Theatre Preview: The Love of the Nightingale @ Bristol Bierkeller

by Polly Hember


The Bristol Old Vic Young Company presents Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale with a fierce, challenging and modern energy. The ancient myth is interrogated and played out with dance, dark humour and original rave music that attempts to confound conceptions concerning consent, gender, freedom of speech and sexuality. Following the tale of two sisters struggling to survive in a war-torn world dominated by men, the characters and the company ask powerful questions…

Directed by Miranda Cromwell (former Bristol Old Vic Young Company Director) and performed in The Bierkeller nightclub, this should be an anarchic and jarring performance that retells an old tale of patriarchy that simultaneously forces us to question our own way of life in our contemporary society.


“The Love of the Nightingale really does kick off an exciting new year for the Engagement team. The Bierkeller is the perfect venue for this charged and relevant tale, which is as original as it is modern. I’m sure the company will start the 2017 Studio Walkabout season in style with their vital interpretation.”

- Sian Eustace, Young Company and Participation Producer


Running just until the 13th of January 2017, this political and pervasive performance is one you should not miss.

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Director Miranda Cromwell
Designer Ruby Spencer Pugh
Musical Director Jack Drewry 
Associate Director Maisie Newman
Lighting Designer Tim Streader

Photography Jack Offord
Image Richard Brett


When 10 – 13th January 2017

Time 7.30pm

Where The Bierkeller

Price £12/£8 concession (please note that door sales at the Bierkeller are cash only)

Running time approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes including interval

Age Reccomendation 14+ Contains scenes of a violent and sexual nature, strong language and flashing lights.

Box Office 0117 987 7877 or

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