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Sister Act – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sister Act is a staple of Sunday afternoon movie viewing, a film that when it is on requires you to put your feet up with a cuppa and watch. Along with Bond and Hocus Pocus (why has this still not been converted into a show ...

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Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised by: The Wardrobe Theatre Company Director: Adam Fuller Reviewer: Claire Hayes It may be July, but that doesn’t stop The Wardrobe theatre company from reprising its 2015 Christmas show, this time in the Factory Theatre. And why not, when this seasonally ubiquitous mash up of Guy Ritchie’s 1998 cockney gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with the ...

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The Love Of The Nightingale – Circomedia, Bristol

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Directors: Paul Clarkson and Kim Durham Reviewer: Kris Hallett Funny how often theatre can feel like buses. You wait ages to see a production and then two turn up one after another. Connor McPherson’s The Weir will play at both Bristol’s flagship theatres within a year of each other, but only seven short months separate two productions of Timberlake ...

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Tristan and Yseult – Bristol Old Vic

Writers: Anna Marie Murphy and Carl Grose Adaptor and Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Kris Hallett If theatre ever had their own version of Desert Island Discs, Kneehigh would have to be a strong contender for the luxury item. No company brings as much joy to a packed auditorium as them when they are in full flow. No company fulfils the mantra ...

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Translunar Paradise – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: George Mann Director: George Mann Reviewer: Joan Phillips More theatre at its best at the Factory Theatre, Bristol, with Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Translunar Paradise. Just three people on stage and not a word is spoken in this short, simply staged, moving story. But the effect on the audience is as powerful as a full-length play or cinema 'weepy'. Written ...

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Dirty Dancing – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Laura Hesketh Based on the 1987 rom-com that made many fall in love with the late Patrick Swayze, the 2006 musical production of Dirty Dancing continues to be a sell-out hit to a loyal fan base. Set in the early sixties at Camp Kellerman, the ultimate middle-class retreat, Frances 'Baby' ...

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Coppélia – Bristol Hippodrome

A male ballet dancer holds a female aloft in front of a group of female dancers

Composer: Léo Delibes Conductor: Paul Murphy Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Reviewer: Claire Hayes Based on the stories of E T A Hoffmann, Coppélia is the lightest and most fragile of confections; the tale of a mechanical doll who entrances and enrages in equal measure. Yet the enchantment of this enduringly popular 19th Century work is underscored by ...

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13 – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Joan Phillips First staged in 2011, Mike Bartlett's play, 13, resonates with today's world more than ever with its ominous portrayal of a nation on the verge of a social and political breakdown. But sadly its disappointments are much the same. Bartlett's depiction of a political system under siege from the rise in ...

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