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Calendar Girls – Bristol Hippodrome

Writers: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Designer: Robert Jones Reviewer: Julia Beasley Getting naked for charity was a cheeky move by 11 female friends in North Yorkshire over 20 years ago. Modestly poised with sunflowers, teapots and currant buns,  their Women’s Institute nude calendar started life as a local controversy. It was all quietly subversive and heaps ...

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The Magic Flute – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: W. A. Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder (t: Jeremy Sams) Conductor: Damian Iorio Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva It may have been played consistently for over 200 years, but very few times in its history has Mozart’s The Magic Flute seen its hero, Tamino, start proceedings by battling a giant lobster. Bristol’s Hippodrome provided the setting for Thursday’s performance, offering an intimate ...

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Don Giovanni – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: Caroline Chaney Designer:  John Napier Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Julia Beasley Sexual harassment allegations are not a modern phenomenon, as Mozart’s big-beast opera shows. The antics of the sex-addicted Don are an abuse of power: the women need to be heard and justice needs to be done.  The drama lies in how and when this will happen. Since its ...

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The Snow Dragon, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Devised by Tall Stories  Director: Toby Mitchell Reviewer: RL Bartholomew It's New Year's Eve night and the wolves are about. These rough and tumble guys are out to teach a life lesson to young Billy -  a  spoilt, indulged and mollycoddled little goat - and it's one lesson he would bleat loudly about, and probably won't ever forget. Skittish and ...

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Eugene Onegin – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lyrics: Konstantin Shilovsky Reviewer: Julia Beasley As far as romantic heroes go, Eugene is a pretty sulky, selfish and vain chap. Dry as a twig and dressed like an undertaker, he is a young urbanite bored with society and himself.  The audience senses from the start that Eugene is short on empathy and it’s probably not ...

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The Blues Brothers Summer Special – Hippodrome Casino, London

Director: Joshua Mumby Choreographer: Lily Howkins Musical Director: James Robert Ball Reviewer: Deborah Parry You may not have seen it, but chances are you've heard of a rather iconic cult 1980s film called The Blues Brothers - you'll certainly recognise the outfits, the sunglasses and the deadpan faces of the two stars (the late) John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Well, ...

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Let It Be – Hippodrome, Bristol

Producer:Jeff Parry Reviewer: Beth Steer As the biggest ever tour of The Beatles’ celebration showLet It Bedoes the rounds of the UK, theatre-goers, mega-fans and music buffs alike will not be disappointed by the performance at the Bristol Hippodrome. Comprised of over 40 Beatles’ hits, Let It Be spans the iconic era of the first mania-inducing boy band’s illustrious career ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book and Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hamilton (based on the Billy Wilder film) Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Joan Phillips You certainly get a full dose of 1950s Hollywood glamour this week at Bristol Hippodrome. This year’s BLOC Production is Sunset Boulevard, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on the celebrated Billy Wilder film noir classic. Sunset ...

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