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JAMES CORDEN IN SUMMER 2011 BOX OFFICE 0844 871 3011 (bkg fee) www.newalexandratheatre.co.uk

TUE 18 - SAT 22 OCT


WELCOME

DIARY AT A GLANCE MAY EDDIE GRIFFIN SUN 1 MAY

JULY JASON MANFORD FRI 8 & SAT 9 JUL

PRODI GYAL MON 2 MAY

JOHN EDWARD MON 11 JUL

UNCAGED MONKEYS THU 5 MAY

THE RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR THU 14 JUL

DERREN BROWN: SVENGALI MON 9 - SAT 21 MAY Welcome to the New Alexandra Theatre’s latest season brochure. Those of you who’ve visited the Alex in recent months will have noticed our facelift and the addition of the ‘New’ into our official title. The rebrand marks the recent change of management at the Alex and heralds the dawning of a new age for Birmingham’s much loved Alexandra Theatre. Our ambition is to present more high profile touring productions and we’re delighted to announce a wide selection of these this season.

BLUE MOUNTAIN PRESENT NUH STRESS MI OUT! SUN 22 MAY STEPHEN K AMOS WED 25 MAY

KISHAN VS KANHAIYA MON 30 MAY

Following his sell-out show last year we’re thrilled to have psychological illusionist Derren Brown back with us for two weeks in May, though tickets are already selling fast so be sure to book soon for the most mesmerizing show in town. We’re also delighted to be welcoming the Birmingham REP who bring The Wiz, a Motown twist on the family classic The Wizard of Oz, to our stage in June and Birmingham Stage Company visit with both Horrible Histories and The Jungle Book.

THE WIGGLES THU 2 JUN

If you would like more information on any of our shows please visit www.newalexandratheatre.co.uk and sign up to our online mailing list or you can join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, where you’ll be the first to get all our latest updates. If you have any comments or feedback please let me know kimgladston@theambassadors.com and I look forward to welcoming you to the theatre in the very near future. Kim Gladston General Manager Newsflash! Like OMG! We’ve totally just heard that Legally Blonde will be touring in autumn. College sweetheart Elle and her pet pooch Bruiser arrive in Birmingham in October on the first regional tour following the smash hit run on the West End. *Snaps*

DINNERLADIES MON 18 - SAT 23 JUL

THE BEST BLUES BROTHERS SHOW IN THE WORLD...EVER! FRI 27 MAY

Our top pick is an exclusive transfer direct from the National Theatre; Nicholas Hytner directs Richard Bean’s adaptation of Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, newly titled One Man, Two Guvnors, which will see James Corden return to the stage for the first time since The History Boys.

And finally, Grease is the word for our 2011 Christmas show, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the movie, the number one greatest musical returns to the Alex for four weeks only.

HOW SWEET IT IS THE MOTOWN SHOW SAT 16 JUL

AUGUST STAGE EXPERIENCE: BUGSY MALONE THU 25 - SAT 27 AUG SEPTEMBER COLIN FRY SAT 3 SEP

OCTOBER LEGALLY BLONDE TUE 4 - SAT 15 OCT RUSSELL KANE SUN 16 OCT ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS TUE 18 - SAT 22 OCT

SUPER TROUPER THU 8 SEP

ROARY THE RACING CAR MON 24 OCT

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR FRI 16 - SUN 18 SEP

SALLY MORGAN TUE 25 OCT

THE JUNGLE BOOK TUE 20 - SAT 24 SEP

HALFWAY TO PARADISE WED 26 OCT

ROY ‘CHUBBY’ BROWN WED 28 SEP

VAMPIRES ROCK THU 27 OCT

SURVIVE THU 29 & FRI 30 SEP

MADAMA BUTTERFLY SAT 29 OCT NOVEMBER THE DRIFTERS SUN 6 NOV

JUNE G*MANIA WED 1 JUN

REG D HUNTER WED 9 NOV WBOS PRESENTS THE PRODUCERS TUE 22 - SAT 26 NOV

BACK FOR GOOD FRI 3 JUN

DECEMBER GREASE TUE 6 - SAT 31 DEC

THE REAL DEAL COMEDY JAM SAT 4 JUN THE WIZ FRI 10 - SAT 18 JUN MIDNIGHT AT PUSS CREEK SUN 19 JUN SHAOLIN WARRIORS TUE 21 JUN DYLAN MORAN WED 22 - THU 23 JUN THAT’LL BE THE DAY FRI 24 JUN JONATHAN ANSELL AND FRIENDS SAT 25 JUN HORRIBLE HISTORIES: THE RUTHLESS ROMANS AND THE AWFUL EGYPTIANS TUE 28 JUN - SAT 2 JUL

DERREN BROWN: SVENGALI MON 9 - SAT 21 MAY

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NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE SUMMER 2011

ALL NEW FOR 2011! ‘BRILLIANT. THERE WAS NOTHING FOR IT BUT TO SURRENDER TO HIS CONTROL’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

GREG DAVIES

EDDIE GRIFFIN

FIRING CHEESEBALLS AT A DOG

SUN 1 MAY 7.45pm

‘A SPECTACULAR NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT. DERREN IS, WITHOUT DOUBT, THIS COUNTRY’S GREATEST ILLUSIONIST’

TUE 5 APR 7.30pm Greg Davies’ hotly anticipated debut stand-up show promises to address every single issue important to the human race. But it lies - it won’t address any. Come though, it’ll be funny. You’ll already know him as the psychotic head of sixth form, Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners (C4), from Live at The Apollo, Have I Got News for You, Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1), Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Eddie Griffin, a popular comedian turned actor who started his career on-stage as a dare. Eddie has built an ever growing underground fan base since jumping into comedy since 1990. After many successful performances which led him to appear in 47 films and numerous USA TV shows and in 2004 Comedy Central honoured him in the top 100 of greatest stand-ups of all time. Adults Only. Support from Richard Blackwood, Eddie Kadi & Kevin J.

TIME OUT

‘YOU REPEATEDLY FIND YOURSELF RETRIEVING YOUR JAW FROM THE FLOOR’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

Dubbed a ‘psychological illusionist’ by the press, Derren Brown is a performer who combines magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship in order to seemingly predict and control human behaviour, as well as performing mind-bending feats of mentalism.

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UNCAGED MONKEYS

STEPHEN K AMOS

A NIGHT OF SCIENCE AND WONDER

THE BEST MEDICINE

THU 5 MAY 8pm L C

WED 25 MAY 8pm

The first ever national science tour celebrating the universe and wonders that lie within it. Mixing science and comedy, Brian Cox, Robin Ince, Simon Singh and Dr Ben Goldacre gather together to talk of dark matter, black holes, Bonobo apes, the big bang and anything else they can cram into two hours. A night like no other, mixing live presentations and fabulous projections of the phenomenal. Prepare to be amazed!

Fresh from a busy year filming his own BBC2 comedy series The Stephen K Amos Show, Stephen comes to Birmingham with more melt in the middle, heartfelt humour to warm the very cockles of your heart. Laughter really is the best medicine and the Doctor will see you now. ‘AMOS IS DYNAMITE’ THE GUARDIAN Suitable for ages 16+

For the past ten years Derren has created TV and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities. His first show appeared in 2000, Derren Brown: Mind Control, followed with Trick of the Mind, Trick or Treat and a series of Specials including the controversial Russian Roulette and the hugely popular Events. Following his sell-out performances in May 2010 we’re delighted to announce that Derren will be making a return to the New Alexandra Theatre in 2011 with his new production Derren Brown: Svengali. This is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town, so book now! Not suitable for children under 12 years

MON 9 - SAT 21 MAY 7.30pm

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NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE SUMMER 2011

THE BEST BLUES BROTHERS SHOW IN THE WORLD... EVER!

BACK FOR GOOD

SHAOLIN WARRIORS

LIVE ON STAGE

LEGENDARY MASTERS OF KUNG FU

FRI 27 MAY 7.30pm L C G

FRI 3 JUN 7.30pm L G C B

TUE 21 JUN 7.30pm F

Jake & Elwood invite you to spend an evening in down town Chicago to witness masters at work as they explode on stage for their soul, rhythm and blues review. With the driving backbeat of the fabulous Black Rhino Band, they continue to deliver electrifying, totally live performances to standing ovation audiences globally. Enjoy an intimate evening of soul moving Blues and feel at one with our talented musicians, as they stun audiences with their unique musical twist.

Following their 2010 national tour the boys are back and reunited with ‘Robbie’, finalist in BBC’s The One & Only show! Recreating the magic of Take That live in concert. You will be singing and dancing within minutes and left with little doubt that you are watching The Greatest Boy Band Of All Time. From Rule The World, The Flood, Greatest Day and Rock DJ to Patience, Angels and Said It All you will be putting your hands together to Pray that the boys are truly Back For Good!

THE WIGGLES

DYLAN MORAN

THAT’LL BE THE DAY

YEAH YEAH

BRAND NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

WED 22 & THU 23 JUN 8pm L G C

FRI 24 JUN 7.30pm L G C

Dylan Moran star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Run Fat Boy, Run is about to spread a little happiness with a brand new tour for 2011. Ageing, religion, kids, relationships intertwine with the general absurdities of life. Searing observations and sumptuous imagery, painted across a large fraying canvas with cruel, curmudgeonly ‘Moranesque’ brush strokes and all delivered with Dylan’s renowned, shambolic charm. It’s simply unmissable.

The UK’s most successful touring rock ‘n’ roll production returns with their 25th Anniversary show. Trevor, Gary and the gang return with the show’s greatest hits featuring the most popular feel-good comedy routines and favourite hits from the 1950s, 60s and 70s which have been performed in the show over the last 25 years. ‘NON-STOP NOSTALGIA!’ THE EXPRESS www.thatllbetheday.com

A breathtaking theatrical KungFu show vividly depicting the rarely-seen KungFu masters’ agility, strength and skill, using Buddhist Meditation and martial arts training. Fully choreographed spectacular, gorgeous scenery, music, lights, costumes and professionally trained KungFu masters. ‘AGILITY, GRACE, SHOWMANSHIP’ WASHINGTON POST

G* MANIA INSPIRED BY THE TV HIT GLEE WED 1 JUN 7.30pm You and 78 million others have watched 10 of the biggest stars from The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol, Pop Stars The Rivals, Grease Is The Word & Last Choir Standing’s journey to become stars, now they have been brought together to create reality TV’s Ultimate Pop Group for a spectacular concert of the songs inspired by the smash hit phenomenon Glee. G*Mania is a high-octane, high-on-life production that showcases brilliant arrangements and jaw-dropping choreography to bring incredible music from all eras back to life, including Don’t Stop Believin’, Gold Digger and of course, mash-ups inspired by the hit TV show.

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GREATEST HITS THU 2 JUN 1pm & 4pm F

SELLING FAST

In 2011 the band will celebrate their 20th birthday so with twenty years of hits such as Hot Potato, Fruit Salad, Rock A Bye Your Bear and Toot Toot Chugga Chugga the show will be jam packed with favourites! Join Jeff, Anthony, Murray and Sam as well as our Wiggly friends; Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for this spectacular production!

BOOK NOW 0844 871 3011 (fees apply)

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NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE SUMMER 2011

A SOULFUL, STIRRING, RHYTHM AND BLUES MUSICAL BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY AND WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE PRESENT

THE WIZ BOOK BY WILLIAM F. BROWN

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY CHARLIE SMALLS

JASON MANFORD OFF ON TOUR WE GO

BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH THE SUSAN GURMAN AGENCY, LLC, NEW YORK

FRI 8 & SAT 9 JUL 7.30pm

DIRECTOR Josette Bushell-Mingo CHOREOGRAPHER Paul J Medford MUSIC DIRECTOR Warren Wills DESIGNER Rosa Maggiora LIGHTING DESIGNER Philip Gladwell SOUND DESIGNER Ed Clarke PROJECTION DESIGNER Mic Pool CASTING DIRECTOR Pippa Ailion

As seen on Live at the Apollo, Comedy Rocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and The Royal Variety Performance 2009. ‘SHARP OBSERVATIONAL COMEDY, INSPIRED ONE-LINERS MANFORD CERTAINLY KNOWS HOW TO GET THE LAUGHS’ METRO ‘A MASTER OF OBSERVATIONAL COMEDY’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

The REP comes to the New Alexandra Theatre as part of its first ever off-site programme in 2011

Suitable for age 16+

JONATHAN ANSELL & FRIENDS

Sponsored by

SING THE MUSIC OF G4 SAT 25 JUN 7.30pm The sensational voice on over 2 million albums, former G4 front man and international recording star, Jonathan Ansell, is coming to town in his first ever nationwide solo tour. Accompanied by 3 superb singers and musicians, Jonathan will be performing G4’s greatest hits, along with some of pop and operas most famous songs. Jonathan found fame on X Factor and since then he has released two consecutive number one albums, Tenor at the Movie, and Forever. Last year, Jonathan took the lead role in the national tour of Whistle Down the Wind, where his performance won rave reviews.

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JOHN EDWARD MON 11 JUL 7pm

John Edward has captivated audiences worldwide. On his shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country, he uses his unique abilities to connect people with loved ones who have passed on. Deeply compelling, often startling and occasionally humorous, John’s down-to-earth approach has earned him a vast and loyal following.

The Wizard Of Oz with a twist, The Wiz is a soulful, stirring, rhythm and blues musical adaptation of the story we all know and love. Featuring the wonderful Motown classics Everybody Rejoice, If You Believe, Ease On Down The Road and the beautiful show stopper, Home, The Wiz is an inspirational story about Dorothy and her adventures in Oz. If you love The Wizard Of Oz, The Return To Oz or Wicked then you’ll love The Wiz. This production features a professional cast of actors and musicians with a supporting cast from the local community.

DATES FRI 10 - SAT 18 JUN Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Mon - Sat 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Thu & Sat mats 2pm Previews AMBASSADOR FRIENDS Fri 10 - Sat 11 Jun 7.30pm Discounts Press Night Discounts Tue 14 Jun 7pm MILLENNIUM CLUB After Dark Discounts Post Show Discussion Discounts Wed 15 Jun 7.30pm G F S Details page 30 L G C E Details page 22

0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) 0844 871 3011 (fees apply) www.ambassadortickets.com/

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NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE SUMMER 2011

THE RAT PACK

AN EYE-POPPING 3D TREAT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!

VEGAS SPECTACULAR

MOTOWN’S GREATEST HITSHOW SWEET IT IS

THU 14 JUL 7.30pm

SAT 16 JUL 7.30pm L G C B

★★★★

The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back by popular demand! In its 9th successive year this stunning 100% live show combine’s first class music together with the slickest choreography and an amazing band to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have!

‘THE AUDITORIUM SEEMS FIT TO COMBUST SPONTANEOUSLY IN AN EXPLOSION OF JOY AND EXCITEMENT’

Purveyors Of Cool come to town! bringing you The Greatest Music Of The 20th Century. Classics like Come Fly with Me, Under My Skin, Sway, That’s Amore, Mr Bojangles and many more. Great live show band and Vegas Showgirls too. Swinging soirée with lots of hanky panky and banter. The BBC summed it up in one word magnificent! Still the hottest party around. www.ratpack.biz

THE TIMES

COLIN FRY

SUPER TROUPER

THE PEOPLE’S MEDIUM

ORIGINAL FROM LONDON’S WEST END

SAT 3 SEP 7.30pm L C G B

THU 8 SEP 7.30pm L F G B

Don’t miss one of the most celebrated Psychic Mediums Colin Fry as he delivers messages of love and comfort in his brand new Free Spirit Show. Be stunned by his breathtaking accuracy and compassion in this all new show as he conducts an evening of intimate communication with your loved ones. Colin Fry of Television’s 6th Sense, Psychic Private Eyes, The Three Mediums and Colin Fry Live!

Super Trouper formerly ABBA Mania, is now accepted as the world’s number one touring production. Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves. So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares and thank ABBA for the music.

It’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows - The Awful Egyptians and The Ruthless Romans - are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. THE AWFUL EGYPTIANS From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt. Are you ready to rumble with Ramesses the Great? Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? THE RUTHLESS ROMANS From the evil Emperors to the gruesome gladiators, find out why there’s no place like Rome! Experience the terrible tactics of the Roman army, hold on tight for a jaw-dropping journey into Roman Britain and prepare to meet sword-slaying Spartacus! See a trailer of the shows at www.birminghamstage.com

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TUE 28 JUN - SAT 2 JUL Awful Egyptians Tue & Sat 7pm Wed & Fri 10.30am Thu 1.30pm Ruthless Romans Wed 1.30 pm Thu 10.30am Fri 7pm Sat 2.30pm L G C E F Details page 22

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SOMETHING NEW FOR BIRMINGHAM

STAGE EXPERIENCE 2011

THE COMEDY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

Bugsy Malone is presented by arrangement with Warner/Chappell Music Limited administered by Boosey & Hawkes. Libretto by Alan Parker, words and music by Paul Williams.

‘TOP MARKS FOR ANOTHER TERRIFIC SHOW’ THE OBSERVER

‘A SPLENDID NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT COMPARING FAVOURABLY WITH MANY PROFESSIONAL COMPANIES’ THE STIRRER Quotes from previous Stage Experiences Fame and Oliver!

TBC

‘HILARIOUS, ABSOLUTELY JAW ACHINGLY HILARIOUS. THIS IS CRACKING COMEDY AT ITS VERY BEST’

Awaiting copy.

THIS IS LOCAL LONDON* STARRING

ANDREW DUNN & SUE DEVANEY Take one huge hit sitcom from BBC TV, place on a stage with stars from the original cast of the TV series. Blend in Victoria Wood’s writing, undoubtedly some of the funniest on television, and whip into a play based on the second TV series following the reluctant love story of Bren and Tony, egged on by Dolly, Jean, Twinkle and Anita. Mix in caretaker Stan’s words of wisdom and coat with regular appearances by Phillippa from Human Resources and Petula, Bren’s dreadful mother and you have a recipe for madness, mirth and twelve rounds of toast! 12 x

*Praise for the 2009 production Cast of Autumn 2009 tour

MON 18 - SAT 23 JUL Mon - Sat 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm L G C Details page 22

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The New Alexandra Theatre is delighted to present our annual Stage Experience production returning for its ninth year with the classic musical, Bugsy Malone. Loved the world over, Bugsy Malone is a high impact, action packed musical set in New York, 1929. A war rages between two rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan; Dandy Dan has the new and dreaded ‘splurge gun’ out-manoeuvring Fat Sam at every opportunity. Fat Sam’s only hope is Bugsy Malone, a charismatic part-time gangster. Despite his charm Bugsy fails to impress Blousey Brown, who sights are set on being a Hollywood actress. With twists, turns, gangsters, showgirls and splurge fights galore the plot unfolds leading to a final fantastic showdown at Fat Sam’s Grand Slam! Stage Experience is an intensive two week project that gives young people across the West Midlands the chance to train and perform in a professional theatre, under the guidance of a director, choreographer, musical director or behind the scenes with our technical team. Stage Experience brings out the absolute best in our region’s young performers in a production of the highest standard that you won’t want to miss!

‘IT’S A FAIR BET THAT SOME OF THE YOUNGSTERS IN THIS SPECTACULAR SHOW WILL EVENTUALLY MAKE ACTING THEIR PROFESSIONAL CAREERS’ WALSALL ADVERTISER

OPEN AUDITIONS Aged 9 -21 and want to take part? Open Auditions SUNDAY 29 MAY Send SAE to: Stage Experience, New Alexandra Theatre, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DS or email stageexperiencebirmingham @theambassadors.com for an application form.

THU 25 - SAT 27 AUG Thu - Sat eves 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm L G Details page 22

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NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE SUMMER 2011

A WILD ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

SALLY MORGAN PSYCHIC SALLY ON THE ROAD MON 11 APR 7.30pm SOLD OUT NEW DATE ON SALE TUE 25 OCT 7.30pm G

FRI 16 - SUN 18 SEP L G F C

Fresh from her new TV series, Psychic Sally On The Road on Living TV, Britain’s best loved celebrity psychic returns by popular demand as part of her nationwide tour. Her reputation has been built from her close relationships with many high profile celebrities. Don’t miss this unique theatrical experience. www.sallymorgan.tv

Fri 5pm & 8pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sun 2.30pm

‘ANIMAL MAGIC!’

DIRECT FROM THE WEST END Like Father like Son... They’ll take you for a ride! David Essex stars in the hit West End musical All the Fun of the Fair. Featuring a mix of David Essex hits alongside brand new songs. With crafty cons and candy floss – dodgems and death-defying feats – fairground horses and fights – romance and rock ‘n’roll – you’re sure to go on a rollercoaster of a ride. Inspired by David’s best selling album... All the Fun of the Fair features a helter skelter of hits such as; Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You A Star, Me and My Girl – Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine, Rock On. ‘BEST NEW WEST END MUSICAL 2010’ WHAT’S ON STAGE NOMINATION ‘GENUINELY TOUCHING...WELL WORTH A SPIN’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

ROY CHUBBY BROWN PUSSY AND MEATBALLS TOUR WED 28 SEP 7.30pm G L B Roy Chubby Brown is back in town... Get ready for a barn-storming night of jokes, banter and hilarious mickey-taking from Britain’s most outrageous comedian, bar none! Laugh till it hurts as Chubby rips into his live audiences with a non-stop battering ram of laugh-out-loud comedy guaranteed! Get the hottest ticket in town but be warned – If easily offended please stay away!

The Birmingham Stage Company is proud to present Rudyard Kipling’s classic story about Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the jungle by a family of wolves. When Shere Khan the tiger swears to kill the child, Baloo and Bagheera agree to take the boy to the man village for his safety. But the jungle holds dangers and surprises for them all – and Mowgli’s extraordinary adventure has just begun. If you’re looking for a magnificent experience for all the family, then don’t miss this acclaimed production of Kipling’s timeless story!

★★★★ ‘THIS EXHILARATING, RIP-ROARING SHOW TICKS ALL THE BOXES FOR A GREAT FAMILY TREAT’ TIME OUT See a trailer of the show at www.birminghamstage.com

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BACK BY PUBLIC DEMAND!

TUE 20 – SAT 24 SEP Tue 7.00pm Wed & Thu 10.30am & 1.30pm Fri 10.30am & 7.00pm Sat 2.30pm & 7.00pm L G E F C Details page 22

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OMIGOD YOU GUYS! THE BROADWAY & WEST END SMASH HIT MUSICAL

★★★★ For the first time ever, the West End & Broadway sensation, winner Best New Musical (Whatsonstage.com Awards 2011) and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards, Legally Blonde The Musical comes to Birmingham. Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this critically acclaimed new musical is created by a top-of-their-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray).

‘GREAT SONGS, WITTY LINES. SMART, SASSY, SPECTACULAR’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘LEGALLY BLONDE SIMPLY BLOWS OTHER MUSICALS OUT OF THE WATER. SENSATIONAL’

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School.

THE SUN

★★★★

‘HYSTERICALLY FUNNY’ THE MAIL ON SUNDAY 16

NOW ALS O IN ITS

2ND AWA RD WINNING YEAR IN LONDON

Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with the brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). This all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy will be the highlight of your year and the most fashionable ticket in town. The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!

TUE 4 - SAT 15 OCT Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm

★★★★ ‘RIDICULOUSLY ENJOYABLE

L G E C Details page 22

FROM START TO FINISH. PERFECTION’

0844 871 3011 (fees apply)

THE INDEPENDENT Photos of the original London production by Ellie Kurttz. Original poster concept designed by aka. Photo Uli Webber.

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NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE SUMMER 2011

JAMES CORDEN IN CLASSIC COMEDY WITH A NEW TWIST

THEATRE TOURS Have you ever wondered what its like to go backstage at the Alex? Why not book one of our upcoming tours? Each tour will give you a unique insight into one of the most historic theatres in the West Midlands. See the dressing rooms that have housed the stars, visit the backstage areas that are the workhouse of theatre life and finally step on stage* at the Alex and in doing so join with some of the greats of English theatre. Our upcoming schedule includes:

SAT 14 MAY SAT 18 JUN SAT 2 JUL SAT 23 JUL Tours cost £7.50 per person and must be booked in advance. You can either book at the Box Office in person or call the Groups Department on 0844 372 7272 (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm). For group organisers looking to arrange a tour for their party please email HannahJames@theambassadors.com or call the Groups Department to arrange. *Access to the stage is not always possible due to visiting company policy. Please note the tour covers all parts of the theatre and this includes many stairs.

Cast Includes Oliver Chris James Corden Martyn Ellis Trevor Laird Claire Lams Fred Ridgeway Daniel Rigby Jemima Rooper Suzie Toase

SAT 29 OCT 7.30pm L C G B Derek Block & Blackburn International Proudly Present an Ellen Kent Production Featuring the internationally acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv. With handpicked soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra. Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

VAMPIRES ROCK STEVE STEINMAN’S CULT ROCK SHOW THU 27 OCT 7.30pm G C L B Steve Steinman plays the supremely evil Baron Von Rockula owner of the Live and Let Die club, in search of a new bride. Along with Steve Steinman a full cast of superb singers, dancers and a formidable band blast their way through some of the greatest ever rock anthems including; We Will Rock You, Bat Out of Hell, Sweet Child Of Mine and I Love Rock n Roll!

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One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet. This production will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

‘THIS IS A BUTTERFLY TO CHERISH’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS EARLY BOOKING OFFER £10 OFF ALL TICKETS PURCHASED BEFORE 31 MAY 2011

BY RICHARD

BEAN

Director Nicholas Hytner

based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni

Associate Director Cal McCrystal

Direct from the National Theatre, James Corden plays Francis in this new English version of the classic Italian comedy – where sex, food and money are high on the agenda.

Designer Mark Thompson

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Following his success with Gavin and Stacey, James Corden is reunited with National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner for the first time since the worldwide hit The History Boys. Photograph by Phil Fisk

Lighting Designer Mark Henderson Music Grant Olding Sound Designer Paul Arditti

TUE 18 - SAT 22 OCT Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm L G C Details page 22

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‘THE NO.1 GREATEST MUSICAL!!!’

COMING SOON

‘100 GREATEST MUSICALS - CHANNEL 4’

THE DRIFTERS IN CONCERT SUN 6 NOV 7.30pm As one of the biggest selling group’s of all time, The Drifters has featured over 60 different vocalists in almost six decades. The current recording line up perform new material alongside the group’s greatest hits including Under The Boardwalk, Save The Last Dance, Up On The Roof and many more, paying homage to some of the most prestigious former recording artists of this group. www.theofficialdrifters.com

TUE 22 - SAT 26 NOV Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm G L C

REG D HUNTER WED 9 NOV 8pm His work is often brutally honest, frequently controversial but always meticulously measured and thought out. He is one of the few performers to have been nominated for the highly coveted main Perrier Award in three consecutive years and has become a well-known face on primetime television shows such as Live At The Apollo and QI and is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You. ‘MAGICAL. HIS IS A PERFECT SET’ GUARDIAN

Following the huge success of their production of Jesus Christ Superstar last year, WBOS are extremely proud to present The Producers. Outrageous, hilarious, and a teeny bit controversial; The Producers is the smash hit musical comedy that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm. Winner of a record 12 Tony Awards, it follows the story of washed-up producer Max Bialystock, and timid accountant Leo Bloom as they plot to get rich quick, in the biggest show business scam ever. With a line up of sexy storm trooper showgirls and a chorus of wanton old ladies it certainly will be Springtime for Hitler in Birmingham this November! This amateur production is given by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York

The No.1 Greatest Musical, Grease, is back at the New Alexandra Theatre from 6 December for 4 weeks only! Danny Bayne (winner of ITV’s Grease Is The Word, Hairspray) returns as Danny with Carina Gillespie (Grease, Buddy) as Sandy. Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as ‘bad boy’ Danny and ‘the girl next door’ Sandy fall in love all over again. It’s the original High-School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more. So throw your mittens around your kittens and Hand Jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, A-wop-bam-boom!’

‘IT’S ELECTRIFYING - GO, GO, GO!’ NEIL SEAN, SKY NEWS

‘GREASE IS STILL THE WORD’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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TUE 6 - SAT 31 DEC Week 1 Tue - Fri eves 7.30pm, Wed mat 2.30pm, Sat 5pm & 8.30pm Week 2 Mon - Fri eves 7.30pm, Wed mat 2.30pm, Sat 5pm & 8.30pm Week 3 Mon - Fri eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm Week 4 Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm, Tue, Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm, Sat 7.30pm L G E C Details page 22

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ONLINE www.NewAlexandraTheatre.co.uk POSTAL BOOKINGS State the performance and choice of seats, enclosing a cheque or Postal order. Mail to: The Box Office, New Alexandra Theatre, Station Street, Birmingham, B5 4DS. Cheques should be made payable to The Ambassador Theatre Group Venues. Please also include on the back of the cheque the 16 digit card number and expiry date and issue number if there is one.

MEDIUM /THERAPIST/CLAIRVOYANT By attending this event you agree that you have sought the services provided of your own accord and understand that it is a holistic experiment and experience. The medium/ therapist/ clairvoyant may give you information that could bring about a positive change in your life, but any changes that you make are your personal and legal responsibility.

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Derren Brown Svengali

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Roary the Racing Car

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Jonathan Ansell & Friends

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VENUE IMPROVEMENTS The ticket price for certain shows may include a £1 contribution to the theatre’s restoration fund. Regular attendees will have noticed the Alex’s recent facelift with improvements to the signage and lighting on the front of the building.

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WHERE WE ARE Car parking couldn’t be easier. We recommended the Albany car park which is only a 1 minute walk away on St Judes Passage. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Postcode for Sat Nav is B5 4AN.

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Concessions may be restricted to certain price levels and performances and can be withdrawn by management without notice. Only one concession can be applied at any one time and proof of status is required.

The New Alexandra Theatre reserves the right to make such alterations that become necessary. If you wish to comment on any aspect of your Ticketmaster or internet booking please call Ticketmaster customer services on 08444 999 999.

EQUAL ACCESS FOR ALL Service for patrons with disabilities. For further information on our services and facilities including signed performances please call the Disability Hotline on 0121 230 9077 (Mon - Sat 12pm - 6pm) or via email at access4allbirmingham@ theambassadors.com

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CORPORATE HOSPITALITY Select one of our packages or we can tailor individual events to your requirements. Call Hannah James on 0121 230 9074 for more information.

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The New Alexandra Theatre is operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), who have a total of 39 venues across the UK, including 12 in the West End, and 27 regionally. ATG’s impressive portfolio of West End theatres includes Apollo Victoria, Comedy, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Lyceum, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy, Trafalgar Studio 1 and Trafalgar Studio 2. ATG’s regional theatres include Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham; Theatre Royal Brighton; Bristol Hippodrome; Churchill Theatre Bromley; Edinburgh Playhouse; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Grimsby Auditorium; Liverpool Empire; Palace Theatre and Opera House, Manchester; Milton Keynes Theatre; New Theatre, Oxford; Richmond Theatre; Southport Theatre; Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent; Sunderland Empire; Princess Theatre, Torquay; New Wimbledon Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio; The Ambassadors Woking encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres and the award-winning Ambassador Cinemas; Grand Opera House, York. ATG is also one of the country’s foremost theatre producers, in Britain and internationally. Current and recent ATG co-productions include The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley; Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Spamalot and South Pacific.

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2 for 1 for Friday 16th Sep Early Performance, thereafter, £5 off top three prices, £3 off bottom two prices

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