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 […]
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’
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 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 […]
Nothing spells out Christmas like a P A N T O M I N E and this week Lexia and I
From the minute Fairy Gokmother burst onto the stage the jokes stated to roll. Gok
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!
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