The Taming of The Shrew (courtesy of Richard Battye and Birmingham Royal Ballet)
The Taming of The Shrew (courtesy of Richard Battye and Birmingham Royal Ballet)
Bristol PLACES

The west this weekend

Bristol and North Somerset have a great range of performances this weekend.  From The Fratellis to Birmingham Royal Ballet and King Lear the choice of live shows is great and shows how the cultural scene goes from strength to strength.

Birmingham Royal Ballet visit Bristol Hippodrome.  Choreographer John Cranko adapts Shakespeare’s the Taming of the Shrew. Independent and tempestuous Kate gives her suitor Petruchio considerably more than he bargained for. Cranko adapts this witty battle of the sexes, set to a baroque score.

Backwell Festival in North Somerset returns with double the fun over TWO days.  With two stages, local bands and world music, now you can camp there too.  In honour of Tim Peake, David Bowie, Star Wars and Professor Stephen Hawking, decided this year’s festival has an intergalactic theme.  This year Backwell Festival is supporting local charity, Motivation.

Bristol Old Vic has won rave reviews for King Lear so see it here while you can.  A portrayal of a descent into madness and family betrayals, this King Lear stars Timothy West and Stephanie Cole.

Top names come to Bristol: Reginald D Hunter, Sara Pascoe, Josie Long, the unique John Shuttleworth and Al Murray among many others.  Bristol Comedy Garden takes place in Queen Square for intense comedy in the Big Top.

The Fratellis - Grillstock from 2 July until 3 July
The Fratellis – Grillstock from 2 July until 3 July

Grillstock: music and meat meet in a mash-up.  A place to indulge your carnivorous fantasies whilst watching great music.  The Levellers and the Fratellis headline Saturday and the Stranglers headline Sunday.  World Championship barbecuing and world class music on Bristol harbourside.

Multi-award-winning singer songwriter Seal first came to widespread attention as vocalist on the Adamski single ‘Killer’ in 1990. The single reached number 1, and Seal released his self-titled debut album shortly afterwards, which featured the single ‘Crazy’ (another worldwide hit) and his own version of ‘Killer’.

“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”…so begins the international award winning Broadway and West End musical, CHICAGO, which comes to the Hippodrome for one week only.

If you need a breather in between all that live performance then you can wallow in nostalgia of the exhibition at the M:Shed.   The Story of Children’s Television is the story of our childhoods, and how television helped to shape the way we view the world around us. Take a wander down memory lane, to a celebration of children’s television, past and present.