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MAGICAL PANTO: Nailsea Musicals present Cinderella at the Scotch Horn Centre from Thursday to Saturday, January 23-25. Thursday and Friday performances are at 7.30pm with two shows on Saturday at 12.30pm and 5.30pm. Online tickets adult £12, child £10 plus booking fee with discounts for groups by clicking HERE. Tickets are also on sale at Nailsea Music Shop. The Saturday matinee performance gets booked very quickly...

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: We were promised Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs last year as the Bristol Hippodrome pantomime but it was switched to the wonderful Cinderella starring the Shane Richie with scenery and props courtesey of the London Pallandium.  But for 2020-2021 season it is the endearing story of a princess, her battles with her wicked stepmother and her friendship with her vertically challenged housemates. The show runs from Saturday to Sunday, December 5, 2020-January 3, 2021 and online tickets from £13 plus £3.65 transcation fee are available now by clicking HERE. No casting announcement has been made yet.

The Mormons are coming...

The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash-hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to Bristol.

The Tony®, Olivier® and Grammy® award-winning show will begin performances at the Bristol Hippodrome on Wednesday, January 15.

But for fans an additional preview has been announced for Tuesday, January 14, with tickets at only £15 going on sale at the box office from 10am on Wednesday, January 8.

A limited number of tickets at this price are being sold at the box office two and a half hours before each performance in a random lottery.

In total 1,500 will be sold at this special price.

The Book of Mormon follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s a long way from their home in Salt Lake City.

The cast of The Book of Mormon in Bristol will be led by Kevin Clay as Elder Price and Conner Peirson as Elder Cunningham, recreating their roles from the Broadway and US touring productions. They are joined by Nicole-Lily Baisden as Nabulungi, Will Hawksworth as Elder McKinley, Ewen Cummins as Mafala Hatimbi, Johnathan Tweedie as Joseph Smith and Thomas Vernal as the General.

The company will include Jed Berry, David Brewis, Melissa Brown-Taylor, Chinasa, Sanchia Amber Clarke, Tre Copeland-Williams, George Crawford, Jordan Lee Davies, Jemal Felix, Patrick George, Isaac Hesketh, M-Jae Cleopatra Isaac, Evan James, Alex James-Hatton, Nicole Louise, Fergal McGoff, Jesus Reyes Ortiz, Lawrence Rowe, Lukin Simmonds, Chomba S Taulo, Brad Veitch, Tommy Wade-Smith, Sharon Wattis and Jacob Yarlett.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the creators of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning television show, South Park, now in its 22nd season, and the feature films South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Team America: World Police.

Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, where it won nine Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has been performed on three continents and won more than 30 international awards.

The musical has smashed long-standing box office records in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and cities across the U.S.

The London production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards® including Best New Musical, and breaking the record for the highest single day of sales in West End history.

It has sold out every one of its 2380 performances to date at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

Book, music and lyrics are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. 

Directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon has choreography by Casey Nicholaw, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by

All photos Paul Coltas

Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus and music supervision and vocal arrangements by Stephen Oremus.Robert Lopez co-created the Broadway musical Avenue Q and co-wrote the songs for Disney’s Frozen and Coco.

He is one of only 15f artists to win all four major entertainment awards - Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Awards.   

The Book of Mormon is produced by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and Sonia Friedman Productions.

The Book of Mormon runs from Wednesday to Saturday, January 15-February 22 at 7.30pm with matinees on Friday and Saturday.

Life in drag with Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the smash-hit, critically acclaimed West End musical is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome.

The musical is inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, directed by Jenny Popplewell and there is film currently shooting in Sheffield due out next year.

The musical follows a 16-year-old teenager as he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen.

Starring Layton Williams (Bad Education, Rent, Billy Elliot the Musical) as Jamie New and Shane Richie (EastEnders) as Hugo / Loco Chanelle.

Both Layton and Shane will be reprising their roles from the West End production.

It plays the Bristol Hippodrome from Monday to Sunday, May 25-31.

Layton said: “I’ve loved my time in the West End but am beyond excited to be playing Jamie on tour!

"This will be my 6th tour and I can’t wait to come back to some of my favourite venues with this beautiful show.

"I hope you’ll welcome me back with open arms as we share this beautiful story and spread love across the UK!"

And Shane said: “When I was offered the chance to be involved in the touring production I jumped at the opportunity to get back into those heels!

"I believe this show has such an important message for younger and older generations I’m excited to be taking it to a larger audience around the UK.”

Producer Nica Burns said: “Since Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opened in early 2017 at the Sheffield Crucible, written by a virgin British musical theatre writing team and performed by a large cast of mostly new faces, all our dreams for the show have come true. 

"We are a hitand now we are going to be playing 20 cities nationwide led by two of our brilliant West End stars."

On screen Layton is known for playing the character Kylie in the BBC’s Beautiful People, and for playing the lead alongside Jack Whitehall in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy Bad Education and follow up film.

Layton began his career as one of the boys who played the title role in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical.

He then went on to star as the original Young Michael Jackson in Thriller.

Further theatre credits include the role of Seaweed in Hairspray and the touring production of Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man.

Layton is an anti-bullying and LGBTQ+ activist.

Shane Richie plays Hugo/Loco Chanelle has had a hugely successful career in theatre, film and television spanning four decades and is a regular fixture on primetime television.

He is best known for his role as Alfie Moon in the BBC’s EastEnders which he first started playing in 2002 and for which he has won several industry awards and accolades including Best Actor at the Rose d’Or Television Festival.

His extensive television drama credits include Oliver Twist (BBC), New Tricks (BBC), We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story (BBC), What We Did on Our Holidays (ITV), The Good Samaritan (ITV), As Good As It Gets (ITV), Skins (CH4), Moving On (BBC), Minder (CH5), Redwater (BBC), Benidorm (ITV) and Claude (Disney). He has also hosted television shows including Lucky Numbers (ITV), The Shane Richie Experience (ITV), Win, Lose or Draw (ITV), Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (SKY1), Reflex (BBC) and Win Your Wish List (BBC).

On stage Shane has starred in Grease (West End), One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest (UK Tour), Scrooge: The Musical (UK Tour), Lone Star and Private Wars (Kings Head Theatre). He also played the leads in Peter James’ The Perfect Murder and Not Dead Enough. Shane co-wrote and co-produced the UK tour of Boogie Nights which went on to a sell-out season at the Savoy Theatre in the West End. Film roles include Macbeth (CH4), The Reverend (Burn Hand Film), Prisoners of the Sun (Miromar Entertainment) and Flushed Away (Dreamworks Animation).

In 2003 Shane wrote the No.1 autobiography and The Sunday Times best seller Rags to Richie.  In the same year he released the No.1 record I’m Your Man for BBC Children In Need. In 2017 Shane’s album A Country Soul made it to No.1, securing his position as the UK’s biggest selling country artist.

Further casting to be announced.

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, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. With catchy songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

With music by Dan Gillespie Sells, book and lyrics by Tom MacRae from an idea by Jonathan Butterell the show is directed by Matt Ryan from original direction by Jonathan Butterell, design by Anna Fleischle, choreography by Kate Prince, lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound design by Paul Groothuis, casting by Will Burton, musical supervisor Theo Jamieson and video design Luke Halls that completes the back-of-house team.

For online tickets click HERE to reserve.

Michael Jackson is 'live'

Jackson Live in Concert brings the hugely talented CJ to theatres across the UK, recreating the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs.

Presented by Sweeney Entertainments this show hits The Playhouse theatre, Weston-super-Mare on Saturday, February 1, at 7.30pm.

Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music.

CJ is one of the most experienced, dedicated and well-respected Michael Jackson tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the electrifying energy of Michael’s live performances with 100 per cent live vocals.

He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice!

His renditions of Thriller, Beat it and Billie Jean are truly sensational. CJ is joined on the stage by his incredible band and dancers who work their way through all the hits in this accurate and exciting tribute to the King of Pop!

Sweeney Entertainments co-founder Julie Sweene said: “This phenomenal concert show, headlined by the sensational CJ, offers a 100% live Michael Jackson experience.

“Showcasing timeless songs, still known and loved across the world, CJ with his band and dancers bring a faithful reproduction of a Michael Jackson concert to each and every performance.”

CJ said “No show can ever compare to seeing the man himself live but Michael Jackson fans who have seen our show have commented that it’s the closest thing to seeing MJ live. This makes me very happy, proud and honoured to give fans a taste of what it was like to see Michael Jackson in action.”

Jackson Live in Concert brings together superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop. Packed with authentic touches and flair, Jackson Live in Concert authentically captures the essence and magic of Michael Jackson live on stage.

Tickets £26.50 by calling the box office on 01934 645544 or to book online click HERE.

Aussie footwork in Bristol

Baz Luhrmann’s smash hit musical Strictly Ballroom is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome on tour in November 2020.
 Directed by dancer, choreographer and Britain’s favourite TV judge; the fab-u-lous Craig Revel Horwood this show is set to sweep audiences off their feet.
Foxtrotting around the UK and Ireland starts in September 2020 it is based on the award-winning, global film phenomenon, Strictly Ballroom that inspired the world to dance.
Featuring a show-stopping book by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, and bringing together a sublime cast of over 20 world class performers, 
Strictly Ballroom brings to life iconic songs, including Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time with dynamic and joyous verve with some amazing new songs by internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. 
More than 20 international performers are in the cast which has scintillating singing, dazzling dancing and eye-popping costumes in a story of heart, comedy and drama, and promises to be an unforgettable night under the glitter ball. 
Craig Revel Horwood said: "I am absolutely delighted to be directing the 2020-21 UK tour of Strictly Ballroom The Musical - it’s going to be fab-u-lous!  
"The theatre is where I come alive and it is there that I feel in my most creative element. 
"Having directed the UK Arena Tour of Strictly Come Dancing for the past few years, I simply cannot wait to put my stamp on this iconic and much-loved musical. 
"Expect some sexy moves, sizzling costumes and a simply sensational evening!"
Strictly Ballroom The Musical tells the beguiling story of Scott Hastings, a talented, arrogant and rebellious young ballroom dancer. 
When Scott’s radical dance moves see him fall out of favour with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner with no moves at all. Inspired by one another, this unlikely pair gather the courage to defy both convention and their families – and discover that, to be winners, the steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom…
This uplifting and courageous musical originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of classmates at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1984. 
Eight years later he made his screen directorial debut with Strictly Ballroom, the first instalment in Luhrmann’s acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy. 
The vibrant film enjoyed staggering success, winning three awards at the 1993 BAFTA awards and a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, going on to become one of the most successful Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office. 
In April 2014 Strictly Ballroom The Musical had its world premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical is a fabulous, feel-good evening full of sequins, singing and salsa. This unmissable kaleidoscope of glitz and glamour is a tonic for the soul and will send your heart soaring and toes tapping long after you leave the theatre!
It arrives in Bristol on Monday, November 2, for six nights.
For online tickets from £23.90 click HERE.

LES MISERABLES: Photo of top barricades by Michael Le Poer Trench; Katie Hall as Fantine and Nic Greenshields as Javert by Matthew Murphy; and below barricade by Helen Maybanks

Les Misérables plays Bristol

I have watched the film many, many times both in English and French.

I have seen modern and dated versions with subtitles and without.

While I haven't read the classic novel by Victor Hugo I have seen his story brought to life with and without music.

I loved a recent television dramatication with Dominic West as Jean Valjean and David Oyelowo as Javert.

Also I once bought by accident a Korean dubbed DVD of the story which for the most part is miserable.

But what I haven't seen and I can hardly contain my excitement is the stage show.

So joy of joys Cameron Mackintosh acclaimed production of the Boublil and Schönberg musical Les Misérables is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday to Saturday, April 7-May 9, 2020.

After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prison workforce.

Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner.

Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison.

Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother's death, but Javert's relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.

Tickets to the world-renowned production will go on sale in four instalments, starting with the ATG TheatreCard sale at 10am on Tuesday, September 17.

This is followed by groups at 10am on Friday, September 20, presale at 10am on Monday, September 23 and general onsale at 10am on Wednesday, September 25.

Dean Chisnall will play Jean Valjean, Nic Greenshields - Javert, Katie Hall - Fantine, Ian Hughes - Thénardier, Harry Apps - Marius, Charlie Burn - Cosette, Barnaby Hughes - Enjolras and Helen Walsh - Madame Thénardier.

Also in the cast will be Joseph Anthony, George Arvidson, Adam Boardman, Olivia Brereton, Danny Colligan, Rebecca Ferrin, Aimee Good, Jenna Innes, Ebony Jonelle, Robert Madge, Liam Marcellino, Emily Owens, Jordan Simon Pollard, Corinne Priest, Jamie Pritchard, Aaron Pryce-Lewis, Dean Read and Janne Snellen.

Since Cameron Mackintosh first conceived this new production of Les Misérables in 2009 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary it has taken the world by storm.

This production inspired the hugely successful movie version starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne.

Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent score includes the songs I Dreamed A Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, “One Day More, “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables, Master Of The House and many more. 

Seen by more 120 million people worldwide in 52 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

To book click HERE.

PHOTO: Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe as the king and Anna © Matthew Murphy

Shall we dance ... in Bristol

The King And I is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome but you are going to have to wait a little bit.

After a sell-out season at The London Palladium the show is going on tour for 2019-20.

And it hits the city theatre boards from Tuesday to Saturday, March 24-April 4, 2020.

This unmissable, majestic stage tour comes hot off the heels of the cinema release of the live production of The King And I on the London stage which has become the biggest live event in cinemas of 2018 and a big multi million dollar earner at the box office and seen by 135,000 movie fans.

West End critics heaped have praise on The King And I with the  Daily Mail publishing it 'left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music', while the The Times awarded the show 'Five stars for a sumptuous King and I'.

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will once again direct the production and be reunited with the celebrated creative team that brought this majestic production to life at the Palladium.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, featuring a company of more than 50 world-class performers, and full scale orchestra, The King And I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

Producer Howard Panter said: "The response from London audiences to this multi award-winning production was unprecedented. 

"Critical plaudits, box office records and standing ovations at every show - we were overwhelmed with the rapturous response.  

"Coupled with the reaction to the Global cinema screenings of the film version - which is the biggest theatre event in cinemas of the year and number one at the box office.

"This really is musical theatre at its very best, so we are thrilled that we can now share this wonderous production with theatre lovers up and down the country next year.”

Cast details will be announced soon.

Tickets £20-72. plus booking fee are on general sale now by clicking HERE

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is playing at the Bristol Hippodrome in February next year.

Following nearly three years in the West End and a sell-out tour in 2017-18, Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner in association with Michael Harrison are delighted to announce that the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Beautiful- The Carole King Musical will hit the road again and tour throughout the UK and Ireland in 2020.

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical 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.

Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, including one of the best-selling albums of all time, Tapestry, and countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof and The Locomotion. The show also includes the Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann hit songs You’ve Lost that Lovin Feeling, On Broadway and We Gotta Get out of This Place.

Beautiful- The Carole King Musical is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/ songwriter Carole King. It has a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Online tickets from £13 by clicking HERE.

The show plays the city centre theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, February 25-29.

Susan Boyle Bristol date

Singer Susan Boyle is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome.

Following her triumphant return to the Britain’s Got Talent stage Susan is thrilled to announce she is heading back out on tour for the first time in four years with a spectacular new show, The TEN Tour.

Celebrating 10 years since her iconic BGT audition catapulted her to global fame, a phenomenal recording career and her new album TEN, released in early June, Susan is continuing the celebrations into 2020 with a brand new show starting in Scotland and touring around prestigious theatres and concert halls  across the UK.

Susan, along with a dazzling array of musicians are coming to the stage this Spring, performing in 15 cities across the United Kingdom including Bristol.

Susan said; “ I’m thrilled to be coming back on tour after four years and starting in Scotland, one of the best audiences in the world.

"I am also excited to be able to perform songs that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from me.

"I like to surprise,

"I left the world surprised 10 years ago and I want to surprise my fans again.”

The show will also include a performance by Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowell

Online tickets from £37.90 plus transaction fee of £3.65 for the show on Sunday, March 8, 2020 by clicking HERE.

Bristol Hippodrome

future programme


Wednesday to Saturday, January 15-February 1

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, matinees Friday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tickets from £13

To book click HERE

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical

From Tuesday to Sunday, February 25-29

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tickets from £13 concessions available

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THE RED SHOES Matthew Bourne’s production

Tuesday to Saturday, March 3-7

Tickets from £13 concessions available

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Sunday, March 8 at 7.30pm

With Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowell

Tickets from £37.90

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Monday to Saturday, March 24-April 4

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tickets from £18 concessions available

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Monday to Saturday, July 16-21, 2020

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm and matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tickets from £13 concessions available

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Monday, July 13 at 8pm

Tickets £33.65

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Spring Season 2020

  • Carmen on Wednesday and Friday, March 11 and 13 at 7.15pm

  • The Marriage Of Figaro – Thursday, March 12 at 7pm

  • Les vêpres siciliennes – Saturday, March 14 at 6.30pm

Tickets from £13 concessions available

To book click HERE


Monday to Saturday, March 24-April 4

Various times

Tickets from £18 concessions available

To book click HERE


Monday to Saturday, May 11-16

Various times

Tickets from £13 concessions available

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Tuesday to Saturday, April 7-May 9

Performances nightly at 7.30pm with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

To buy online tickets from £13 click HERE

Concessions available



Sunday, May 17 at 8pm

Tickets from: £39.40

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Monday, May 18, at 8pm

Tickets from £30.15

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The Cynic’s Mixtape

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19-20

Tickets £27.15

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Thursday, May 21 at 8pm

Tickets £27.15

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Monday to Saturday, July 16-21

Various times

Tickets from £13 concessions available

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The New 25th Anniversary Show

Friday to Sunday, May 22-24

Various times

Tickets from £43.15

To book click HERE


Tuesday to Sautrday, May 26-30

Performances nightly at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tickets from £13 with concessions

To book online click HERE



Sunday, May 31 2pm and 4.30pm

Tickets from £14.90

Concessions available

To book online click HERE


Tueday to Saturday, June 2-20

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, matinees Thursday, Saturday and Wednesday, June 10 at 2.30pm

Tickets from £13

To book click HERE


Monday, June  22 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £28.90

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Wednesday, June 24  at 7.30pm

Tickets from £13

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Monday to Saturday, June 29-July 4

Mon 29 Jun – Sat 4 Jul at 7.30pm

Tickets £40.40

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Sunday, July 5l at 7.30pm

Tickets from £39.90

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Tuesday to Saturday, July 7-11

Various times with matinee

Tickets from £13 concessions

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Sunday, July 12 at 3pm

Tickets from £22.50

To book online click HERE

JIMMY CARR - Terribly Funny

Monday, July 13 at 8pm

Tickets: £33.65

To book click HERE​


Wednesday to Thursday, July 15-16

Wednesday at 1pm and 4pm

Thursday at 10am and 1pm

Tickets from £18.15 concessions

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Friday, July 17, at 7.30pm

Tickets from £24.75

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A Night At The Movies

Saturday, July 18 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £13

Concessions available

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The Story of The Dubliners

Sunday, July 26 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £13

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Tuesday to Saturday, July 28-August 1

Tickets from £13 concessions

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Saturday to Saturday, Sepember 12-October 3

Tickets from £13.30.

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Sunday, October 18 at 8pm

Tickets from £41.40

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Wednesday to Saturday, October 21-24

Various times

Tickets from £13

Concessions available

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Sunday, October 25 at 8pm

Tickets from £40.40

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Monday to Saturday, February 15-20

Tickets from £15.90 concessions

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Divorced, Beheaded, Live!

The West End smash hit musical Six written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss is coming to The Bristol Hippodrome in July, 2020.
The touring Queens will be played by Lauren Drew (Catherine of Aragon), Maddison Bulleyment (Anne Boleyn), Lauren Byrne (Jane Seymour), Shekinah
McFarlane (Anna of Cleves), Jodie Steele (Katherine Howard) and Athena Collins (Catherine Parr).
The Six phenomenon shows no sign of abating. 
Two years to the day since the show premiered as a student production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Six announced its Broadway transfer to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York following sold out runs in Chicago and Boston.
Back in London where Six continues to sell every seat for every performance at the Arts Theatre, the show was nominated for five 2019 OIivier Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. 
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, Six sees the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their own personal tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. 
The songs from the show have proved to be a chart storming sensation racking up 50 million streams and adding 300,000 daily. 
Ann Boleyn’s song Don’t Lose Ur Head has been shared over half a billion times on the TIK TOK app.
These Queens may have green sleeves, but their lipstick is rebellious red. Think you know the rhyme, think again… Divorced. Beheaded. Live!
Six is co-directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, featuring choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. 
The design team includes Emma Bailey (set), Gabriella Slade (costume), Paul Gatehouse (sound) and Tim Deiling (lighting). 
The score features orchestrations by Tom Curran with music supervision and vocal arrangements by Joe Beighton.
Associate choreographer Freya Sands, musical director Katy Richardson, associate musical director Arlene McNaught complete the team. 
Six is produced by Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes and George Stiles.

For online tickets from click HERE.

Irish stepping out

The International smash hit Spirit of the Dance is one of the most successful shows ever to come out of Ireland and has been seen by more than 20 million people around the world.
Winner of nine Global Awards, including Best Choreography and Best International Production, this spellbinding show has smashed box office records in fifteen different countries.

Theatres worldwide report record-breaking ticket sales as soon as a performance of this thrilling Irish Dance Spectacular is announced.
Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, "Spirit of the Dance is a breathtaking production featuring a spectacular blend of traditional culture that has thrilled audiences all over the world.
Powerful, show stopping Irish dance combines with the passionate Latino rhythms of tango, flamenco and red-hot salsa to produce a thrilling, heart-pounding production that the International Post describes as 'the world's greatest Irish dance show'.
The world champion dancers of the Irish International Dance Company sound like a runaway express train and their frenzied skill and military precision sends shivers down your spine. Not one Irish dance shoe steps out of line as the thunderous feet perform as one, with an excitement that leaves audiences screaming for more.
In addition the record breaker violinist rocks the stage that will really thrill and delight the audience.
Spirit of the Dance  delivers a foot-stomping entertainment spectacular with dynamic lighting, dazzling costumes and stunning choreography.

With thunderous applause, standing ovations and sold out crowds at every performance Spirit of the Dance is one of the greatest dance shows ever and plays Weston on Thursday, January 16.

For online tickets £29.50 click HERE or call the box office on 01934 645544

Priscilla is back

One of my top five musical of all time is coming back to the Bristol Hippodrome next year.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a hot, hot, hot road trip across Australia with touching and funny boys will be girls moments.

The new production stars Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, who boasts a long list of film, television and theatre and television credits including all the popular soaps and some gritting dramas.

The iconic hit musical has more glitter than ever before, featuring a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife, Finally and many more.

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla is 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. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. 

Mark Goucher and Jason Donovan present the show in association with Nullarbor Productions and MGM on Stage.

It is based on a book by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott and directed by Paul Kerryson.

The show makes a perfect vehicle for Donovan to begin his life as a producer, having performed in the cast of the original West End production and two subsequent UK tours.

The show makes a perfect vehicle for Donovan to begin his life as a producer, having performed in

the cast of the original West End production and two subsequent UK tours.

The producing team will be completed by Gavin Kalin and Matthew Gale and the brand-new shows comes from the team behind the critically acclaimed UK tours of Hairspray; with direction by Paul Kerryson, choreography by Tom Jackson-Greaves with designs by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Ben Harrison.

Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert plays Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday to Saturday, May 12-16, 2020.

Tickets from £11.75 by clicking HERE.

PINK AND PRETTY: Brennyn Lark and company in Dreamgirl West-End production. Touring cast to be announced. Photo: Matt-Crockett

Girls are dreaming


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Thursday, Januuary 16

Tickets: £29.50



With Johnnie Walker
Friday, January 17

Tickets from £33



Saturday, January 18
Tickets £27.50 concessions


Sunday, January 19
Tickets £25 group rate available


Thursday, January 23
Tickets £24.50 (Oconcession available)


60th Anniversary Tour
Friday, January 24
Tickets from £32



The Roy Orbison Story
Saturday, January 25
Tickets £26.50


The Count of Cornwall Returns
Monday, January 27
Tickets from £22.50


10 Years and Counting
Thursday, January 30
Tickets £25 group rate available


Saturday, February 1
Tickets £26.50


Bristol Russian Ballet School presents

Sunday, February 2
Tickets £18.50 concessions


The Ultimate Queen Tribute
Thursday, February 6
Tickets £24.50 concession


Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees
Friday, February 7
Tickets £27 concessions

Saturday, February 8
Tickets £22.50

Sunday, February 9
Tickets £22.50


Kristina Rihanoff & Jake Quickenden
Wednesday, February 12
Tickets £29 VIP package available


Milkshake Monkey’s Musical
Saturday, February 15
Tickets: £17.50 child concession + VIP package


Tuesday, February 18
Tickets £14

Thursday, February 20
Tickets £26

JOE ROWNTREE: Buttons Undone
Friday, February 21
Tickets £15


Saturday, February 22
Tickets £21

Sunday, February 23
Tickets £31.50 child concession



How Sweet It Is
Saturday, February 29
Tickets £28 concessions


BEN FOGLE: Tales from the Wilderness
Wednesday, March 4
Tickets £29


Every Little Thing’s Going To Be Alright
Thursday, March 5

Tickets £18


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tribute Band
Friday, March 6
Tickets £21


Saturday, March 7
Tickets £29


Wednesday, March 11
Tickets £20.50


Friday to Saturday, March 13-14

Tickets £28.50 concessions



The Story of The Dubliners
Sunday, March 15

Tickets £27 concession



Tribute to The Moulin Rouge
Friday, March 20

Tickets £27

RICH HALL's Hoedown Deluxe
Saturday, March 21

Tickets £20

80s LIVE
Friday, March 27

Ticket: £27 concessions


Saturday, March 28

Tickets £28.50

For a full list of shows at The Playhouse and to book online click HERE.

Direct from the West End with an extraordinary story and the unforgettable, spine-tingling vocals that send audiences wild, this spectacular musical production features the classic songs And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, Listen, I Am Changing and One Night Only.

Hit musical Dreamgirls on its first UK tour is opening in Bristol in September 2020.

Meet The Dreams - Effie, Lorrell and Deena - three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history.

Join the three friends as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business, testing their friendships to the very limit. 

Featuring classic songs this sensational, multi-award winning new production had its critically acclaimed West End premiere in December 2016 at London’s Savoy Theatre, 35 years on from opening on Broadway.

In 2006, Dreamgirls was adapted into an Oscar winning motion picture starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx.

Casting for the Dreamgirls UK tour will be announced soon.

This award winning production is directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony award winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Mean Girls, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!), with set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, hair design by Josh Marquette and music supervision by Nick Finlow.

With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger and additional material by Willie Reale, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls,

The UK Tour of Dreamgirls is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Greenleaf Productions, Fakston Productions, Rupert Gavin, Griffin Dohr, Just for Laughs Theatricals in association with Glass Half Full Productions, 1001 Nights Productions, Eighth Sea Incorporated.

Is anyone there?

Following her gripping appearance on Celebrity Big Brother and another successful tour, 2020 sees the nations favourite Psychic and forerunner in the Psychic Field take to the stage across the UK, Europe and Australia for her all new 10 years And Counting tour.
Sally Morgan’s 2020 tour, builds on her years of experience as the UK’s most popular touring medium.

Sally is back for her 11th year in front of live audiences sharing her remarkable gift in a show, which is unique to every venue.

She brings the dead to life with her trademark sense of fun and intrigue in an interactive stage show that will leave The Playhouse audiences gobsmacked.
Appealing to young and old alike Sally has dragged mediumship into the 21st century with her love, laughter and warmth - her shows are not to be missed.
Now comes your chance to experience what makes Sally so unique, and one of the foremost experts in her field, as well as a celebrity, author and accomplished performer like no other.
Sally’s show will have you on the edge of your seat.
She said: “My ability allows me to harness the energy around individuals in the audience and pass on messages from their loved ones who have passed with incredible accuracy.

"I call every message validated a wonder moment. So take your seats, relax, be open minded and ready to come forward if you think the message is for you."
Sometimes messages are shocking, sometimes they are heart-breaking and sometimes they are just plain bizarre, but they are always entertaining and ultimately audiences are uplifted and leave full of hope.
To book tickets for Sally’s show at The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare on Thursday, January 
30, call the box office on 01934 45544 or online click HERE.

Roy Orbison tribute night

The one and only Barry Steele takes on the role of ‘The Big O,’ in The Roy Orbison Story and he comes with great credentials and a genuine admiration for the Roy Orbison.

Following his West End Debut at The Adelphi Theatre in the West End, Barry is set to put the rock back into ‘Roy Orbison’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in The Roy Orbison Story in concert.
Get ready for an upbeat night of solid gold hits and contemporary genius as Barry Steele and a cast of musicians and singers, celebrate and commemorates the musical legacy of The Big O and his friends.
Barry is joined on stage by the sensational guest pianist Boogie Williams as they present original material written but never sung by Roy Orbison and showcase elements of the symphonic orchestration first heard on the Hologram tour.
This top-class production also showcases chart busting hits originally made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis, Procol Harum, Del Shannon, ELO, Tom Petty, Chris Isaak, The Spencer Davis Group and culminates in a stunningly brilliant accolade as the whole cast comes together to pay homage to the original super group The Traveling Wilburys.
With a feelgood factor built in, this show really does have something for everyone!
Barry Steele has been stunning audiences with his uncanny ability to recreate the vocal talents of the legendary Roy Orbison, winning rave reviews across the globe.

This show is at The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare on Saturday evening, January 25.

Tickets from £26.50 by calling the box office 01934 645544 or online by clicking HERE.

SEVENTY SOUNDS: This show with DJ Johnnie Walker is set to be on the turntable at Weston-super-Mare on Friday, January 17. Johnnie Walker who’s long-running BBC Radio 2 show is to appear at The Playhouse with a full live band. Following the success this year of Tony Blackburn’s Sounds Of The 60s live tour, which has enjoyed a long run of sold out performances across the UK, it is legendary DJ Johnnie Walker's turn. In this new live show Johnnie will offer his personal stories and memories from the ‘70s, and will feature a live band and singers who will perform an array of classic hits from throughout the decade. The tour will visit more than  20 venues across the UK bringing the Sounds Of The 70s from the studio to the stage for the very first time. Johnnie Walker said: “It’s a real treat for me to be taking my radio show on the road. It’s going to be a great celebration and sing song of one of the greatest decades in music – we’ll talk about the artists who made it so special and will have an
incredible band performing all those classic 70’s hits." For online tickets rom £33 click HERE.

Wallace & Gromit concert

Carrot Productions team up with Aardman for Wallace & Gromit: In Concert in May 2020 at the Bristol Hippodrome.

And it is billed as a cracking live orchestral show for the whole family!

Following the 38 date UK tour earlier this year, the highly acclaimed show will finally be coming ‘home’ to Bristol next year.

Carrot Productions and Aardman are delighted to announce that the orchestral show will be staged at the Bristol Hippodrome on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Join everyone’s favourite dynamic duo for a special, family screening of The Wrong Trousers with live orchestra.

Alongside a special introduction, including classic Aardman film clips accompanied by classical and popular music, watch as Wallace prepares to perform his Musical Marvel, My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful, canine companion, Gromit…what could possibly go wrong?!

Interactive escapades and enthusiastic entertainment is provided by presenter Matthew Sharp and the Picture House Orchestra.

Comprising some of the UK’s finest musicians, the players are hand-picked from leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, LSO and BBC Symphony, chosen not only for their superb playing, but also for the way they interact with the audience.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young audiences to experience live classical music for the first time, in an accessible, fun way. In the second half of the show, the audience will enjoy a screening of the Academy Award winning film, Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, again with live orchestral accompaniment.

There will also be a chance for ticket holders to join a model making workshop before or after the show, giving fans of all ages the opportunity to learn from Aardman's expert model builders and take home their very own Gromit.

Carrot managing director Rachel Whibley said: “With six years’ experience behind us of presenting The Snowman to thousands of satisfied audience members across the country, we are well placed to deliver this wonderful Wallace & Gromit programme.

"Our recent tour provided a huge amount of pleasure and fun to audiences of all ages, and it was a privilege to present such a high-quality show in partnership with the inspirational team at Aardman.

Aardman head of attractions & live experiences Ngaio Harding-Hill said: “Carrot Productions have produced a fantastic show, featuring live orchestral music and one of Aardman’s best loved shorts, The Wrong Trousers.

"We look forward to our Bristol based Wallace & Gromit fans having the opportunity to enjoy this unique musical experience.”

For online bookings for the two May 2020 performances click HERE.


Two North Somerset theatre fans published a book in 2014 about the Bristol Hippodrome.

Gerry Parker, of Long Ashton, and former Nailsea resident John Hudson pooled their knowledge to pen Stage Door which is published by Redcliffe Press of Bristol.

Stage Door, The Bristol Hippodrome, 100 Years has been a production in the making to rival any West End musical as theatre staff have been kept constantly busy with the vast number of shows that visit the theatre every year.

Former Bristol Hippodrome general manager Christiaan de Villiers said: "This grand old lady celebrated her centenary on the 16th December 2012 but with the day job of overseeing so many shows at the theatre, it’s taken until now to finally be able to produce the finished article which we believe has been worth the wait.

"There is so much rich history within these walls and so many stars have appeared here from Laurel & Hardy, Frank Sinatra, Morecambe & Wise and Paul McCartney, to the stars of today such as Derren Brown, David Hasselhoff and Will Young.  "We do hope that people will enjoy the book as much as ourselves and that this is a production that will run and run.”

The Bristol Hippodrome is a much loved theatre and an iconic landmark in the city. 

Over the years audiences audiences have come in their thousands to this historic venue to be entertained by all manner of theatrical performances from music hall and twice-nightly variety in the early years, to comedians, opera, ballet and musicals.  

The Hippodrome stage has played host to possibly every genre of live entertainment there is including and on his farewell tour Barry Humphries said: "Frank Matcham was one of the great British architects, and I have, over the years, performed in many of his theatres, the Bristol Hippodrome being my favourite.  

"Modern architects don’t go to the theatre, which explains why the theatres they design resemble television sets.  

"Matcham’s work was created with love.  

"The Hippodrome was in construction at the same time as the Titanic was in Belfast. 

"But the old Hippo, magnificently and lovingly restored by the people of Bristol, is still afloat.”

STAGE DOOR, THE BRISTOL HIPPODROME, 100 YEARS costs £12.50 can can be ordered on 0844 871 3012, online by clicking HERE or in person at the theatre box office. Add P&P if purchased via phone/online

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