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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

See how they run, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Twist, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

How the other half loves, Highbury Players, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Dixie Swim Club, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse

Sleeping Beauty, Sutton Arts Theatre

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hall Green Little Theatre

House Guest, Highbury Theatre Centre

The Secret Garden, The Nonentities, Kidderminster.

Elton John's Glasses, Grange Players, Walsall

Anne Boleyn, The Loft. Leamington

Gaslight, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Maurice's Jubilee, Highbury Theatre Centre

An Ideal Husband,Sutton Arts Theatre

The Farndale Avenue Murder Mystery, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre,Kidderminster

Dirty Dancing CB (11-21) Coventry Belgrade

Nell Gwynn, Highbury Players, Highbury Theatre Centre

Underneath the Lintel, Criterion Theatre, Coventry

The Wind in The Willows,, The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa.


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


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Ladies of Letters, Malvern Theatres

Magic Goes Wrong, Birmingham Hippodrome

We will Rock You, Wolverhampton Grand

Would You Bet Against Us? Birmingham Rep

Immerse, Elmhurst Ballet Company, Elmhurst Ballet School

Private Peaceful, Coventry Belgrade

Waitress, Birmingham Hippodrome

Animal Farm,  Wolverhampton Grand

The Play That Goes Wrong, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett, Assembly Festival Gardens, Coventry

An Evening of Music and Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Rep

Private Peaceful, Malvern Theatres

Nothello, Coventry Belgrade

Studio to Stage, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Rep

Dance Track 25, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Rep

Mamma Mia! Birmingham Hippodrome

My Dearest Mr Coward, Worcester Theatres

Cluedo, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Malvern Theatres

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Derby Theatre

Protests, Hymns and Caskets, Coventry Belgrade

Gamble, Coventry Belgrade

Catch Me If You Can, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Mademe Butterfly, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

Dragons and Mythical Beasts, Coventry Assembly Festival Garden

Jenůfa, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

Grimeboy, Birmingham Rep

Footloose, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Malvern Theatres





Radio 4 and latterly ITV comedy Ladies of Letters has been brought to the stage and will be posted to Derby and then Malvern this month. 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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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
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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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