Thursday, July 12, 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.
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 a 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.
July 25: LITTLE BIG CLUB. Join Thomas The Tank Engine, Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam, Barney The Dinosaur, Angelina Ballerina and Pingu for a great afternoon of fun for the whole family.
July 27: BEE GEES FEVER. From soulful ballads to high-energy disco classics, Bee Gees Fever faithfully recreates the songs that made the Gibb brothers musical legends.
July 28: PASADENA ROOF ORCHESTRA. The acclaimed musicians return with their brand new Licensed To Swing show, packed with hot tunes from the 1920s and 30s.
July 29: A FEAST OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN. Former singers of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company perform another fun evening of pieces from shows including The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and The Gondoliers.
July 31: THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (film). A group of British retirees decide to spend their retirement at the newly restored Marigold Hotel in India. Stars Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Judi Dench.
Aug 2: THE SEARCHERS. Combined with anecdotes and reminiscences, this fully self-contained concert includes all of The Searchers’ famous hits, plus album tracks, B-sides and a selection of other collector and well-known favourites.
Aug 3: ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS. Martyn Lucas returns with a show that captures the music and excitement from the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas.
Aug 4: AND FINALLY... PHIL COLLINS. Stars In Their Eyes finalist Pete Bultitude faithfully and accurately recreates Phil Collins ‘Both Sides’ tour of 1994, backed by a 10-piece band and singers.
Aug 7: JOE PASQUALE. The much-loved, squeaky-voiced entertainer returns with a night of zany family comedy as part of his latest summer tour.
* Colston Hall, Colston Street: Box office - 0117 922 3686.
Oct 5: JASON BYRNE. After the huge success of his Cirque Du Byrne tour, Jason takes his new show on tour. People’s Puppeteer will have new stories, new props, and more of his trademark high octane lunacy.
Oct 13: MARK WATSON. Mark Watson was a victim of identity theft. Someone successfully posed as him and took all his money. It made him think about the power of the internet, the nature of identity, the way to stop crime forever and live in a better world, and some other smaller matters. He has now finished thinking about these things and is ready to present his findings.
Oct 18: KEVIN BLOODY WILSON. Having brought his unique brand of Aussie humour to our shores more than 25 years ago, Kevin returns for his final concert tour of the UK.
Nov 6: KEVIN BRIDGES. One of the UK’s hottest comedy properties returns to the road with his brand new show, The Story Continues.
* The Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade: Box office - 0844 871 3012.
Until July 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 July 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.
Sept 10-15: ROUGH JUSTICE. Tom Conti plays television journalist James Highwood, a man who has made his career out of challenging the British justice system in his documentary programmes. Now, suddenly, it is Highwood himself who is challenged when he is brought to court on a charge of murder.
Sept 17-22: RELATIVELY SPEAKING. Felicity Kendal and Jonathan Coy star in this beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English comedy. It was Alan Ayckbourn’s first great West End success and the play which turned him into a household name.