Santa on Stage
After three sell out years, British comic actor Stewart Wright is visiting the Theatre Shop to bring the Father of Christmas to life. Experienced at entertaining all ages with his own brand of improvisation and audience interaction, it’s where theatre meets ‘An audience with’ Father Christmas. He’s reunited once again with the actor and circus artist Ben Kirby as Sven the Reindeer Handler. Guaranteed to bring a sense of fun, laughter and anticipation to all. There’ll be music, sleigh bells, and bucket loads of Christmas surprises.
Santa & Sven can only bring the gift of laughter, joy and bed time ruining excitement.
They will, however, do their best to deliver your children’s Christmas wishes on Christmas Eve….with your assistance.
2+ (under 2s on laps welcome)
1 December 2023
4.30pm 6pm £10
‘Utterly magical - we all loved it’ Audience member
‘Stewart is a rare comic talent. He wins hearts and minds wherever he performs, has the rare skills to make audiences laugh and cry at will.’
Tom Morris, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic 2009-2022
A Christmas Carol
Hard hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hates the season of goodwill. Until a visit from three spirits one
Christmas Eve makes him rethink his... blah blah blah.
We all know the story. We’ve all seen the film(s). But who’s the best Scrooge of all time? Albert
Finney? Alistair Sim? Patrick Stewart? Well, just hold your horses there! Because you’ve yet to witness Bristol actor Craig Edwards’ take on Dickens’ mean miserabilist.
He waits, like a coiled spring, ready to bring his unique brand of Midlands malcontentment to the role. And he’s brought Clevedon’s finest, Stu Mcloughlin, along for the ride to play (almost literally) all the other parts!
Hilarious, tender, idiotic and musically virtuosic by turns, Living Spit’s two-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol promises a feast of festive foolery that’ll have you splitting your sprouts with laughter, or your money back!*
*only joking about the “money back” bit
Age recommendation 10+
8 -30 December 2023
"Christmas tradition laced with really,
really good comedy."
A winter's tail
A play-along theatre adventure with
The Last Baguette
The snow is falling and the solstice is approaching. Ratty is getting ready. She wants everything to be really rat-tastic! But will her friends make it through the snow to the winter woodland revels? Can you help them on their journey? There’ll be excitement, adventure, games, music, silliness and lots of snow!
A Winter’s Tail is a fun, relaxed play-along theatre adventure. Expect to play, move, watch and laugh. The show lasts 1 hour and is for ages 2-7 and their grown-ups. Younger and older siblings welcome!
14 December 2023 2pm £8
23 December 2023
10.00am 11.30am 2pm SOLD OUT
And here's a taster of what's on offer in 2024...
Crack out the bunting! It’s Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee.
Over twenty-five years, Luke Wright has built up a reputation for being one of Britain’s most popular live poets. This year, thwarted in his attempts to hold a street party by the philistines on the council and unable to shift the over-ordered commemorative plates, Wright does what a poet does best, and takes a deep dive into himself. What follows is his most confessional show to date. An excavation of lives lived and not lived, Wright navigates his audience through a warm and honest hour of poems and stand-up. With some wild experiments in form, a nervous kitten called Sir John Betjeman and a healthy smattering of drum n bass, Wright manages to navigate some heart-wrenching material and keep the laughs coming
18 April 2024
“Breathtaking … with a sharpness and wisdom that lifts the soul, and soothes the battered heart.”
★★★★ The Scotsman
“This is the best thing that poet Luke Wright has done, which is saying something.”
★★★★★ The Telegraph