Top 5 theatre shows in Bristol – July 2012

Theatre lover and reviewer Alexandra Womack gives her top five theatre shows coming to Bristol this July.

Midnight Tango Bristol Hippodrome

Midnight Tango

Midnight Tango

The world’s undisputed top tango couple Flavia and Vincent return to the Bristol Hippodrome from Wednesday, July 4-7 with their own breathtaking show Midnight Tango. If you love the couple’s spectacular flicks and kicks in their trademark Argentine tangos on Strictly Come Dancing, just wait until you see them perform in real life. Set in a south American café, their second half climatic routine is truly amazing but be warned, they are so quick if you look away you will miss some of their dazzling moves. Tickets from £19.50, go to

There was an Old Lady…

Everybody’s favourite children’s rhyme is brought back to life at the Tobacco Factory this Sunday, July 8. There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly is on stage for the first time ever, thanks to the People’s Theatre Company do, retelling the much-loved tale with rhyme, colourful characters and a sprinkling of magical fun. For children aged 4+. Tickets £6. Shows 11am and 2pm.

The Islanders

Up and coming Bristol-based writer Amy Mason teams up with childhood friend and Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos for this personal recollection of a holiday never to be forgotten. On Wednesday, July 25, the Studio at Bristol Old Vic stages this coming-of-age story of a teenage trip to the Isle of Wight which, 13, years on, is remembered very differently. Amy was the 2011 writer in residence at Spike Island Arts Space and has recently received an Arts Council grant to complete her first novel. Curtain at 8.15pm, tickets £4 for unreserved seating.

A Number

Ever wondered what makes you you? The Alma Tavern may have the answer this July with a two-week run of Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed A Number. Exploring those Freudian questions of how, why and what if, this insightful production from SanaRt Theatre examines family relationships, parenthood and identity. From Tuesday, July 3-14, performances at 8pm daily and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £9 / concessions £7.

Engineers’ Blue

Bristol’s newest theatre opens this month with a brand new play by local actor Adrian Harris. The Brass Works Theatre, based above Kingswood Heritage Museum, stages its first production Engineers’ Blue from July 10-28. Penned especially for the new theatre, Engineers’ Blue is set in the summer of 1941 at a time when women were forced into work but were far from welcome on the factory floor. Dark and deceitful, it promises to be an exciting debut for the region’s brand new arts venue. Shows start at 8pm, Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets £10, concessions £9.

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