Fishponds Library to be transformed into theatre

June 29 2018

FISHPONDS Library will be transformed into a theatre for the Bristol Shakespeare Fesitival this summer.

Librarian Theatre, a Bristol-based company which specialises in turning libraries into temporary theatres for their regional tours, will showcase a brand new 'rapid retelling' of Henry V, Shakespeare's epic take on the Battle of Agincourt.

Librarian Theatre works alongside the library sector to deliver accessible and affordable theatre to local communities, whilst promoting public library services, reading and literacy. 

The company will also perform at Emersons Green Library, Bradley Stoke, Junction 3, The Old Library Eastville, Shirehampton, Southmead, Bedminster, Whitchurch, and Bristol Central Library.

Though not specifically aimed at children, their shows are all family friendly, and this will be no exception, with several schools also hosting private showings for their students as part of the tour.

Their interactive version of Henry V has been adapted to be performed in the round by just two actors, accompanied by an original score from a live musician. The entire play has been condensed into an hour.

To make tickets affordable (prices range from £5-£8), Arts Council England is heavily subsidising the project, which brings together Bristol Libraries, South Gloucester Libraries and South Lockleaze & Purdown CIC, the volunteer group which has managed the Old Library in Eastville since budget cuts led to its closure in 2016. 

The show will visit ten libraries in ten days and will be at Fishponds Library on Wednesday July 18. Tickets for each are limited and can be purchased online via or