Hello. I think I should introduce myself as this is my first attempt (although probably my last!) to give you a snippet of what to look out for in the coming month in the region's rich theatre-land.
I've worked here at the Bristol Hippodrome for a number of years – 27 to be precise (how I've hoodwinked them for so long is anybody's guess!), – quite simply because I absolutely love theatre.
Throughout my childhood my world outside of school was the local amateur drama scene so when the opportunity arose for me to work here at this grand old theatre (she was 100 last year), I jumped at the chance and it's now like a second home.
Being a proud Bristolian, I think we are so very lucky to have such a choice of entertainment venues in and around the city. However, sometimes the choice can be rather overwhelming and then we all have our personal budgets to think about. But if you take a little time to look around, and that couldn't be easier these days with technology as it is, it's not hard to find something to suit all tastes and pockets.
The Bath Theatre Royal must be thrilled that the National Theatre of Scotland are making their first ever visit in a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company when they bring Dunsinane to the theatre from October 8 to 12. Macbeth is dead, but Lady Macbeth lives on and this new play is a reimagining of what happens when Shakespeare's masterpiece ends.
I for one have always thoroughly enjoyed Siobhan Redmond's performances and have no doubt that this really will be one to catch this month. Another one to watch out for prior to its West End run is Rough Justice at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham from October 14 to 19.
This powerful courtroom drama stars Olivier Award winning actor Tom Conti and the production received critical and audience acclaim when it first toured last year.
Other highlights this month include Mozart's The Magic Flute at The Tobacco Factory, in Bristol, from the October 15 to 26, Charles Dickens' Great Expectations at the Bristol Old Vic, now running until November 2, and not forgetting that little known musical based on the poems of T S Eliot and featuring a number of rather talented Jellicle Cats – running from the October 15 to 26 on a stage near me...
But these are simply some of my suggestions and there's a whole exciting world of theatre on our doorstep, so happy exploring!