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Edith in The Dark,  Hall Green Little Theatre

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Yes, Prime Minister, Swan Theatre Amateur Company

Much Ado About Nothing, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Barefoot in the Park, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Invisible Man, Hall Green Little Theatre

Absurd Person Singular, Sutton Arts Theatre

Chase me Up Farndale Avenue, S’il Vous Plait, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

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

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DARK THOUGHTS

With theatres closed and dark, reviewers turn their thoughts to things theatrical

The £1.57bn Government funding is a welcome boost to the Arts but many of the problems facing the cultural sector still remain. The cash is much needed help but is not a cure. More

The Arts from bands in small venues to grand opera and symphony orchestras is in trouble. Theatres will remain closed, companies will fold, all consumed by coronavirus without a financial lifeline from the Government. More

The Scottish Play and other mysteries of the superstitions of theatre explored . . . carefully . . .  More

Theatres have always provided a welcome home for ghosts as Roger Clarke finds out More

Jeff Grant looks back on a meeting with the Prince of Darkness. More

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The Swan, Céline Gittens, Birmingham Royal Ballet.

What's in a name? The Alexandra Theatre

Like There’s No Tomorrow, Coventry Belgrade B2

Once, Coventry Belgrade

Augmented, Birmingham Rep Door

The Cat and The Canary, Lichfield Garrick

The Book of Mormon, Birmingham Hippodrome

ARCHIVE

Coming soon

Sir David Bintley's celebrated Cinderella might not be able to take to the stage but will be dancing on to the airwaves on Tuesday, 25 August at 7pm for a first broadcast on  line of the 2010 world Premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome. More

In 2017 Birmingham Rep's production of What's in a name? was comedy of the year, perhaps even the decade. It managed to squeeze in a run at The Alexandra Theatre in the week before lockdown. More

Hit Musical Once was heading to the Midlands on its first major UK tour, it may not arrive for some while but The Alexandra Theatre has shared a video of its stars singing a new recording of Falling Slowly. More

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Performing Arts

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NEWS

Rosie Kay's Dance Company was to perform again at the Edinburgh Festival but with the festival forced to move on-line the Birmingham company will be joining up again with Army@TheFringe for a first streaming of 10 Soldiers on 12 August. More

Theatre and the arts facing financial meltdown with the prospect of theatre and venue closures and  even orchestras folding without Government help. More

Wolverhampton Grand has been awarded an Arts Council grant to assist in its community programmes More

Birmingham Theatre company Stan's Cafe will be serving up a virtual menu  from the end of June with a sort of takeaway theatre in Stan's Internet Cafe. More

Lichfield Garrick will be holding auditions by video for youngsters to join the cast of this year's panto, Peter Pan, which is scheduled to open on 26 November this year. More

BE FESTIVAL: To BE or not to BE has been decided. It will BE  and Birmingham's popular European performance and arts festival will be going ahead, online next month. More

Elmhurst Ballet School and English National Ballet School are continuing to teach with lessons and classes on line with a video produced by students to show them practising at home. More

Elmhurst Ballet School Teacher and choreographer Sander Blommaert is keeping dancers on their toes with free ballet classes every morning streamed live on Instagram More

Colin Townsend, a dear friend and stalwart of amateur theatre in Sutton Coldfield has died of COVID-19. More

Birmingham Royal Ballet  streamed a ballet class hand also a solo performance of The Swan by Céline Gittens  streamed live on April 8. More

Elmhurst Ballet School sixth former Lydia Brayshaw has started her own fashion business and has opened with a fire sale with a difference, in aid of the bush fire affected animals of Australia More

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

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: It's 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
Rosie Kay's Dance Company was to perform again at the Edinburgh Festival but with the festival forced to move on-line the Birmingham company will be joining up again with Army@TheFringe for a first streaming of 10 Soldiers on 12 August. More
The £1.57bn Government funding is a welcome boost to the Arts but many of the problems facing the cultural sector still remain. The cash is much needed help but is not a cure. More
Theatre and the arts facing financial meltdown with the prospect of theatre and venue closures and  even orchestras folding without Government help. More
Wolverhampton Grand has been awarded an Arts Council grant to assist in its community programmes More
Birmingham theatre company Stan's Cafe will be serving up a virtual menu  from the end of June with a sort of takeaway theatre in Stan's Internet Cafe. More
Lichfield Garrick will be holding auditions by video for youngsters to join the cast of this year's panto, Peter Pan, which is scheduled to open on 26 November this year. More
BE FESTIVAL: To BE or not to BE has been decided. It will BE  and Birmingham's popular European performance and arts festival will be going ahead, online next month. More
Elmhurst Ballet School and English National Ballet School are continuing to teach with lessons and classes on line with a video produced by students to show them practising at home. More
Elmhurst Ballet School:  Teacher and choreographer Sander Blommaert is keeping dancers on their toes with free ballet classes every morning streamed live on Instagram More
CORONAVIRUS: Colin Townsend, a dear friend and stalwart of amateur theatre in Sutton Coldfield has died of COVID-19. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet will be live streaming a ballet class tomorrow with a solo performance of The Swan by Céline Gittens  streamed live on April 8. More
Elmhurst Ballet School: Sixth form student Lydia Brayshaw has started her own fashion business and has opened with a fire sale with a difference, all in aid of the bushfire affected animals of Australia. More
The Alexandra Theatre: In 2017 Birmingham Rep's production of What's in a name? was comedy of the year, perhaps even the decade. Now it is back, this time on a first which resumes at The Alexandra Theatre in March. More
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

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