BRISTOL HIPPODROME: Entertainment par excellence for Nailsea People

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 12:17

Twixt city and coast, Nailsea has it all.

You can live in a virtually crime-free rural environment and still enjoy the delights of city life and the seaside which are both on our doorstep.

And while green wellies and country living may appeal to many people sometimes going into town gives you a far wider cultural experience with its many art galleries, museums and theatres.

Top of my list for a great city night out is a visit to the Bristol Hippodrome which last year celebrated its centenary.

The Victorian theatre offers everything from high brow opera to risqué comedians, top class musicals to lunchtime singalongs and lots inbetween for all ages.

The hit show of 2012 for me was The Lion King with Blood Brothers and the Riverdance troupe a close second.

Bristol Hippodrome press officer Sarah Milne said: "What a fantastic centenary year 2012 was for this wonderful theatre. 

"From firm favourites returning including Blood Brothers, Grease, Spamalot and Calendar Girls to new productions of Top Hat, I Dreamed A Dream and the superb new touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, local audiences loved them all. 

"With our centenary show, Thanks For The Memories celebrating 100 glorious years of this remarkable theatre and Disney's first ever tour of The Lion King opening here, it was a very special year for us that we certainly won't forget."

It was on Sunday, January 6, after a fantastic one month run Aladdin starring Carol McGiffin, Andy Ford and Josie Gibson came to a close.

So 2012 ended its final days with a pantomime and opened 2013 with the Russian State Ballet of Siberia and what a treat it was.

Although the sets for ballet aren't as lavish as musicals, the classical style and costumes were lovely.

It was a sheer delight that the dancers where accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra and an appreciative audience gave both rapturous applause.

Portishead grandmother Sue Lander said: "It was really good although I am sorry to say I think the wow factor was missing in the final dance."

And retired school teacher Sue Pickstokc, of Congresbury, agreed although she said there were lots to praise.

She said: "I thought the average age of the company seemed pretty young and the inexperience did show but they put in a lovely performance.

"I very much enjoyed the ballet but I did feel the some of the 'magic' and 'je ne sais quoi' factor was missing.

"I have a superb DVD of the Kirov Swan Lake, now that is magic.

"The costumes, particularly for the character dancing were great and the character dancing itself was some of the best I've seen, especially the Cossacks.

"Ekaterina Bulgutova in the lead role of Odette/Odile was superb.

"I have seen Rudolf Nureyev in the role of Prince Seigfried and no one could beat that performance.

"In Bristol the role was danced by Vyacheslav Kapustin who was even out danced by his best friend Benno (Mikhail Khushutin) as who was really good.

"I think if I'd have read the synopsis of the story in the programme first, I would not have been so confused by the way the ballet ended.

"I am presuming the tragic ending was connected in some way to the black tutus worn by some of the swans in Act 2.

"I did like that but I did not see the significance during the performance."

"I was sorry they ended it in such a tragic way but then I am a traditionalist and am well used to Swan Lake ending naturally and happily."

Here is the exciting programme planned for 2013:

OLIVER!

Starring Neil Morrissey as Fagin

Tuesday to Sunday, January 22-February 24

Tickets £17.50-£54.50 with concessions available at certain performances

For further details go to www.oliverthemusical.com.

YAMATO DRUMMERS

Taiko musical troupe from Japan 

Wednesday, Febrary 27, at 7.30pm

Tickets £15-£31.50 with concessions available

For further details go to www.yamato.jp 

MAGIC – A KIND OF QUEEN

First and best Queen tribute band

Thursday, February 28,  at 7.30pm

Tickets £18.50-£20

For further details go to www.magicakindofqueen.co.uk 

BRENDAN COLE

Licence To Thrill six world class dancers and 14-piece orchestra

Friday, March 1, at 7.30pm

Tickets £25.50-£33.50 with concessions available

For further details go to www.brendancole.com 

THE MILITARY WIVES SHOW

A specially selected regional choir with the band of the Royal Anglian Regiment

Saturday, March 2 at 7.30 pm

Tickets £22.50 with concessions available

THE FULL MONTY

Starring Kenny Doughty, Craig Gazey, Simon Rouse, Kieran O'Brien, Roger Morlidge and Sidney Cole

Monday to Saturday, March 4-9

Tickets £12.50-£30 with concessions available at certain performance

ANDY FORD

Stand up comedian

Sunday, March 10, at 7.30pm

Tickets £18 with concessions available

9 to 5: THE MUSICAL

Starring Mark Moraghan, Jackie Clune, Amy Lennox and Bonnie Langford

Monday to Saturday, March 18-23

Tickets £15-£42 with concessions available at certain performances

For further details go to  www.9to5themusical.co.uk

STARLIGHT EXPRESS

One of the best loved and longest running (skating) musicals in theatrical history

Tuesday to Saturday, March 26-April 6

Tickets £19.50-£45 with concessions available at certain performances

For a sneak preview click HERE.

SING-A-LONG-A GREASE

Your chance to learn how to hand jive

Sunday evning, April 7

Tickets £15

For further details go to www.singalonga.net

SHAOLIN WARRIORS

A theatrical Kung Fu show

Monday evning, April 8

Tickets £22-£24 with concessions available

NEW JERSEY NIGHTS

A musical journey celebrating the greatest hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Tuesday to Saturday, April 9-13

Tickets £10-£32.50 with concessions available at certain performances

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

The heartwarming Australian musical adventure starring Jason Donovan

Monday to Saturday, April 15-27

Tickets £10-£45 with concessions available at certain performances

THE MOUSETRAP

Whodunnit starring Karl Howman, Bruno Langley, Graham Seed, Steven France, Jemma Walker and Clare Wilkie

Monday to Saturday, April 29-May 4

Tickets £14.50-£32.50 with concessions available

For further details go to www.mousetrapontour.com

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SLEEPING BEAUTY

The world premiere of a re-imagining of a ballet classic

Tuesday and Saturday, May 7-11

Tickets £15-£38.50 with concessions available

For further details go to http://www.new-adventures.net/productions/sleeping_beauty

BEN AND HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM

BAFTA award-winning television animation for small children shown comes to the stage

Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-16

Tickets £12.50-£16.50 with concessions available

YES, PRIME MINISTER

The return of PM Jim Hacker and his cabinet secretary Sir Humphrey

Monday to Saturday, May 20-25

Tickets £10-£29.50 with concessions available at certain performances

SALLY MORGAN

Psychic Sally on the road

Sunday, June 9

Tickets £24

THE DREAMBOYS

Fit and famous

Tuesday, June 11

Tickets £23.50

ROY CHUBBY BROWN

Billed as 'rude and crude' views of women and gender

Wednesday evening, June 12

Tickets £21 with concessions available

MAGIC OF MOTOWN

Packed with 36 back-to-back massive Motown hits

Thursday evening, June 13

Tickets £21-£24 with concessions available

AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE

Dirty dancing with finesse to put a smile on your face

Friday evening, June 14

Tickets £20.50-£23 with concessions available

HALFWAY TO PARADISE – THE BILLY FURY STORY

Saturday, June 15 at 7.30 pm

Tickets £21 with concessions available

For further information go to www.billyfurystory.com

BILL BAILEY: QUALMPEDDLAR

Sunday evening, June 16

Tickets £26

THE MOODY BLUES

Sunday evening, June 23

Tickets £40.50

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Tuesday to Saturday, June 25-29

Tickets: £10-£29.50 with concessions available at certain performances

HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL

Starring Mark Benton as Edna Turnblad

Tuesday to Saturday, August 6-17

Tickets £15-£48.50 with concessions available at certain performances

For further information go to www.hairspraythetour.com

JASON MANFORD

Actor, tv presenter and comedian

Friday and Saturday, November 15-16

Tickets £23.50

For further information go to www.jasonmanford.com

      

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