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Blackthorn, Highbury Theatre Centre

Confusions, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

The Wizard of Oz, Sutton Arts Theatre

Jack and The Beanstalk, Hall Green Little Theatre

The Railway Children, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

The Christmas Elves, Mint Theatre Society

Twist, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse,

The Herd, The Nonentities, Kidderminster

Sleuth, Sutton Arts Theatre

Neville's Island, Swan Theatre Amateur Production

Filumena, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Wind in the Willows, Hall Green Little Theatre

Curtain Up, Hall Green Little Theatre

Absolute Hell, Sutton Arts Theatre

Blithe Spirit, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Haunting, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

Teechers, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Swan Theatre, Worcester

Alice, Stage2, Crescent Theatre

Hobson's Choice, Hall Green Little Theatre

All My Sons, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Vicar of Dibley,, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Love Letters, Hall Green Little Theatre

Guys and Dolls, Sutton Arts Theatre

While We're Here, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Worcester

Coram Boy, Gloucester Cathedral

The Dresser, The Priory, Kenilworth

The Fantastic Mr Fox, Hall Green Little Theatre

 

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The Bodyguard - The Musical, The Alexandra Theatre

The Gift, Coventry Belgrade

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Malvern Theatres

Ghost Stories, The Alexandra Theatre

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Birmingham Hippodrome

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome.

Puss in Boots, Coventry Belgrade

Aladdin, Malvern Theatres

A Picture of Elf, Worcester Rep, Swan Theatre

The King and I,, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Dick Whittington, Wolverhampton Grand

Aladdin, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Penguins, Birmingham Rep Door

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Swan Theatre, Worcester

Peter Pan Reimagined, Birmingham Rep

My Cousin Rachel, Malvern Theatres

Cinderella, Lichfield Garrick

Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Nutcracker, Malvern Theatres

Prism, Malvern Theatres

The Snow Queen, The Old Rep

The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

Billionaire Boy, The Alexandra Theatre. Birmingham.

One Under, Birmingham Rep Door

Cabaret, Malvern Theatres

Fame - The Musical, Wolverhampton Grand

Inspector Drake and The Black Widow, Crescent Theatre

Ten Times Table, Malvern Theatres

Acosta Danza’s Evolution, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Mousetrap, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Cunning Little Vixen, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

Buddy -The Buddy Holly Story, Coventry Belgrade

Rigoletto, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

Curtains, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Utopia, Shop Front Theatre, Coventry

An Inspector Calls, Malvern Theatres

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Bizet's classic might have moved continents but the story is still the same with the poor, independent Carmen still trying to make her way in a man's world with the WNO at Birmingham Hippodrome. More

Hit Musical Once is heading to the Midlands on its first major UK tour and The Alexandra Theatre has shared a video of its stars singing a new recording of Falling Slowly. More

 

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CURTAIN DOWN  ON 2019: Roger Clarke, Emma Trimble and Alison Brinkworth give their review of the past year.

THE KING AND I: Coventry born West End star Annalene Beechey and Broadway star Jose Llana have been in Birmingham at a launch event for the award winning Broadway production of The King and I  at The Alexandra Theatre singing songs from the show More

 

FEATURES

The Snow Queen is an easy rider in this sparkling production at The Old Rep as Hans Christian Andersen's dark fairy tale is given a modern twist of the throttle More

Raising a glass, or five, to Elmhurst Ballet School in the cause of helping to fund the ballet and dance stars of tomorrow. More

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Peter Pan Reimagined, Birmingham Rep: Its a fairy tale for today, moving Peter Pan from comfortable middle class Victorian London to life on a 21st century Brum estate that sucks the life and hope out of its inhabitants. It is gritty, witty, fun , brilliant 5 star family entertainment with heart at Birmingham Rep until 19-01-20. More

The Provoked Wife, The RSC,  Stratford-upon-Avon: The Provoked Wife was John Vanbrugh’s second play: coming hot on the heels of The Relapse, it was staged in May 1697 at Lincoln’s Fields, and featured such of the day’s stars of the stage as Thomas Betterton, Elizabeth Barry and the young rising actress Anne Bracegirdle. Read on

The Merry Wives of Windsor, The RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon: Every so often along comes a production that is so good that all a review really needs to say is don’t bother reading on, just grab a ticket and go and see it.  Read on.

Matilda, Birmingham Hippodrome: Matilda is just jaw-droppingly good. It is as simple as that. A theatrical treat full of fun and wit, with some deliciously OTT dark moments sailing merrily along on a sea of remarkable young talent. Read on.

Macbeth, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon: Polly Findlay’s RSC Macbeth took off fabulously on several counts: first, she cast the three witches as (roughly) 11 to 13 year old girls, memorably clad in quite garish pyjamas, electrifying in their speech and wondrously subtle in their moves and half moves.  Read on.

Actor Samuel West makes a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
News and features
Elmhurst Ballet School: Raising a glass, or five, to Elmhurst in the cause of helping to fund the ballet and dance stars of tomorrow. More
The Old Rep: The Snow Queen is an easy rider in this sparkling production at The Old Rep as Hans Christian Andersen's dark fairy tale is given a modern twist of the throttle More
Welsh National Opera: Bizet's classic might have moved continents but the story is still the same with the poor, independent Carmen still trying to make her way in a man's world with the WNO at Birmingham Hippodrome. More
Coventry: Shop Front Theatre celebrates it's 10th birthday by launching  new, three year project, Humanistan. More
THE KING AND I: Coventry born West End star Annalene Beechey and Broadway star Jose Llana were at The Alexandra Theatre to launch the award winning Broadway production of The King and I  singing songs from the show. More
Birmingham Hippodrome: Rosie Kay has been talking about the world premiere of her 10 SOLDIERS this week, taking a fresh look at life for the men and women in the British Army serving on the front line, while we watch the cast in rehearsal. More
Derby Theatre: Thirty five years on and Big Brother is still watching you as Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 is brought to the stage. Gary Longden has been looking at preparations backstage at Derby Theatre.  More
Wolverhampton Grand: The National Theatre's Macbeth opens at the Grand this week and Rufus Norris, the National's artistic director has been talking about Macbeth, arts education and the National Theatre being just that - national. More
Return of the Student Prince: Elmhurst Ballet School graduate James Lovell returneds to the city in the iconic role of The Prince in Sir Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at Birmingham Hippodrome. More

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