Sat 1 Jan – Sun 9 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath: Cinderella. John Monie returns as Buttons in a classic seasonal pantomime and is joined by mum-to-be Dani Harmer as the Fairy Godmother. Continued from December.
Sat 1-Sun 9 Jan. Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol. Oz. After a violent storm, a brave young girl finds herself lost in a world that bears no relation to her own. A magic land of potent poppy fields, ferocious flying monkeys and rogue rulers. Continued from December.
Sat 1 Jan – Sat 8 Jan. Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Robin Hood and the Legend of the Forgotten Forest. The Wardrobe Ensemble team up with Bristol Old Vic for a fresh spin on the swashbuckling legend. Continued from December.
Sat 1 Jan – Sun 16 Jan. Bath. Egg Theatre. Five Children and It. EE Nesbit’s classic children’s story about a strange creature that grants wishes. Continued from December.
Wed 5-Sat 22 Jan. Bristol Hippodrome. Dreamgirls. Meet The Dreams – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. Join the three friends as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business, testing their friendships to the very limit.
Thu 6-Fri 7 Jan. Bristol Alma Theatre. Half Stunning. A completely improvised comedy inspired by conversations with an audience.
Fri 7 Jan. Redcatch, Bristol. Tea Dance 2-4pm. Redcatch Community Centre. Call Katrina Meyo 01275 541459. Drop in anytime. Every Friday.
Sat 8 Jan. Bedminster, Bristol. Lantern Parade. The 10th Lantern Parade passes along the streets with live music, entertainment and marching bands. Several local roads will be closed to traffic from 3pm to 7pm including North Street, Cannon Street, British Road and part of South Street. Street entertainment will start at 4pm and the parade leaves near St Francis Church at 4.30pm with local schools and community groups parading with their lanterns big and small watched by local residents lining the route. Details at: lanternparade.org – or the Bedminster Winter Lantern Facebook group.
Mon10-Tue 11 Jan. Bath Ustinov Studio. The Late-ivity. Living Spit’s comedy take on the late regal trio of arrivals to the crib. If you missed it at the Tobacco Factory – it’s on here.
Tue 11-Thu 13 Jan. Bristol. Alma Theatre. How to Live a Jellicle Life; life lessons from the 2019 hit musical CATS. A one man comedic parody that celebrates one of the biggest cinematic flops of recent years.
Wed 12 – Sat 15 Jan. Bristol Old Vic. Weston Studio. Romeo and Juliet. Bristol Old Vic Young Company and Young SixSix production of Shakespeare’s story of the star crossed lovers directed by Julia Head.
Wed 12 – Sat 22 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath. The Play What I Wrote. David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in which two actors set out to create a tribute show to Morecambe and Wise. By Hamish McColl and Sean Foley and Eddie Braben.
Wed 12 Jan – 6 Sun Feb. Bath. Egg Theatre Bath. Snow Mouse. In this enchanting tale for the very young, winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A child hurries to put on their winter clothes so they can run outside and play in a sparkly new world.
Wed 12 – Sun 16 Jan. Bath. Rondo Theatre. Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. Bath Drama present a pantomime mixing legend with fairy tales involving songs, jokes, romance and sword fights. One for all the family.
Sat 15 Jan. Bedminster. Wassail. Join the Patchwork Community Gardening Group for its annual Wassail, a chance to welcome in the new year and wake up the fruit trees for the season ahead.From 2-4pm at the Myrtle Street Orchard (behind the Tesco on North Street). There will be music from the Red Notes choir, folk singer Guy Malkerson, poetry from Roy Gallop, as well as mulled cider and cake. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue 18-Sat 22 Jan. Bristol. Alma Theatre. Bunker. A haunting, atmospheric and taut psychological thriller from Harpy Productions and Stepping Out Theatre
Wed 19 Jan. Bath. Rondo Theatre. Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope. From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was openly gay as early as the 1930s,and despite beatings and hostility he refused to be anything less than himself. An inspiration to everyone who wants just to be themselves.
Thu 20 Jan – Sat 12 Feb. Bristol Old Vic. Dr Semmelweis. Mark Rylance’s story of the Austrian doctor whose views on midwifery hygiene were ignored in the 19th century after his methods of cleanliness saved many birthing mothers from ‘childbed fever’. The drama has a large cast and sees the good medic haunted by the ghosts of women who should have been saved until hygienic good practice was introduced after his death.
Sat 22-Sat 29 Jan. Kingswood, Bristol. Kingswood Community Centre. Aladdin. The Kingswood Players present a traditional pantomime where east of a sort meets east Bristol
Sun 23 Jan. Bristol Hippodrome. Jimmy Carr. The comedian brings his Terrible Funny show to town.
Mon 24 Jan. Bristol Hippodrome. Van Morrison. Northern Irish singer-songwriter still going strong since his hit single Brown Eyed Girl in 1967.
Tue 25-Wed 26 Jan. Bristol. Alma Theatre. My Soulmate’s Husband’s Soulmate. An upbeat but bittersweet black comedy about fate, romance, empathy and the ways we’re taught to think about love.
Tue 25 – Sat 29 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath. The Hound of the Baskervilles. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery set on Dartmoor adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus.
Wed 26-Sat 29 Jan. Bristol Hippodrome. Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Musical stage adaptation of Mary Norton’s 1943 children’s novel The Magic Bed-Knob, and popularised by Walt Disney in the 1971 film version with Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson.
Wed 26-Sun 30 Jan. Bristol Slapstick Festival. A celebrity-led programme of live events, taking place at Bristol Cathedral, the Redgrave Theatre, St George’s Bristol and Watershed. The programme includes Arthur Smith, Armando Iannucci, Richard Herring, Jon Culshaw, Peter Lord, Bill Oddie, Arthur Smith, Tim Vine and Barry Cryer plus films screened at a number of venues.
Thu 27-Sat 29 Jan. Bristol. Alma Theatre. Saving Britney. Inspired by the #FreeBritney movement, Saving Britney is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at celebrity obsession, sexuality and growing up in the early noughties.
Fri 28 Jan. Bath. Chapel Arts Centre. Alex Voysey Blues Band – ‘Old Dogs New Tricks’. Four stunning musicians, breathtaking grooves and riffs, and a deep passion for blues.
Sun 30 Jan. Bath. Komedia. Samantha Fish. The genre-bending guitarist, singer, and songwriter is set to rock the Bath venue.
Mon 31 Jan – Sun 5 Feb. Theatre Royal Bath. The Da Vinci Code. Mystery thriler based on Dan Brown’s imagination of how Biblical story was covered up.
Tue 1-Thu 3 Feb. Bristol. Alma Theatre. Hutch. A comedy examining the injustices and absurdities of the current housing crisis and, in particular, ‘sex for rent’. The play’s serious spine conveys the everyday struggles of those living in the realm of the rogue landlord.
Tue 1-Sat 5 Feb. Bristol Hippodrome. Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker. Bourne’s trademark wit and magical fantasy, Nutcracker! follows Clara’s journey through a shimmering, ice-skating wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s.
Wed 2 Feb. Bristol. Wardrobe Theatre. People’s String Foundation. The South West based band who mix passionate theatrics with an urban gypsy sound, mixing artisan flavours with urban/world beats.
Sat-Sun, 5-6 Feb. Bristol. Wardrobe Theatre. Nick Cope. With songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith, the popular Nick Cope with his special live music gig for children.
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Harry Mottram is the news editor of South Bristol Voice monthly magazine and a freelance journalist. Visit http://www.harrymottram.co.uk/