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Go Back for Murder, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Dear Jack, Dear Louise, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

A Walk in the Woods, Sutton Arts Theatre

Art , Highbury Theatre Centre

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Hall Green Little Theatre

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Lichfield Operatic Society

Bunkered, Hall Green Little Theatre

A Month of Sundays, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

It Runs in The Family, Highbury Theatre Centre

Going Straight, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

The Girl on the Train, Sutton Arts Theatre

Status Update & Education, Education, Education, Stage2 The Crescent Theatre

Goodnight Mr Tom , Hall Green Little Theatre

Taking The Waters, The Loft, Leamington Spa

Private Lives, The Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth

Agnes of God, Swan Theatre Amateur Company

Cranford, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Present Laughter, The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa

Company, Sutton Arts Theatre

And Then There Were None, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

The Effect, Hall Green Little Theatre

Relatively Speaking, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Loft, Leamington Spa

Passion Play, Highbury Theatre Centre

Heroes,  The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Trust Me, I'm a doctor, Edward's Boys, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon.

My Cousin Rachel, Grange Players, GrangePlayhouse, Walsall

And then there were none, Hall Green Little Theatre

Handbagged, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Seafarer, The Loft, Leamington

The Deep Blue Sea, Sutton Arts Theatre

 

 

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Aladdin, Wolverhampton Grand

Cinderella, Worcester Theatres, The Rose Theatre, Worcester

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Lichfield Garrick

John Wilson's Sinfonia of London Symphony Hall

Contemporary 2.0, Birmingham Hippodrome

Jack and the Beanstalk, Coventry Belgrade

Nativity! The Musical, Birmingham Rep

Saturday Night Fever, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Makropulos Affair, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Nutcracker,, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

Christmas Oratorio, Birmingham Bach Choir, Lichfield Cathedral

Noughts & Crosses, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Mirror Crack'd, Malvern Theatres

La bohème, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Shawshank Redemption, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Lavender Hill Mob, Malvern Theatres

The Mousetrap, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Coventry Belgrade

Strictly Ballroom - the Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome

Coppélia, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

 Six, Malvern Theatres

The Osmonds - A New Musical , The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Into The Music, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

Bombay Superstar, Coventry Belgrade

Tartuffe, Birmingham Rep

The Cher Show, Wolverhampton Grand

The Commitments, Wolverhampton Grand

Antigone, Worcester Rep

Stumped, Original Theatre Online

Jekyll and Hyde, Derby Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing, Birmingham Rep

Sister Act, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Rocky Horror Show, Coventry Belgrade

South Pacific, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Happy Meal, Coventry Belgrade

Kantha Katha-k, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Shawshank Redemption, Malvern Theatres

The King of Reggae, Birmingham Rep

The Color Purple, Birmingham Hippodrome

Spike, Malvern Theatres

Fishermen's Friends, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Blood Brothers, The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

The Shawshank Redemption, Derby Theatre

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome

Waswasa - Whispers in Prayer, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

 

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DREAMGIRLS opens at The Alexandra Theatre this week and runs to New Year's and here we talk to Brandon Lee Sears who plays Jimmy Early in the award winning musical. More.

The Osmonds run this week has been the launchpad for The Alexandra Theatre's And They Call it Puppy Love fundraising appeal for Guide Dogs Midlands & East More

The Alexandra Theatre will be hosting Dreamgirls over Christmas and four of the show's stars gave a preview of the show with a convert performance at the Alex. Watch it here

Highbury Theatre Centre aim to make 'em laugh with farce It Runs In The Family to open the new season wandering through horror and more laughs until the bigger buns arrive for Calendar Girls More

Sutton Arts open their new season with The Girl on the Train and head through spies and laughs, drama and despair on their way to a classy musical finale with Funny Girl More

Smash hit Girl from the North Country, set to the music of Bob Dylan arrives in Birmingham next year. More

 

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The festive season is upon us and theatres are grearing up for the festive season with pantos and family shows for the Christmas season and here is a directory of some of the best shows of the season. More

Pantomime's origins, at least in name, stretch back more than 2,000 years, building through the middle ages, adding on an Italian import, finding there is nothing like a dame, and even incorporating mediaeval religion. That's Panto for you, Oh yes it is! More 

Victor Hugo's Les Misérables didn't have an easy ride at its launch as either a book, or  now smash hit musical. It runs at Birmingham Hippodrome in August 2022 and we look where it all started. More

 

 

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DREAMGIRLS opens at The Alexandra Theatre this week and runs to New Year's and here we talk to Brandon Lee Sears who plays Jimmy Early in the award winning musical. More.

THE OSMONDS has been the launchpad for The Alexandra Theatre's And They Call it Puppy Love fundraising appeal for Guide Dogs Midlands & East More

THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE will be hosting Dreamgirls over Christmas and four of the show's stars gave a preview of the show with a convert performance at the Alex. Watch it here

THE LOFT in Leamington Spa celebrates its centenary of performances this year and as part of the celebrations brought together one of our finest actors, David Bradley and the doyen of theatre critics, The Guardian's Michael Billlington, to reminisce and talk about al things theatre. More

HIGHBURY THEATRE CENTRE aim to make 'em laugh with farce It Runs In The Family to open the new season wandering through horror and more laughs until the bigger buns arrive for Calendar Girls More

 SUTTON ARTS open their new season in September with The Girl on the Train and head through spies and laughs, drama and despair on their way to a classy musical finale with Funny Girl to end the year. More

 RADIO 4 and latterly ITV comedy Ladies of Letters has been brought to the stage and will be poted to Derby and then Malvern. More

ALEXANDRA THEATRE: Smash hit Girl from the North Country, set to the music of Bob Dylan is set to tour arriving in Birmingham next year. More

ELMHURST BALLET COMPANY is set to hrsd out on the road again with it's new production Immerse which will open at its home theatre at Elmhurst Ballet Company in Edgbaston Birmingham, before heading of to Sadler's Wells. More

THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE: Samantha Womack heads the cast of the critically acclaimed production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which is set to bring the chills of Narnia's winter to the Alex Theatre in March. More

BRB's Cinderella had a ball with her prince in the splendid ballroom at the newly reopened Grand Hotel. More

ALEXANDRA THEATRE: Strictly star Johannes Radebe will be bringing his Freedom tour to the Alex next year with dance and music from around the world. More

 

Actor Samuel West makes a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
News and features
The festive season is upon us and theatres are grearing up for the festive season with pantos and family shows for the Christmas season and here is a directory of some of the best shows of the season. More
Pantomime's
origins, at least in name, stretch back more than 2,000 years, building through the middle ages, adding on an Italian import, finding there is nothing like a dame, and even incorporating mediaeval religion. That's Panto for you, Oh yes it is! More   
Birmingham Hippodrome: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables didn't have an easy ride at its launch as either a book, or  now smash hit musical. It runs at Birmingham Hippodrome in August 2022 and we look where it all started. More
BTA Awards are a little different this year, a year when there are no losers, only winners and we thank every one of them for keeping theatre alive. More 
Frankie Valli in the shape of Ben Joyce has come to the rescue of The Alex after covid and the vocal demands of the Jersey Boys left the cast down on numbers, so with no West End show today, Joyce hot-footed to Brum to save the day. More
Coventry's Albany Theatre has postponed its community Panto, Dick Whittington, do to open on 30 December, to February half term because of fears of increasing covid infections. More
COVID is making a comeback for Christmas and theatres are doing all they can to keep audiences safe. The latest rules and advice for many Midland theatres is available Here.
Birmingham Ormiston Academy and Alice are heading into Wonderland again at The Old Rep vebturing down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass in a journey that takes them to the end of the year. More
HGHBURY PLAYERS will be heading back in time on Tuesday when they delve into the life of orange seller, actress and mistress Nell Gwynn in Jessica Swales Olivier winning comedy. More
ROCK OF AGES rocked Birmingham Alexandra Theatre three years ago and next week it is back as sexy and raunchy as ever loaded with rock anthems that have stood the test of time. More
THE BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME'S CEO and artistic director, Sydney-born Fiona Allan is set to return home in autumn to take over as chief executive of Opera Australia. More
THSH: A new name and a new look as Town Hall and Symphony Hall open up for live music again with a programme of international and home grown stars. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet is heading back to its home stage of Birmingham Hippodrome in October and has announced its programme from Romeo and Juliet to the festive Nutcracker. More
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Disney classic film, 50 years old this year, takes to the stage in August in a world premiere musical which will be bringing its magic to the Alaxandra and the Grand. More

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