Last chance to see the Old Vic's latest acclaimed show

Last chance to see the Old Vic's latest acclaimed show

Posted on: 27 Mar 2024

Bristol Old Vic's latest show has opened to multiple five-and-four-star reviews, and audience acclaim - but Starter For Ten is leaving this weekend.

Starring Mel Giedroyc of The Great British Bake Off fame, Starter For Ten features a book and lyrics co-written by Emma Hall and Charlie Parham (who also directs), with an 80s-inspired original score and lyrics from Hatty Carman and Tom Rasmussen. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch a sensational new musical on its ascendance!

Starter For Ten follows eighteen-year-old Brian Jackson, whose proudest achievement to date is his A-level results. His idol is Kate Bush and his lifelong dream is to compete on the legendary television quiz show, University Challenge.

Adapted from the hilarious novel by bestselling author David Nicholls and beloved 2006 film, Starter For Ten is a bright and big-hearted new musical. With an irresistible original soundtrack that’s been inspired by the student scene of the 80s; this is a comedy about love, belonging and the vital difference between knowledge and wisdom.

Starter For Ten stars Adam Bregman (Sing Street, Huntington Theatre) as lovesick Essex boy, Brian; Mel Giedroyc (Company, Gielgud) as his mum Irene; Emily Lane as Brian’s unrequited crush Alice (Frozen, Theatre Royal Drury Lane); and Robert Portal (The 39 Steps, West End) as renowned quizmaster, Bamber Gascoigne.



The show, which has appeared at the Old Vic to much audience and critical delight across Bristol, is sadly leaving us this weekend - with the last show Saturday 30th March, during the Easter weekend. Starter For Ten will continue showing from now until then, with matinee shows on Thursday and Saturday - meaning just six chances left to catch the spectacular show. 

You can get your tickets for any of the upcoming showings of Starter For Ten (or see what else is on) on the Bristol Old Vic website.

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Patrick Bate

Patrick is a filmmaker with so much Bristol in his blood the white blood cells are graffiti'd. Educated at the Northern Film School in Leeds, he’s returned home to be a Videographer and Reviewer for 365Bristol and BARBI. When he’s not messing about with cameras, he enjoys playing guitar, spending far too much time on tabletop RPGs, and being an awful snob about cider. Have a look at his work here, or get in touch at