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Student nurse receives standing ovation for saving theatre-goers life

Kristian Keyte sprung into action when he saw the pensioner collapse Credit: ITV West Country

A theatre goer received a standing ovation from the crowd when he saved the life of a woman suffering a heart attack.

24-year-old Kristian Keyte had gone to see The Bodyguard at The Bristol Hippodrome on Thursday night when Judith Mansfield, 71, collapsed in the stalls.

Luckily the student nursing at the University of the West of England, and his accountant friend, helped lay her on the floor before Kristian gave her CPR until the ambulance crew arrived.

I don’t really know why I noticed her - we were just waiting for the show to start but there was something that didn’t seem quite right and then everything happened so quickly when she suddenly went into seizure.

I rushed over to her and checked her airways and I could see that she had agonal breathing which is where there is some movement but not enough to sustain life. With the help of others we lifted her out of her seat and on to the floor so that I could reassess her breathing. I would estimate that the time of arrest to start of resuscitation at less than a minute.

I had to perform CPR for about two minutes and also needed to use the Hippodrome defibrillator which applied a shock and this brought back a pulse. Her breathing was still very slow so we used the ventilation bag to get her breathing again. The ambulance crew arrived within seven to eight minutes and by that time she was awake but disorientated. I stayed with her whilst the ambulance crew gave her oxygen and monitored her condition.

– Kristian Keyte
The Bodyguard is being shown at Bristol's Hippodrome Credit: ITV West Country

The entire family - my dad, sister, three grandchildren and sons-in-law - are eternally grateful to Kristian and everyone else who helped, including St John Ambulance, who were on hand, and the ambulance crew. It could have been a very different story.

– Beverley Bishop, Judith's daughter
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Bodyguard the Musical comes to Bristol

Kylie Pentelow chats to star of the musical Alexandra Burke. Credit: ITV West Country

Hit musical The Bodyguard has arrived at The Bristol Hippodrome.

Three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, stars in the leading role of ‘Rachel Marron’ in the UK production. The tour follows the musical's sell-out run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.

The musical is based on 1992 Oscar nominated film 'The Bodyguard' which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.

The musical will run until 30 January at the Bristol Hippodrome.

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Watch Kylie Pentelow's interview with Alexandra Burke here:

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Star Wars star 'really excited' to see The Force Awakens

Warwick Davis, who made his name playing Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, told us he can't wait for the new film to come out - both as a fan and someone involved.

Mr Davis is going to be spreading some of the Force around the Bristol Hippodrome soon, where he's appearing in the Snow White Christmas panto.

The new Star Wars film comes out on December 18.

"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"

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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.

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