Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage. Photo by Alastair Muir
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Find out what’s on at The Playhouse and Blakehay in Weston, the Colston Hall and Hippodrome in Bristol, and the Theatre Royal Bath.
* Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose: Box office – 01225 448844.
Until Feb 15: THE FULL MONTY. In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose took the world by storm. And now they’re back, live on stage, in a show featuring all the songs from the hit movie.
Feb 17-22: FALLEN ANGELS. Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe star as best friends Julia and Jane in a heavenly new production of Noël Coward’s sparkling comedy classic, which was a Champagne cork-popping hit in the West End in 2000.
Feb 23: KERRY ELLIS & BRIAN MAY. A rare chance to see one of the world’s greatest guitar players, Brian May, and Britain’s newest first lady of song, Kerry Ellis, take to stage. Join them for a magical evening of world class acoustic music, performed by candlelight.
Feb 24-Mar 1: CHARIOTS OF FIRE. Direct from the West End, celebrate one of this country’s greatest sporting dramas in this spectacular adaptation of one of the best loved British films of all time. The critically-acclaimed stage version visits Bath as part of a strictly limited UK tour.
* The Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade: Box office – call 08448 713012.
Feb 13: CELTIC LADIES AND DUBLIN’S IRISH TENORS. The Celtic Ladies present an evening of wonderful melodies and outstanding harmonies. Their musical journey includes legendary Celtic hits along with nostalgic favourites from The Carpenters, Adele, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, and many more.
Feb 14: ELLEN KENT’S NABUCCO. This lavish new production of Verdi’s epic and powerful tale, laced with revenge, destruction and jealousy, follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco.
Feb 15: ELLEN KENT’S AIDA. This brand new production brings the hot, dusty plains and dramatic grandeur of ancient Egypt to the stage in Verdi’s classic love story of war, jealousy and revenge. With opulent sets and costumes, this traditional production promises to be as stunning visually as it is musically.
Feb 16: THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS IN A SPACE ODDITY 2014. Paul and Barry visit a toy shop to buy some water pistols. Whilst trying them out they notice a toy spaceship, which they get in. Ignoring the advice of the shopkeeper they press the button… and so begins another crazy adventure.
Feb 18-22: BARRY HUMPHRIES – EAT, PRAY, LAUGH! Barry Humphries, whose alter egos include inebriated cultural attaché the Honorable Sir Les Patterson, the grandfatherly Sandy Stone, and Moonee Ponds’ legendary housewife Dame Edna Everage, comes to Bristol Hippodrome on a Farewell World tour.
Feb 24: TAP FACTORY. An amazing, fully choreographed spectacular featuring mind blowing live percussion and male dancers and aerial acrobats to set your pulses racing. With a heady mixture of urban and tap dance, hip hop and comedy, audiences will be thrilled by this high octane spectacular.
Feb 25-Mar 1: DANCE ‘TIL DAWN. Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back with a brand new show. After wowing audiences across the country with Midnight Tango, the dazzling duo return in a sensational dance show straight from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
* Colston Hall, Colston Street: Box office – call 0117 922 3686.
Feb 15 (The Lantern) BEST IN UK STAND UP – NATHAN CATON & CO: The charismatic Nathan Caton is a comedian who specialises in on-the-nose material about life as a British black man in the modern world. “The most exciting young black comic on the scene” (Fest) has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News and Mock The Week.
Feb 16 (The Lantern): FESTIVAL OF THE SPOKEN NERD. Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, the sell-out comedy phenomenon is back on tour with a brand new show for the insatiably sci-curious. Whether you loved or loathed the school science lab, Spoken Nerd aims to feed your brain, tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner.
Feb 19: DINOSAUR ZOO. Direct from Australia, Dinosaur Zoo brings a collection of prehistoric creatures to the stage as you’ve never seen them before. Observe and interact with them in a fun, entertaining and highly imaginative live show.
Feb 26 (The Lantern): JONNY AND THE BAPTISTS. A comedy band famous for making riotous music, brimming with biting satire and anthemic hilarity. Their TV and radio appearances have included The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), The Infinite Monkey Cage (BBC Radio 4) and The Gadget Show (Channel 5).
Mar 1/2 (The Lantern): RICHARD HERRING. In his 11th show since 2001, the hard-working comedian, broadcaster, podcaster and writer asks whether death is a tragedy or just an excuse to have a lie-in.
* The Blakehay Theatre, Wadham Street: Box office – call 01934 645493.
Feb 22: WESTON’S GOT TALENT. After a series of heats around the town, the chosen ones get ready to show off their showbiz talents in the final of a contest organised by Weston Town Council.
Mar 1: ESCUELA FUEGO FLAMENCO. Experience the colour, drama and moods of Spain in a show featuring classical and folk, as well as a range of flamenco music and dance.
* The Playhouse, High Street: Box office – call 01934 645544.
Feb 15: THE ELVIS YEARS. An outstanding concert tour production of the West End show Jailhouse Rock, with original star Mario Kombou and Ivor Novello award-winning musical director David Mackay leading the incredible band.
Feb 18: TURBO (film): A high-velocity animated comedy about an ordinary snail who dares to dream big. When a freak accident miraculously gives him the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks those dreams into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey.
* Feb 20: 51 SHADES OF MAGGIE. Leesa Harker’s number one best-selling comedy send-up of 50 Shades Of Grey. This hilarious new play full of naughty bits will have you laughing out loud. Join Maggie and her friends on this (slightly filthy) journey of love, booze and whips. Contains strong language and themes of an adult nature.
Feb 21: THE BILLY FURY YEARS 2014. Take a musical journey through the musical career of Britain’s best loved rock ‘n’ roller. It’s a two-hour show filled with Billy’s greatest hits, all delivered in true Fury style by Michael King.
Feb 22: THE INTERNATIONAL HARP ENSEMBLE. Unique in Europe, The International Harp Ensemble offers an incomparable opportunity to experience the timeless fascination of the harp. Britain’s Got Talent finalist Faryl Smith has joined forces with the ensemble for a series of concerts in what is a perfect fusion of voice and strings.
Feb 23: BARNEY THE DINOSAUR. It’s always nice to share your toys, but in a rush to share their favourites with the audience, Barney’s friends accidentally break them. So it’s Barney to the rescue in a show packed with 90 minutes of song, dance and fun.
Feb 27: ABBAMANIA 2014. Still one of the most popular groups in the world today, Abba’s record breaking songs are timeless and continue to thrill generations. Here’s a chance to put on your flares and enjoy an unforgettable night of musical nostalgia.
Feb 28: MAGICAL MOZART BY CANDLELIGHT. A magnificent fully costumed show immersing its audience in the wonderful music and the classical baroque world of one the world’s greatest romantic composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Mar 1: FAIRPORT CONVENTION. Hailed as the orginators of British folk-rock, Fairport Convention’s 2014 tour concerts will feature a mix of material from their recent albums, classics from their extensive earlier repertoire and some brand new, previously unperformed songs destined for their next studio album.