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Thrilling Theatre

Arena Access

Hello and welcome to another thrilling season of top quality theatre at the Arena. The professional programme now extends right up until the end of June, so there’s even more opportunities to take advantage of our multibooking offer. If you want more information about our shows please visit www.arenatheatre.info.

The Arena Theatre is committed to being as accessible as possible for everyone. However, to optimize your experience please advise the Box Office of your individual requirements in advance. For more information please visit www.arenatheatre.info.

How to book: in Person: The Box Office is open between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 1 hour before each show. By telephone: Call (01902) 321 321. Unfortunately, we are unable to reserve seats without a payment to guarantee the booking. Book online: Safely and securely, 24 hours-a-day at www.arenatheatre.info schools and Groups: Please contact us for details of group booking discounts on (01902) 321 321 or e-mail boxoffice@arenatheatre.info For more information about concessions, conditions and booking policies please visit www.arenatheatre.info or call (01902) 321 321. Your feedback and comments are welcome: please contact us via our website, Facebook page or by e-mailing boxoffice@arenatheatre.info

Access features include: • Complimentary companion tickets (for customers who need to be accompanied). • Lift access to all levels. • Sennheiser Infra Red Enhanced Hearing system headsets can be worn with or without a hearing aid (Please reserve your headset at the Box Office when you book your ticket). • For Minicom bookings and enquires please call (01902) 321 327. • Assistance Dogs are welcome. • All areas and rooms signed in grade 2 Braille. • Audio

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Thursday 26th January at 7.30pm

Friday 27th January at 8pm

An instinct For Kindness

Cabaret whore

dying with dignitas - A true story

Comedy, original songs and a string of desperate divas

Last year, Chris Larner accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic. He came home with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell.

A tortured French chanteuse; a washed-up lounge crooner; a faded Broadway diva; and more are brought to life in polished character comedy and sparkling original songs, with music by Michael Roulston.

This moving, bittersweet show reflects on the circumstances, morality and humanity surrounding the journey. In a candid, poignant and sometimes comic performance, Chris explores both the profound personal implications and the wider ethical issues of assisted dying. tickets In association with Seabright Productions £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

Written and Performed by Sarah-Louise Young (Fascinating Aida)

Cabaret whore has appeared in sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Café de Paris and the Pigalle Club. Sarah-Louise is part of the current Fascinating Aida line-up and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical cast. tickets In association with Seabright Productions £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

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Tuesday 31st January at 7.30pm Wednesday 1st February at 1.30pm and 7.30pm

Blackeyed Theatre presents

the trial

steven Berkoff’s brilliant adaptation of Franz Kafka’s masterpiece Joseph K, an estranged and rootless citizen, is the victim of anonymous governing forces beyond his control. Deceived by authoritarian power, he is relentlessly hunted down for a crime that remains nameless. A classic work of twentieth century theatre, Kafka’s universal parable about the human condition is retold in Berkoff’s startlingly original, fresh and surprising play that is full of twists and turns that are shocking, thrilling and funny “One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre” The Stage In association with North Devon Theatres and South Hill Park

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Recommended for ages 14+

tickets £12 Full Price and £10 Concessions

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Recommended for ages 15+

Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm

Friday 3rd February at 8pm

discombobulated

Retina Dance present

so utterly stupid that it might just save your life!

dance that gets under your skin

Stop and search experts Malcolm McClosky and Esperanza Vallejo present their take on all matters of security, born out of a lifetime of patrolling airports and being shouted at.

Layers of skin starts from the idea of hiding. 6 Dancers strip away the 3 layers of the largest organ of our body. As external appearances are unwrapped we discover our component parts - the cerebral, the physical and our intuition. Through stripping away the surface, we discover the motivations for movement.

Publick Transport

Publick Transport present a biometric-enhanced security roadshow so utterly stupid that it might just save your life. Directed by Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey, Cirque de Soleil), and performed by Merce Ribot and Angus Barr (Ridiculusmus, Gonzo Moose). tickets “Laugh-out-loud funny” £9 Full Price and The Guardian £7 Concessions

Layers of skin

Choreography by Filip Van Huffel. Original Music composition by Joris Vanvinckenroye/Aranis. tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

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Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February at 7.30pm

STEVEN BERKOFF’S EAST PRODUCTIONS Presents

sHAKEsPEARE’s ViLLAins A MASTERCLASS IN EVIL

once again steven Berkoff holds the stage alone - this time with his exploration and analysis of shakespeare's most villainous characters: Lago, the Macbeths, shylock, Richard iii… Characters who are inherently evil, others whose situation leads them to evil deeds, others at the mercy of an evil society. Incisive insights into the psyche give way to Shakespeare’s own words which explode into the auditorium from one of the UK’s most formidable and maverick talents in a way that challenges and exhilarates. “Evil relished in all its variety” The Times “A maverick with an awesome stage presence” Daily Telegraph

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All tickets ÂŁ35 Book Online at www.arenatheatre.info | Box Office: Telephone (01902) 321 321 | Minicom (01902) 321 327

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Friday 10th February at 1.30pm and 8pm

Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd February at 7.30pm

Lite

snookered

A far-reaching exploration of skin lightening

Burdened by cultural expectations yet charged with personal dreams

Marlene Theatre and Sampad

Lite uncovers the emotional and physical journey a young woman will take to fit into society. Can Cheryl be an individual in her own skin or does the media pressure to conform turn her into a clone? With a commanding soundtrack and emotive projection, this intoxicating production has received incredible audience reaction to date. tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions £5 All Matinee Tickets 10

Tamasha

On the 6th anniversary of T’s death, his 4 friends meet as they always do for a game of pool and a few drinks. Can they put to rest their guilt over his untimely death? Will their friendship survive the final betrayal? With acclaimed pieces such as East is East, Strictly Dandia and The Trouble with Asian Men, Tamasha is an award-winning theatre company that brings Asian culture into the British mainstream. tickets Tamasha in association with Oldham Coliseum £9 Full Price and Theatre and the Bush Theatre £7 Concessions

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Friday 24th February at 1.30pm and 8pm

next swan down the River Might Be Black A poetic and personal response to being sectioned Follow the shifting alliances of 3 young women on a psychiatric ward over one momentous week as they each fight a faceless institution in their own way. Written by Sean Burn, and directed by Jackie Fielding, this hauntingly lyrical play has been shortlisted for the Alfred Bradley bursary award with the BBC. Recommended for ages 14+ In association with Black Country Touring and Outside Centre

tickets ÂŁ9 Full Price and ÂŁ7 Concessions

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Tuesday 28th February at 7.30pm

Wednesday 29th February at 7.30pm

Dave Reeves presents

1 Beach Road

Black Country dialects

Red Cape Theatre

Friendship, defiance, a shrinking island, synchronized swimming and trying to turn back the tide

do you know the connection between a stourbridge baker and the wild west? Black Country performance poet and writer Dave Reeves along with poet, singer and monologist Heather Wastie and musician Chris Lomas, celebrate the legends and myths of the Black Country in a show full of laughter, pathos and the kind of natural surrealism that runs through all good Black Country humour.

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

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With the unrelenting encroachment of the shoreline, the sea eats its way to the back door of 1 Beach Road, where the inhabitants refuse to budge. Victoria and Jane are left standing at the edge of a precipice. 1 Beach Road explores the metaphorical connections between Alzheimer’s and Coastal Erosion and asks what is it like to lose everything - your home and your memories? tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

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Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th March at 7.30pm (Friday 9th March at 1.30pm and 8pm)

sheer Extant Theatre

when the imagination begins where does the horror end? Extant takes its company of blind artists and blends a little of the burlesque, horror, comedy and magic, to create a thrilling and unique experience. sheer will lead you on a spine chilling, provocative and hilarious trip through a theatrical maze in the dark, where unseen sensual desires and twisted fears literally bump up against you. PLEAsE notE: This show takes place in complete darkness and features moments of sudden special effects. Audience numbers are limited for each performance. In association with Black Country Touring and Outside Centre

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions £5 All Matinee Tickets

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Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm Wednesday 14th March at 1.30pm and 7.30pm

Bette and Joan: the Final Curtain Foursight Theatre

A wry, feisty and irreverent look at the lives of two of Hollywood’s greatest bitches icons “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good. Joan Crawford is dead. Good.” Bette Davis Now on her own death bed, Bette is forced to confront the past, her violent husbands, her battle for fading stardom, spiteful children and the ghost of her nemesis, Crawford herself. Can these two women resolve their relationship? Or are they destined to squabble for eternity? Just because someone’s dead doesn’t mean they’ve changed. A co-production with Jacksons Lane and Richard Jordan Productions In association with Assembly

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tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions £5 All Matinee Tickets

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Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm

Friday 16th March at 8pm

Rose Cottage

Tara presents

A Moment of Mishearing

Sharon Foster & Next Page Productions

A heart-warming comedy about love, loss, immigration and the gorgeous bloke in intensive care Agnieska is trying to earn enough money to go back to Poland and get married. Carla doesn’t think it’s right that English jobs are being taken by foreigners, even though her useless husband would rather sit at home than work. Bernice, a one-woman UN peace-keeping mission in a pinnie, separates the warring factions, facilitates negotiations, and doles out free ciggies during their breaks… …The corpses don’t have speaking roles.

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

Literature to a Beat by Amit Chaudhuri A Moment of Mishearing is an eclectic stage production marrying an exploration of the modern literary and musical ideas of celebrated Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri, accompanied by a live musical performance that brings together the raag with jazz-rock, blues with a timeless story. tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

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Wednesday 21st March at 7.30pm

A Double-Bill of Pinter

the dumb waiter & the Lover European Arts Company

the dumb waiter: two hit-men are waiting in a basement room to do a job. Strange messages keep appearing via a serving hatch. Who are they from? Why are they waiting? And who is their next victim? the Lover: Richard and Sarah have been married for 10 years. Every morning he commutes to work to pore over balance sheets. Everything is not quite as it seems as fantasy and reality converge to dizzying effect.

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Thursday 22nd March at 1.30pm and 5.30pm

Friday 23rd March at 8pm

Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents

Gold dust

Gravity

Deafinitely Theatre

Colliding personalities and an explosive reaction David teaches science, with a particular passion for physics. Struggling to stay afloat in the stressful, modern world of secondary education, he’s desperate for his students to share his enthusiasm. One boy does, Kyle. However, when Kyle is picked on by his troublemaking classmates all of David’s good work starts to unravel. Written by Arzhang Pezhman.

Fathers and sons often find it hard to communicate. But when one is deaf and the other hearing it can be impossible. An old man dies leaving behind a son who never really knew him. But as the son holds the ashes close to his heart, he begins to understand more about the man he called dad. This play is inspired by the history and lives of deaf people in Birmingham and the Black Country. Produced in association withBlack Country Touring and Deaf Cultural Centre, Birmingham In association with Black Country Touring and Outside Centre

tickets All Tickets £5

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

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Wednesday 28th March at 2pm and 7.30pm

i, Bertolt Brecht

Fuschia Films and Media

the man, his plays and 1930s Berlin Bringing together the electricity, political edge and pure entertainment of his plays, songs, and poems, i, Bertolt Brecht is thought provoking, moving and laughout-loud funny. With rare insights gained from working with Brecht’s own company, the Berliner Ensemble, Sue Pomeroy has created this powerful and fascinating drama documentary. tickets £12 Full Price and £10 Concessions £5 All Matinee Tickets 18

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Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm

Village Idiots present

Coffin up

Critically acclaimed mask theatre company returns to the Arena Set in Britain's Healthiest Village 2011, this fastpaced farcical comedy tells the story of a dastardly undertaker and his quest to make money by whatever means. With mounting bills and a lack of customers. Can the undertaker get enough money to keep his business afloat? “Ingenious...filled with inventiveness from a highly talented company” British Theatre Guide ★★★★

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Saturday 31st March at 7pm

surdwani 25th Anniversary Celebration the first of a series of events celebrating 25 years of surdhwani Over the past 25 years Surdhwani has presented the best of classical music & dance deriving from the Indian subcontinent as well as promoted and sponsored many of today’s prominent artists from India. For more information about the concert programme visit www.arenatheatre.info Surdhwani in association with Arena Theatre

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Tuesday 3rd April at 7.30pm

Laurence Clark:

Health Hazard Laurence Clark discovers exactly how Americans view our nHs What links Stephen Hawking, cardboard tube fights and Shane MacGowan? Or for that matter, George Washington, the Queen and global Armageddon? Find out as Laurence Clark embarks on his one-man mission to sell the benefits of free healthcare to America.

In association with Black Country Touring and Outside Centre

tickets ÂŁ9 Full Price and ÂŁ7 Concessions

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Wednesday 4th April at 7.30pm

unMYtHable Temple Theatre

A whistle-stop tour through the greatest Greek myths ever told The audience are welcomed on board the Argo by the budding young hero Jason and his shipmates, and primed for their biggest mission yet - the quest for the Golden Fleece. On the route to Colchis there will be challenges and obstacles, and the Argonauts will have to act as a team to help Jason overcome them. But most importantly, there will be stories under the stars.

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Tuesday 17th April at 7.30pm

Gonzo Moose presents

i’m An Aristocrat - Get Me out of Here! surreal swashbuckling comedy adventure Paris, 1792. Revolution grips the city and the secret police march traitors to their deaths. Paris needs a hero, someone who can deliver it from this terror and restore freedom and justice. Will such a hero emerge? Probably. With comedy and thrills galore you’ll gasp, laugh and be amazed at the elaborate sword fights, the heart wrenching love scenes, and the sensational death-defying French accents. “A riot from start to finish” Venue Magazine

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

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Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm

Friday 27th April at 8pm

Like A Virgin

Verve 12

An hilarious romp through the bubble-gum years of teenage life

Passionate, dynamic and engaging performance

Reform Theatre

Northern School Of Contemporary Dance

Angela and Maxine, two sixteen year olds, attack life with laughter, vibrancy and excitement. Besotted with Madonna they truant from school, form a band, attempt to write pop songs - and with hairbrushes in hand they live out their adolescent dreams of becoming famous.

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With dancers fresh from intensive technical training at some of Europe’s leading conservatoires, the company presents invigorating work by leading international choreographers. Verve promises a dynamic and engaging performance not to be missed.

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

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Tuesday 1st May at 7.30pm

Friday 4th May at 8pm

State Of Emergency presents

Nick Hornby’s

A sensory delight

Remember when football was the people’s game?

This cross-cultural performance is a collaboration between State of Emergency and celebrated South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma of Vuyani Dance Theatre, Johannesburg. The soundtrack is by Grammy Nominee Steve Marshall, whose work with Lee “Scratch” Perry, Keith Richards and George Clinton has received critical acclaim.

The hugely successful play, adapted from Nick Hornby’s best selling book, is back.

desert Crossings

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions

Fever Pitch

Digging deep into the mind of an obsessed football fan - an obsession that is as intriguing and entertaining for football haters as well as football fans - the play is Hornby’s story of his Arsenal fixation, as well as a tale of family, football, class, identity and joy. tickets £10 Full Price and £8 Concessions

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Wednesday 16th May at 7.30pm Thursday 17th May at 1.30pm and 7.30pm

Equus

London Classic Theatre

Peter shaffer’s unique psychological thriller In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Martin Dysart, the child psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand his motives. Initially the boy is silent and uncooperative, but as Dysart digs deeper, he begins to win Alan’s trust and the truth gradually emerges. Contains strong language, adult themes and nudity.

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“…taut, flawless and compelling…” The Stage tickets £12 Full Price and £10 Concessions Book Online at www.arenatheatre.info | Box Office: Telephone (01902) 321 321 | Minicom (01902) 321 327

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Wednesday 23rd at 7.30pm, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th May at 1.30pm and 7.30pm

David Hoyle in

the ugly spirit Fittings Multimedia Arts

An unlimited Commission for the Cultural olympiad the ugly spirit, a cunning mix of improvisation and text, takes a peek into the backstage world of Chang and Eng Bunker the original Siamese twins as they take their last whistle-stop tour by train through the grand duchies of Central Europe. Written by Russell Barr with additional material from David Hoyle, music by Leigh Stirling, Wagner and Purcell, a design by Lisa Ducie and artworks by Tanya Raabe. In association with Black Country Touring and Outside Centre

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tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions £5 All Matinee Tickets

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Tuesday 29th May at 7.30pm Wednesday 30th May at 1.30pm and 7.30pm

Love’s Labours Lost Deafinitely Theatre

A British sigh Language production of a shakespeare classic A story of love and loyalty, Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost is amongst his best known and, according to many, least understood plays. Deafinitely don't believe it is a ‘problem play’ as it is often labelled. By stripping back the very dense and punny text of Love’s Labours Lost and translating it into the physical language of BSL, this production will be much more accessible to theatregoers of all ages. In association with Black Country Touring and Outside Centre

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions £5 All Matinee Tickets

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Recommended for ages 3-7

Friday 1st June at 8pm

Thursday 7th June at 11am and 2pm

Spike Theatre presents

Krazy Kat presents

the story of three Greek nobodies caught up in a celestial bet between Zeus, Hera and Hercules

A fast moving comedy re-telling of the classic fairy tale

the Games An ‘undiscovered’ Greek comedy incorporating sporting equipment with a thousand uses, an original musical score, clown, shadow puppetry and scenes of simulated nudity! “Hilarious from beginning to end…” What’s On Stage “A refreshing and masterful piece of original storytelling... Definitely worthy of a gold medal” Three Weeks tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions 30

the Pied Piper In this vibrant new version the Pied Piper is given the full ‘Krazy Kat’ treatment. With beautiful puppets, equally beautiful people plus wonderful magical tricks, this visually dynamic production features rascally rats, tap dancing cheeses, music and much silliness... As with all Krazy Kat Theatre company productions, it is a Sign Language Arts production featuring fully integrated Sign Language throughout. In association with Black Country Touring and Outside Centre

tickets All Tickets £5

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Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th June

situation Last Fancies

taking murder mystery to new places Last year’s sell-out The Death of Georgia B put audiences through a city-wide murder hunt, from hidden tunnels and doorways to a cinema and a séance. We now invite you to take part in situation, staged across the entire Arena theatre. Nowhere is out of bounds. Nothing is as it seems. How will you react?

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Saturday 23rd June at 4pm

Saturday 14th July at 7pm

Moby Duck presents

sampad Arts Mela

wild Child

A fun-filled day out for family and friends A new story for young people aged eight and over A boy is brought in from the wild to a mission. The nuns think he’s a savage, because he doesn’t speak their language. Worse still, he believes in strange, mischievous spirits, called the Little People, who taught his tribe to sing, dance and paint magic, and who now live hidden from human view. Join Moby Duck to see what happens next...

Arena Theatre in association with Sampad

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Come and enjoy the best of local and regional artists will be offering a range of entertainment and workshops, with Indian food available, to bring a taste of South Asia to your doorstep. Absorb the tranquil and melodic atmosphere.

tickets £6 Full Price and £4 Concessions

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independent and Amateur Promotions: standard concessions may vary

Friday 13th January at 8pm Saturday 14th January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm Friday 20th January at 1.30pm and 8pm

Deeva Productions presents

52

All Gleed up

Pretentious Latin Name Productions

inspired by the hit tV series Glee

today, you took away tomorrow

A spectacular live performance celebrating the biggest songs from the Emmy Award winning show.

On July 7th 2005 in London, 52 lives were lost in a series of terrorist attacks across the city. But who were the victims and who the survivors?

tickets £8 Full Price and £6 Concs

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concs

Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th February at 7.30pm

Parade

Impulse Productions Jason Probert Brown’s hit musical Impulse Productions present this TONY Award winning musical, the tragic true story of Jewish factory worker Leo Frank, accused of murdering a young girl, and the trial he is put under by the people of Atlanta.

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concs

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independent and Amateur Promotions: standard concessions may vary

Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm and Friday 2nd March at 8pm

Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm Friday 20th April at 1.30pm and 8pm

Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May (Times TBC)

Podium Finish

three For A Girl

spring Fling

Combining dance, digital Media and sport

How far would you go to help a friend?

Podium Finish explores the physiology of athletes who strive to go faster, higher, stronger. Realised through dance and digital media will Podium Finish achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold?

Mark drunkenly agrees to have a child with his long-time friend Sarah despite there being no romantic feelings between the pair. Will things be the same when they’ve sobered up?

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concs

tickets £6 Full Price and £5 Concs

DNA 3D

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Turnstyle Theatre

student Performance A performance by University of Wolverhampton Dance Students, featuring the premiere of an original piece by Victoria Thoms and new work by 3rd year student choreographers.

tickets £6 Full Price and £4 Concs

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independent and Amateur Promotions: standard concessions may vary

Friday 8th June at 7.30pm

Edward ii Jadis Shadows

A special adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s classic The tragic rule and downfall of King Edward II. A man who let his heart rule his head and who allowed his passion for another man to influence his each and every discussion.

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concs

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June (Times TBC)

Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th July at 7.30pm

Bugsy Malone

Goldenmind

An exuberant gangster musical for guys and dolls of all ages

Psssssssssst…can you keep a secret?

Reach Musical Theatre

King’s CofE School

Bugsy Malone is a play loosely based on events in Chicago, Illinois in the Prohibition era. The tongue-in-cheek play stars children as the gangsters and their molls.

Then congratulations, you’ve joined MFI, the world’s worst secret agent organisation. Your mission is to... well...erm…save the world! But if that seems a little too demanding, why not spend an evening watching someone else do it for you?

tickets £9 Full Price and £7 Concs

tickets £5 Full Price and £3 Concs

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Friday 13th January at 8pm Saturday 14th January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm Page 33

All Gleed up

inspired by the hit tV series Glee

An independent Promotion

Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm Friday 20th January at 1.30pm and 8pm

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today, you took away tomorrow

An independent Promotion

Thursday 26th January at 7.30pm

An instinct For Kindness Page 3

dying with dignitas - A true story

Friday 27th January at 8pm

Cabaret whore Comedy, original songs Page 3

and a string of desperate divas

Tuesday 31st January at 7.30pm Wednesday 1st February at 1.30pm and 7.30pm Page 4

the trial steven Berkoff’s brilliant adaptation of Franz Kafka’s masterpiece

Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm

discombobulated Page 5

so utterly stupid that it might just save your life!

Friday 3rd February at 8pm

Layers of skin Page 5

dance to that gets under your skin


Wednesday 29th February at 7.30pm

1 Beach Road Friendship, defiance,

steven Berkoff Page 6

writer, director, actor, social and political commentator

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Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm and Friday 2nd March at 8pm

Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February at 7.30pm

shakespeare’s Villains Page 8

A masterclass in evil

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Lite

A far-reaching exploration of skin lightening

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Jason Probert Brown’s hit musical

An independent Promotion

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Tuesday 21st February and Wednesday 22nd February at 7.30pm Page 10

snookered Burdened by cultural

expectations yet charged with personal dreams

next swan down the River Might Be Black

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does the horror end?

Bette and Joan

A heart-warming comedy about love, loss, immigration and the...

Friday 16th March at 8pm

A Moment of Mishearing Page 15

Literature to a Beat by Amit Chaudhuri

Wednesday 21st March at 7.30pm

Black Country dialects Page 12

sheer when the imagination begins where

Rose Cottage

Tuesday 28th February at 7.30pm

do you know the connection between...

An independent Promotion

Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm

Friday 24th February at 1.30pm and 8pm

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Combining dance, digital Media and sport

Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm Wednesday 14th March at 1.30pm and 7.30pm

Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th February

Parade

Podium Finish

Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th March at 7.30pm (Friday 9th March at 1.30pm and 8pm)

Friday 10th February at 1.30pm and 8pm

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a shrinking island, synchronized swimming and...

the dumb waiter & the Lover Page 16

A double-Bill of Pinter


Thursday 22nd March at 1.30pm and 5.30pm

Tuesday 17th April at 7.30pm

Gravity Page 17

Colliding personalities and an explosive reaction

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Friday 23rd March at 8pm

Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm

Gold dust Page 17

Like A Virgin An hilarious romp through Page 24

i, Bertolt Brecht

the man, his plays and 1930s Berlin

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Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm

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Fever Pitch Page 25

Remember when football was the people’s game?

Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May (Times TBC)

unMYtHable

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A sensory delight

Friday 4th May at 8pm

Wednesday 4th April at 7.30pm A whistle-stop tour through the greatest Greek myths ever told

Passionate, dynamic and engaging performance

desert Crossings

Health Hazard

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An independent Promotion

Tuesday 1st May at 7.30pm

Tuesday 3rd April at 7.30pm Laurence Clark discovers exactly how Americans view our nHs

How far would you go to help a friend?

Verve 12

Saturday 31st March at 7pm

surdwani 25th Anniversary Celebration

three For A Girl Friday 27th April at 8pm

Coffin up

Critically acclaimed mask theatre company returns to the Arena

the bubble-gum years of teenage life

Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm Friday 20th April at 1.30pm and 8pm

Wednesday 28th March at 2pm and 7.30pm

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i’m An Aristocrat Get Me out of Here!

spring Fling Page 34

student Performance

An independent Promotion


Wednesday 16th May at 7.30pm Thursday 17th May at 1.30pm and 7.30pm Page 26

Saturday 23rd June at 4pm

wild Child

Equus

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Peter shaffer's unique psychological thriller Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th May at 1.30pm and 7.30pm

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the ugly spirit

An unlimited Commission for the Cultural olympiad

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June (Times TBC)

Bugsy Malone

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Tuesday 29th May at 7.30pm Wednesday 30th May at 1.30pm and 7.30pm Page 29

Love’s Labours Lost A British sigh Language production of a shakespeare classic

Goldenmind Page 35

the story of three Greek nobodies caught up in a celestial bet between...

Thursday 7th June at 11am and 2pm

the Pied Piper

A fast moving comedy re-telling of the classic fairy tale

Friday 8th June at 7.30pm

Edward ii A special adaptation

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of Christopher Marlowe’s classic

Tuesday 12th - Sunday 17th June

situation

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taking murder mystery to new places

An independent Promotion

Psssssssssst…can you keep a secret?

An independent Promotion

Saturday 14th July at 7pm

the Games

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An exuberant gangster musical for guys and dolls...

Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th July at 7.30pm

Friday 1st June at 8pm

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A new story for young people aged eight and over

sampad Arts Mela Page 32

A fun-filled day out for family and friends

LoVEtHEAtRE? see More & Pay Less.

£5

Because GREAt tHEAtRE doesn’t have to be expensive. An independent Promotion

BuY tiCKEts for 2 or more shows at the same time and get all your tickets for £5 each* *must be the same number of tickets for each show. offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. other restrictions may apply. For certain shows the multi-booking offer ticket costs £8 each. Please contact the Box office for more information.

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How to Find us The Arena Theatre is easily accessible and situated right in the heart of the City Centre on Wulfruna Street.

Car Parking Street parking is available near the theatre. The Civic Centre car park (150 metres from the Theatre) is usually open until 10.30pm however please check closing times on arrival.

Public transport The Arena Theatre is a 5-minute walk from the Railway, Bus and Metro stations.

Arena Theatre | Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE. Box Office 01902 321 321 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm) Facsimile 01902 322 599 | Minicom 01902 321 327 E-mail arena@wlv.ac.uk | Website www.arenatheatre.info

Arena Theatre January - July 2012  

The Arena Theatre Wolverhampton's January - July brochure.