Staff at The Bristol Hippodrome are of course well versed in welcoming new productions to the theatre but there has been one arrival in recent days which has caused even greater excitement than the norm, and unusually it’s in the form of a book.
Stage Door, The Bristol Hippodrome, 100 Years written by local writers Gerry Parker and John Hudson is now published and finally ready to hit the shelves. This has been a production in the making to rival any West End musical as theatre staff have been kept constantly busy with the vast number of shows that visit the theatre every year.
“This grand old lady celebrated her centenary on the 16th December 2012 but with the day job of overseeing so many shows at the theatre, it’s taken until now to finally be able to produce the finished article which we believe has been worth the wait! There is so much rich history within these walls and so many stars have appeared here from Laurel & Hardy, Frank Sinatra, Morecambe & Wise and Paul McCartney, to the stars of today such as Derren Brown, David Hasselhoff and Will Young. We do hope that people will enjoy the book as much as ourselves and that this is a production that will run and run” – Christiaan de Villiers, General Manager, The Bristol Hippodrome.
The Bristol Hippodrome is a much loved theatre and an iconic landmark in the city of Bristol. Over the years, audiences have come in their thousands to this historic venue to be entertained by all manner of theatrical performances from music hall and twice-nightly variety in the early years, to comedians, opera, ballet and musicals. The Hippodrome stage has played host to possibly every genre of live entertainment there is.
“Frank Matcham was one of the great British Architects, and I have, over the years, performed in many of his theatres, The Bristol Hippodrome being my favourite. Modern architects don’t go to the theatre, which explains why the theatres they design resemble television sets. Matcham’s work was created with love. The Hippodrome was in construction at the same time as the Titanic was in Belfast. But the old Hippo, magnificently and lovingly restored by the people of Bristol, is still afloat.” Barry Humphries, February 2014