BRISTOL’S WEST END THEATRE
The Bristol Hippodrome, the city’s very own West End theatre, opened its doors on the 16th December 1912 when the curtain rose for the first time on what was generally agreed to be Oswald Stoll’s most magnificent provincial theatre.
It is a superb example of the grand architecture of the late Victorian era and is one of the masterpieces of design by Frank Matcham, the most eminent theatre architect of his time.
The theatre has diversified over the years to encapsulate the full spectrum of live theatrical entertainment. From top West End shows Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Blood Brothers and Grease, to name more than a few, through to regular visits from the best in Opera (WNO & Ellen Kent) and Ballet (ENB & Ballet International), Comedy, Childrens’ Shows, Concerts and even the Circus! They have all thrilled audiences over the years and continue to do so today.
Bristol’s West End Theatre has played host to several premieres over the years:
• 1953 British premiere Guys & Dolls starring Sam Levene and Stubby Kaye
• 1961 European premiere The Music Man starring Van Johnson
• 1962 European premiere of Sail Away starring Elaine Stritch
In more recent years World Premieres have included Windy City in 1982 starring Dennis Waterman and Anton Rodgers, and English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker in 2002.
Finally, who will ever be able to forget 2004 and the spectacular World Premiere of the Disney and Cameron Mackintosh co-production Mary Poppins. The theatre goes from strength to strength and it is all down to the incredible support we receive from the people of Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Visit www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk for current show information