09 December - 7 January                     Hippodrome, Bristol


30 November - 14 January                             Bristol Old Vic

Entertainment Gigs

Emma Rice’s adaptation of The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales comes to Bristol this Christmas following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Struggling to keep warm on the freezing winter streets, our impoverished heroine begins to strike her dwindling stock of matches. Each match she strikes conjures a new story, and while it burns she escapes into an enchanting world of magic and mystery…

Inspired by the beautiful Hans Christian Andersen tales, the story follows the Little Matchgirl through the spellbinding stories of The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina.

Continuing in Bristol Old Vic’s tradition for presenting brilliantly original and wonderfully inventive shows at Christmas, The Little Matchgirl... is suitable for adults and brave children alike and promises to be a truly remarkable theatre experience, full of music, laughter, puppetry and magic, which asks us to consider the true meaning of Christmas spirit.  


The Darkness light up the Colston Hall stage this December for an energy- filled festive treat.

Hop on a magic carpet this December and let the Bristol Hippodrome take you on a dazzling adventure you’ll never forget with their 2017 pantomime. Starring Joe Pasquale as Aladdin, Marti Pellow as the evil sorcerer, and Hayley Tamaddon as Princess Jasmine, this spectacular production will take our hero on an adventure packed with magic lamps, wish-granting genies, princesses, romance and comedy. This performance even includes a stunning 3D sequence, which will transport the audience all the way to Old Peking on a magical carpet ride! With boos, hisses and hilarious audience interaction, this classic pantomime is the perfect treat for the entire family this Christmas.






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