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Dial M for Murder, Sutton Arts Theatre

The Weir, Circle Players, Aldridge Youth Theatre

A tale of two cities, Criterion Theatre

Children of the Wolf, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Entertainer,, The Loft, Leamington

To Kill a Mockingbird, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Swan Theatre, Worcester

The Diary of Anne Frank Talisman Theatre Company, Kennilworth

 Black Coffee, Dudley Little Theatre

Smelling a rat, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Perfect Nonsense, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Habeas Corpus, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Vicar of Dibley, Hall Green Little Theatre

One Man, Two Guvnors, Sutton Arts Theatre

Desdemona - a play about a handkerchief Swan Theatre Amateur Company

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Aida West Bromwich Operatic Society

Dormston Mill Theatre, Smethwick


Search for the Hero, Spotlight Youth Productions, Forest Arts Centre, Walsall



Moorpool Players bring the curtain down on 39 years of plays in Harborne

The girl who cain't say no says yes for real at Manor Musical Theatre Company.

 Theatre Call to arms for youngsters to join cast of for Bugsy Malone


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Ulysses' homecoming, Malvern Theatres

Lennon through a glass onion, Coventry Belgrade

Fagin's Twist, Birmingham Hippodrome

Eastend Cabaret, Birmingham Rep

Uncle Richard, Tell Tale Theatre, The Loft, Leamington.

A tale of two cities, Wolverhampton Grand

Dead Sheep, Coventry Belgrade

Domestica, Birmingham Rep

Million Dollar Quartet, Malvern Theatres

Buddy  - The Buddy Holly Story, Coventry Belgrade

Starting out, Birmingham Rep Door

Blood Brothers, Birmingham Hippodrome

Breakfast at Tiffany's, Malvern Theatres

All or nothing, Malvern Theatres

Sweeney Todd,, Derby Theatres

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show, The New Alexandra Theatre

946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Birmingham Rep

Swan Lake,, Coventry Belgrade.

The Tempest music, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

Aneckxander, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Him, Birmingham Rep Door

King Lear, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon

Night Must Fall, Malvern Theatres

Sunset Boulevard, Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre

The Sound of Music, Wolverhampton Grand

The Tempest, BRB, Birmingham Hippodrome

Journey's End, Lichfield Garrick

Disco Pigs, Birmingham Rep Door

Night must fall. Coventry Belgrade

The Shawshank Redemption, Wolverhampton Grand

Little Shop of Horrors, The New Alexandra Theatre

Lady Anna: All at Sea, Malvern Theatres

 Dead Sheep, Birmingham Rep

Alvin Ailey, Birmingham Hippodrome

FOLK, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Coming soon

Kiss Me Kate from Wesh National Opera runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Nov 10-12.

Million Dollar Quartet arrives in Malvern on its way to Birmingham Hippodrome




Back to Bacharach, Lichfield Garrick

Grand Opera Gala, Symphony Hall

Clare Teal and MYJO, Walsall Centra1 Hall

 Rodgers and Hammerstein, CBSO, Symphony Hall

La Vie En Rose, CBSO, Symphony Hall

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A first look at the newly refurbished Wolverhampton Grand

Birmingham Hippodrome announces the line-up for its 2016 pantomime, Dick Whittington. More.

Birmingham Rep has announced its new season for Autumn and Winter this year. More


Birmingham Royal Ballet's David Bintley's new ballet, The Tempest, has its world premiere on 1 October at Birmingham Hippodrome More

Robert Battle now leads Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the company that inspired him to dance when he was a small boy, bow-legged and wearing leg braces. He has been talking to Diane ParkesMore.


The BTA Awards for 2015, the first BTA awards, from Roger Clarke, Gary Longden and Alison Brinkworth.

Doug Nicholson is a man with a mission - to sell Birmingham Royal Ballet around the world.



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The Weir, Circle Players, Aldridge: There is not a lot for lonely old blokes to do in the backwaters of rural Ireland except go to the pub, talk and tell tall tales, particularly when the German tourists are not around. Read on.


A tale of two cities, Wolverhampton Grand: Forget any memories of force fed Dickens badly taught from dog eared tomes at school, this is a rip roaring adventure tale of revolution, romance and redemption. Read on.


Blood Brothers, Birmingham Hippodrome: Willy Russells’ simple but endearing musical of twins separated at birth shows little sign of slowing down.  Read on.


To kill a mockingbird, Swan Theatre Amateru Company, Worcester: Harper Lee's chronicle of prejudice and small town life in rural Alabama became an American classic almost as soon as the ink was dry on the page. Read on


The Tempest, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome: There is probably a good reason why there has never been a full length ballet of The Tempest – it is a near impossible tale to tell in dance bereft of Shakespeare’s masterful words. Read on.


Dead Sheep, Birmingham Rep: Margaret Thatcher ruled Britain and the Conservative party with an iron fist throughout the 1980s, one of the most divisive and combative leaders of modern times.  Read on.


This Might Hurt, Derby Theatres: It is an often quoted fact that John Godber is one of the most performed writers in the English Language. Read on.


Ostrich Boys, Coventry Belgrade B2: This s a show it’s impossible to rate too highly Read on.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Birmingham Hippodrome: What magical, marvellous, truly scrumptious entertainment for all the family, jam packed with not just a feel good but a feel even better factor. Read on.


The Vicar of Dibley, Hall Green Little Theatre:  It's nine years since Geraldine Grainger last graced our screens as the vicar of Dibley, give or take a couple of short charity specials since, but in this splendid staging at Hall Green it is as if she has never been away. Read on.


One Man, Two Guvnors, Sutton Arts Theatre: Richard Bean’s gloriously silly comedy has been one of the runaway smash hits of the decade so far.  Read on.

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News and features
Birmingham Hippodrome: Kiss Me Kate and Million Dollar Quartet are heading for Birmingham Hippodrome.
BRB: David Bintley's new ballet, The Tempest, has its world premiere on 1 October at Birmingham Hippodrome More
Birmingham Hippodrome: Cape Town Opera's celebrated Mandela Trilogy arrives at Birmingham Hippodrome on 20 September and Elizabeth Halpin has been to the Royal Festival Hall to see what is in store. More
Birmingham Hippodrome announces the line-up for its 2016 antomime, Dick Whittington. More.
Birmingham Rep has announced its new season for Autumn and Winter this year. More
The BTA Awards, 2015: For the first time BTA reviewers Roger Clarke, Gary Longden and Alison Brinkworth.are giving their own awards for the productions they have seen during the year
Birmingham Hippodrome: The dates for the eagerly awaited first UK tour of Billy Elliot have been announced and the smash hit show will arrive in March 2016. More
Birmingham Hippodrome has announced a new shows for 2016, Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang More
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Doug Nicholson is a man with a mission - to sell BRB around the world. Read on

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