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Matilda The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Matilda The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Jolie and I were invited to see Matilda The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome yesterday. She is a complete bookworm and massive fan of Roald Dahl books. So the production had lots to live up to and she certainly wasn’t disappointed.  Matilda I’m sure has been […]

Rock of Ages Musical

Rock of Ages Musical

This week Bristol Hippodrome hosts Rock of Ages the Musical. Rock of ages is a comedy musical, with some hilarious moments. The musical has been running since 2005 and visited 100s of theatres across the world. It is currently touring the UK until the end […]

The Bodyguard starring Alexandra Burke

The Bodyguard starring Alexandra Burke

Being a child of the eighties, Whitney Houston was a soundtrack to my early years. I have fond memories of singing along to Whitney tracks with my parents and siblings. Even nowadays when I need to get on with the cleaning, I whack her Greatest Hits on and power through my jobs. When I heard that The Bodyguard was coming to Bristol Hippodrome, I knew I had to see it.

The Bodyguard on stage is an adaption of the 90’s film that starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston herself. The touring cast is headed up by Alexandra Burke playing Rachel Marron and Benoît Maréchal playing Frank Farmer. The supporting cast were enthusiastic and animated throughout the whole production.

The production started in a thrilling and high energy way. Before my eyes, the stage came alive with the energetic male dancers, plus the explosive pyrotechnics. So my attention was very firmly on the stage, a real treat for any Mum’s on a Wednesday night!

I have watched the film a couple of times and seen The Bodyguard in the West End some years ago. The whole production followed the film very closely. There were some updates to the show. For example, the cast began to talk about a picture that went viral on Instagram and Frank Farmer’s character was checking emails on his phone. Which wouldn’t have happened in the 90’s.

Young Fletcher brought the cute factor to the show, his break dancing and singing had the audience smiling along. Even though I knew the story, some moments still continue to have me on the edge of my seat. Especially the moment when the Nickie Marron (played fantastically by Micha Richardson) was murdered.

The Bodyguard

Once the production had come to an end the audience were invited to get up on their feet to dance and sing along to the pure Whitney classic, Dance with Somebody. The Bodyguard is exciting and entertaining from start to finish.

Disclaimer – We received 2 press tickets in return of an honest review.

Mum and Teen Date Night – Annie The Musical

Mum and Teen Date Night – Annie The Musical

This week, I took time out of the madness of life to head to the theatre. Lex and I had a Mum and Teen Date Night watching Annie The Musical. Annie The Musical is currently on tour around the country. The production opened with a […]

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Bristol Hippodrome has recently welcomed the Kinky Boots on the iconic stage. The hit musical will be running until 9th March. Throughout its visit, it will be bringing glamour and comedy to the stage. Kinky boots has won 3 Olivier Awards. The story is inspired […]

Tom Gates Live

Tom Gates Live

If you have children aged 7 upwards you will probably have heard of the Tom Gates books. My 3 middle children 7, 9 and 12 have read them all. Liz Pichon’s clever stories and doodles can engage even the most reluctant readers.

Once the invited to Tom Gates Live popped into my inbox, I knew Jolie, 9 would be so excited. The show was produced by the same team that brought Gangsta Granny and Horrible Histories to the stage. Liz Pichon and Neal Foster adapted the books to bring Tom Gates alive on the stage. Tom Gates Live was on at the Bristol Hippodrome during February half term.

Tom Gates Live
Neal Foster and Liz Pichon

From the start, the jokes started rolling and Jolie was giggling. It seems, however, Tom tries he still manages to get into trouble at school and it is a constant battle not to get too many sad faces. The set was quirky and interesting.

Anyone that has read the Tom Gates books will know of the Dog Zombie songs which are a big feature. So we were expecting to hear a silly tune or two. ‘We want chips’ had the younger members of the audience singing along.

Tom Gates Live
Dog Zombies

The show included the run up to ‘The Fossils’ wedding, there are a series of mishaps. But will Tom manage to save the day and make sure the wedding goes to plan? Matthew Chase played Tom Gates who has a massive portfolio of theatre work including being Ryder in Paw Patrol’s arena tour. Also a familar face to me was Justin Davies, straightaway I recognised him from Sky one’s Stella. In which he played Ben Morris.

What Jolie, 9, thought of the show. ‘I thought it was remarkable and all of it was very intriguing as I love the Tom Gates books. My favourite bit was they went to the biscuit factory because they thought it was boring but then Tom got the surprise of his life when he was asked to design the packaging for a new biscuit. My favourite character was Norman’

Disclaimer : Bristol Hippodrome offered us 2 press tickets in return for a review, all words are my own.

Disney’s The Lion King is Coming to Bristol Hippodrome

Disney’s The Lion King is Coming to Bristol Hippodrome

2019 is a massive year for The Lion King. Not only is it going to hit the cinema screens with a Live action version. But the UK stage production celebrates it’s 20th year. So it is fantastic news that Disney’s The Lion King is coming […]

Motown The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Motown The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Motown has hit Bristol town well city actually. Motown the Musical has recently started a 4-week long run at Bristol Hippodrome. The hit musical has been running since 2013 when it premiered in New York. Then it hit the West End in London in 2016 […]

Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome

Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome

Nothing spells out Christmas like a P A N T O M I N E and this week Lexia and I were lucky enough to head to see Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome. This year’s panto has stars Gok Wan and Brian Conley plus a full cast of great actors. Including the young talents of performers from the Bristol School of Dancing.

Fairy Gokmother

From the minute Fairy Gokmother burst onto the stage the jokes stated to roll. Gok Wan, brought lots of humour to his role, including lots of references to his How to Look Good Naked show.  Gok’s costume was shiny and sparkly and perfectly too flamboyant. Brian Conley played buttons, who brought humour and many references to the trends of 2018. His floss was quality viewing and had the audience smiling. The singing and dancing from Cinderella played by Lauren Hall was magnificent. 

Ben Stock and Neal Wright aka The Ugly Sisters were comical throughout. Therefore their references to being ‘identical’ plus looking amazing brought plenty of giggles to the audience! The fairy Gokmother admits it would be a challenge too far to get them to look good!

Cinderella Ugly Sisters

The set was grand and eye-catching, especially the Ballroom so when Cinderella and Prince Charming finally came together to live happily ever after, their entrance was like a real-life fairytale to the younger children in the audience, definitely something that they will remember for a long time.

The show was definitely for all the family with the magic of Cinderella. started some risky adult humour thrown in. No panto would be complete without a bit of audience participation. Buttons got a member of the audience to help his efforts to win ‘Bristol’s Got Talent’. Some children from the audience helped out with a singalong with Buttons so tha was entertaining.

The team at QDOS Productions did a fantastic job and Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome is definitely one for the memory jar. The production runs until 6th January 2019 and tickets can be booked online at atg tickets. 

Disclaimer : Bristol Hippodrome gave us 2 press tickets for Cinderella the Pantomine in return for an honest review. All words and views are my own.

Benidorm Live at Bristol Hippodrome

Benidorm Live at Bristol Hippodrome

We have been fans of Benidorm the TV series for years. For a good few years, Tegan my 17 year old has joined me once the other children are in bed to laugh along. Now the popular comedy TV show has hit the stage. Earlier this […]