Entertainment News Archive - August 19, 2008

One Night in Vegas will be performed at Torquay's Princess Theatre tonight. Hailed as the number one Vegas entertainment show in the UK, it boasts West End performers in a big, glitzy musical show.

There was mud - and plenty of it. But despite the weather, revellers declared the sixth Beautiful Days festival a resounding success. The three-day event, at Escot, near Ottery St Mary, closed with a performance by perennial folk punk favourites the Levellers.

Joe McGann wasn't a fan of Fiddler on the Roof when he was offered the role. The stage and screen star said he never liked the film and wasn't a big fan of the music. "I was young when Matchmaker, Matchmaker and If I Were A Rich Man were playing on the radio," he says.

Their Scarves Were Red Mitchell Memorial Theatre EARLIER in the year, I was fortunate enough to attend the One Act Play Festival at the Mitchell Memorial Theatre, Hanley, which saw several amateur dramatic societies perform for a selection of awards.

We Will Rock You comes to Bristol in 2009 with the show's first UK tour. The city is one of five venues around the country to host the musical, scripted by Ben Elton and featuring 24 of Queen's biggest hits. And Echo readers will be able to be among the first to buy tickets for the show.

The 1963 film version of The Great Escape was based on a book of the same name by Paul Brickhill published in 1950. Steve McQueen, an expert rider, did most of his own motorbike stunts but some of the more dangerous stunts required a double.

We are writing with regard to the letters of protest about the Bloom Festival. We also live in Charlton Kings and probably as near as anyone to the festival. We could hardly hear the music and found the lights on the hill quite atmospheric, so did our neighbours.

This September sees the return of North Cornwall Opera to the music scene with its latest operatic offering: Carmen and Friends.

By Brian Brus The recently formed Rockhouse Pictures production company in Oklahoma City is coming off the momentum from its award-winning feature film Sex Machine to start work on Damnation Road, company founders Kenny Phillips and Christopher Sharpe said.

By Emma Matthews Derby Cathedral is bracing itself for a boom in visitors following the release of a blockbuster film staring Keira Knightley.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.