Entertainment

Hit Shows at The Hippodrome

Dreamgirls, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Strictly Ballroom – we take a look at what’s coming up at the Bristol Hippodrome in 2020. 

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE 

This May welcomes the return of Shane Ritchie who’s taking to the stage in the smash-hit, critically acclaimed West End musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. 

An all-star cast will see Layton Williams (Bad EducationBeautiful PeopleBilly Elliot the Musical) who currently stars as Jamie in the West End and EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie who played Hugo/Loco Channelle in the West End earlier in 2019. 

Shane Ritchie

They are joined by Shobna Gulati (Coronation StreetDinnerladies, Eveybody’s Talking about Jamie West End and upcoming film) as Ray and George Sampson (winner of Britain’s Got Talent) as Dean. 

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. 

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is being made into a major film, starring Max Harwood, Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, Shobna Gulati and Sarah Lancashire. 

The show will be on stage at The Bristol Hippodrome from May 26 – 30, 2020. 

DREAMGIRLS

The hit musical Dreamgirls is visiting Bristol as part of its first ever UK tour, opening in the city before it embarks around the country. 

The show will be coming to The Bristol Hippodrome from September 12 to October 3. 

Featuring the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’, this sensational, multi-award winning new production of Dreamgirls had its critically acclaimed West End Premiere in December 2016 at London’s Savoy Theatre, 35 years on from opening on Broadway.

Meet The Dreams – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. Join the three friends as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business, testing their friendships to the very limit.

Casting for the Dreamgirls UK tour will be announced soon. 

Tickets go are on sale now and can be bought by visiting: atgtickets.com/bristol

STRICTLY BALLROOM 

Baz Luhrmann’s smash hit musical Strictly Ballroom is set to sweep audiences off their feet once more with the announcement of the new 2020/2021 tour, directed by dancer, choreographer and Britain’s favourite TV judge; the fab-u-lous Craig Revel Horwood. 

Foxtrotting to The Bristol Hippodrome in November next year, the show is based on the award-winning, global film phenomenon, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ that inspired the world to dance.

Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am absolutely delighted to be directing the 2020/21 UK tour of Strictly Ballroom The Musical – it’s going to be fab-u-lous!  The theatre is where I come alive and it is there that I feel in my most creative element. 

“Having directed the UK Arena Tour of Strictly Come Dancing for the past few years, I simply cannot wait to put my stamp on this iconic and much-loved musical. Expect some sexy moves, sizzling costumes and a simply sensational evening!”

Strictly Ballroom The Musical tells the beguiling story of Scott Hastings, a talented, arrogant and rebellious young ballroom dancer. When Scott’s radical dance moves see him fall out of favour with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner with no moves at all. Inspired by one another, this unlikely pair gather the courage to defy both convention and their families – and discover that, to be winners, the steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom…

Tickets will be going on sale throughout the coming months.

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