Thursday, July 25, 2019

The award-winning youth section of Weston Operatic Society were on (big) top form when their newest show, Barnum, opened at the Blakehay Theatre in Weston last night (Wednesday).

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

You would be hard pressed to find a more heart-warming show than Calendar Girls - The Musical which is playing at Bristol's Hippodrome theatre.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

I had always wondered why a simple murder mystery has become the longest-running West End show of all time above all the technical wizardry, catchy songs and flamboyant staging of the modern musical, so I tiptoed towards the Bristol Hippodrome last night (Monday), deerstalker on head, and magnifying glass in hand, to catch the opening night of The Mousetrap.

Friday, June 14, 2019

'It only takes one match to burn a thousand trees' according to Welsh rocker Kelly Jones of the band, Stereophonics, at a gig last night (Thursday) but luckily for the forest in Gloucestershire which provided the backdrop to it, there was no chance of that happening due to the unseasonal June downpours.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Always happy to revisit my childhood years, I skipped along in the pouring rain to the Bristol Hippodrome for the opening night of Fame - The Musical last night (Monday).

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Despite a promo featuring a Barbie doll dressed in Shakespearean robes, I was not overly excited about seeing Worle Operatic and Dramatic Society's (WODS) production of Twelfth Night last night (Thursday), thinking it would be dull and dry.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Rarely does a piece of theatre totally envelope you in its duvet-like folds, taking you away from everything going on in your own life for two and a half hours as much as Rain Man did at The Playhouse when it opened there last night (Monday).

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Proving you don't need elaborate sets and amazing special effects to put on a jolly good stage show, Dirty Dusting, with its saucy-seaside-postcard-style humour arrived at The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare last night (Tuesday), to rapturous applause.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The perfect way to keep your little darlings entertained during a school holiday in winter came in the form of a lively schoolboy whose colourful hot-dog bedecked car crashed into Bristol's Hippodrome last night (Wednesday).

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

It would be absolutely criminal if the hilarious comedy scripts of Galton and Simpson never saw the light of day again after their initial airing in the 1950s, so I was pleased to see the grumpy ramblings they wrote with well-known comedian Tony Hancock are being brought to a whole new audience, by way of a touring stage show.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Horrible Histories is a well-known series of books which have been made into a TV series and now theatre productions which bring the past in all its gruesome glory to life for children in a fun and humorous way, so they do not realise they are actually learning.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It's that time of year again - oh yes it is! - when flamboyant costumes, dazzling sets and cheesy comedy are the order of the day so, getting into the festive spirit last night (Tuesday), I ventured forth with my 10-year-old son into panto-land at The Bristol Hippodrome.

Friday, November 30, 2018

I am fortunate to be able to see a lot of live theatre in my job but before last night I had not attended a completely improvised show before so I was a bit apprehensive about seeing Murder She Didn't Write at Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana, as I didn't know what to expect.

Monday, November 5, 2018

I was so privileged to see my childhood idol, the irrepressible Toyah, perform at Bristol's Fleece on Thursday evening as I had never seen her sing her own songs live before, despite being a fan since I was 11.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A fascinating glimpse into the extraordinary life of Suggs, frontman of revered ska band Madness, was given to a riveted audience at Weston-super-Mare's Playhouse Theatre last night (Tuesday).

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Weston Operatic Society is feline delighted after tickets for all five shows of its four-day run of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, which opened at The Playhouse last night (Wednesday), completely sold out for the first time ever.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If you have children you need to 'Move It, Move It' to witness the colourful and hilarious spectacle which is Madagascar The Musical which opened at The Hippodrome, in Bristol, last night (Tuesday).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

It is always lovely to relive your childhood so I was especially excited to see a stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang open at The Bristol Hippodrome last night (Tuesday).

Friday, August 10, 2018

A loveable green ogre bellowed his way into The Hippodrome theatre this week as the smash hit West End show Shrek The Musical returned to Bristol.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Being one of a minority of people it seems who have never seen the film, I had no expectations when I attended the opening night of An Officer And A Gentleman - The Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome last night.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

When the sun sets in Weston it is often at its prettiest, with the twinkling seafront lights and avenue of brightly-lit bars and restaurants. So go for a moonlit stroll or try one of these suggestions:

Friday, May 18, 2018

We all hope the sun stays out when we book a trip to the sea or countryside but if storm clouds loom there is no reason to be gloomy with these ten fun things to do in and around Weston and North Somerset.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Even if you are not the biggest fan of one of the most iconic bands of our generation there are so many layers to the new hit musical The Band, which opened at Bristol's Hippodrome last night, that it is most definitely still worth catching.

Monday, April 16, 2018

I have been to many Indie music gigs in my time but I have never been to one where an orchestra and choir shared the stage as they did at Bristol's Colston Hall on Friday evening.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Menopause - The Musical arrived at The Playhouse, in Weston-super-Mare, on Saturday, providing exactly what it says on the tin.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Features writer Karen Richards travelled to the German city of Düsseldorf to see the heady sights, sample the cuisine and soak up its 24-hour culture.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The county is well-known for its gorgeous cheese and scrumptious cider but where should you go if you wish to sample and buy these or any of the other delicious food and drink made in Somerset?

Monday, April 2, 2018

Here is a list of the main events which should keep your diary full and give you lots of ideas of how and when you should plan your visit to our fabulous area:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

When I booked to see Cilla The Musical which opened at Bristol's Hippodrome last night I wondered how they would condense the 2014 TV drama about the meteoric rise of singer and presenter Cilla Black, which spanned several hours, into a two and a half-hour theatre show.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A new bar which opened its doors in Weston last month is hosting live music starting tomorrow night.

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