A strange meeting in a churchyard sets in motion a chain of events that will shower a young man with money, break his troubled heart and lead him deep into a labyrinth of deception and discovery. Great Expectations is a story about transformation, loss and - ultimately - forgiveness.
Following 2011's Treasure Island, we once again return to King Street and the open air for a summer show to set imaginations aflutter.
With a creative team (including director Sally Cookson and composer Benji Bower) assembled from previous Bristol Old Vic shows like Treasure Island (2011) and Peter Pan (2012), we now unfold a sparkling, alfresco version of the famous storytelling slave's parables, adapted by the wonderful Mr Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful).
Cornish King Mark is at war; he rules with his head not his heart. But he hasn’t counted on falling head over heels for his enemy’s sister, or expected the arrival of the enigmatic Tristan.
This critically acclaimed production catapulted Kneehigh onto the national stage. This is the original tale of forbidden desires, broken hearts and the agony of choosing one human being over another. Seen through the eyes of the 'Unloved', Tristan & Yseult blends comedy, live music, grand passion and tender truths, in an irresistible night of love.
Way back in 2003, right here in Bristol Old Vic's Studio, a festival of physical, visual and experimental theatre was born. It was christened Mayfest and from its early days set out to celebrate artists making unusual, playful and leftfield theatre. After a few years of incubation in its birthplace Mayfest began to stretch its legs and stride boisterously around the city and since 2008 it hasn't looked back.