Friday, August 17, 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.
Until Aug 18: SUMMER HOLIDAY. Following the phenomenal success of last year’s summer youth project, Fame, Loganwest returns with its brand new production, an uplifting family show based on the 1963 movie starring Cliff Richard.
Aug 23: 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.
Aug 25: JUNIOR SUMMER SCHOOL SHOW. Performers, aged eight to 16, from this year’s Junior Summer School present their end of course show.
Aug 26: LAST NIGHT AT THE PROMS. The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra returns with an enjoyable proms-style evening of great music celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Aug 28: WAR HORSE (film). Another chance to see the critically-acclaimed World War Two drama directed by Stephen Spielberg.
Aug 29: AN EVENING OF DIRTY DANCING. Prepare to have the time of your life as a dynamic cast stages a smash hit tribute to one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time.
Sept 1: CALENDAR GIRLS. The amateur premiere of the popular play based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who created a global phenomenon by producing a charity WI calendar with a difference.
Sept 5: THE FLANAGAN & ALLEN STORY. Come along to a show filled with songs fans will know so well in this nostalgic celebration of Flanagan and Allen and The Crazy Gang.
Sept 6: FIVE STAR SWING. The acclaimed orchestra makes a welcome return to town with its feel-good big band show featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.
Sept 7: HATS OFF TO LED ZEPPELIN. Travel back in time as four top class musicians recreate Led Zeppelin’s magical concerts in a stunning tribute to one of the greatest rock bands ever.
Sept 8: BACK TO BROADWAY. The country’s finest stage singers and dancers present a fresh and unique musical incorporating favourite songs from the most popular shows in the West End and on Broadway.
Sept 30: TINGA TINGA. An interactive show for the whole family combining famous nursery rhymes with tales from the animals of the Masaii Mara.
Oct 7: STEWART FRANCIS. The star of Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and Live At The Apollo visits town with his hilarious new show.
Oct 12: OFF THE BALL. Football-mad comedians Bob Mills and Ian Stone join show host Will Buckley to debate all things football related in a lively interactive panel show.
Nov 22: FOSTER & ALLEN. An opportunity to spend a wonderful evening being serenaded and entertained by this well-loved Irish duo who have been together for more than 30 years and who are still going strong.
* 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.
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 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 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.
Sept 25-29: GOOD GRIEF. Adapted by Keith Waterhouse from his own bestselling comic novel, Good Grief tells the story of June Pepper, the recently bereaved widow of the editor of a tabloid newspaper, who discovers there is far more to life than death. Penelope Keith stars.
Oct 1-6: MANSFIELD PARK. When Fanny Price is dropped into the bustling, aristocratic household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, she finds herself buffeted from one crisis to the next, but one thing remains constant - her love for the generous, worthy and steadfast Edmund Bertram. This brand new adaptation of Jane Austen’s captivating novel features authentic period design and sumptuous Regency costumes.