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Alice is heading into Wonderland again at The Old Rep as Birmingham Ormiston Academy venture down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass in a journey that takes them to the end of the year. More

The Alexandra Theatre is in for a snowbound March as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe bring the icy, maystical world of Narnia to Birmingham. More



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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

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THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE is in for a snowbound March as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe bring the icy, maystical world of Narnia to Birmingham. More

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

Actor Samuel West makes a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
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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
The Alexandra Theatre is back in business, after 491 days of enforced closure, and not only has a new progremme but also a new theatre director.  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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