Bronte sisters' tales are brought to life on stage

Gazette Series: The Bronte sisters' tales are brought to life in Bristol and Bath this autumn

11:08am Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHETHER you're a hard-core Brontë fan or if you've never had the pleasure, these fresh new adaptations of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by West Country theatre companies Butterfly Psyche Theatre & Livewire Theatre are sure to invigorate, inspire and melt hearts around the South West this autumn.

There's Something for everyone at Stroud Theatre Festival

11:06am Tuesday 26th August 2014

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s theatre festival, Stroud is to host a second festival this September.

Hay Fever gets the laughs at Theatre Royal Bath

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HAY FEVER is an easy to watch, silly and often humorous story of a bad-mannered bohemian family in the countryside.

Brian Conley shares the secrets of Barnum's Big Top

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2:10pm Friday 22nd August 2014

BARNUM star Brian Conley talks to the Gazette about tricks in the Big Top ahead of the show's arrival at the Bristol Hippodrome next month.

Shrek the Musical is big, bold and brilliant

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7:21pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A SWAMP, an entourage of fairytale characters, a vertically-challenged villain and one big, smelly ogre: Shrek the Musical has made its mark on the Bristol Hippodrome.

Hay Fever comes to Bath

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4:20pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

NOEL Coward’s hilarious comedy of bad manners, Hay Fever, starring Felicity Kendal and Simon Shepherd is set to appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 20th August to Saturday 6th.

New production of Noël Coward’s blissfully, funny comedy opens at the Theatre Royal Bath as Felicity Kendal and Simon Shepherd star in Hay fever

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7:07pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

NOËL Coward’s hilarious comedy of bad manners, Hay Fever, starring Felicity Kendal and Simon Shepherd, is coming to the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday, August 20 to Saturday, September 6.

New doctor who lands in Wotton Electric Picture House

Gazette Series: Picture shows: Clara (Jenna Coleman) and The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (9184629)

11:50am Tuesday 12th August 2014

THE feature-length first episode of the new series of Doctor Who materialises on the big screen on Saturday 23 August, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman as Clara - and, as well as the episode, there will be some special extra features exclusive to cinemas.

Discover what it's like to be Boycie at an intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis.

Gazette Series: John Challice (9183336)

11:41am Tuesday 12th August 2014

THERE is a chance to enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation's greatest comedy actors - best known as Boycie in BBC1's Only Fools and Horses - when he comes to the Cotrswold Playhouse in Stroud next month.

Tickets to see Frank Skinner's 'Man in a Suit' tour in Cheltenham are now on sale

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1:11pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

TICKETS are now on sale to see Frank Skinner, when he comes to Cheltenham Town Hall later this year.

Multi award-winning company stage a new production of Zola’s masterpiece Thérèse Raquin, starring Alison Steadman, Pippa Nixon and Desmond Barrit, at the Theatre Royal, Bath

Gazette Series: Thérèse Raquin - Alison Steadman and Pippa Nixon in rehearsal (photo Nobby Clark)

5:52pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A THRILLING new production of Thérèse Raquin starring Alison Steadman, Pippa Nixon, Desmond Barrit, Kieran Bew and Hugh Skinner is currently on stage at the Theatre Royal, as part of Bath’s 2014 Summer Season.

Singin' in the Rain in the Hippodrome

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11:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

1920s Hollywood. The age of the silent silver screen starlet is about to be shattered by the development of the ‘talking picture’ – surely a fad that will never catch on?

Rain or Shine's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic 'Treasure Island' is not to be missed

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9:16am Saturday 19th July 2014

RAIN or shine provide a breath of fresh air when they bring their 2014 production or Treasure Island to the area this summer.

Everyman rediscovers lost World War One novel by local poet F.W. Harvey

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10:26am Wednesday 16th July 2014

BORN in Gloucestershire in 1888, F.W. Harvey became one of England’s most popular war poets, writing much of his work during the Great War.

Circus Ginnett is back with a stunning new show and the youngest hula hoop artist in the country

Gazette Series: Yana is the youngest hula hoop artiste in the country, at only five years of age! (8235341)

1:32pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

CIRCUS Ginett is back in Thornbury this weekend, bringing fabulous family entertainment to the town.

A summer of dragons awaits in Gloucestershire

Gazette Series: Agent Green the Dragon Whisperer tells Dragon Tales from around the world  (photo by Andy Manns)

10:36am Tuesday 15th July 2014

ROLL over Toothless and Hiccup: Gloucestershire's very own Dragon Whisperer is set to enchant fantasy fans this summer.

The Festival Players present Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors' at Swinhay House

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10:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

UNDER the Edge Arts will once again be hosting The Festival players in the stunning grounds of Swinhay House near Wotton-Under-Edge this summer.

REVIEW: Kafka's Dick will show you a good time

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11:19am Friday 11th July 2014

Interval conversation in the theatre’s corridors wasn’t about the size of Kafka’s manhood, but the size of his literary legacy.

Grease 2 star Maxwell Caulfield says Singing in the Rain is a 'joyous experience'

Gazette Series: Maxwell Caulfield is set to star in Singin’ In the Rain

10:29am Thursday 10th July 2014

FROM a debonair English student who wooed Michelle Pfeiffer to a bigamist in Emmerdale, Maxwell Caulfield knows a thing or two about winning over an audience.

Young stars bring The Addams Family to life on stage

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2:23pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

SHOOTING Stars Youth Theatre Company are bringing ‘The Addams Family’ to life in a new musical comedy at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall this month.

Opera Brava perform at the Royal Agricultural University

Gazette Series: Tosca Opera Brava (7956113)

11:44am Wednesday 9th July 2014

THE picturesque grounds of the Royal Agricultural University will play host to two outstanding operas this summer.

Hit musical promises Nothin' but a Good Time

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2:26pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE atmosphere was as electric as the sound last night at the Bristol Hippodrome, as Rock of Ages bounced into the city with a whole lot of attitude – and a whole lot of hair!

From Popstars to rock star - Noel Sullivan on his part in Rock of Ages

Gazette Series: Noel Sullivan stars in Rock of Ages at the Bristol Hippodrome next month

1:58pm Thursday 26th June 2014

AS one fifth of Popstars band Hear’say he thrilled teenage audiences in the early noughties, now Noel Sullivan has ditched the pop and is taking on some of the biggest rock songs ever written.

Tonight isn't quite the Night for Rod Stewart musical

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2:18pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

SEEING a Rod Stewart musical less than a week after watching the man himself perform a stunning two-hour set was perhaps a little unfair on the cast of the current tour of Tonight’s the Night.

Any dream will do for junior DODS

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12:02pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

DURSLEY’S thriving youth theatre group, the Junior DODS, are staging the much-loved musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

CLARE HIGGINS and Tim Pigott-Smith star in Edward Albee’s thrilling drama Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Gazette Series: Theatre Royal Bath June 2014 Rehearsals of Who's Afraid of Virginia WooIf by Edward Albee, starring Tim Pigott-Smith and Clare Higgins (pic Nobby Clark)

11:54am Wednesday 11th June 2014

BATH’S Summer Season opens with one of the greatest of all American plays, Edward Albee’s 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' starring Clare Higgins and Tim Pigott-Smith.

Rod Stewart musical proves that some guys have all the luck

Gazette Series: Tonight's the Night, the Rod Stewart musical, is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome June 2014

9:30am Wednesday 11th June 2014

ROD Stewart fans are celebrating this month as 'Tonight's the Night,' the smash hit musical comedy inspired by Rod's songs, is coming to The Bristol Hippodrome next month.

Thriller Live is a treat for Michael Jackson fans in Bath

Gazette Series: Thriller Live is a treat for Michael Jackson fans in Bath

1:48pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

MICHAEL Jackson was a legend of his time. The undisputed King of Pop may have died nearly five years ago now, but his iconic dance moves and catalogue of worldwide hits live on.

THRILLER LIVE, the smash hit West End concert celebration of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, moonwalks to Bath

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10:21am Wednesday 4th June 2014

NOW enjoying its record-breaking sixth year in London’s West End, 'Thriller live' is set to tour to the Theatre Royal Bath for eight performances.

Buddy Holly is Back in Town at the Bristol Hippodrome

Gazette Series: Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is now on its 25th anniversary tour

10:28am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

The Buddy Holly Story describes itself as a ‘toe tapping rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza that will have them dancing in the aisles’, and it certainly delivers.

Musical treat for Fame-hungry theatre-goers

Gazette Series: Fame - the Musical. Picture by Hugo Glendinning

8:07am Thursday 29th May 2014

BEING one of the original ‘Fame’ generation, there was a lot to look forward to when ‘Fame the Musical’ came to the Bristol Hippodrome for a week-long run on Monday.

Review: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at the Bristol Hippodrome, May 2014

Gazette Series: Chris Trenfield as The Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.  Photo by Helen Maybanks

8:17am Thursday 22nd May 2014

THE Bristol Hippodrome was certainly ready for a ‘New Adventure’ last night, as Matthew Bourne at last brought his groundbreaking production of Swan Lake to the historic theatre, 18 years after the conroversial show – which has now won more than thirty international theatre awards - was first seen at Sadlers’ Wells.

Review: New Jersey Nights at the Theatre Royal Bath

Gazette Series: Review: New Jersey Nights at the Theatre Royal Bath

4:50pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

NEW Jersey Nights featuring the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons opened at Bath's Theatre Royal last night.

Finding Fame at the Bristol Hippodrome

Gazette Series: Fame the Musical - credit Hugo Glendinning (6379093)

1:53pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

BASED on the Oscar winning musical film and hugely successful TV series, 'Fame – the musical' is back at the Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday, May 27 for one week, as part of a major UK tour.

NEW JERSEY NIGHTS brings a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to the Theatre Royal

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10:47am Wednesday 14th May 2014

THE international hit show New Jersey Nights visits the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday, May 19 to Saturday, May 24 as it returns to the UK as part of a world tour, direct from America.

Matthew Bourne brings his Swans back to Bristol

Gazette Series: Chris Trenfield as The Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Photo by Helen Maybanks (6177674)

10:42am Wednesday 14th May 2014

ONE of the most popular dance productions ever staged, Matthew Bourne’s multi award-winning hit Swan Lake comes to the Bristol Hippodrome from May 20 - 24.

Review: 20th Century Boy at the Bristol Hippodrome, Monday 12 - Saturday 17 May.

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11:29am Tuesday 13th May 2014

THE story of Marc Bolan is the stuff of musical folklore.

Review: Beatles musical Let It Be at the Bristol Hippodrome

Gazette Series: The hit Beatles show Let It Be will visit The Bristol Hippodrome from Monday – Saturday, May 5 - 10.

2:34pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

THE Fab Four were reincarted at the Bristol Hippodrome last night as hit musical Let It Be rocketed the audience back to the 1960s and where it all began for the world’s most recognisable band.

TV stars to lead cast in 20th Century Boy, the story of T Rex at the Bristol Hippodrome

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2:00pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

WEST End and Musical theatre star Warren Sollars will lead the cast of the musical, 20th Century Boy, playing the Glam Rock legend Marc Bolan when it hits the Bristol Hippodrome stage next week. He will be joined by TV stars Sue Jenkins and Luke Bailey.

Last of the Duty Free brings holiday hi-jinks to Bath

Gazette Series: Keith Barron and Gwen Taylor star in Last of the Duty Free (5957226)

11:58am Tuesday 6th May 2014

HOLD onto your sombreros as Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor and Neil Stacy are joined by Carol Royle for fun in the sun in 'Last of the Duty Free' at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday, 12 May to Saturday ,17 May. Back on Spanish soil and with plenty of baggage to declare, the stars of television’s Duty Free are reunited for the next instalment - written by award-winning Eric Chappell - which sees the popular comedy take to the stage and pick up the story 30 years on.

Review: Robin Cousins' Ice at the Bristol Hippodrome

Gazette Series: Robin Cousins' Ice - The Skating Stage Experience

2:12pm Friday 2nd May 2014

FIGURE skating is one of those rare sports you want to watch but occasionally have to hide your eyes in case they fall over.

Dursley Operatic and Dramatic Society (DODS) stage 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'.

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9:38am Wednesday 30th April 2014

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

Alan Ayckbourn revival of The Things We Do For Love is hilarious

Gazette Series: Edward Bennett, Natalie Imbruglia and Claire Price in The Things We Do For Love (photo Nobby Clark)

2:21pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ALAN Ayckbourn’s hilarious 1990s play The Things We Do For Love has been revived for a new tour which opened in Bath last week.

HMS PINAFORE sets sail for Bath as the Carl Rosa Company brings Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical delight to the Theatre Royal

Gazette Series: Beverley Klein as Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, performed by Carl Rosa Opera (Photo Tristram Kenton)

1:07pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ALL ABOARD as the acclaimed Carl Rosa Company brings its joyful staging of Gilbert and Sullivan’s hit comic opera, HMS PINAFORE to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday, April 28 to Saturday, May 3. Romance and high spirits abound in this classic production, performed by Carl Rosa Opera’s superb cast, chorus and orchestra, directed by Peter Mulloy.

Review of “Anything Goes” by Northavon Youth Theatre Group, April 2014

Gazette Series: “Anything Goes” by Northavon Youth Theatre Group (5601174)

10:37am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

IF YOU are aboard the SS American you would have been entertained by a very capable and dedicated crew both on and back stage. Ably captained by Director Lyn Bedford and Musical Director Stuart Kidd, all was expertly steered through the choppy waters of large scale production and the results were far from “anything goes”!

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.

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