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The Velveteen Rabbit, Hall Green Youth Theatre

Waiting for Waiting for Godot, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Quartet, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Swan Theatre, Worcester

Teapots and Superglue, Sutton Arts Theatre

The Woman in White, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Disposing of the body, Hall Green Little Theatre

Blue Remembered Hills, Highbury Theatre Centre

Lettice and Lovage, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Translations, Loft Theatre Company, Leamington Spa

Constellations, Hall Green Little Theatre

Mindgame, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

Life X 3, The Loft Leamington Spa

Kiss me, stupid! Sutton Arts Theatre

Abigail's Party, Highbury Theatre Centre

Some mothers do 'ave 'em, The Grange Playhouse, Walsall

I Am, Stage2 Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

Peter Pan, Hall Green Little Theatre

The World Goes ‘Round, Loft Theatre Company, Leamington

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society "A Christmas Carol", Highbury Theatre Centre

Ghost Train, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

Lillies on the Land, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Agnes of God, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Priory Youth Theatre, Kenilworth

The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle,  Hall Green Little Theatre

The Haunting, Sutton Arts Theatre

Bazaar And Rummage, Swan Theatre, Worcester

Taking Sides, Highbury Theatre Centre

Relatively Speaking, Highbury Theatre Centre

Accomplice, The Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Inspector Drake and the PerfeKt Crime, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

The Good Life, Hall Green Little Theatre

All My Sons, Sutton Arts Theatre.

Lord of the Flies, Stage2 Youth Theatre, The Crescent Theatre

Under Katyń, The Bearpit, Stratford-upon-Avon.


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Jesus Christ Superstar, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Boy at the Back of Tthe Class, Wolverhampton Grand

Oh! What a Lovely War, Derby Theatre

Drop the Dead Donkey, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The School for Scandal, Malvern Theatres

The Drifters Girl, Birmingham Hippodrome

Community Service, Coventry Belgrade

Tess, Coventry Belgrade (v)

Shrek - The Musical, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Twelve Angry Men, Lichfield Garrick

Sleuth, Malvern Theatres

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Malvern Theatres

Tchaikovsky Classics, Symphony Hall

Awful Auntie, Wolverhampton Grand

Minority Report, Birmingham Rep

The Glass Menagerie, Malvern Theatres

The School for Scandal, Derby Theatre (v)

The Glass Menagerie, Coventry Belgrade

Sherlock Holmes:The Valley of Fear, Derby Theatre (v)

The Boy at the Back of the Class, Malvern Theatres (v)

Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (v)

St Matthew Passion, Birmingham Bach Choir, Lichfield Cathedral.

São Paulo Dance Company, Wolverhampton Grand (v)

Madagascar-The Musical, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Oh What a Lovely War, Malvern Theatres

Ben and Imo, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon (v)

Wicked, Birmingham Hippodrome

Bonnie & Clyde, Wolverhampton Grand (v)

Twelve Angry Men Malvern Theatres

Farm Boy, Lichfield Garrick







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Sir Ian McKellen stars in Playing Kings adpated from Shakespeare's Henry IV parts I and II arriving at the Alexandra Theatre 10-07-24.

Birmingham Bach Choir provide the only chance to see the powerful St Matthew Passion in a performance at Lichfield Cathedral on 9 March,

A short video of Anthony Madu dancing barefoot in the rain in the backstreets of Lagos went viral and earned him a scholarship at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham and his story is told in a Disney+ documentary premiering in March.

BRB has announced its programme for 2024-25 which includes old favourites and the world premiere of a ballet inspired by a book chronicling Birmingham awe inspiring women.

Steps' back catalogue of hits has been turned into new musical Here & Now which steps into the Alex in November.

The year is 2026 and we have a hung parliament,  a cheesemakers' strike and a spider in Party Games! looking for votes, and laughs, in Malvern in June.

Sheridan's classic comedy of manners The School for Scandal will bring its delicious brand of timeless comedy to Malvern Theatres this spring.

 Here You Come Again packed with Dolly Parton Hits is heading to the Alex in September.

BRB's principal conductor Paul Murphy has been appointed Director of Music.

Splendid comedy The 39 Steps is touring for the first time in eight years arrives at the Alex in June

Spring programme at Town Hall and Symphony Hall

This is a Love story - a chance to see a musical in the making at Birmingham Hippodrome

Lichfield Garrick announces cast for its production of War Horse sequel, Farm Boy. 

Actor Samuel West makes a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
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FLYING DUCKS will be landing at Highbury Theatre Centre in a night of sketches and fun to celebrate the plays of David Tristram reaching 10,000 live performances. More
THE GRANGE PLAYHOUSE in Walsall has a new season opening with a comedy thriller and ending with a psychological thriller with shivers rather than smiles, with laughs, nostalgia and mystery in between. More
THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE provides a chance to see a fast moving, fun version of Leonard Bernstein's comic operetta Candide in a sparkling new production from Welsh National Opera. More
SUTTON ARTS THEATRE will open their new season with one of the classic plays of the 20th century in a programme that brings laughs, family entertainment and a new musical More
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Birmingham Hippodrome: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables didn't have an easy ride at its launch as either a book, or  now smash hit musical. It runs at Birmingham Hippodrome in August 2022 and we look where it all started. More

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