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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

Glorious! The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

The Crucible, The Loft, Leamington

September in the Rain, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall.

King Charles III, The Talisman, Kenilworth

Dead Man's Hand. Highbury Theatre Centre

The Gin Game, Sutton Arts Theatre

Woman in Mind, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Worcester

Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

The Malcontent, Edward's Boys

They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall In Time For The Townswomen’s Guild’s Coffee Morning, Hall Green Little Theatre

Rules for Living, Highbury Theatre Centre


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Grease, Birmingham Hippodrome

La Calisto, Longborough Festival

Under Milk Wood, Malvern Theatres

Educating Rita, Malvern Theatres

Five, Derby Theatre

In The Night Garden Live, Birmingham Rep

Amélie  – the Musical, Malvern Theatres

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Lichfield Garrick

Hair - The Musical, Wolverhampton Grand

Annie,  Birmingham Hippodrome

Amélie – The Musical,

The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Rocky Horror Show, Malvern Theatres

The Color Purple, Birmingham Hippodrome

Little Miss Sunshine, The Alexandra Theatre 

The Mousetrap, Malvern Theatres

Wit and Science, Edward's Boys, Stratford

The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice, Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Live, The Alexandra Theatre

Awakenings, Elmhurst Ballet School

Fame The Musical, Malvern Theatres

Educating Rita, Wolverhampton Grand

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, mac, Birmingham

Be Festival – Friday, Birmingham Rep

BE Festival, Birmingham Rep

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Birmingham Hippodrome

Pride and (quite a lot of) Prejudice, Worcester Rep

Concerts in the Park, Sutton Park

Deadtown, BE Festival, Birmingham Rep

Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque, Malvern Theatres

The Bodyguard - The Musical, Wolverhampton Grand

Thriller Live, Malvern Theatres

Hobson's Choice, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coventry Belgrade

The Lady Vanishes, Lichfield Garrick.

Reparation Island, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

[UN]LEASHED, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Provoked Wife, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon

Admissions, Malvern Theatres


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Sad to report that Julia Roden, actor, director, founder member and latterly Secretary of Hall Green Little Theatre has died at the age of 85. Obituary.

Return of the Student Prince: Elmhurst Ballet School graduate James Lovell returns 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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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
HGLT: Sad to report that Julia Roden, actor, director, founder member and latterly Secretary of Hall Green Little Theatre has died at the age of 85. Obituary.
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 returns to the city in the iconic role of The Prince in Sir Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at Birmingham Hippodrome. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet: International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta is the new director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, taking over from David Bintley who will be leaving in July at the end of the current season. More
The BTA 1918 Theatre Awards: Our reviewers have been looking back on the best of 2018. Awards home, Roger Clarke, Jeff Grant, Gary Longden, and Roderic Dunnett 
Birmingham Rep: Roxana Silbert, the Rep's artistic director since 2012, has announced she is leaving to become artistic director of  Hampstead Theatre in London next spring. More
Welsh National Opera: It's a touch of the Vorsprung durch techniks with WNO's collaboration with Bonn's Oper der Stadt Bonn to create their Verdi Machine to be seen for the first time in La forza del destino at Birmingham Hippodrome. More.
Iain Mackay dances his farewell in his final performance with Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Symphony Hall More
BTA Awards 2017: Our reviewers have been looking back  at their best productions of 2017 with Roger Clarke, Roderic Dunnett, Alison Brinkworth and Gary Longden

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