Bristol Old Vic has confirmed shows for its 2022 autumn season.
Highlights set for later this year include new play A Dead Body in Taos (30 September – 1 October) by David Farr. Described as “Part mystery, part epic sci-fi and part love story”, which explores what developments in artificial intelligence might mean for our understanding of death, consciousness and the soul.
The piece is produced by Fuel and will be directed by Rachel Bagshaw (The Shape of the Pain). After its run in Bristol, the production will run at Wilton’s Music Hall (27 October – 12 November) and Warwick Arts Centre. (15 – 19 November).
The venue’s flagship autumn production will be Hamlet (13 October – 12 November), directed by John Haidar with star Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach, The Serpent, The Beast Must Die) in the title role.
Over the festive season will be a new stage adaptation of The Nutcracker (24 November – 7 January), reimagined by Tom Morris with director Lee Lyford and composer and lyricist Gwyneth Herber who previously worked together on the venue’s production of A Christmas Carol. It will run alongside Belle and Sebastien (2 December – 8 January) for younger children in the Weston Studio.
Further shows for the season include Outlier (14 – 24 September) by Malaika Kegode and Opal Fruits by Holly Beasley-Garrigan For a Palestinian (13 – 15 October) by Bilal Hasna and Aaron Kilercioglu and Talking About a Revolution (19 – 20 October) Diana Atouna, babirye bukilwa and Malaika Kegode (19 – 22 October).
Meanwhile the venue has announced a new partnership with Sky Arts which will see Bristol Old Vic On Screen present the TV premieres of two five-star hit shows Wonder Boy and Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights. Broadcast dates are to be announced.
Bristol Old Vic’s Artistic Director, Tom Morris said: “This season is all about the future and Bristol Old Vic’s role as a meeting place between the people of Bristol and the most dynamic storytellers we can find from the City, the Region and the wider World.
“Billy Howle has become a global name since he called Bristol home during his training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and through this year’s programme we’re ensuring the rising talent of the next generation is showcased and supported across our spaces in whatever way is needed.
“Companies such as Young SixSix, Made in Bristol and Many Minds, as well as Ferment collaborators including Malaika Kegode and Holly Beasley-Garrigan are just some of the brilliant artists forming the foundations of this season. Creativity is for everyone and our mission in this theatre is to be its Bristolian home.”
For tickets and more information, visit www.bristololdvic.org.uk