Thursday, June 28, 2012
Find out what’s on at The Playhouse in Weston, the Hippodrome and Colston Hall in Bristol and the Theatre Royal Bath
* The Playhouse, High Street: Box office - 01934 645544.
June 21 & 22: THE ONLY WAY IS WESSEX. The Wessex Academy of Performing Arts at Weston College returns once again with its end of year production - a variety performance for the whole family full of music, comedy and maybe the odd surprise.
June 23: CWMBACH MALE CHOIR. An ensemble at the peak of its form, the internationally acclaimed Cwmbach Male Choir showcases its beautiful sound, thrilling technique and exhilarating close harmony talents.
June 30: THE DANCE COMPANY. The talented performers of The Dance Company are joined by The Oppitts and pupils from St Mark’s Primary School, Worle, in their latest drama and musical theatre show, Never Ending Stories.
July 5: THE CABINET MAKER’S DAUGHTER. As One Theatre present a new play set in Lyme Regis which follows a woman’s dream journey through a life in which she challenged the work of men. It’s a spine-tingling story about life and death, frustration and acheivement, dreams and memories of long, long ago.
July 6: DANCING QUEEN. A fabulous Broadway-style celebration of the music of ABBA and other 70s party hits.
July 7: JETHRO. Cornwall’s ambassador of comedy crosses the county line once again to take his army of fans on another wild, fun-filled journey.
July 8: THE DRIFTERS. Following their highly successful gold album Up On The Roof, released in 2011, The Drifters are back on the road performing their classic hits from the last six decades and some superb new material.
July 10: THE IRON LADY (film). Meryl Streep gives an Oscar-winning performance as Margaret Thatcher in a film chronicling her life in politics.
July 12: THE KARPENTERS. The top tribute performers provide an evening of fond memories and nostalgia as they perform all the wonderful songs that brought The Carpenters huge chart success.
July 13: RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR. It’s fun all the way as the ‘purveyors of cool’ return by popular demand with a show featuring the greatest music of the 20th century. Relive wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr in a show where every song is an absolute classic.
July 14: IN DREAMS. Now in its sixth successful year, In Dreams brings you the ultimate line-up featuring the music of Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly together with live band The Rockets.
July 19: JOHNNY CASH ROADSHOW. Clive John, with The Spirit Band, recreates with astounding accuracy the essence of what it was like to be at a real Johnny Cash show. Featuring Jill Schoonjans as June Carter, the show includes all the great hits, accompanied by an amazing video backdrop.
July 21: THE RAGDOLLS - TRIBUTE TO THE JERSEY BOYS. The Ragdolls are four sensational harmony vocalists who recreate the magic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, complete with slick choreography, astounding costumes, big hair and a falsetto that really sets the scene.
July 22: TOTALLY TINA. Since appearing on the grand final of Stars In Their Eyes in 2002 with her outstanding tribute to Anastacia, Justine Riddoch’s career has gone from strength to strength. Now she’s back with a tribute to the queen of rock and soul, Tina Turner.
* Colston Hall, Colston Street: Box office - 0117 922 3686.
July 4: RHYS DARBY - THIS WAY TO THE SPACESHIP. Some say the world could end in 2012. But Rhys Darby has a plan. He’s fairly sure the superpowers each have a spaceship ready to launch on the eve of Armageddon. The trick is to get onboard. Find out more as Rhys takes you on a journey from meek geek to king of cool.
July 24: FRANKIE BOYLE. Having been pilloried, misrepresented and demonised ‘for telling it like it is’, the controversial comic attempts a final tour ‘to heal Britain’s fools’.
* The Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade: Box office - 0844 871 3012.
Until June 30: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical. Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine is so strong that even her heart can’t resist.
July 2 & 3: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. With the stage set for the theatre’s centenary, come and join hundreds of local performers as they recreate the stories, the shows and the stars which have appeared on the Hippodrome stage.
July 4-7: MIDNIGHT TANGO. Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, stars of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, perform their own live show, bringing to life the drama and sensuality of the tango.
July 9-13: MICHAEL McINTYRE - WORK IN PROGRESS. Britain’s hottest comic property visits Bristol to perform a week of warm-up gigs in preparation for a 68-date UK and Ireland arena tour in the autumn.
Aug 31-Nov 17: THE LION KING. Launching its long-anticipated UK tour in Bristol, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours and stunning effects, all set to the enchanting rhythms of Africa. With dazzling staging and highly imaginative costumes, masks and puppets, The Lion King is a breathtaking experience.
* Theatre Royal, Sawclose: Box office - 01225 448844.
Until June 30: THE LADY IN THE VAN. The hilarious play centred around the relationship between the writer Alan Bennett and his eccentric squatter, Miss Shepherd. Nichola McAuliffe stars.
July 5-21: THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. Sparkling wit, verbal brilliance and intricate plots make this glorious romp through the lives and loves of London’s upper classes as sharp and funny today as it was in the 18th century, when it was the most popular play of its time.
July 26-Aug 18: HYSTERIA. Antony Sher stars in Terry Johnson’s dazzling comedy. It’s 1939 and 82-year-old Sigmund Freud, having fled Nazi-occupied Austria, settles down in a quiet Hampstead suburb where he aims to spend his dying days in peace. But when surrealist painter Salvador Dali unexpectedly turns up in his study, along with a young woman who finds it impossible to keep her clothes on, all hell breaks loose.
Aug 23-Sept 8: THE TEMPEST. Romance, magic and a deserted island - Shakespeare’s lyrical final work pits the desire for revenge against the power of love. An enchanted tale filled with humour, romance and adventure, The Tempest is ultimately a story of redemption and forgiveness.