suitable for an audience from 8 to 80+ years. Prospero, Duke of Milan is a partnership project with Bristol Old Vic Outreach and is made possible by the generous support of The Odin Charitable Trust and The Lark Trust.
Prospero, Duke of Milan
Sat 14 Nov
Bristol Old Vic Studio
3.30pm, 6pm
All tickets £5 (plus booking fee)
Booking: 0117 987 7877 | @TheatreFirebird

Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn present

Stories for the Starlit Sky – A Tour of a Trilogy
In 2009 Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn wrote a trilogy of story and song, comprising three interlinked stories about love, staying up all night and a village populated by retired assassins. Performing them at midnight across three separate summer nights, the stars were in the sky and audiences were out in force. Now, after combining the three tales into a marathon evening of storytelling, the award-winning, genre-busting Daniel Kitson visits Bristol Old Vic with his tales, written to sit hand-in-hand with ingenious music and song from Gavin Osborn. This November, don’t miss a rare chance to catch one of the UK’s finest comedians as he whistle-stops into Bristol. NB: Stories for the Starlit Sky is currently sold out, but do check the Box Office for returns.
Stories for the Starlit Sky – A Tour of a Trilogy
Sat 14 Nov
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
£12 (plus booking fee)
Booking: 0117 987 7877 |

Presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Thunderbolt Arts Pub

Blahblahblah:Some People Have Too Many Legs

In 2013, disco-dinner lady Jackie Hagan got a mystery illness, lost a leg and her home; and then decided to make it a strength instead of a weakness. Hagan tells the infectiously optimistic and hilarious true story of how she dressed her stump up as various celebrities and showed it to them, decorated her false leg in disco-debris and made best friends with a wise old narky woman who looked like a threadbare tennis ball.

Part of Blahblahblah, expect exceptional storytelling and an electric atmosphere, as Bristol Old Vic’s riotous spoken word cabaret night returns for its monthly party.

Blahblahblah: Some People Have Too Many Legs
Mon 16 Nov
Bristol Old Vic Studio
£7 (plus booking fee)
Booking: 0117 987 7877 |

Presented by Theatre West

Trip the Light Fantastic
PRESS PERFORMANCE: Wed 18 Nov at 8pm. Part of Theatre West’s season of plays kick-started by the notion of ‘moving on’, Miriam Battye (Assistant Director – The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, Life Raft) presents her new play about love, loneliness, joy and dancing. Directed by Nik Partridge (Infinite Lives, Tobacco Factory Theatres), Trip the Light Fantastic follows the trials and tribulations of two men who meet once a week in the back room of a Rec Centre to dance.Or, at least try to. Try to get their bodies in the right position. Try to find a bit of elegance, a bit of that lightness they’ve lost. Practice makes perfect, or at least, practice makes half decent. Jack’s body is falling to bits. Freddie’s head is. Outside of that room, they are strangers, products of different worlds. Fumbling their way through practice, the two men share their solitude, and the contents of their heads. They swear, they sweat, and find a strange sort of intimacy they didn’t know they were missing. Miriam Battye is a playwright living and working in Bristol. Recently she has had work commissioned by National Youth Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Undeb.
Trip the Light Fantastic
17 – 28 Nov
Bristol Old Vic Basement
£12/£8 conc (plus booking fee)
Booking: 0117 987 7877 |
Running Time: 70m                                                         
Ages 14+Writer Miriam Battye
Director Nik Partridge
@TheatreWest |

Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)
PRESS PERFORMANCE: Tue 17 Nov at 7.30pm. Please note: press tickets are extremely limited, and will be prioritised to those publications that did not review the production when it was previously performed at Bristol Old Vic in October 2014. Following a sold out run last year, the anarchic, bold and brilliant Kneehigh return to the Theatre for seven shows only with Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and Mr and Mrs Peachum aren’t happy. Not one bit. Based on the Beggar’s Opera, John Gay’s classic musical satire, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. An extraordinary Kneehigh cast of actor musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale of our times…by turns SHOCKING, HILARIOUS, HEARTFELT and ABSURD! Echoing Gay’s original, the live score plunders the sounds of our times. Trip hop combines with folk, Renaissance polyphony with psychedelia, ska with grime and dubstep to create a gorgeous and powerful musical mix.
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat mat)
£30 – £11.50 (plus booking fee)
Booking: 0117 987 7877 |
Running Time: 2h 30m                                                         Directed by Mike Shepherd
Written by Carl Grose
Composer & Music Director Charles Hazlewood
Designer Michael Vale
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Choreographer & Assistant Director Etta Murfitt@WeAreKneehigh | Presented by Little Bulb Theatre in co-production with Bristol Old Vic and Farnham Maltings
The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter
PRESS PERFORMANCE: Wed 2 Dec at 3pm. This Christmas, come and join us for a frenzy of nut gathering and nest building in a magical world full of stories, songs and silliness. Winter is on its way, and deep within the wild wood animals of all shapes and sizes are busy getting ready for the cold season ahead. Meet the mice, find the fox and hear the hares on the night that their world turns into a magical snow shimmering wilderness. Additional woodland creatures are very much invited! Our Studio is once again transformed into a wintry wonderland for our younger audiences to enjoy, as the incomparably brilliant Little Bulb Theatre (Antarctica, Orpheus, Crocosmia, The Marvellous and Unlikely Fete of Little Upper Downing) take you on an adventure armed with songs, instruments, puppets and plenty of wintry surprises.
The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter
26 Nov 2015 – 10 Jan 2016
Bristol Old Vic Studio
10:30am, 1:30pm Tue-Fri during term-time
11:30am, 3pm All Sats & Tue-Fri during school holidays
1:30pm, 4pm Suns 20, 27 Dec, 10 Jan
£13/£7 conc (plus booking fee), Under 2’s go FREE
Booking: 0117 987 7877 |
Signed performance
 Sat 12 Dec, 3pm
Relaxed performance Tue 22 Dec, 11.30am                                       

A Bristol Old Vic production

Sleeping Beauty
PRESS PERFORMANCE: Wed 2 Dec at 7pm. Bringing the much loved fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty bang up to date, roles are reversed as our male beauty is tricked into a deep sleep for 100 years, before being woken by a poor young girl with the heart of a lion. Based on the famous fairy story and also taking inspiration from the Welsh folk tale, The Leaves that Hung but Never Grew, this magical tale sees the pampered and protected Prince Percy team up with the determined and feisty Girl who helps him wake from an enchanted sleep, battle the evil Fairy and discover the magical tree with leaves to cure all ills. Together they discover how friendship can come in unlikely places and how we are all stronger together than apart. Sally Cookson has been responsible for some of Bristol Old Vic’s biggest and best theatrical productions of the last five years. Her adaptation of Jane Eyre took Bristol audiences by storm in 2013 and is currently running at the National Theatre to great acclaim. Other productions for Bristol Old Vic include Treasure Island (2011) and Peter Pan (2012). This is alongside a range of hugely popular work elsewhere in Bristol and the UK, most recently the sell-out family show Hetty Feather in the West End and 101 Dalmatians for The Tobacco Factory Theatre. She is reunited with her creative team of composer Benji Bower, dramaturg Adam Peck, designer Michael Vale and costume designer Katie Sykes. Sleeping Beauty is generously supported by Bristol Grammar School
Sleeping Beauty
27 Nov 2015 – 17 Jan 2016
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Times vary, please see website for details
£34 – £7.50 (plus booking fee)
Booking: 0117 987 7877 |
Signed performance Sat 19 Dec, 2pm
Audio described performance Sat 9 Jan, 2pm
Captioned performance Sat 16 Jan, 2pm
Family tickets for 2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children
20% off performances* from Wed 2 Dec-Sun 20 Dec, and Mon 4 Jan-Sun 17 Jan
10% off super peak performances* from Tue 22 Dec-Sun 3 Jan
*Standard terms and conditions apply. Top 4 price bands only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
Groups of 10+ £3 off all tickets**
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free**
Groups of 50+ £6 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free**Director Sally Cookson
Set Designer Michael Vale
Costume Designer Katie Sykes
Composer / Musical Director Benji Bower
Dramaturg Adam Peck
Lighting Designer Aideen Malone
Sound Designer Mike Beer
Costume Supervisor Emma Cains
Assistant Director Sarah Fielding
Puppetry Director Marc Parrett