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The White Bear, Bristol

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Experience Shakespeare's most famous play in its purest, most ridiculous form!

The timeless story of Hamlet is retold with cheeky irreverence and boundless energy through genius rewrites of modern hits - including classics by Queen, Britney Spears, ABBA, and Elvis Presley.

Whether you know the plot inside out, or have never seen any Shakespeare before, this is for you. Hold onto your ruffs as this show takes you on a tongue-in-cheek, whistlestop tour of the Danish tragedy, with a little help from Frank Sinatra, the Killers, and Kanye West (amongst others).

At last, after centuries of waiting, this iconic tale is finally being told properly - complete with skull puppets, rap numbers, and line dancing!

As the Bard himself (probably) once said - "If music be the food of love, ROCK ON"



As well as hosting local and national companies, Bristol Shakespeare Festival has a proud tradition of producing their own shows, drawing on their breadth of experience to create fresh new takes on the Bard's life and works.


Contains mild innuendo.

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The White Bear

Saint Michael's Hill



Photo credit: Odinn Hilmarsson

Not accessible to wheelchair users.

Please print and bring your tickets to the event entrance.

Please arrive 15 minutes before performance start time.

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We look forward to seeing you!


Bristol Shakespeare Festival

The Bristol Shakespeare Festival offers fresh, exciting and accessible ways into Shakespeare. From its in-house productions, to platforming the very best local and national companies, BSF is a volunteer-led celebration of work in unusual spaces across Bristol and beyond. Using local talent and creatives for productions, as well as running its own workshops and educational events, BSF makes work that gives both its audiences and participants entertaining and enriching experience with Shakespeare.