Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Hippodrome

19 03 2013

When I Dreamed a Dream came to the Bristol Hippodrome last year, Susan Boyle appeared for the encore of a show that told her life story. 9 to 5 is not just Dolly Parton’s most famous song, but also the title of a film in which she starred in 1980, and the title of this musical that has played on Broadway.

9 to 5 The Musical

Although there was no Dolly in the flesh here, she did occasionally look over proceedings like a grinning Cheshire cat from a pre-recorded video projection above the Bristol Hippodrome stage. Never before has “Bristol” been said with such a satisfyingly authentic Southern drawl.

The premise of this show could have come straight from an Ealing Comedy. There was kidnap, guns, fighting and ropes as three work colleagues get themselves into a right pickle thanks to a disliked boss and some grudges.

Alongside the farce, there was also female empowerment, the breaking down of gender stereotypes and sisters doing it for themselves. There was even a psychedelic drugs trip – in shades of pink, of course.

And all the while we were being watched over by that digital Dolly in a fun, toe-tapping production that might leave you questioning the mundaneness of your own nine-to-five.

9 to 5 The Musical cast

9 to 5 is at the Bristol Hippodrome until March 23. For more information, visit



One response

19 03 2013

But is it any good?

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