Thursday, April 19, 2012
Find out what’s on at The Playhouse in Weston, the Bristol Hippodrome and Colston Hall in Bristol, and the Theatre Royal Bath
* The Playhouse, High Street: Box office - 01934 645544.
April 20: SINATRA THROUGH THE YEARS. Stephen Triffitt’s story reads like a Hollywood film script. It’s about a photocopier salesman from Weston who became Ol’ Blue Eyes. Having performed in the Sands Casino, Atlantic City, sold out shows at London’s Palladium and toured the USA in the Broadway Across America show, Stephen and his full-size big band return to his home town with the definitive tribute to Sinatra.
April 21: CHRIS & PUI ROADSHOW. CBeebies’ favourite double act is coming to town with songs, sketches and lots of audience participation.
April 22: SOLID SILVER SIXTIES. The UK’s ultimate pure 60s nostalgia show featuring original artistes Peter Noone, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland and Brian Poole, all backed by Vanity Fare.
April 25-28: MURDER MISTAKEN. Written by film, television and stage writer Janet Green, this tense psychological thriller is set in 1950s England. Presented by Bruce James Productions, the story revolves around the charming, cold and calculating Edward Bare and his passion for older women or, more importantly, their money.
April 29: WESTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA. The town’s young musicians present a programme including Rossini’s Overture Semiramide, Weber’s Concerto No.1 For Clarinet and Orchestra, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and a selection of music from the shows.
May 2: MAGICAL EXTRAVAGANZA ONICE. A dazzling spectacle for the whole family performed on synthetic ice, fusing the breathtaking talent of international ice skaters with award-winning magician Michael White and his beautiful assistant and contortionist Hulan.
May 3: ACKER BILK. Making a very welcome return with his Paramount Jazz Band, jazz clarinettist Acker Bilk remains in a class of his own.
May 4: THAT’LL BE THE DAY. An entertaining rock ‘n’ roll spectacular featuring an all new line-up of knockout hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s, mixed with zany comedy routines.
May 5: ESSENCE OF IRELAND. Now with its biggest and most talented cast of dancers, singers and musicians, this show combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music and a touch of Irish craic, all interwoven into a heart-warming tale.
May 6: THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS. Paul and Barry are visiting a theme park for the day and decide to brave one of the daring water rides. Once inside, they find themselves magically transported back in time to a world of pirates and sunken treasure. Fun, laughter, magic and mayhem are guaranteed.
May 8: HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES. Grab your lippie and your heels and join the girls for this hilarious comedy about the joys of being a 21st century housewife. Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard stars in a show written by Julie Coombe and John McIsaac.
May 11: MUSIC MAKERS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Featuring music from a wide variety of genres played on a wide variety of instruments, this annual concert is a truly entertaining evening for all the family.
* Colston Hall, Colston Street: Box office - 0117 922 3686.
April 27: STEWART FRANCIS. The star of Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and Live At The Apollo, brings his new stand-up show to town.
* The Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade: Box office - 0844 871 3012.
Until April 21: MATTHEW BOURNE’S NUTCRACKER. One of the most popular dance productions ever staged in the UK, this delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, following Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
April 22: THE DRIFTERS. Following the highly successful gold album Up On The Roof released last year, The Drifters are back on the road performing classic hits from the last six decades and their superb new material.
April 23-28: SPAMALOT. Audiences all around the world have been roaring with laughter since Monty Python’s Spamalot, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005. It tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, presented in true Monty Python style.
April 29: ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS - LEE ‘MEMPHIS’ KING. Remarkable tribute artist Lee ‘Memphis’ King will take you from the ‘68 comeback special to the Vegas years. With a big band to recreate the Elvis sound and multimedia screens and projection, this is the biggest Elvis show to tour theatres in the UK.
May 1-5: I DREAMED A DREAM. The extraordinary story of Susan Boyle is brought to life, charting her climb from humble beginnings in a working class town in Scotland, to a standing ovation at her audition for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, through to her global superstardom.
May 6: STEWART LEE. What can a sexless middle aged married man, whose life now consists mainly of watching Scooby Doo cartoons with a four-year-old boy, possibly find to write comedy about? Well, here’s your chance to find out!
May 7-12: CALENDAR GIRLS. The popular story of a group of WI members who spark a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose nude for a charity calendar.
* Theatre Royal, Sawclose: Box office - 01225 448844.
Until April 21: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. Maureen Lipman directs and stars in this adaptation of Neil Simon’s famous tale of newlyweds Corrie and Paul, who have just moved into a new apartment. Their building seems to be populated by unusual characters and, when Corrie tries to fix one of them up with her lonely mother, chaos ensues.
April 23-28: ABIGAIL’S PARTY. The social get-together from hell begins when Beverley and estate agent husband Laurence invite their new neighbours, Tony and Ange, round for a drink, along with nervous divorcee Sue. As Beverley plies her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and nibbles, the evening descends into drunkenness and debauchery. Comedy, drama and tragedy combine in Mike Leigh’s iconic piece of theatre.
May 1-5: ANNE BOLEYN. English Touring Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe join forces to stage a compelling, witty and often laugh-out-loud funny celebration of a great english heroine, Anne Boleyn, exposing the life and legacy of Henry VIII’s notorious second wife
May 9-12: MATTHEW BOURNE’S EARLY ADVENTURES. Britain’s favourite choreographer presents a triple bill of acclaimed early works that launched his career - Spitfire, Town and Country and The Infernal Galop.