Theatre

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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.

Tickets go on sale to the general public from Friday, October 25, click HERE to reserve.

The Mercury is rising at Weston

The Best of Queen, performed by The Bohemians, plays The Playhouse at Weston-super-Mare on Thursday, November 28.

Presented by Sweeney Entertainments, the show pays homage to the world’s most theatrical and dramatic rock band, Queen.
The Bohemians formed in 1996 and have since had a huge impact on audiences across the world.

Their ability to recreate Queen live is something truly special.

Front man and pianist Rob Comber’s outrageous stage antics and personality makes him perfect to play an uncannily realistic ‘Freddie’ with just the right look and stage persona.

Rob is joined on stage by an enormously talented band including Christopher Gregory who brings all the electric guitar virtuosity required to play a very convincing Brian May.

Their attention to detail is really impressive.
For more than four decades’ millions of fans have been enjoying the music of Queen.

The band released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs with estimates of their record sales ranging from 150-300 million records.

With a catalogue of timeless hits including Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody and I Want To Break Free , Queen continues to reach out to music lovers of all ages.
Kevin Goodwin, founder member and bass player for The Bohemians, said “ We try to put on
a Queen show where everyone will know all the songs, performed with passion, to a high standard and with the dynamic of a live Queen show.

"Those who didn’t get the chance to see Queen with Freddie get to experience the live energy Queen were all about, and those who
were lucky enough to see Queen can re-live the memories.”
The Best of Queen show features a selection of the most-loved and iconic classics from across Queen’s entire back catalogue creating a live stage show which really catches the essence of this most incredible British band.

For online tickets £24.50 for the 7.30pm performance click HERE

The Lion King is back

The Lion King is back at the Bristol Hippodrome for summer 2019.

This is in the top five all time shows seen by Nailsea People and if you haven't seen it yet suggest you go and take the children/grandchildren.

We went to see it back in 2012 and you can read our review from that time here by clicking HERE.

And now added is the 2019 review HERE.

The award-winning musical new tour opens in Bristol in September.

The actual opening night has yet to be announced by if like previously at Bristol the stall seating will have to be re-arranged.

Since its UK premiere in London in October 1999 The Lion King has entertained more than 15 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production and the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

The previous tour broke attendance records across the nation.

With a cast of more than 50 actors, singers and dancers, the story is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's epic adventures as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king.
The stunning simplicity of The Lion King is the work of a team of designers which drew on diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna in this daring and inspiring reinvention of one of the most successful animated films of all time.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions have now been seen by more than 95 million people.

Having played 100 plus cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King's worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.   

The original score from the animated film was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers. 

As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina.

Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film.

The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, including the Academy Award-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 0844 2410093 or visiting www.thelionking.co.uk or www.atgtickets.com.


Bristol performance information:

  • Previews: Saturday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 11

  • Premiere: Thursday, September 12

  • Signed performance: Wednesday evening, October  2

  • Audio described performance: Wednesday evening, October 16

  • Captioned performance: Wednesday evening, November 6

  • Relaxed performance: Tuesday evening,  November 19.

PHOTOS: The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London by Johan Persson and The Embrace with Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 by Disney 

Dreaming in technicolour

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is on UK tour and will be at The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare from Tuesday to Saturday, October 29-November 2.

Union J’s Jaymi Hensley stars in the title role.

X Factor boy band contestant Jaymi as appeared on a number of UK shows including Big Brothers Bit On The Side (Channel 5), Celebrity Masterchef (BBC One) and  Wedding Day Winners (BBC One).

The musical started out in 1968 as a 15-minute cantata and was the first of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals to be performed publicly.

Bill Kenwright’s production has since been nurtured and developed to become the much-loved phenomenon it is today - the longest running touring musical of all time.

The production has new choreography by Gary Lloyd adding to the original dance routines by Henry Metcalf.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours,

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is full of life and colour, and features

unforgettable hit songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every

Door To Me.

Lloyd said: “Bill Kenwright’s beautifully biblical production of Joseph and the Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first show I ever saw at the theatre.

“It inspired me to pursue a career on stage, so I was beyond excited to be working with Bill and Henry to bring this 40-year family classic into the 21st century for another and future generations.”For tickets from £28 call the box office on 01934 645 544 or book online by clicking 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.”

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

THE LION KING

Saturday to Saturday, September 7-November 23 at various times

Tickets from £2 concessions available

To book click HERE
 

FRANK SKINNER

Thursday, November 28, at 8pm

Tickets £29.15

To book click HERE

RHOD GILBERT The Book Of John

Friday, November 29, at 8pm

Tickets from £31.65

To book click HERE

DICK WHITTINGTON

Starring Shane Richie

Saturday to Sunday, December 7-January 5 Times vary click HERE to check and book Tickets from £13 concessions available

THE MUSIC OF ZIMMER VS WILLIAMS

Saturday, January 11 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £27.50

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON

Wednesday to Saturya, 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

To book click HERE

THE RED SHOES Matthew Bourne’s production

Tuesday to Saturday, March 3-7

Tickets from £13 concessions available

To book click HERE

SUSAN BOYLE THE TEN TOUR

Sunday, March 8 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £37.90

To book click HERE

THE KING AND I

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

To book click HERE

 

WE WILL ROCK YOU

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

click HERE

 

JIMMY CARR - TERRIBLY FUNNY

Monday, July 13 at 8pm

Tickets £33.65

To book click HERE

WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

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

THE KING AND I

Monday to Saturday, March 24-April 4

Various times

Tickets from £18 concessions available

To book click HERE

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Tuesday to Saturday, May 12-16

Various times

Tickets from £13 concessions available

To book click HERE

 

TRIXIE MATTEL

Sunday, May 17 at 8pm

Tickets from: £39.40

To book click HERE

ROSS NOBLE - HUMOURNOID

Monday, May 18, at 8pm

Tickets from £30.15

To book click HERE

ROMESH RANGANATHAN:

The Cynic’s Mixtape

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19-20

Tickets £27.15

To book click HERE

 

ROB BECKETT; WALLOP

Thursday, May 21 at 8pm

Tickets £27.15

To book click HERE

WE WILL ROCK YOU

Monday to Saturday, July 16-21

Various times

Tickets from £13 concessions available

To book click HERE

 

RIVERDANCE

The New 25th Anniversary Show

Friday to Sunday, May 22-24

Various times

Tickets from £43.15

To book click HERE

MAMMA MIA!

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

RUSSELL HOWARD

Monday to Saturday, June 29-July 4

Mon 29 Jun – Sat 4 Jul at 7.30pm

Tickets £40.40

To book click HERE

JIMMY CARR - Terribly Funny

Monday, July 13 at 8pm

Tickets: £33.65

To book click HERE​

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO

Sunday, October 25 at 8pm

Tickets from £40.40

To book click HERE

Weston-super-Mare

Listings

for online bookings click HERE

NOVEMBER
The Stylistics
Monday, November 4, tickets £30


John Finnemore’s Flying Visit
Tuesday, November 5, tickets: £28

 

The Drifters
Wednesday, November 6, tickets £29.50

The Magic of The Beatles
Wednesday, November 7, tickets £27 concessions available

Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson plus Special Guests- SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 9, tickets £31.50

Simply reRed
Sunday, November 10, tickets £23.50 concessions available

Think Floyd
Wednesday, November 13, tickets £24.50

Dave Gorman: With Great PowerPoint comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Thursday, November 14, tickets £30.50

The Dance company present Evolution
Saturday, November 23, tickets £16 child concession available

A Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala
Tuesday, November 26, tickets £25 concession available

Vienna Festival Ballet present The Nutcracker
Wednesday, November 27, tickets £23 concession available


The Best of Queen performed by The Bohemians
Thursday, November 28, tickets £24.50

Ben Elton Live - SOLD OUT
Friday, November 29, tickets £32

A Vision of Elvis
Saturday, November 30, tickets £22.50 groups rate available

 

DECEMBER
Cinderella panto starring Linda Lusardi, Sam kane and Amy Thompson more details on Christmas page HERE

Many colours on tour

Union J’s Jaymi Hensley dons the technicolor dreamcoat for his first ever major musical role as Joseph.

Bill Kenwright’s amazing production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues on its record-breaking tour having sold to date an estimated 15 million tickets..

With additional new choreography from Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, Heathers), this sparkling family musical is brought to life in a colourful explosion of joy.

Having risen to fame on The X Factor, Union J went on to have a top 10 album and a major UK tour and Jaymi later appeared on hit TV shows including Celebrity Masterchef.

Retelling the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.
It plays The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare from Tuesday to Saturday, October 28-November 2, at various times including some matinee performances.
To book tickets £28-34 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.

A cast of hundreds (not)

Backwell Playhouse presents The 39 Steps by John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock adapted by Patrick Barlow from Thursday to Saturday, November 28-30.

Richard Hannay is a man with a boring life until he meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy.

When he takes her home, she is murdered.

Soon, a mysterious organisation called The 39 Steps is hot on Hannay’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale!

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast paced, riotously funny whodunit!

This two-time Tony Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, more than 150 zany characters (played by a cast of five), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance.

The 39 Steps is an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

The performance starts at 7.30pm nightly with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.

To book call the box office John 0117 963 3586; Jon 0797 422 3081 or online by clicking HERE.

The Playhouse is adopting numbered seating for the auditorium.

Request your seats when you call the box office, or select them yourself via its online shop.

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.

BOOK END

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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