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Tosca – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa &Luigi Illica Director: Michael Blakemore Revival director: Benjamin Davis Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] A mammoth among mammoths, Tosca runs the gamut of the emotions more, perhaps, than any other opera. Set in Rome in 1800, amid political unrest and a brutal police regime, the sheer scale of this opera is mind-blowing, with music that ...

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Thriller Live – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Michelle Grady [rating:4] Throw any notions of a Mamma Mia-style musical out of the window – Thriller Live is a pure homage to the king of pop. There’s no storyline and no cast of characters – just Michael Jackson’s hits enthusiastically sung by an accomplished group of singers, backed up by a tight troupe of high-energy ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Bristol Hippodrome

Writers: Stephan Elliot &Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Naomi Stevens [Rating:4] Flamboyant, fun and feather boas are just a few words which can be used to describe Priscilla Queen of the Desert. This production is lively, vibrant and as camp as a row of tents. For anyone familiar with the 1994 film of the same name, this show needs ...

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New Jersey Nights – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Director &Choreography: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] New Jersey Nights is a concert style production which takes the audience through a celebration of greatest hits by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. With a distinct party atmosphere, there is no storyline, making this a show purely about the music. It has a very different feel to the current hit ...

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Starlight Express – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Richard Stilgoe Additional Lyrics: David Yazbeck Direction and Choreography: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Richard Loftus [rating:3] Starlight Express opened at the Apollo Victoria on 27 March 1984 – 29 years later, the production glides on to Bristol Hippodrome’s stage providing A Whole Lotta Locomation for audiences. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express is a musical tale of ...

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9 To 5 – The Bristol Hippodrome

Music &Lyrics: Dolly Parton Writer: Patricia Resnick Director &Choreographer: Jeff Calhoun Reviewer: Michelle Grady [rating:3.5] Setting a fluffy musical in a grey, uninspiring office may not seem an obvious choice, but that’s exactly what writers Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins did back in 1980, resulting in a hit film with music, lyrics and a starring rôle by much-loved country songstress ...

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The Full Monty – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:5] In 1997, a small British film about a group of unemployed steel workers in Sheffield won the hearts of millions internationally. Now, in 2013, the stage version is set to do exactly the same. For the uninitiated, we are mid-Thatcher administration and the financial and political belt is pulled tight. ...

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Oliver! – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Lionel Bart Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Kath Hill [Rating:4] Dickens’ story of Oliver Twist’s rise from the gutter to respectable society is very well known, not least thanks to the famous film version of this musical, but it still draws a large audience keen to hear their favourite lines and songs. The action starts in the Midlands workhouse where ...

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