Theatre

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PLEASE NOTE: As and when theatres reopen we will bring you the news - scroll down to read about the shows postponed or cancelled - we will leave them there in the hope (fingers crossed) that one day they will be rebooked

Playhouse Theatre set to re-open this year - and yes there will be a panto!

The Playhouse Theatre plans to produce and create a socially distanced pantomime this Christmas for the community. 

The new show, Sleeping Beauty, will replace the planned production of Jack and the Beanstalk which will be postponed until Christmas 2021. 

General manager Mark Thompson said: "We’re keen to ensure that this year we still offer those who wish to attend a magical Christmas treat for all ages but with the continued restrictions around social distancing that makes a production of the scale we had planned for Jack and the Beanstalk impossible at this point whilst social distancing remains. 

“That being said, we believe that Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a Playhouse pantomime so we’re reinventing the spinning wheel and putting together a fantastic socially distanced pantomime of Sleeping Beauty. 

"Although it will be different than our previous productions to fit within the requirements of social distancing we’re bringing back some of our best loved professional performers from previous pantomimes who have all agreed to bubble together from two weeks prior to rehearsals, live together during the shows and give up their own Christmas with family and friends to ensure that they stay as a bubble and allow us to present this year’s festive show for the community”. 

Due to social distancing within the auditorium the show will have a much reduced attendance capacity. 

There will be less than half the number of seats available than those who actually watched our show last year and will be on a first come, first served basis. 

Unfortunately, the Playhouse is unable to offer everyone who attends annually the chance to come across the run so act quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available via the website with plans to reopen the box office later this year being put together. 

The show will have an estimated running time of one hour 20 minutes long without an interval and all tickets are being priced at £20, a significant discount on the usual pantomime ticket pricing but in response to it being a different offering than usual. 

On top of this, the Playhouse Theatre are asking those who can to make an optional donation to the Friends of the Playhouse at purchase point due to the Friends assistance in bringing this year’s pantomime to life. 

Mark added:“The year’s pantomime wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of the Friends of the Playhouse, they have agreed to financially assist the venue throughout this time whereby we were forced to close overnight – the past six months have been a very difficult period in our history and a continued battle to ensure that we protect our much loved town’s home of live entertainment for future generations in an unprecedented national situation. 

"The Friends of the Playhouse once again have stepped up to ensure that not only do we survive this period but that we can offer the community a much needed Christmas extravaganza so that we all end the year on a more positive note than we’ve experienced so far and with an opportunity to smile and laugh together as a family. 

"Our gratitude of thanks simply do not even begin to repay the Friends for their support this year – the committee have been by our side both for moral and practical assistance all year with the support of the wider membership and this year that support has reached a new level with them doing exactly what they initially set up to do - be our guardian angels in our darkest moment of need.

"Therefore we’re asking the community to support the friends where possible with an optional donation on top of the ticket price so that they can continue to support us at this time and through our recovery back to our best – bringing the best of live entertainment to North Somerset”.

This year’s production will be produced by Mark Thompson and the management team at the venue on behalf of Parkwood Theatres with it being co-presented by the Friends of the Playhouse. 

Weston favourite, Mike Goble who directed and starred in the Aladdin pantomime in 2017 and Snow White in 2018 returns after a year out to direct this year’s socially distanced pantomime. 

He’ll also co-star. Snow White’s much loved dame, Richard Alan also returns with some other familiar faces yet to be announced. 

'Professional performers from previous pantomimes who have all agreed to bubble together from two weeks prior to rehearsals, live together during the shows and give up their own Christmas with family and friends to ensure that they stay as a bubble and allow The Playhouse, Weston to present this year’s festive show for the community'

The Playhouse is promising a fun filled, professional pantomime experience with those individuals we’ve all loved in prior pantomimes coming together to bring the best of yesteryear into one fun filled, entertaining show for the family. 

Those who have already purchased tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk will be contacted in due course by the venue with options on tickets. 

Please note, majority of the Playhouse team remain furloughed so responses are taking a little longer than usual to work through.    

 

  • All tickets £20 plus optional donation to Friends of the Playhouse purchased on a first come, first served basis with only 50 per cent of last year’s attendance available. To book click HERE.

Our council cushions theatre

The Playhouse Theatre in Weston-super-Mare will be throwing open its doors in the autumn to the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the (socially distanced) crowd after North Somerset Council and operators Parkwood agreed a deal to ensure the theatre can continue to entertain audiences until at least 2027.

Parkwood took over operation of the theatre from the council in 2011 under a 10-year contract, with the option to then extend the arrangement by a further five years.

When coronavirus struck this year, theatres across the country were forced to dim the lights and close their doors resulting in huge income losses.

While the theatre will seek financial support from government to help cover the losses incurred to enable it to restart performances, additional funding is also required from the council.

Following discussions between the council and Parkwood, the council will make a one-off support contribution of up to £100,000 towards the total losses.

This contribution will be paid-for out of the council’s coronavirus fund in support of Parkwood’s bid to the government’s “culture recovery fund” for further funding.

There will then be a profit-share arrangement for the extended period of the contract to enable the council to recoup the costs.

Executive member for culture and leisure Caritas Charles the independent councillor for Portishead East ward, said: "Cultural venues right across the country have suffered a huge blow and are currently not eligible for as much support as other industries to support their economic recovery.

“It is right that we step in and help. 

“The theatre is our building and we need it to operate successfully.

"Parkwood have proved themselves to be successful at the venue during

the past 10 years and have provided an excellent programme of culture and entertainment for our residents and visitors.

"We want that to continue and to see the theatre succeed again.”

Executive member for business and economy Mark Canniford who is the Liberal Democrat councillor for the Weston-super-Mare Hillside ward said: “A thriving theatre is an essential part of the mix for Weston-super-Mare.

"When people come into town for a show they contribute so much more to our local economy than the cost of the ticket.

"When people come into town for a show they contribute so much more to our local economy than the cost of the ticket.

"We need our theatre to be part of our town’s lifeblood, supporting restaurants, pubs, shops and accommodation providers in the area.

“It is also our building, so if we aren't able to step in now and support it we would incur a greater cost to local tax payers.”

Parkwood Theatres managing director Tony Doherty said: “We are proud that we have built such a robust and self-sufficient theatre model at The Playhouse, more than doubling revenues since we took over.

"We have a brilliant team itching to get back to work, and we receive excellent support from our Friends of The Playhouse group and from theatre lovers throughout North Somerset.

"The pandemic has been cruel to theatres across the land.

"As we open our doors in the autumn, initially social distancing means we can offer a limited programme whilst ensuring that all of our venues are safe and clean environments to visit.

"The council's financial support at this time is vital as we cannot operate in a commercially viable way until such time as The Playhouse can once again welcome full houses back in.”

Coming first signs of 'live'

Live indoor performances are returning to the Bristol Old Vic after a break of five months.
The King Street theatre is set to reopen on Thursday, August 20, with a series of experimental performances that will run throughout August and September.
It follows the reopening of the cafe and the launch of an appeal through which funds will be raised to commission new work from Bristol artists.
Poetry from Vanessa Kisuule, comedy from Mark Olver, and music from Patrycja Kujawska and James Gow will be the first trio of events.
Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris said: "Three tiny performances by brilliant and beloved Bristolian artists.” 
“Our doors are already open, but we can only call ourselves a theatre when we are sharing live performance again,” Morris added.
“While we’ve been fighting to keep our business alive, we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and supporters whose kindness is funding this programme.”
The programme starts on Thursday, August 20 with a live performance by former city poet Vanessa Kisuule, whose recent poem Hollow about the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue went viral online.
The following evening, Mark Olver invites you to join him for a game of Who Said That?, the comedy panel show that he devised during lockdown.
The first ever live edition of the show will see Olver hosting from the Old Vic with his four guests Jayde Adams, Luke Kempner, Robin Morgan and Lou Conran joining in remotely.
And on Saturday, Patrycja Kujawska and James Gow will be serenading audiences with a repertoire of light miniatures for violin and cello, developed over the past months together in their gardens.

Thursday, August 20: Vanessa Kisuule 
Friday, August 21: Mark Olver presents Who Said That?
Saturday, August 22: Patrycja Kujawska and James Gow

 

Expect to hear Bach, Mozart, Handel and other classics brought to life from the Old Vic’s new indoor stage.
Tickets for all three events cost from £10 for a table of two to £30 for a table of six. 
For more information click HERE.

Coming soon...

Bristol Old Vic is coming alive for the autumn season with a full programme of new work.

Following the reopening of its bar and café and the launch of Live At Bristol Old Vic further plans for flexible performance spaces is announced for within and outsidethe theatre’s foyer.

The season includes a live broadcast of Bristol Old Vic Associate Company Wise Children’s Romantics Anonymous, The HandleBards and new work by Made In Bristol and Bristol Ferment artists.
Emma Rice’s critically-acclaimed musical adaptation of Romantics Anonymous will be performed at Bristol Old Vic, and broadcast live, direct to audience’s homes nationally and globally.

The show will be available to stream as a ‘digital tour’ Tuesday to Saturday, September 22-26, following the cancellation of its US tour due to Covid-19.

The world premiere of Romantics Anonymous was originally produced by Shakespeare's Globe for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment.
From Thursday to Saturday, August 27- 29 Bristol Old Vic’s newest cohort of young theatre-makers, Leave the Light Ensemble, the 10th generation of Made In Bristol, will present their debut show Buffering. 

Made In Bristol member Sophie Grenfell said: "For Leave the Light Ensemble creating work physically apart but together online has been a rollercoaster ride of online dancing, laughing in the face of adversity and cursing unstable internet connection. “

On Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6, the critically acclaimed HandleBards will land on King Street to perform their unhinged and bonkers, laugh-out-loud version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The pedalling troupe, who have been cooped up together during lockdown, will use their irreverent, charming and hilarious style to bring you a brand-new outdoor production with a socially-distanced twist.

Finally, from Wednesday to Sunday, September 9- 13, Bristol Old Vic’s artist development strand Bristol Ferment will take over the Live At Bristol Old Vic programme to present the sharings resulting from its recent call-out The View From Here a responsive seed commission asking artists and companies to respond to what can be made now and how we might come together with audiences in this new world.

Made In Bristol presents Buffering…
Thursday to Saturday, Augst 27-29 at 8.30pm
Bar and café at Bristol Old Vic
£10 (table of 2), £20 (table of 4), £30 (table of 6)
https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/buffering

Tickets on sale soon:

The HandleBards present Romeo and Juliet
Saturday to Sunday, Septemer 5- 6 at 2pm, 7pm (Sat)
Garden Stage at Bristol Old Vic

Tickets on sale soon:
Bristol Ferment presents The View From Here Takeover
Wednesday to Sunday, September 9-13 at 8.30pm
Bar and Café at Bristol Old Vic

Romantics Anonymous: Digital Tour

Tuesday to Saturday, September 22-26 at 7.30pm

Suitable for 8+

From £15

Book https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/romantics-anonymous

Shows booked before lockdown and now postponed

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.

JACK THE LAD: Make this Christmas a GIANT of a family experience as The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare brings to life one of the most loved and classic pantomimes of all time, Jack and the Beanstalk! In this magical story, poor Dame Trot and her son Jack hardly have a bean! Join them  on a tale of adventure, love and Christmas celebration which runs from Saturday to Sunday, December 12-January 3. For tickets from £23.95 with family tickets from £82 click HERE. The theatre is in the High Street with a car park closeby. No casting announcement has been made yet.

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.

John Barrowman wicked panto star

Much-loved actor, singer, presenter, author, judge and all-round showman John Barrowman will headline this year’s spectacular family pantomime as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Saturday, December 5, for a strictly limited four-week season.

On television, John has presented and appeared on numerous programmes and was most recently a popular contestant on the 18th series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Having also appeared in the first ever series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, John most recently returned to the rink as a judge alongside Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo, a role he will reprise when the hit show returns for its 13th series in January 2021.

The star of numerous musicals, both in the West End and on Broadway, John has appeared in legendary productions including Anything Goes opposite Elaine Paige, Sunset Boulevard with Betty Buckley, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago and The Fix, for which he was nominated for a Lawrence Olivier Award for his performance. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will also see John return to wearing heels having also starred in the revival of La Cage aux Folles in London where he played the dual role of Albin and Zaza to great critical acclaim.

As an actor John is best-known for his iconic role as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who for the BBC, a role that proved so popular he became the leading role in its spin-off series, Torchwood, which made John a household name.

He has also starred in Desperate Housewives and as Malcolm Merlyn in the acclaimed US television shows Arrow , Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, based on the DC Comic. He also appears in the feature films De-Lovely , The Producers and Zero Dark Thirty.

As a recording artist, John released numerous hit albums, including the hugely popular Another Side and Music, Music, Music, and his most recent festive recording A Fabulous Christmas. He has also toured his albums extensively across the UK and features on several original cast recordings.

John also released two autobiographies, Anything Goes and I Am What I Am, and released hugely popular works of fiction including Captain Jack and the Selkie, based on his popular Torchwood character, The Dark Archer for DC comics and the fantasy novels Hollow Earth, The Bone Quill, The Book of Beasts and Conjuror, a young adult series he writes with his sister Carole Barrowman.

This year’s pantomime marks John’s triumphant return to panto-land, having starred in numerous festive productions for producers Qdos Entertainment, including a record-breaking five years at Glasgow’s SEC and, more recently, playing the title role in Dick Whittington at Birmingham Hippodrome and Manchester Opera House.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will see John strut his stilettos as panto-land’s ultimate villain, the Wicked Queen, who will dazzle in an array of stunning costumes and show Bristol his real mettle as he tries to outwit the fair Snow White and prove to the world that he is the fairest of them all.

Qdos Entertainment managing director Michael Harrison said: “Without any doubt, John is one of the UK’s most talented and best-loved showmen. Not only can he sing, dance and act, he’s wonderful in pantomime, and we can’t wait to work with him once again.”

John Barrowman said: “I am thrilled to be starring in Snow White this Christmas, and especially delighted and pleased to be able to perform in Bristol at the Hippodrome. I have family in Bristol and it will feel just like home. I can’t wait to dig out the heels and be a Fabulous Wicked Queen”.

Tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are selling fast, so audiences shouldn’t leave it any longer to secure their seats for this year’s unmissable Hippodrome panto, or they won’t be able to look themselves in the mirror!

New Dolly date for Bristol

The 9 to 5 musical tour has been extended for 2020 and hits Bristol on this summer.

It will return to the city centre theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, August 11-15.

9 to 5 The Musical opened in the West End in February this year, where Dolly Parton attended the premiere and joined the cast on stage at the finale.

The musical features a book by Patricia Resnick, the legendary film’s original screenwriter, and an original Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by multi Grammy Award winner, country legend and pop icon Dolly Parton.

9 to 5 The Musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.

Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the women manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

Inspired by the cult film this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

General tickets on sale 10am Monday, January 27.

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

Bristol Hippodrome

future programme

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

WE WILL ROCK YOU

Mondayt to Sautrday, March 16-21 with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday

Tickets from £13 with concessions

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


LES MISERABLES

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

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Monday to Saturday, May 11-16

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

EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

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

 

WALLACE & GROMIT IN CONCERT

Sunday, May 31 2pm and 4.30pm

Tickets from £14.90

Concessions available

To book online 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

STEWART LEE: SNOWFLAKE/TORNADO

Monday, June  22 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £28.90

To book online click HERE

WHITNEY QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

Wednesday, June 24  at 7.30pm

Tickets from £13

To book online click HERE

ROB BECKETT: WALLOP

Thursday, June 25, at 8pm

Tickets from £27.40

To book click HERE​

 

RONAN KEATING – TWENTY TWENTY

Friday, June 26, at 7.30pm

Tickets from £47.90

To book click HERE

RHOD GILBERT – THE BOOK OF JOHN

Saturday, June 27, at 8pm

Tickets from £31.90

To book click HERE

 

ADAM KAY – THIS IS GOING TO HURT

Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor

Sunday, June 28, at 8pm

Tickets from £30

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

JANE MCDONALD

LET THE LIGHT IN

Sunday, July 5 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £39.90

To book online click HERE

 

SIX

Tuesday to Saturday, July 7-11

Various times with matinee

Tickets from £13 concessions

To book online click HERE

LAST NIGHT OF THE SUMMER PROMS

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

PEPPA PIG'S BEST DAY EVER

Wednesday to Thursday, July 15-16

Wednesday at 1pm and 4pm

Thursday at 10am and 1pm

Tickets from £18.15 concessions

To book click HERE

 

THE DREAMBOYS

Friday, July 17, at 7.30pm

Tickets from £24.75

To book click HERE

THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS

A Night At The Movies

Saturday, July 18 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £13

Concessions available

To book click HERE

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Sing-A-Long

Sunday, July 19, at 2pm and 7pm

Tickets from £16.50

To book click HERE

AL MURRAY – LANDLORD OF HOPE AND GLORY

Wednesday, July 22, at 7.30pm

Tickets from £31.90

To book click HERE

SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS

The Story of The Dubliners

Sunday, July 26 at 7.30pm

Tickets from £13

To book click HERE

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL

Tuesday to Saturday, July 28-August 1

Tickets from £13 concessions

To book click HERE

JIMMY CARR – TERRIBLY FUNNY

Sunday, August 2, at 8pm

Tickets: £33.65

To book click HERE

DREAMGIRLS 

Saturday to Saturday, Sepember 12-October 3

Tickets from £13.30.

To book online click HERE

JASON DONOVAN

Sunday, October 18 at 8pm

Tickets from £41.40

To book click HERE

BILLIONAIRE BOY

Wednesday to Saturday, October 21-24

Various times

Tickets from £13

Concessions available

To book click HERE

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO

Sunday, October 25 at 8pm

Tickets from £40.40

To book click HERE

AKRAM KHAN’S CREATURE

English National Ballet

Wednesday to Saturday, November 18-21 at 7.30pm

Matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2pm

Tickets from £13 with concessions

To book click HERE

THE COMMITMENTS

Monday to Saturday, February 15-20

Tickets from £15.90 concessions

To book click HERE

WAITRESS

Tuesday to Saturday, March 9- 13, 2021 at 7.30pm

Matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tickets from: £13.00

To book click HERE

Weston-super-Mare

future programme

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.

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

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.

Dreamgrils runs from Saturday to Saturday, Sepember 12-October 3.

Tickets from £13.30.

To book online click HERE

THAT'LL BE THE DAY

Friday to Saturday, March 13-14

Tickets £28.50 concessions

 

SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS:

The Story of The Dubliners
Sunday, March 15

Tickets £27 concession

 

COME WHAT MAY

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

 

A BEAUTIFUL NOISE
Saturday, March 28

Tickets £28.50

WALK RIGHT BACK; THE EVERLY BROTHERS STORY

Wednesday, April 1

Tickets £27

 

JOSH WIDDICOMBE: BIT MUCH

Thursday, April 2l

Tickets: £23 sold out

 

THE DREAMBOYS

Friday, April 3

Tickets £30-£22 VIP package available

 

ARRIVAL: THE HITS OF ABBA

Saturday, April 4

Tickets £26

 

FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL PARODY

Thursday, April 9

Tickets £32.50

 

THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

Friday, April 10

Tickets £25 child concession available

 

THE SOOTY SHOW

Saturday, April 11

Tickets £16.50 child concession available

 

WESTON-SUPER-MARE OPERATICS SOCIETY

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

Wednesday to Saturday, April 15- 18

Tickets £20

 

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

Thursday, April 23

Tickets £19

 

VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET

SWAN LAKE

Friday, April 24
Tickets £23.50 child concession available

 

AN EVENING WITH HARRY REDKNAPP

Wednesday, April 29

Tickets £37.50 VIP package available

 

JOEL DOMMETT: UNAPOLOGETIC (IF THAT’S OK?)

Friday, May 1

Tickets £21

 

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL 2: CRUISING THROUGH MENOPAUSE

Saturday, May 2

Tickets £32.50

 

HERMAN’S HERMITS 55TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR

Tuesday, May 5

Tickets £26.50

 

AN AUDIENCE WITH CANNON AND BALL

Friday, May 8

Tickets: £20.50 60+ and child concessions plus VIP package

 

ELO AGAIN

Saturday,May 9

Tickets £24.50

 

ROSE ROYCE

Sunday, May 10

Tickets £30

 

AN EVENING WITH AGGERS

Wednesday, May 13

Tickets £26

 

ANDY PARSONS: HEALING THE NATION

Thursday, May 14

Tickets £18

 

FASTLOVE: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE MICHAEL

Friday, May 15
Tickets £27 60+ concession

 

PAM AYRES

Saturday, May 16

Tickets £28.50

 

WESTON COLLEGE PRESENT

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE: THE MUSICAL

Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21

Tickets £15

 

CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD: THE ALL BALLS & GLITTER TOUR

Friday, May 22

Tickets £26 60+ concession and VIP package available

 

DOMINIC KIRWAN’S TIME OF MY LIFE TOUR

Sunday, May 24

Tickets £25

 

WODS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

Thursday to Saturday, May 28-30

Tickets £18.50 60+ and child concessions

JIMMY CARR: TERRIBLY FUNNY

Sunday, May 31

Tickets £32.50

 

RUBY WAX: HOW TO BE HUMAN

Wednesday, June 3

Tickets £24.50

 

THE JOE LONGTHORNE SONGBOOK: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Saturday, June 6

Tickets £35.50 60+ and child concessions

 

SWAY DANCE SUMMER SHOW 2020

Sunday, June 7

Tickets £12 child concession

 

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE: THE CLASS OF 55

Saturday, June 13

Tickets £26

 

THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

Sunday, June 14

Tickets £28 60+ concession

 

SIR RANULPH FIENNES: LIVING DANGEROUSLY

Tuesday, June 16

Tickets £30-35

 

THE UCW ACADEMY PRESENT

IT’S TIME TO SPARKLE

Friday, June 19

Tickets £15 60+ and child concession

 

THE MOUSETRAP

Monday to Saturday, June 22- 27

Tickets £28.50-31.30

 

GIOVANNI PERNICE: THIS IS ME

Tuesday, June 30

Tickets £35 VIP package available

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

Avant garde ballet

English National Ballet will make its return to The Bristol Hippodrome this year with Creature by Akram Khan.

Following the pivotal impact of Dust and Giselle, Akram Khan returns to English National Ballet with the brand-new Creature for his third collaboration with the company.

Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging.

“The outcast, the stranger, have been a common theme in my work”, says Khan. “In Creature, I am looking further into the areas related to the sense of abandonment, rage and loss.”

Khan is joined by a brilliant creative team of Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip, composer and sound designer Vincenzo Lamagna, lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturg Ruth Little.

A co-production between English National Ballet and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Creature is Khan’s second full length ballet and follows the success of Giselle, which, since it was first performed in 2016, has been seen live by more than 109,000 people through tours to 12 cities, in the UK and internationally.

Following the world premiere of Creature at Sadler’s Wells, London in April 2020, further performances will be given by English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells in November and at the Bristol Hippodrome from Wednesday to Saturday, November 18-21 at 7.30pm

See listings for booking link.

Clevedon Theatre Shop

Five years ago Living Spit and Theatre Orchard turned an empty shop unit in the middle of Clevedon into a theatre.

For a month.

Five years on, amazingly, it’s still there and has emerged from Theatre Orchard’s protective cocoon to stand alone, drying it’s wings in the sunshine, run by a group of community volunteers, and Clevedon’s own Living Spit, as the brand new organisation, Theatre Shop CIC.

This season it celebrates its fifth anniversary by continuing to bring a vibrant, diverse array of theatrical mastery from far and wide to this small Somerset town.

Wednesday to Saturday, March 18-21 at 7.30pm

As a pre-season appetiser, Living Spit will be bringing home their comic histrionics with The Six Wives of Henry VIII, after a review-smashing run in London. Recommended 12+

Thursday, April 23 at 7.30pm

The Spring Summer 2020 season will be kicked off on with a rightfully celebratory shindig of live musical mayhem, for a mere £5, bought to life by The Zu Zu Men

Saturday, April 25 at 7.30pm

The Canterbury Tales -  David Mynne. Experience a journey down the foul and fetid footpaths of 14th century England, told with the usual irreverence, wit and silliness. This is Chaucer, but not as you know it! Recommended 12+

Sunday, April 26 at 2pm

The Bird Show - The Last Baguette. A family-friendly frolic into a madcap adventure with foraging, flitting and flying. The Bird Show uses live music, puppetry and lots of silly bird jokes in this heart-fluttering physical comedy exploring birds facing ecological threats to their habitat. Recommended 3+

Tuesdays to Thursdays, April 28-30 and May 5-7 at 7.30pm

Elizabeth I (Virgin on the Ridiculous) resurrected by Living Spit. With more live original music, silly songs, smutty shenanigans, perfunctory props and hysterically historic horseplay, this promises to be (another) poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you’ll never forget. Recommended 14+

Friday, May 15, at 7.30pm

The Remains of Logan Dankworth - Luke Wright. The talented purveyor of poetry and theatre joins us for the third in his trilogy of political verse with a play that looks at trust and privilege in the age of Brexit. Recommended 14+

Sunday, May 17, 2pm playshop, 2.45pm performance

Dylan’s Invisible Friend - Wild Words. Children (and parents) can get involved in the pre-show ’playshop’ giving the performance added depth and interactive fun for younger ones. Well-honed melodies, spontaneous mayhem, crazy characters all abound in a profound message about finding what you like doing and making your own special friend. Recommended 5+

Thursday, May 21 at  7.30pm

Great Train Robbery - Scratchworks Theatre. Join the four forgotten females left behind in the story of the Great Train Robbery. Ditching the kitchen sink as they embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning. This is the original ‘girl power’. Recommended 7+

Friday, May 22, at 7.30pm

Queer Lady M - 1623 Theatre Company. Lady Macbeth comes to life like you’ve never experienced before. Outrageous lip-syncing, cheeky dancing and sassy conversation rule the evening as Queer Lady M invites you to enter her world of passion and shade.Recommended 12+

Sunday, May 31, at  2pm

Three Suns - Paper Jungle. Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic, transport the audience, across three continents to tell three stories in this family-friendly show for all ages.

Friday, June 5, at 7.30pm

The Killer Question - Just Some Theatre. A seemingly unlikely, but darkly funny, combination of Silence of the Lambs meets Last of the Summer Wine in this dark comedy thrille. Recommended 12+.

Saturday, June 6, at 7.30pm

Janet - Helen and John. A journey through the rebellious life of an everyday girl and the people she meets, represented by an assortment of kitchen paraphernalia, dough, and loaves of various personalities and sizes. Recommended 12+

Friday, June 12, at 7.30pm

Jeremiah - Jack Dean. Literary genius for Clevedon’s first Literary Festival. This explosive new show with live music from the award winning storyteller, is rooted in the year 1817 and the Luddite rebellion, but is as fierce as it is contemporary with spoken word rap-battles staged in the House of Lords and hip-hop beats fused with cinematic orchestration. Recommended 14+

Saturday, June 13, at  7.30pm

You’re In A Bad Way - John Osborne. This brand new, beautiful, funny, sad and touching story from John Osbourne is our second serving of literary beauty for Clevedon Literary Festival. When two sisters learn their dad has been diagnosed with dementia, they deal with the news in very different ways.Recommended 15+.  

Wednesday and Thursday, July 1-2, at 7.30pm

Stand Up For The Shop. Sending the season off with a bang are two cracking comedy nights featuring comedians on their way to Edinburgh Festival! Comedians Danny Ward and Charlie Baker join us on Wednesday, with Paul MCCaffrey and Sally-Anne Hayward joining us on Thursday. This is your chance to see them before they get too big to play intimate, pop-up, theatre-shop style venues! Recommended 16+

For more details, ticket sales and information on multi-booking, group bookings, and family ticket offers go to www.theatreshop.org.uk , hello@theatreshop.org.uk  or for phone bookings (£1.50 booking fee) call 0333 666 3366

Boy from Boyzone

Ronan Keating is celebrating 20 years of solo success with a new album Twenty Twenty and a summer tour.

Fans across the country will be thrilled to hear that the four-times Platinum-selling singer and songwriter in Bristol on Friday, June 26.
It is exactly 20 years after the release of his self-titled, debut solo number one album.

One of the best-loved singers of our generation, Ronan Keating and former Boyzone boy band member he returns with an album that encapsulates his many musical achievements since the millennium. 
Twenty Twenty is set for release by Decca Records on Friday, May 1.
The first single, One Of A Kind released in February, sees Ronan duet with none other than Emeli Sandé. 

For tickets from £47.90 for the Bristol Hippodome gig 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.

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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