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The lights are being turned on again as theatres are slowly coming back to life. We are not quite out of the woods yet but at least we can see a clearing in the distance. Theatres will do all they can to keep audiences safe and will rely on audiences to play their part by following whatever has been put in place for their protection.

Theatres need audiences, bums on seats, to recover, some to even survive, but, if you are still hesitant about going to the theatre at the moment, for whatever reason, you can still help by booking for shows later in the year or even next year to keep box offices ticking over.

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Edith in The Dark,  Hall Green Little Theatre

The Dixie Swim Club,The Grange Players, The Grange Playhouse, Walsall

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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Tell me on a Sunday, Malvern Theatres

Beyond Borders,, Birmingham International Dance Festival.

City of a Thousand Trades, Birmingham Royal Ballet

A Splinter of Ice, Malvern Theatres

The Turnip Field,, Stoke Repertory Theatre

April in Paris,. Coventry Belgrade

Rooms Rambert and Birmingham Hippodrome

Jabala and The Jinn, online from Coventry Belgrade.

The Color Purple on-line,  filmed at co-producers Curve, Leicester.

The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet - online at Birmingham Rep

The Little Mermaid, Derby Theatre - online

Jack and the Beanstalk - online Coventry Belgrade

Lazuli Sky, BRB, Birmingham Rep.

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HIGHBURY THEATRE  CENTRE has a reunion to celebrate this month when the four members of Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society return after 14 years in David Tristram's fourth play in the comedy series, Lockdown in Little Grimley. More.

THE  NONENTITIES in Kidderminster are back on the boards this month with the first of four separate productions of monologues up to the end of July. More

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

Strictly star Johannes Radebe will be bringing his Freedom tour to the Alexandra Theatre next year with dance and music from around the world. More

Town Hall & Symphony Hall, plus The Spotted Dog have announced more details of the lineup for Jazz Fest, Birmingham’s new Jazz Festival, in August. More

The Jersey Boys are on the road again and will be spending Christmas and New Year at the Alexandra Theatre from 7 December to 1 January 2022. More

The lights are turning back on stages across the land as theatre prepares to return from enforced hibernation this month, and what ges and treats they have in store for us. More

The Albany in Coventry is back - or at least it aims to be with a stunning piece of Fringe Theatre from the highly regarded Proforca Theatre Company on Sunday  30 May. More

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NEWS

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

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

Elmhurst Ballet School was hit by Covid both in its academic role and as a school of performing arts but recovery is underway with pupils returning to the stage for an engaging summer bill to showcase their talents. More

Town Hall and Symphony Hall will be swinging to the beat this summer with the return of the Jazzlines Summer School from Performances Birmingham Limited, a free weeklong course for aspiring jazz musicians aged 11-19 all running alongside the city's Jazz FM sponsored Jazz Festival. More

Birmingham Royal Ballet has appointed Ballet Master and former Principal Dancer  Dominic Antonucci as its new Assistant Director. More

 Elmhurst Ballet School ends a tumultuous year and its Principal, Jessica Wheeler talks about the problems faced by her and her staff protecting and teaching pupils form around the world. More

FEATURES

BIDF: After falling victim to Covid lockdowns last year Birmingham International Dance Festival is back with an on-line June festival and a full blown live encore in September. 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

 

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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HIGHBURY THEATRE CENTRE has a reunion to celebrate this month when the four members of Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society return after 14 years in David Tristram's fourth play in the comedy series, Lockdown in Little Grimley. More.

THE  NONENTITIES in Kidderminster are back on the boards this month with the first of four separate productions of monologues up to the end of July. 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

 TOWN HALL & SYMPHONY HALL, PLUS THE SPOTTED DOG have announced more details of the lineup for Jazz Fest, Birmingham's new Jazz Festival in August. More

 THE JERSEY BOYS are on the road again and will be spending Christmas and New Year at the ALexandra Theatre from 7 December to 1 January 2022. More

THEATRE IS BACK: The lights are turning back on stages across the land as theatre prepares to return from enforced hibernation this month, and what ges and treats they have in store for us. More

Rosie Kay Dance Company launch two world premieres this year with Adult Female Dancer as part of Rosie Kay's one woman triple bill, Absolute Solo II at Birmingham Rep next month and Romeo + Juliet at Birmingham Hippodrome in September. More

The Albany in Coventry is back - or at least it aims to be with a stunning piece of Fringe Theatre from the highly regarded Proforca Theatre Company on Sunday  30 May. More

 Derby Theatre: Single Shoe Productions and Derby Theatre have a free Zoom workshop on Saturday (6 March)highlighting the #TakeUsThere series from Lockdown Mk 1. More

Birmingham Royal Ballet's  celebrated  Sir Peter Wright production of The Nutcracker might have fallen victim to Covid but you can't keep a good ballet down and it has been moved online to be enjoyed by ballet fans and families around the world with a live stream from Birmingham Rep on 18 December and then pay per view to Christmas Eve. More

OH Yes they Are!!! Birmingham Hippodrome and Qdos are bringing a socially-distanced Panto to Brum in January with Robin Hood at the Alexandra Theatre starring Matt Slack, Craig Revel Horwood, Doreen Tipton and Richard Cadell and Sooty. More

Birmingham Royal Ballet: You are invited to a birthday party by BRB at Birmingham Town Hall in celebration and as thank you for the company's 30 years in the city, More

Women & Theatre's film exploring the lives and experiences of more than 40 women in Birmingham and the Black Country during Lockdown Mark 1 has its world premiere on YouTube for free this weekend.  More

Actor Samuel West makes a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
News and features
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
Elmhurst Ballet School was hit by Covid both in its academic role and as a school of performing arts but recovery is underway with pupils returning to the stage for an engaging summer bill to showcase their talents. More
BIDF: After falling victim to Covid lockdowns last year Birmingham International Dance Festival is back with an on-line June festivaland a full blown live encore in September. More
Town Hall and Symphony Hall will be swinging to the beat this summer with the return of the Jazzlines Summer School from Performances Birmingham Limited, a free weeklong course for aspiring jazz musicians aged 11-19 all running alongside the city's Jazz FM sponsored Jazz Festival. More
Birmingham Hippodrome is helping to give emerging talent a helping hand with live streams of TEDxYouth@Brum and UniSlam this month. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet has appointed Ballet Master and former Principal Dancer  Dominic Antonucci as its new Assistant Director. More
Elmhurst Ballet School ends a tumultuous year and its Principal, Jessica Wheeler talks about the problems faced by her and her staff protecting and teaching pupils form around the world. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Marion Tait is to step down as assistant director at the end of the year. More
Midland Theatres given a share of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund More
Malvern Theatres has dipped a toe in the water and opened for live theatre again under Covid conditions with its own production of Mooney and his caravans - so, what was it like? More
Birmingham Royal Ballet are back on stage, albeit the paved terrace of Rowheath Pavilion with a special performance of ballet class and dance along with the city's Sampad company, More
Stan's Cafe  head into the world of call centres from living rooms and back bedrooms in For Quality Purposes, online More
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

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