REVIEW: Blood Brothers at Bristol's Hippodrome

Gazette Series: The cast of Blood Brothers

6:22pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

TWIN brothers are separated at birth, but this does not prove enough to keep them apart, as their lives will remain intertwined until their tale reaches its conclusion.

The Stars of Strictly Come Dancing, featuring Pasha and Katya, take to the Everyman stage

12:40pm Monday 7th April 2014

PASHA and Katya, the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, will be on stage at the Everyman later this month.

Olympic champion Robin Cousins brings 'Ice' to life in his new stage show

Gazette Series: Robin Cousins' 'Ice' comes to the Bristol Hippodrome, April 30- May 3, 2014

10:36am Monday 7th April 2014

OLYMPIC champion and head judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Robin Cousins has hand-picked the greatest ice skaters from around the globe to bring his incredible new production, 'Ice', to life, when it comes to The Bristol Hippodrome at the end of the month.

One of the Funniest Musicals Ever comes to Dursley

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9:31am Monday 7th April 2014

A Show described as 'One of the funniest musicals ever written' is being performed by Dursley Operatic and Dramatic Society this month when they stage 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'.

Blood Brothers returns to Bristol Hippodrome for limited run this April

Gazette Series: Blood Brothers (5026868)

12:58pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

BLOOD Brothers returns to the Bristol Hippodrome this month, following sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.

Boys sought to audition for children's roles in Billy Elliot the Musical

Gazette Series: Elliot Hanna as Billy Elliot (pic by Alastair Muir)

12:50pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

OPEN auditions for the children’s cast of Billy Elliot the Musical are taking place in Bristol this month.

All Aboard for the show where Anything Goes!

Gazette Series: The Angels get to know Elisha J Whitney (Louis Knapp) in a scene from Anything Goes, to be staged at Thornbury’s Armstrong Hall, 16 – 19 April

11:23am Wednesday 26th March 2014

YOU are all invited on the voyage of a lifetime with 50 Students of the Northavon School of Drama, performing as the Northavon Youth Theatre Company, on the S S American, sailing from New York to London, in Cole Porter’s musical extravaganza: Anything Goes!

Alistair McGowan puts the accent on a brilliant performance in Bath

Gazette Series: Pygmalion - Alistair McGowan as Prof Higgins (pic Manuel Harlan)

1:25pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

ALISTAIR McGowan made a big impression on the audience at the Theatre Royal last night, as he reprised his West End role of Professor Henry Higgins in Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Hey! Baby, Dirty Dancing musical is a film-lover's delight

Gazette Series: GCC flying flag against homophobia

10:41am Friday 21st March 2014

THIS is a show that needs no introduction. If you have even thought about going to see it, you will no doubt be familiar with the story of Baby Frances Houseman and her family’s vacation to Kellerman’s in the summer of 1963.

It's funny how we could all indulge in some acts of minor dissent

Gazette Series: Mark Thomas (2364540)

1:48pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

MARK Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns to what he does best, mischief - joyously bad behaviour with a purpose.

Postman Pat visits Bath as the all-new live "It’s Showtime" tour plays the Theatre Royal

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1:29pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

'POSTMAN Pat live! – it’s showtime' takes to the stage at the Theatre Royal Bath on Sunday, March 23.

Alistair McGowan makes a good impression in Pygmalion

Gazette Series: Alistair McGowan as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion - Photo Manuel Harlan(4684451)

1:10pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

ALISTAIR McGowan leads the cast as Professor Henry Higgins in a major revival of one of the best loved plays of the 20th Century, Pygmalion, directed by Tony Award-winning David Grindley. at Bath's Theatre Royal this week.

Have the Time of Your Life as Dirty Dancing hits the Bristol stage

Gazette Series: Jill Winternitz  and Paul Michael Jones star in Dirty Dancing (photographer Alastair Muir)

9:27am Wednesday 12th March 2014

THE smash hit show 'Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage' is returning to the historic Bristol Hippodrome for a three-week run this March.

Ian McDiarmid reprises star role in The Life of Galileo

Gazette Series: A Life of Galileo - Matthew Aubrey as Andrea and Ian McDiarmid asGalileo. (Photo Ellie Kurttz)

11:18am Monday 10th March 2014

IAN McDIARMID stars in the title role as the RSC production of A life of Galileo tours to the Theate Royal Bath this month.

Shakespeare Unplugged 2014 prepares for a busy final week in Bath

Gazette Series: Shakespeare final Resurrection - Lisa Zahra as Lavinia - Shakespeare Unplugged 2014 (4479730)

10:18am Monday 10th March 2014

DURING its third week the Shakespeare Unplugged Festival 2014 offers a full programme of events in Bath for children, teenagers and adults including a specially commissioned new play inspired by the Bard, live music and a Shakespeare marathon for schools, all feature during the Festival’s final week.

Happy Days needs more humour to live up to its name

5:14pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

ON paper, Happy Days should work as a musical. Great costumes, cute American family, a fun fifties ethos and a talented cast of singers and actors headed up by Cheryl Baker, Ben Freeman and Heidi Range. But somehow this new show, which only launched in February, just doesn’t quite stack up and unfortunately, it’s mainly down to a poor script.

Parish Players should be proud their production of 'Hello Dolly'

Gazette Series: Hello Dolly (4380003)

11:39am Tuesday 4th March 2014

HOW do The Parish Players do it? Each year they pack audiences and quality productions into the delightful but tiny Tockington Village Hall.

Strictly stars Vincent and Flavia bring the golden age of Hollywood to Bristol

9:22pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

THE glamour and glitz of the golden age of Hollywood arrived in Bristol in spectacular style last night.

Wartime ‘Haven in Hell’ brings inspiration to a recession hit country

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10:59am Wednesday 26th February 2014

Wartime ‘Haven in Hell’ brings inspiration to a recession hit country

Putting the spotlife on life under Mugabe's rule

Gazette Series: Peter and the Wolf (and me) at the Bristol Old Vic

9:39am Wednesday 26th February 2014

BRISTOL theatre maker Nick Young has just returned from visiting his childhood home in Harare, Zimbabwe, to make a play about his early life there before he moved to the UK.

The Pretty Reckless bring joy to Fall Out Boy fans

Gazette Series: Taylor Momsen

12:33pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE AYCKBOURN Ensemble visits Bath this month featuring three thrilling new works and an absorbing revival as Arrivals and Departures, Time of My Life and Farcicals appear at the Theatre Royal, Bath.

Shakespeare Festival is for everyone to enjoy

Gazette Series: Beneath the Trees (Where Nobody Sees)(4246969)

12:26pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

The three-week 'Shakespeare Unplugged' festival opens in Bath on Saturday (March 1) as the work of the Bard is celebrated in a wide range of performances at the egg theatre and other venues across the city. New adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, specially commissioned new work and fascinating insights into the contemporary relevance of his writing, will feature in live performances and events for young children, teenagers and adults.

Mud and blood in the Cotswold players’ latest comedy

11:59am Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE Cotswold Players’ latest production opens in March with four out-of-condition actors playing four out-of-condition businessmen sent off on a team-building exercise.

Sugababe Heidi Range is enjoying some Happy Days in musical theatre

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2:30pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

SHE has toured the world with one of the most successful British girl bands ever, sang for Nelson Mandela, cooked alongside Janet Street Porter and skated on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, but Heidi Range’s current project is a nostalgic trip back to the Happy Days of the 1950s.

Laughter is on the menu as we bid farewell to Barry Humphries

Gazette Series: Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage

10:04am Wednesday 19th February 2014

IT WAS time to snap off the gladioli and wave farewell to Barry Humphries at the Bristol Hippodrome last night.

Sparkling new production of Noël Coward’s comedy, "Fallen Angels", starring Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe tours to the Theatre Royal Bath

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12:01pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

A SPARKLING new production of Noël Coward’s comedy, Fallen Angels, starring Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe, continues its run at the Theatre Royal Bath until Saturday, March 1.

Snow Queen wins Olympic Gold!

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11:13am Tuesday 18th February 2014

THE BERKELEY Amateur Dramatic Society (BADS) as usual produced a cracking evening’s entertainment as they performed the pantomime ‘The Snow Queen’ at the Barn Function Centre, Cattle Country.

Strictly star Vincent Simone says new show Dance Til Dawn is his best yet

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2:28pm Monday 17th February 2014

STRICTLY dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are preparing to wow theatre audiences with their all-singing, all-dancing brand new show, Dance Til Dawn.

Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong comes to Cheltenham in WW1 centenary year

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12:16pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

MARKING the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Birdsong is the critically acclaimed stage play of the world famous novel, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff.

Parish Players get ready to say 'Hello Dolly'

Gazette Series: Laura Pritchard as Dolly in the Parish Players' production of 'Hello Dolly' (3941826)

2:23pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

FEBRUARY is Showtime for the Parish Players and rehearsals are reaching a crescendo.

Fiddler is raising the roof in Cheltenham

Gazette Series: Fiddler on the Roof at the Theatre Royal, Bath, starring N Salvage (Rabbi), P Kissaun (Lazar), PM Glaser (Tevye), E O'Dwyer (Mordcha) (pic Tristram Kenton 2697975)

2:03pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

FIDDLER On The Roof is one of the most popular and beloved of all stage musicals, and it is coming to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltnham this March.

Roving Crows front man Paul O’Neill to play a leading role in Jesus Christ Superstar

Gazette Series: Paul O’Neill

10:28am Tuesday 11th February 2014

LOCAL singer-songwriter and front man with the Roving Crows, Paul O’Neill, is to play one of the leading roles in Jesus Christ Superstar at the stunning Gloucester Cathedral.

Barry Humphries' Farewell tour comes to Bristol

Gazette Series: Dame Edna Everage (pic by Alastair Muir)

5:40pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

LEGENDARY entertainer BARRY HUMPHRIES - whose alter egos have brought him international acclaim and made him a star around the globe – is bringing his Farewell tour to the Bristol Hippodrome this month.

Rangeworthy Court Players present Old King Cole

10:27am Wednesday 5th February 2014

The Court Players next production is the new family pantomime by Paul Reakes - “Old King Cole” at The Memorial Hall, Rangeworthy on 14, 15 and 20 to 22 February at 7.30pm with matinees on Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Saturday 22 February at 2.30pm.

The Full Monty sparks raucous reactions in Bath

Gazette Series: The Full Monty is on at the Theatre Royal Bath until February 15

5:00pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

THE feel good factor has well and truly arrived in Bath, with the no holds barred play The Full Monty.

Wicked musical brings UK tour to Bristol

Gazette Series: Emily Tierney (Glinda) and Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba) in Wicked (pic by Matt Crockett)

1:54pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will continue its critically acclaimed, record-breaking UK and Ireland tour, opening at The Bristol Hippodrome in February 2015.

West Side Story wows the crowds

Gazette Series: West Side Story

11:55am Thursday 30th January 2014

WEST Side Story, despite being more than fifty years old, proved that it still has the power to enthral its audience at the Bristol Hippodrome last night.

Agatha Christie's first play Black Coffee brings Hercule Poirot back to life in style in Bath

Gazette Series: Robert Powell stars as infamous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in Bath this week

4:36pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

POIROT – the great inspector we have all come to know and, some of us love, has once again been reinvented this time by well-known actor Robert Powell.

Bristol's Tobacco Factory brings Shakespeare just As You Like It

Gazette Series: As you like it (3435180)

3:02pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

SHAKESPEARE at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF), Bristol’s nationally renowned company , commences its six week run at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre on Friday, February 13 where it will play in reopertoire with Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (27 March – 3 May).

Theatre-goers in Bath are treated to The Full Monty

Gazette Series: The Full Monty (3679647)

12:07pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

THE Full Monty - the critically acclaimed, rip-roaring stage production by Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy - visits the Theatre Royal Bath next week, immediately prior to opening in the West End.

Tytherington Pantomime still going strong after fifty years and three village halls

Gazette Series: PRINCIPALS for this year’s Tytherington Pantomime, Puss-in-Boots.L-r: Steve Shipston as Wendy the Millers Wife, Abigail Llewellyn as Puss,Isabella Cosh as Peter and Katherine Taylor as Princess Crystal.

12:04pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

AFTER more than 50 years and three Village Halls, Tytherington Pantomime is still going strong today.

Moon Tiger book played out superbly at Theatre Royal Bath

Gazette Series: Moon Tiger premieres at the Rose Theatre in February

3:04pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

MOON Tiger is wonderfully depicted by director Stephen Unwin and his stellar cast of performers in a gripping and intriguing depiction of a war time correspondent’s life.

Host of Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week and Star of BBC1's Live at the Apollo appearing in Stroud

Gazette Series: Paul Chowdhry (3548514)

12:02pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

THE host of Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week , Paul Chowdhry, is bringing his show 'PC's World' to Stroud's Subscription Rooms later this month, as part of his biggest tour to date.

West Side Story hits the Bristol Hippodrome stage

Gazette Series: West Side Story comes to the Bristol Hippodrome (3546763)

11:32am Tuesday 21st January 2014

THE Sharks and The Jets will be out and about next week, as the international sell out hit “West Side Story” visits The Bristol Hippodrome from the January 28 to February 8.

Stinchcombe Village Players present ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Gazette Series: Stars of the Stinchcombe Village Players' pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty' (3527640)

1:30pm Monday 20th January 2014

Stinchcombe Village Players present ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Stars take a sip of Black Coffee to solve Christie's crime

Gazette Series: Liza Goddard, Robert Powell and Robin McCallum star in Black Coffee (3526426)

1:17pm Monday 20th January 2014

ROBERT POWELL stars as the iconic sleuth Poirot as Agatha Christie’s first play, Black coffee, tours to the Theatre Royal Bath next week.

Thornbury Musical Theatre Group let their hair down with Rapunzel

12:21pm Monday 20th January 2014

Anyone walking past Reflections hair salon in Thornbury High Street recently would have been very surprised if they’d peeped in - who on earth were those strange looking people and what were they doing to that poor lady in the chair?

Berkeley hosts a pantomime unlike any other

Gazette Series: Berkeley Amateur Dramatic Society (BADS) pantomime 2014 (3517322)

10:47am Monday 20th January 2014

THIS year, the Berkeley Amateur Dramatic Society (BADS) are performing a panto unlike all the traditional ones such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and so on.

Seven Brides cast don't let technical problems stop them at the Bristol Hippodrome

2:43pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

THE American west is brought to life in Bristol this week with an energetic and toe-tapping production of much-loved musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Spitfire show brings more variety to Slimbridge

Gazette Series: Actor Nicholas Collett with a Spitfire fighter aeroplane at the South Australian Aviation Museum.  (3436793)

12:03pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

SLIMBRIDGE Variety Showgroup is set to host another fantastic Air in G production, 'Spitfire Solo', which is to be performed at Slimbridge Village Hall on Saturday, February 8.






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