Bristol Old Vic’s THE GRINNING MAN

A recording of the original Bristol version of hit musical The Grinning Man is now available online to watch for free for a week.

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.

The epic tale of an abandoned child with a terrible secret. A disfigured youth who is desperate to hide and a sightless girl who longs to be discovered. Let the darkness seduce you.

Based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo and brought to life by director Tom Morris (Touching the Void) and writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase), don’t miss this digital revival, captured during its original Bristol run by TVPP, and featuring a sensational original score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler and puppetry from Gyre & Gimble – the original puppeteers of War Horse!

First seen at the Bristol Old Vic as part of its 250th anniversary season, the show then transferred to the West End late in 2017 to critical and audience success.

GUIDANCE: Suitable for ages 12+ Contains some sexual references and swearing.

The show lasts approximately two hours. The show is available until Friday 3rd July at 6pm.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to Bristol Old Vic to enable them to keep operating after this crisis has passed.

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THE HIRED MAN

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Oldham Coliseum and Hull Truck Theatre’s accalimed co-production of THE HIRED MAN will be available to watch online from Monday 15th to Sunday 21 June.

The well-received musical production was originally adapted from Melvyn Bragg’s novel, and has music by Howard Goodall. It is set in Thurston between the 1890s and 1920s and is a poignant story of betrayal, love and loss.

The show (from last year) will be free to watch but donations are requested to help continue the Queen’s Theatre’s creative community work when it reopens. This is the first time the theatre has broadcast one of its shows.

The show will be available from Monday 15 June at 7.30pm BST until Sunday 21 June at midnight BST.

Although the show is free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Queen’s Theatre’s community arts fund.

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Watch Now for Families: Little Angel Theatre’s WE FOUND A HAT – third in the series

Jon Klassen’s picture books delight children around the world. Adapted for the stage, his first book I WANT MY HAT BACK was a big online hit, and the sequel, THIS IS NOT MY HAT was also eagerly enjoyed by youngsters. Now, the enterprising Little Angel Theatre has again partnered with theatre director Ian Nicholson to stream an adaptation of the final book, the third in the series, called WE FOUND A HAT. The show is free to access and designed for children aged from 3 to 6.

The show is available until September 1st.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.

You can watch WE FOUND A HAT here


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Watch Now for Families: Little Angel Theatre’s THIS IS NOT MY HAT – second in the series

The Little Angel Theatre responded magnificently to the lack of theatre available online for younger children by creating a stage version of Jon Klassen’s story book I WANT MY HAT BACK.

After the huge success of its showing online, with almost 160,000 views at the time of writing, Little Angel Theatre has again partnered with theatre director Ian Nicholson to stream an adaptation of the sequel to  I WANT MY HAT BACK which is called THIS IS NOT MY HAT. The show is free to access and designed for children aged from 3 to 6.

The show is available until September 1st and lasts just under ten minutes.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.

You can watch THIS IS NOT MY HAT here


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Watch Now for Families: Little Angel Theatre’s I WANT MY HAT BACK

Parents with younger children are in for a treat as award-winning The Little Angel Theatre is streaming a show right now on the Theatre’s YouTube channel. It has already had over 180,000 views!

Little Angel Theatre has partnered with theatre director Ian Nicholson to stream an adaptation of Jon Klassen’s picture book I WANT MY HAT BACK. The show is free to access and aimed at children aged from 3 to 6.

Nicholson directed and performed the show from his home during lockdown, with a set designed by Samuel Wilde and music by Jim Whitcher.

The mischievous tale follows a bear who’s hat has gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, if they have seen it. The book was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal when it was published in the UK in 2013.

Interestingly, the show was created remotely, with the designer posting the completed set to Nicholson who performed the show from his home

Although this show is free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre which does vital work in helping younger children to access the joy of theatre.

You can watch the show here until September 1st.


When you have watched this show, remember there are two more in the series:

THIS IS NOT MY HAT which you can watch here

and finally WE FOUND A HAT which you can watch here