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Bristol Theatre, Comedy & Arts

— Unusual days out and things to do.

Our guide to comedy, pop-up theatre and performing arts in Bristol.

Independent theatre and performance in Bristol.

Theatre in Bristol

Aside from the annual spectacle of Mayfest, Bristol is always alive with inventine new theatre projects. From large touring productions to experimental local talent, it's always worth keeping your eyes on smaller venues like The Cube Cinema and The Wardrobe Theatre. It goes without saying that you should always check what's on at the The Old Vic Theatre.

Bristol Comedy Listings

Lyra Bristol Poetry Slam | Grand Final in Bristol
Lyra Bristol Poetry Slam | Grand Final in Bristol Tickets
The epic Lyra Bristol Poetry Grand Slam final, headlined by Dizraeli. Poets compete for the crown of Lyra Bristol Slam Champion 2021.
Still I Rise: Poetry and Resistance in Bristol
Still I Rise: Poetry and Resistance in Bristol Tickets
A stunning spoken word line-up featuring Vanessa Kisuule, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa. Hosted by Travis Alabanza.

Comedy & Stand-Up Bristol

Those wanting to see the biggest names in stand-up comedy guide will be regularly buying tickets to shows at Colston Hall or The Hippdrome, where panel-show stars like Jimmy Carr and Russell Howard regularly tour. For scratch performaces and emerging talent we recommend looking at The Cube Cinema or the Hen & Chicken in Southville.
Drag Race Holland - Sederginne! London in Bristol
Drag Race Holland - Sederginne! London in Bristol Tickets
Join Sederginne in London for a night of camp cabaret and entertainment, hosted by Alyssa Van Delle
Kat François | Workshop (Sold Out) in Bristol
Kat François | Workshop (Sold Out) in Bristol Tickets
"How to Shake the Sh*t Out Of Your Life". A workshop with Kat François for writers & artists, presented in association with Apples & Snakes.
Beth Calverley: Festival Poet Performance in Bristol
Beth Calverley: Festival Poet Performance in Bristol Tickets
New and old works from Beth Calverley, Lyra’s 2021 Festival Poet. Featuring Bethany M. Roberts.
Reconnections: Poetry Film Screening in Bristol
Reconnections: Poetry Film Screening in Bristol Tickets
Poetry film screenings on the theme of reconnection, + Q&A with Liberated Words.
Spoken Word in the UK | Discussion Panel in Bristol
Spoken Word in the UK | Discussion Panel in Bristol Tickets
A panel discussion on the different aspects of the UK’s rich history and tradition of spoken word poetry.
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Sum Ting Wong and Alyssa Van Delle in Bristol
Queenshilling Sum Ting Wong and Alyssa Van Delle
Drag race UK star Sum Ting Wong & Alyssa Van Delle
Baby Bushka! in Bristol
The Loco Klub Baby Bushka!
Colston Hall Presents at The Loco Klub
Noise Test Croatia 2021 in Bristol
Jezera, island Murter, Croatia Noise Test Croatia 2021
4 day festival celebrating the best of underground Drum&Bass, Bass & Experimental music.
Life Drawing at The Jam Jar  in Bristol
Jam Jar Life Drawing at The Jam Jar
A weekly Purdie Life Drawing session
DARE TO DRAG in Bristol
Dare to Club DARE TO DRAG
An all day drag extravaganza
Pitchfork Cafe's Spring Blossom Feast in Bristol
Barleywood Walled Garden Pitchfork Cafe's Spring Blossom Feast
Multi course vegan fundraising meal in Barley Wood Orchard
Anxiety is normal in Bristol
Anxiety is Normal Anxiety is normal
In this short session we will be discussing what anxiety is and why its really important
The Documentary in Bristol
The Documentary The Documentary
An improvised documentary inspired from a guests suggestion
Sh*t's Gettin' Spiritual LIVE SHOW: Work-in-prog. in Bristol
online Sh*t's Gettin' Spiritual LIVE SHOW: Work-in-prog.
A satirical dive into your spiritual journey! (Reccording - watch any time.)
Caroline Bird: Workshop (Sold Out) in Bristol
Zoom Caroline Bird: Workshop (Sold Out)
Writing workshop. A masterclass with Caroline Bird exploring what it means to write a dangerous poem.
Kat Lyons: Workshop (Sold Out) in Bristol
Zoom Kat Lyons: Workshop (Sold Out)
Writing Workshop. An exploration in reconnecting our poetry brains to our bodies, with Kat Lyons.
Malika Booker: Workshop (Sold Out) in Bristol
Zoom Malika Booker: Workshop (Sold Out)
Writing in Conversation with Contemporary Poets - a read, discuss and write session with Malika Booker.
Will Harris: Workshop for NHS Workers (Sold Out) in Bristol
Zoom Will Harris: Workshop for NHS Workers (Sold Out)
An open, relaxed writing workshop for our wonderful NHS workers.
Beth Calverley: Workshop (Sold Out) in Bristol
Zoom Beth Calverley: Workshop (Sold Out)
Join Festival Poet Beth Calverley in a gentle adventure into place-based gratitude-writing.