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"Sound of Music" takes to the stage in Bristol

The hotly-anticipated Sound of Music opens at the Bristol Hippodrome tonight Credit: ITV News

The Sound of Music opens tonight at the Bristol Hippodrome - 50 years after the most successful musical film in history was released.

Many don't realise that the musical originated from the stage. Actor Danielle Hope - who plays Maria - is hoping she can live up to the expectations.

I mean my whole career so far has been about filling shoes. The ruby slippers were the first pair I wore and Julie Andrews is one of my heroes and she just oozes class.

– Danielle Hope, "Maria"


Celebrating 100 years at the Bristol Hippodrome

A book reading like a who's who of show business has just been published, celebrating a hundred years of one of our best loved theatres.

Thousands of celebrated artists have entertained audiences at the Bristol Hippodrome, many of them with a lifelong affection for a special building standing in the very centre of the city. Our Bristol Correspondent Richard Payne reports.

Panto preparations start

It might only be September but the cast of the Christmas pantomime, Cinderella have got together at the Bristol Hippodrome to launch this year's production.

Actress Suzanne Shaw will take the title role, with Louie Spence as Dandini and comedian Andy Ford as Buttons along with David Roper as Baron Hardup and Liz Robertson as Fairy Godmother.

The cast of Cinderella Credit: ITV News West Country
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FULL REPORT : Hairspray rolls into town

It was the decade to keep you swinging, wearing flower power, and indulge in as much backcombing as you can imagine. Yes, we're talking the 1960s of course - and tonight it all comes alive once again in the West Country.

Hairspray the musical is touring the country, and the star of the show is Mark Benton who you might recognise from shows like Waterloo Road and Early Doors. Kylie Pentelow went along to the Bristol Hippodrome to meet him and see how preparations are going.


Jason Donovan talks musicals with Tanya

He made his name in Neighbours, played Joseph in the West End and now Jason Donovan is stepping out in the hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

You can see him at the Hippodrome in Bristol until 27 April and then he moves onto the Princess Theatre in Torquay.

Tanya Mercer caught up with him in his dressing room...