The Play’s the Thing

Lion King prowls into Bristol

THE Disney production of The Lion King moves back into Bristol Hippodrome from Saturday 7th Septem­ber, running until Saturday 23rd November. After its successful run in 2012, the Hippodrome is look­ing forward to attracting new audiences as well as those wanting to see the show again. Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation opened on Broadway in…

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Estefan story on stage

ON Your Feet!, described as  the inspiring love story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, comes to Theatre Royal Plymouth from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th September. It charts their journey from Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom, featuring classic pops songs including Rhythm is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get On…

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After Austen, it’s almost Pride and Prejudice

THE first show of the Bristol Old Vic autumn 2019 season is Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), on stage from Saturday 7th to Saturday 28th Septem­ber. A collaboration between the Old Vic, Birmingham Reper­tory Theatre, Leeds Play­house, Northern Stage, Nuf­field Southampton Theatres and Oxford Playhouse, this all-female version is written by Isobel McArthur “after Jane…

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Classic Ealing comedy on Bath stage

STEPHEN Mangan comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Friday 6th to Saturday 21st September, starring in a the first stage adaptation of the Ealing classic comedy film The Man in the White Suit. He is joined by Kara Tointon and Sue Johnston for the world premiere of Sean Foley’s keenly anticipated play, which goes directly…

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David Edgar Tries it On

PLAYWRIGHT David Edgar takes to the stage of the Ustinov Studio at Bath Thea­t­re Royal from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th September, in his solo show Trying It On. With his guidance, the audience will consider the legacy of the events of 1968 and their resonances in today’s political culture. Directed by Christopher Haydon,  the…

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A tale of coyote and the fire

GLASTONBURY-based professional company Tor Theatre comes to the David Hall at South Petherton on Saturday 7th September at 2pm with an original show for families, The Fire Catcher, based on a Native American story. Meet Coyote: she’s fast and fearless, cunning and& kind! But there are two things that she doesn’t like – one is…

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War poet celebrated in Unicorns, Almost

A NEW play at Bristol Old Vic’s Weston Studio from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th September celebrates poet and soldier Keith Douglas, on 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. Unicorns, Almost is written by Owen Sheers and directed by  John Retallack. It portrays the short life of Douglas, from his childhood and…

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Glass’s Bleak House on tour

DAVID Glass has directed Bleak House in a radical new way, and the production is touring the south and west between 12th September and 16th October. Glass, probably Britain’s finest mime artist, re-emerged after a lengthy sabbatical to direct a production of the Charles Dickens’ classic with the students of Arts University Bournemouth.  It was…

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Mother and daughter in early Ayckbourn comedy

THE 2019-20 season at Salisbury Playhouse starts on 4th September with a new production of the 1965 Ayckbourn classic Relatively Speaking. Caroline Harker makes a wel­­come return to the Play­house after her performance as the younger Queen in Handbagged  earlier this year, playing Sheila. She is joined by her daughter Louise Calf, playing Ginny, with…

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