Tim Wright

Tim Wright Tim is South West editor for BroadwayWorldUK.

He is a theatre and comedy writer based in Bristol. A lifelong passion for theatre and performing arts have led him to contribute to a variety of publications and blogs. Follow him on twitter @tim_g_wright.



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BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Tobacco Factory TheatresBWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Tobacco Factory Theatres
Posted: Mar. 1, 2019


BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Bristol HippodromeBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Bristol Hippodrome
Posted: Jan. 12, 2019


BWW Review: THE LION KING, Bristol HippodromeBWW Review: THE LION KING, Bristol Hippodrome
Posted: Sep. 13, 2019


BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL, Bristol HippodromeBWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL, Bristol Hippodrome
Posted: May. 10, 2019


BWW Review: THE LION KING, Bristol Hippodrome
September 13, 2019

Occasionally, when musicals head out on tour, the grandeur and the spectacle that exists to thrill audiences in London seems to get lost somewhere around the M25. Thankfully, that's not the case with Disney's The Lion King.

BWW Review: MALORY TOWERS, Passenger Shed
July 26, 2019

At first glance, Enid Blyton's Malory Towers seems an odd choice for the second outing of Emma Rice's Wise Children theatre company. A genteel tale of a privileged girl's boarding school in Cornwall with mild peril and even milder themes doesn't seem like classic Rice.

BWW Review: DAVID O'DOHERTY, TIM KEY, SARA BARRON, PHIL WANG AND JOHN ROBINS, Bristol Comedy Garden
July 7, 2019

Bristol Comedy Garden has truly blossomed. Its little shoots have grown and grown to the point that the garden is now hosting almost an embarrassment of riches. Each line up feels carefully curated, giving newer or lesser known comics a spot alongside household names. The packed tent makes it clear audiences have taken the event to their hearts.  

BWW Review: DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE (AND OTHER LOVE SONGS), Bristol Old Vic
July 5, 2019

'Bring it down, bring it all down' is the anarchic cry from Macheath in Kneehigh's take on The Beggar's Opera. John Gray's original is given the full Kneehigh treatment- the original is not a constraint but a jumping off point. Perhaps the slide in the middle of Michael Vale's set is the physical manifestation of Kneehigh's ever playful nature.

BWW Review: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, Bristol Old Vic
June 26, 2019

It's 1964 and Cassius Clay has just beaten the odds to become Heavyweight Champion of the World. But, instead of celebrating on the town, he's in a hotel room star NFL running back Jim Brown, soul icon Sam Cooke and Muslim minister and activist Malcolm X.

BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL, Bristol Hippodrome
May 10, 2019

Children are just revolting aren't they? They're snivelling maggots that need discipline, discipline and more discipline. Agatha Trunchbull's teaching mantra may not fill most with hope but in the context of Matilda the Musical it brings sheer delight. This is a musical that will have maggots of all ages squirming with joy.  

BWW Review: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES, Bristol Old Vic
May 4, 2019

'It's your pub' says Winston, about the Three Kings Barber shop in London. The African barbers at the shop don't drink, so the barber shop has become the hub of the community. It's the place to watch the football, recount stories and tell jokes.

BWW Review: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD, Tobacco Factory Theatres
April 24, 2019

It's a sensible time to be tackling Timberlake Wertenbaker's modern classic Our Country's Good. The role of theatre in society is ripe for the examination, as cuts bite arts institutions and school curriculums alike. The question is, what is there to be gained by putting on a play?

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Tobacco Factory Theatres
March 1, 2019

It's fitting that the once industrial space of the Tobacco Factory is now the dystopian setting for the latest outing of the Factory Company - a gender-bending A Midsummer Night's Dream.

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS, Bristol Hippodrome
February 27, 2019

There's something undeniably irrepressible about Kinky Boots - it's a fully sequined, unabashed romp through a true (ish) story of a shoe factory threatened with closure until a radical idea to start producing oh so fabulous boots for drag queens appears.

BWW Review: WISE CHILDREN, Bristol Old Vic
January 25, 2019

'Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people' writes Angela Carter in her 1992 book Wise Children and that is the starting point for Emma Rice's furiously fast adaptation in this, the first outing for her newly formed theatre company of the same name.

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Bristol Hippodrome
January 12, 2019

Having the entire Motown back catalogue to work with must be a dream starting point for any jukebox musical. There are decades worth of hit after hit to cram in. And cram them in Motown The Musical certainly does. 66 of them to be precise. It's a whistle-stop tour of all of Motown's greatest artists.

BWW Review: CINDERELLA, Bristol Hippodrome
December 13, 2018

'Alright me babbers!' is the shrill cry from the Ugly Sisters at this year's panto offering from the Bristol Hippodrome. The local references are lapped up by a fervent audience who are ready for laughs and spectacle this Christmas. On both points, Cinderella delivers in bucketloads.

BWW Review: THE BORROWERS, Tobacco Factory Theatres
December 5, 2018

This Christmas, instead of merely treading the boards at Tobacco Factory Theatres, the actors are treading in between the boards in a delightful adaptation of Mary Norton's The Borrowers, a story about a family of tiny people, no bigger than a crayon.

BWW Review: CLYBOURNE PARK, The Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic
November 13, 2018

'Some would say change is inevitable' and nowhere more so than Clybourne Park, a street in Chicago in the 1950s where the first black family are about to move in.

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS, Bristol Hippodrome
November 1, 2018

Jukebox musicals are tricky things to get right. Especially if the artist concerned hasn't had a particularly eventful career. Thankfully, The Four Seasons at the centre of Jersey Boys have a veritable collection of criminal records, mafia connections and a whole heap of unrefined talent.

BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE, Theatre Royal Bath
September 6, 2018

If people really do have layers, then Yasmina Reza's God Of Carnage is 80 minutes of stripping them away. Removing the layers of politeness and civility one by one until you're left with the core, for better or worse.

BWW Review: MISS SAIGON, Bristol Hippodrome
May 19, 2018

As one of the final so called mega-musicals of the 1980s, Miss Saigon could be forgiven if it felt a little dated by 2018. Thankfully, there's not one bit of tiredness about this re-booted version, originally seen in London in 2014 for its 25th Anniversary.

BWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, Tobacco Factory Theatres
April 25, 2018

There's an old rocking chair with a threadbare cushion in the corner of small living room near Brooklyn Bridge, New York. In it sits Eddie Carbone, our tragic hero, reading the paper. He smells of coffee from the sacks he's been unloading at the docks. A hard-working man providing for his wife Beatrice, and his orphaned niece Catherine who is by now a young woman, ready to fly the nest.

BWW Review: THE BAND, Bristol Hippodrome
April 18, 2018

Pop music and musicals make good bedfellows for two main reasons. Firstly, pop music has a kind of duality - a song can mean entirely different things in different contexts. Secondly, pop music normally has just the right amount of sentimentality. The Band is a demonstration of how to harness both these qualities and bundle them into two hours of entertainment.



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