12 huge musicals coming to the Bristol Hippodrome this year: dates, tickets & more

12 huge musicals coming to the Bristol Hippodrome this year: dates, tickets & more

Posted on: 09 Jan 2020

World-renowned productions of Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Dreamgirls and more will be on their way to the Westcountry this year.


Bristol's premier theatre venue will be hosting an array of dazzling musical productions throughout 2020, giving locals the chance to experience some of the world's most exciting and unforgettable stage shows.

See below for a rundown of our 2020 picks, from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's infamous The Book of Mormon to the timeless classic, The King and I.

The Bristol Hippodrome.

The Book of Mormon | 14 January - 22 February


South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's satirical musical comedy has made waves in the theatrical world since its 2011 debut. Described as "offensive" by Entertainment Weekly, "profane" in the Chicago Tribune and "blasphemous" by the Los Angeles Times, the show follows the story of two Latter Day Saints missionaries as they attempt to promote the teachings of the bible to a remote village in Uganda.


The Book of Mormon arrives in Bristol off the back of several sell-out runs on London's West End and around the world, with three extra weeks added due to high demand. Tickets are available in limited numbers via the link above - trust us when we say you won't see another stage production like it.

The Book of Mormon at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical | 25-29 February


The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Beautiful The Carole King Musical is coming to the stage of The Bristol Hippodrome from 3rd to 7th April 2018. The musical is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. 


The production tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Beautiful at the Bristol Hippodrome.

We Will Rock You | 16-21 March


Written by Queen and Ben Elton, We Will Rock You tells the story of a globalised future without musical instruments. A handful of rebels, The Bohemians, fight against the controlling powers of the land and kickstart the rebirth of the age of rock.


Since debuting in 2002, an estimated 15 million-plus people worldwide have seen the mind-blowing production, and there are precious few seats left for its run at the Hippodrome in March. Get your tickets ASAP for what's certain to be one of the biggest Bristol shows of the year!

We Will Rock You at the Bristol Hippodrome.

The King and I | 24 March - 4 April


One of the longest-running and best-loved theatrical productions of all-time, The King and I is returning to Bristol in 2020. The iconic story depicts the unlikely relationship between British widow Anna and the King of Siam as he looks to improve his image in the West.


The multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theatre's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic will be stopping off in Bristol as part of a World Tour, direct from a record-breaking sell-out season at the London Palladium.

The King and I at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Les Miserables | 7 April - 9 May


The fantastic, newly-updated staging of Les Miserables for the 2019/20 season has been dubbed by critics as 'Les Mis for the 21st century'. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo and the unforgettable Les Mis score, this is a theatrical occasion like no other.


Les Miserables is one of the most popular stage productions of all time, and we urge you to see it if you haven't before. Even if you've been lucky enough to see it already, we suspect you'll be considering it again for the sheer scale and quality of the show.

Les Miserables at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert | 11-16 May


Starring Strictly winner and Holby City star, Joe McFadden, Priscilla’s brand-spanking-new production is the work of exciting new producer Jason Donovan and director Paul Kerryson. Armed with an acclaimed cast and production team, the glitter-infused performance boasts of a non-stop parade of classic floor-fillers including Its Raining Men, I Will Survive, and I Love The Nightlife.


Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla follows the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. A heart-warming journey of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance; Priscilla is expected to be a Hippodrome treat.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie | 26-30 May


Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.


With an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand-new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Mamma Mia! | 2-20 June


Based on the music of all-conquering Swedish pop group ABBA, Mamma Mia is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson with a musical score composed by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, two of the four original members of the band.


Featuring hits like 'Super Trouper', 'Lay All Your Love On Me', 'Dancing Queen', Voulez-Vous', Take A Chance On Me', 'The Winner Takes It All' and, of course, the famous title track, the musical has become one of the world's most famous and best-loved since its 1999 debut.

Mamma Mia! at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Six The Musical | 7-11 July


Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, the sell-out London smash hit SIX is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over! Featuring the likes of Lauren Drew (Catherine of Aragon), Maddison Bulleyment (Anne Boleyn) and Lauren Byrne (Jane Seymour), Six tells the tale of Henry VIII's six wives like never before.


Noted for its "perfect execution" by Metro, and described as "sassy, funny, sexy and funky" (The Times) and "the best the West End has to offer" (The Telegraph), this is one show that should absolutely be on your wish list this year.

Six the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Heathers The Musical | 28 July - 1 August


Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true.


Mysterious teen rebel JD shows up, and teaches her that it may well kill to be a nobody, but it's murder to be a somebody. A perfect production for the summer months, tickets are available now for six shows across July and August.

Heathers the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Dreamgirls | 12 September - 3 October


Multi-award winning production, Dreamgirls, will be on its way to Bristol in late 2020 as part of an extensive UK tour. Cemented as one of the West End's most popular shows of all time, Dreamgirls follows the story of three talented young sisters in a turbulent 1960s America.

Dreamgirls at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Read more:



Article by:

Matt Robson


Editor - 365Bristol.com & LOUD Magazine

Matt is a Journalism graduate and writer, passionate about supporting Bristol music, art and independent business. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.