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Flint Street Nativity, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Bracken Moor,  Grange Players, Grane Playhouse, Walsall.

Waiting for Godot, Hall Green Little Theatre

Visitors, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Fallen Angels, Priory, Kenilworth

The Wizard of Oz, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company, Lichfield Garrick

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

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The Addams Family, Brownhills Musical Theatre Company

Cats. WBOS Youtheatre

Patience, Erdington Operatic Society

Aida West Bromwich Operatic Society, Dormston Mill Theatre, Smethwick

 

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

 

NEWS 

The Nonentities are getting ready for The Flint Street Nativity at The Rose Theatre in Kidderminster

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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The Wolf and Peter, DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome

Broken Biscuits, Birmingham Rep Door

Treasure Island, Birmingham Rep

Who killed Santa Claus? Malvern Theatres

Dirty Dancing, Wolverhampton Grand

Dick Whittington, Coventry Belgrade

Jonny Woo, Cabaret XXL, Birmingham Rep

The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

Rent, Malvern Theatres

Aida, Wolverhampton Grand

Shakespeare his wife and the dog, Birmingham Rep

Billy Budd, Opera North, Nottingham Theatre Royal

Looking for John, Birmingham Rep Door

Taiko Meantime, Malvern Theatres

The Happiness Project, Birmingham Hippodrome

Dead Sheep, Malvern Theatres

The Full Monty, Birmingham Hippodrome

Macbeth, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

Kiss me, Kate, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Merchant of Venice, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

Pride and Prejudice, Birmingham Rep

The Revenger's Tragedy, Nottingham Playhouse

Pattern Recognition,, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Heads will roll, Birmingham Rep

What shadows, Birmingham Rep

Lady Chatterley's Lover, Malvern Theatres

Home at Seven, Wolverhampton Grand

Vamos Cuba, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Mousetrap, The New Alexandra Theatre.

Relatively Speaking, Coventry Belgrade

Mavis Sparkle, Birmingham Rep

Little Shop of Horrors, Coventry Belgrade

 

Coming soon

Birmingham Hippodrome: Australian conducting star Nicolette Fraillon conducts  The Nutcracker, in front of Sir Peter Wright, celebrating his 90th birthday, who created the ballet as BRB's gift to Birmingham 26 Christmas's ago

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

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Music from the Movies, John Wilson Orchestra, Symphony Hall

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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Derby Theatre is in the Limelight with a charity Gala

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

FEATURES

BRB's The Nutcracker has become the herald of Christmas and opens at Birmingham Hippodrome in front of it's creator, Sir Peter Wright, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday. More 

Kara Tointon, star of Strictly Come Dancing, Mr Selfridge and the West End, talks to Roger Clarke at The New Alexandra Theatre about her role in the new tour of Gaslight. More. 

The Belgrade in Coventry has launched its pantomime with high tea at Coombe Abbey and high jinks from Iain Lauchlan 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.

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

 

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Treasure Island, Birmingham Rep: “Ooh Arr Jim lad”, as Robert Newton might well have said, “Avast and belay, what have the landlubbin’ blaggards done to ‘ee, matey!”. Read on.

 

The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome: Sir Peter Wright, celebrating his 90th birthday, summed up the opening night of BRB’s Christmas season of his Nutcracker perfectly – sensational. Read on. 

 

Shakespeare, his wife and the dog, Birmingham Rep Door:  This is the story of Shakespeare’s final evening. He is with his wife, Anne and is back from a long career, mostly lived in London.  Read on.

 

Kiss me, Kate, Birmingham Hippodrome: When  Welsh National Opera do a musical they do it big, larger than life big, with one of the biggest, and best productions of this Shakespeare inspired classic you are ever likely to see.  Read on.

 

Pride and Prejudice, Birmingham Rep: 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’, and away we go with a splendid staging of Jane Austen’s much loved novel. Read on.

 

What Shadows, Birmingham Rep: To Powell it was his Birmingham Speech, to the rest of the world, his Rivers of Blood speech, whatever the name it divided the nation. Read on.

 

The Exorcist, Birmingham Rep: Pazuzu, king of the demons of the wind, Mara, Apophis, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub, Lucifer, Prince of Darkness, Shaitan, the devil . . . all the people of the earth have their demons.

 Read on.

 

Million Dollar Quartet, Birmingham Hippodrome: When the cast are having a ball on stage it soon becomes infectious and from the off feet are tapping, memories stirring and smiles widening as the audience join in the party. Read on.

 

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.

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News and features
BRB's The Nutcracker has become the herald of Christmas and opens at Birmingham Hippodrome in front of it's creator, Sir Peter Wright, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday. More 
Kara Tointon, star of Strictly Come Dancing, Mr Selfridge and the West End, talks to Roger Clarke at The New Alexandra Theatre about her role in the new tour of Gaslight. More. 
The Belgrade in Coventry has launched its pantomime with high tea at Coombe Abbey and high jinks from Iain Lauchlan More
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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