Birmingham Hippodrome Season Brochure (Autumn 2022)

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As the curtain falls on the 2022 Commonwealth Games and with the spotlight of the world still on the West Midlands, everyone at the Hippodrome is incredibly proud to have played its part in what has been a true celebration of the region. A real highlight for me came in the closing ceremony, where a preview of Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby, our landmark co-production with Rambert, was watched by millions across the world. The response has been incredible with a massive sense of anticipation building around the world premiere on our stage in September. We have recently added an extra week in May 2023 for those who haven’t managed to snap up tickets. That same spirit of joy and celebration from Summer 2022 is reflected throughout this brochure, with our exciting and packed-out programme. Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year and 2022 is no exception. Firstly, the multi-million pound refresh of Sir Peter Wright’s world-famous and much loved

production of The Nutcracker returns home to our stage. We have a stellar cast and lots of surprises in store with Dick Whittington, you won’t want to miss out. I cannot wait to experience one of the biggest pantomimes in the UK right here on our Hippodrome stage. 2023 is shaping up to be a spectacular Hippodrome year too. Highlights include the critically acclaimed production My Fair Lady from the London Coliseum, the return of SIX after a sell-out 2021 run, the smash-hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and the new production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, on sale next month, so get those dates in your diaries. When booking for our new season, we recognise more than ever the importance of knowing you have flexibility should your plans need to change. We’ve partnered with Booking Protect to provide ticket cover for visitors purchasing tickets. Find out more on page 36. It has been a special year for Birmingham, but I’m even more excited for what the future has in store. I hope you can join us soon for more memorable moments in the greatest city on earth.

Jon Gilchrist Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer

Front Cover: BRB The Nutcracker p18, Dick Whittington p20, The Color Purple p2 and Sister Act p6.


A CURVE AND BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME CO-PRODUCTION

BASED UPON THE NOVEL WRITTEN BY ALICE WALKER AND THE WARNER BROS./AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT MOTION PICTURE BOOK BY MARSHA NORMAN MUSIC & LYRICS BY BRENDA RUSSELL, ALLEE WILLIS & STEPHEN BRAY THE COLOR PURPLE was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Quincy Jones. The world premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia. THE COLOR PURPLE is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com Photography by Manuel Harlan and Pamela Raith from the 2019 and the 2021 ‘at home’ productions.

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13 Sep — 17 Sep Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

A Birmingham Hippodrome and Curve Co-Production

The Color Purple Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Marsha Norman, The Color Purple tells the story of courageous heroine Celie, as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world. Winner of Best Regional Production (WhatsOnStage awards), the critically acclaimed Birmingham Hippodrome and Made at Curve production is a moving and soul-raising family chronicle set in racially divided southern America in the 1900s. As the years go by, abused and oppressed Celie becomes resigned to her unfortunate lot in life, but when her friendship with fiercely independent Sofia and love affair with glamourous singer Shug start to shake things up,

Age Guidance 14+ This show contains themes of rape, abuse, incest, overt racism and sexism

she begins to question her world; and understand that there must be more to life. With a profoundly evocative score by Grammy award-winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this landmark musical celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.

BSL Interpreted Wed 14 Sep 7.30pm Captioned Sat 17 Sep 2.30pm Audio Described Sat 17 Sep 2.30pm

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“Powerful, sassy and uplifting... ultimately empowering experience” Birmingham Mail

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“A musical with heart, spirit and soul” The Guardian

“A glorious, immensely moving celebration of triumph over adversity” The Stage

Photograph: Manuel Harlan from the 2019 production.

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27 Sep — 2 Oct Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat & Sun 2.30pm Limited Availability

From £22.50

23 May — 27 May 2023 Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £25 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

Presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival

A Rambert production in association with Birmingham Hippodrome

Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

RETURNING IN 2023 BY POPULAR DEMAND A new dance theatre event, delving into the backstory of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, written by the creator of the global hit television series. Opening in the trenches of Flanders, a personal story unfolds in post-war industrial Birmingham as the Shelby family navigate the decisions that determine their fate and Tommy is intoxicated by a mysterious newcomer, Grace.

Age Guidance 15+ This show is based on the TV series and there will be some representation of violence, sex and drug abuse

With dazzling, athletic dance and stunning dramatization, an iconic eclectic Peaky soundtrack, and a live on-stage band.

BSL Interpreted Thu 29 Sep 7.30pm Captioned Sat 1 Oct 2.30pm Audio Described Sat 1 Oct 2.30pm

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LESLEY JOSEPH

SANDRA MARVIN

CLIVE ROWE

LIZZIE BEA

as Mother Superior

as Eddie Souther

Music by

Alan Menken Additional Book Material

Lyrics by

as Deloris

as Sister Mary Robert

Glenn Slater

Douglas Carter Beane

Book by

Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner

Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard

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DIRECT FROM LONDON

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4 Oct — 15 Oct Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £26.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

Independent

Sister Act The Musical Brace yourselves sisters - the habit is coming to Birmingham! Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated brand new production of the Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act direct from London. All your prayers have been answered with a stunning cast, including TV and West End legend Lesley Joseph, Olivier Award-winning star of Tracy Beaker Clive Rowe, West End sensation and Hairspray favourite Lizzie Bea and Emmerdale and Waitress star Sandra Marvin as Deloris, everyone’s favourite nun on the run!

Encouraged to help the struggling choir, she helps her fellow sisters find their true voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® award-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this heavenly musical is joyous and uplifting in equal measures.

Age Guidance 7+

Captioned Thu 6 Oct 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Wed 12 Oct 7.30pm Touch Tour Sat 15 Oct, time tbc Audio Described Sat 15 Oct 2.30pm

Discounts Access

A musical sent from above, Sister Act is the brilliant, must-see show which raises the spirits and warms the soul time after time.

Friends Groups

Disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found - a convent!

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21 Oct & 22 Oct

Fri & Sat 7.30pm, Fri 2pm, Sat 2.30pm

From £16

26 Oct — 29 Oct

Wed – Sat 7.30pm, Thu 2pm, Sat 2.30pm

From £20

Into The Music

Sir Peter Wright’s

Forgotten Land I Hotel

Coppélia

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A celebration of the marriage of music and movement. UK and world premieres, and a rarely seen work in this unmissable mixed programme curated by Carlos Acosta, with each piece set to a major orchestral score performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. The Seventh Symphony is a dramatic work from much-missed Uwe Scholz, to Beethoven’s vibrant Seventh Symphony. Morgann Runacre-Temple and Mikael Karlsson team up for the world premiere of Hotel, a surreal journey into the secrets that live behind closed doors. Jiří Kylián’s magnificent Forgotten Land is a gripping journey into memory and loss set to Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem.

Magic and romance abound in this romantic ballet classic. Love conquers all in this world-class production of a joyous classic - “a masterpiece” (The Stage) brought back by Birmingham Royal Ballet for the first time in five years, with Léo Delibes’ glorious score performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. When Franz finds his eye wandering towards the mysterious girl on Dr Coppélius’s balcony, Swanilda takes matters into her own hands but can she steer her fiancé back to the path of true love?

Forgotten Land Music Benjamin Britten Choreography Jiří Kylián Assistants to the choreographer Cora Bos Kroese, Shirley Esseboom Designs John F. Macfarlane Lighting Kees Tjebbes

Music Léo Delibes Choreography Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Production Peter Wright Designs Peter Farmer Lighting Peter Teigen

Hotel Music Mikael Karlsson Choreography Morgann Runacre-Temple Designs Sami Fendall

Main image: Beatrice Parma. © Manvir Rai and Richard Payne.

Age Guidance 8+ Into The Music

The Seventh Symphony Music Ludwig van Beethoven Choreography Uwe Scholz Designs Uwe Scholz, inspired by Morris Louis Staging Roser Munoz Massanas

Image: Samara Downs as Swanilda and Mathias Dingman as Franz. © Bill Cooper.

Pre-Show Talk Coppélia Fri 28 Oct 6.30pm

Hotel is a Ballet Now commission. Ballet Now is generously supported by Oak Foundation’s Special Interest Programme. This production is supported by The Linbury Prize for Stage Design. The biennial Prize, the most important of its kind in the UK, brings together the best of emerging designers with professional theatre, dance and opera companies. The Linbury Prize for Stage Design is funded by the Linbury Trust. We are also grateful to the Marchus Trust and the Owen Family Trust for their support of Hotel.

Class on Stage Into The Music Sat 22 Oct 11.15am Tickets £12.50

Touch Tour Coppélia Sat 29 Oct 12.15pm Audio Described Coppélia Sat 29 Oct 2.30pm Discounts Access Families

Image: The Seventh Symphony: Céline Gittens and Brandon Lawrence. © Drew Tommons.

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Age Guidance 5+ Coppélia

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Comedy

30 Oct

Sun 8pm

31 Mar & 1 Apr

£24

Fri & Sat 8pm

£26

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express

Dara Ó Briain: So... Where Were We?

Described as “a truly gifted stand up” by The Sunday Times, join Joanne McNally as she revisits her irreverent and critically acclaimed show The Prosecco Express.

Dara Ó Briain is back on tour, with a brand new show! At the end of his last tour, Dara had performed the show ‘Voice Of Reason’ 180 times, over 2 years across 20 countries, from Auckland to Reykjavik, and by March 2020 he was ready for a break!

Due to a relentless ageing process, Joanne is suddenly in her late thirties with no husband, no kids, no pension and no plan. She is full of questions: if she doesn’t birth anything, who will He would now like to apologise for saying that be obligated to watch her die so she doesn’t and will never wish for anything like that again. have to do it alone? Can she start a GoFundMe page to get a golden Yes, he’s back on tour, and he will never stop again, because that’s clearly what caused all tomb built for single people to get buried in this trouble. Instead, in his new show So, Where together, or do we all just get thrown into a Were We? Dara will hardly mention the last two mass grave and covered in cat hair? When a man on a dating app identifies as ‘spiritual’, is it years, because, Jesus, who wants to hear about that? Instead, Dara will fire out the usual mix of safe to assume he has the personality of a stories, one-liners, audience messing and spoon? If you do all your drinking in the bath, tripping over his words by talking too quickly can you write it off as self-care? because he’s so giddy to be back in front of a crowd. “Dark, hilarious, strangely reassuring, Joanne is on a mission to solve “Pure, undiluted comic genius” absolutely nothing” Evening Standard

The Independent

“His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up”

“Joyously nuts”

The Guardian

The Examiner

Discounts 10

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Age Guidance 14+


Thu & Fri 8pm

£26

20 May

Sat 8pm

£24

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Tom Allen

Judi Love

Comedy

18 May & 19 May

Tom Allen has finally moved out of his parents’ house, which has been great news for him, better news for department stores and even better news for his latest stand-up tour as he’s eager to share his life updates, get your opinions on his vegetable patch and delve into the protocol of inviting friends with children for dinner.

Straight-talking powerhouse Judi Love is one of the UK’s most stand-out performers. A brilliantly engaging comic on stage, Judi takes everyday relatable situations that resonate with audiences and brings them to life in hilarious routines. Marking herself as a firm favourite on the comedy circuit, Judi is also known for producing a host of hilarious online comedy sketches which have gone viral on an The household name with his signature acerbic international scale. wit and riotous storytelling, Tom is the host of Judi can be seen as a regular panelist on ITV’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired and co-hosts Loose Women, including the first episode to Cooking With The Stars, Like Minded Friends feature an all-black panel, which received a and he is also a regular on Bake Off: An Extra prestigious RTS Award for Daytime Programme. Slice and There’s Something About Movies. Tom’s last tour sold over fifty-thousand tickets including his sell out show at The London Palladium where he recorded his special.

Judi has also appeared on a number of TV shows including Taskmaster, Royal Variety Performance, This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Celebrity Juice, BBC’s This Is My House, The Graham Norton Show, Ranganation, Celebrity Masterchef, Channel 4’s The Last Leg, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Big Narstie Show, Comedy Central’s Channel Hopping with Jon Richardson, Drunk History, ITV2’s Pranksterz and Stand Up Sketch Show. Judi also made quite the impact on Strictly Come Dancing 2021, including her now infamous Sean Paul Samba. As if that wasn’t enough, Judi was crowned Masterchef Celebrity Christmas Special Champion 2021!

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28 May & 29 May

Sun & Mon 8pm

£26

Sun 7.30pm

9 Oct

From £22.50

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Jon Richardson: The Knitwit

FREEDOM

Will the recycling be put out on the right day? Who is going to smooth over the top of the margarine? How many lights are on upstairs when everybody is downstairs?

FREEDOM - The Music of George Michael pays homage to one of the world’s most iconic music legends.

Watch Jon pretend that these aren’t his foremost concerns as he leaves home on his first tour since the last one. Best known as a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Cats Countdown (Channel 4), host of Dave’s Ultimate Worrier, and sitcom Meet the Richardsons. As well as Would I Lie To You (BBC One), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), and Taskmaster (Dave). “Whip-smart comedy... His mind is extraordinary” GQ

“A wildly funny whinge of volcanic frustrations”

Celebrating his immense catalogue of Grammy award-winning hits, FREEDOM will have audiences on their feet and reminiscing with fast-paced classics and sensational ballads. This high energy show will take you on an unmissable journey through George’s greatest hits including: Freedom, Careless Whisper, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Jesus To A Child, Fast Love, Club Tropicana, Amazing, Outside, Faith, and many more. X Factor winner, musical theatre star and number one selling artist Joe McElderry will lead FREEDOM - The Music of George Michael singing George’s greatest hits live with a full band.

The Guardian DISCLAIMER: Please note that this is a tribute production and is not affiliated or endorsed by the George Michael estate.

Age Guidance 14+

Discounts Access 12 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

We ask that anyone under 14 Age Guidance 14+ is accompanied by an adult. Discounts Access Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).


31 Oct — 5 Nov Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £28 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

Strictly Ballroom Based on Baz Luhrmann’s awardwinning worldwide film phenomenon, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical is heading out on a brand-new UK and Ireland tour starring Strictly Come Dancing favourite Kevin Clifton and BBC’s Eastenders’ Maisie Smith! Directed and co-choreographed by Britain’s best loved TV Judge, Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical follows arrogant, rebellious young ballroom dancer, Scott Hastings (Kevin Clifton). When his radical and daring dance style sees him fall out of favour with Australian Federation, he must dance with beginner, Fran (Maisie Smith). Together they find the courage to defy tradition and discover that to win, your steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom!

Featuring smash-hit songs Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, plus all new music written by internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. This feel-good ballroom sensation is sure to make for an unforgettable evening under the glitter ball that will send your heart soaring and toes tapping!

Age Guidance 7+

BSL Interpreted Wed 2 Nov 7.30pm Captioned Thu 3 Nov 7.30pm Touch Tour Sat 5 Nov, time tbc Audio Described Sat 5 Nov 2.30pm

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“A joyus blast. Strictly brilliant”

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The Sun

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Memberships... Patrons Hippodrome Patrons play a vital role in sustaining our charitable commitments, helping us to create opportunities for everyone to access the arts. A Patron membership offers you the chance to get behind-the-scenes, be a part of special events, be the first to know about and book premium seats for sell-out shows, enjoy discounts and make use of our luxury VIP Proscenium Lounge. From just £27.50 per month, you’ll become part of the Hippodrome ‘family’ and help us achieve our ambitions, because Arts Matter!

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Let’s Be Friends If you’re passionate about theatre and want to enjoy a host of exclusive benefits such as priority booking, great savings on tickets and discounts on food and drinks - join our membership scheme from only £50 per year.

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FRIENDS

Hippodrome Creatives Card

CREATIVES CARD

Are you an artist, producer or creative living or working in Birmingham and the West Midlands? Sign up for our Hippodrome Creatives Card today! We want to make sure that the creative talent of our region is able to develop, thrive, and make careers from a base at Birmingham Hippodrome. You can also benefit from free rehearsal space, space to work and meet in, ticket offers and masterclasses!

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Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Bullring & Grand Central

Sharing the Light - Welcome Diwali FRI 21 & SAT 22 OCT

FRE E Join us at Bullring & Grand Central to welcome Diwali with a festival of light. Featuring breathtaking puppets by Dundu and performances by Sonia Sabri Company. Lead Partner


9 Nov — 11 Nov

Wed – Fri 7.15pm

From £25

La bohème Puccini One cold Christmas Eve, four penniless artists - a painter, a musician, a poet and a philosopher - have their lives changed forever when they are unexpectedly visited by their neighbour Mimì, looking for candlelight. Rodolfo opens the door to be hit with a love at first sight that burns brighter than a flame.

La bohème is a tale of love, loss, rebellion and freedom and is one of opera’s most adored stories. WNO’s timeless production paints a vivid portrait of bohemian life in Paris at the turn of the 19th century, enhanced with atmospheric projections and Puccini’s gloriously romantic music. It’s guaranteed to touch your heart and make you fall in love with Rodolfo, Mimì and their friends time and time again.

Months later, their youthful passion is challenged by the harsh realities of life when Mimì becomes gravely ill. Rodolfo and his friends try their best to look after her but can his love prevent tragedy?

FREE Pre-Show Talk Wed 9 - Fri 11 Nov 6.15pm Audio Described Thu 10 Nov 7.15pm

wno.org.uk/boheme #WNOboheme Sung in Italian, with surtitles in English Discounts 16

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8 Nov

Tue 7.15pm

From £25

The Makropulos Affair

12 Nov

Sat 7.15pm

From £25

Migrations

Janáček The enigmatic diva Emilia Marty looks younger than her years. The secret of her youth, a magical elixir of life taken centuries ago. For over 300 years she has lived many lives - moving across Europe, changing her name and breaking hearts along the way - as she chases a desire to be the greatest singer of all times. But as the elixir starts to wear off will she become desperate to find the recipe for her eternal youth? Prepare to be engrossed in one of opera’s most thrilling mysteries as The Makropulos Affair leads us on a journey to reveal the real identity of this intriguing woman. Conducted by WNO’s Music Director Tomáš Hanus, Janáček’s intensely dramatic score only adds to the mystery, leaving you wondering whether immortality can really bring happiness, or is it just a curse?

The desire to broaden our horizons is a natural one, but for many, it is a necessity to improve on circumstances. However, the result of doing so often has unintended consequences. Through a series of parallel storylines, Welsh National Opera’s new opera explores the highs and lows of migration: from the migration of birds to the sailing of The Mayflower over 400 years ago; from the story of an Afro-Caribbean slave in Bristol to the experience of Indian doctors working in the NHS. The versatility of the music, composed by British composer Will Todd (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), is unlike anything ever performed at WNO, and adapts to the setting and mood of each narrative, written by six writers from diverse backgrounds. An expanded WNO Orchestra is joined by a cast of 100 performers, including the WNO Chorus, a gospel choir, Bollywood dancers and a children’s chorus. This is an epic drama on a huge scale, an unmissable live experience.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Tue 8 Nov 6.15pm

wno.org.uk/makropulos #WNOmakropulos

wno.org.uk/migrations #WNOmigrations

Sung in Czech, with surtitles in English

Sung in English, with surtitles in English

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

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19 Nov — 10 Dec

Sir Peter Wright’s

The Nutcracker Birmingham Royal Ballet’s worldrenowned production of The Nutcracker is a magical way to start the Christmas season with your family and friends. Join the Stahlbaums at their Christmas Eve party, then watch as their daughter Clara is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the magical land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. A mysterious magician, a magical Christmas tree and a handsome prince with an army of toy soldiers all add to the delight.

Sir Peter Wright’s classic production of this timeless ballet returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in 2022 following an extensive rebuild of John Macfarlane’s exquisite sets, funded in large part by generous audience support through the Big Give. Join 60 dancers, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and audiences across the generations for the perfect festive family treat - and book now to guarantee the best seats.

See p48-9 for performance times

From £25 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

“A ballet in a million and an annual sell-out” Birmingham Post

“An unbeatable way to start the festive season with a bang” Express and Star

“Infectious magic” The Independent Age Guidance 5+

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 25 Oct 6.30pm free to The Nutcracker ticket holders on the stated performance Touch Tour Sat 26 Nov, 12.15pm Audio Described Sat 26 Nov 2.30pm

Discounts Access Families Groups S

Schools

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Production Peter Wright Designs John F. Macfarlane Lighting David A. Finn Main image: © Bill Cooper. Inset: Céline Gittens as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Brandon Lawrence as the Prince; Beatrice Parma as Clara. © Bill Cooper. 19


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17 Dec — 29 Jan See p48-9 for performance times

From £16.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

Dick Whittington Birmingham Hippodrome’s panto will be paved with gold! Marti Pellow returns to Birmingham as The Ratman in the ultimate pantomime adventure, Dick Whittington! Marti joins Birmingham panto legend Matt Slack, TV celebrity Dr Ranj and actress, singer and television personality Suzanne Shaw in this star-studded, action-packed adventure full of laughter, music and dance.

Age Guidance 5+

“Full of exuberance, laughter and fun”

Audio Described Wed 11 Jan 2pm & Sat 14 Jan 2.30pm

“It’s glitzy, it’s spectacular, it’s funny and it’s hugely entertaining”

Captioned Sun 15 Jan 1pm & 5.15pm

The Reviews Hub

“A brilliantly bold crowd pleaser”

Relaxed Performance Wed 25 Jan 12 noon

The Telegraph

The UK’s biggest regional panto will also see the return of Hippodrome favourites Doreen Tipton and Andrew Ryan. Featuring sets and costumes from The London Palladium, spectacular special effects and plenty of audience participation, this is the perfect chance for audiences to come together and share the magic of live theatre.

BSL Interpreted Sun 8 Jan 1pm & 5.15pm

What’s On Stage

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23 Oct

Sun 8pm

From £15

3 Feb & 4 Feb

Fri 1pm (schools & relaxed) & 7.15pm Sat 1pm

From £15

Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation

Motionhouse

Samsara

Starchitects

Inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Samsara is a spellbinding piece for two dancers that traces the steps we take, both forward and backward, in search of our higher selves.

Their incredible mission to reach the moon!

UK/Indian dancer Aakash Odedra and Chinese dancer Hu Shenyuan draw on the dance traditions of their respective countries to explore the notion of samsara: the wheel of life, of birth, existence and re-birth. Drawing on thinking and imagery at the heart of Buddhist philosophy, Samsara’s mythological storytelling merges with personal experience, in a seductive, astonishing journey of twin movement.

“Discover perfect, wordless harmony in exquisite dance”

Five children dream of reaching the moon from their bedroom… join the Starchitects as they plan their daring mission. Will they succeed? And if they do, what will they find there..? Full of fun and thrilling surprises, Starchitects, the new show from Motionhouse for children and families is engaging for audiences of all ages - from tiny tots to older siblings, parents and grandparents who can all enjoy and join the magical adventure. Starchitects is a visual spectacle using the dance-circus fusion and digital projections that Motionhouse is renowned for, with an easy-to-follow fun and imaginative storyline, making it a perfect outing for the whole family...

Sydney Morning Herald Aakash Odedra Dance Company is a Birmingham Hippodrome Associate Company.

Age Guidance 3+ Discounts

Age Guidance 12+

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Families One half price child with every adult

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Motionhouse is a Birmingham Hippodrome Associate Company.


28 Mar & 29 Mar

Tue – Wed 7.30pm

From £16 8 Oct

Sat 7.45pm

£5 in advance £8 on the door

Dance Consortium presents

Dada Masilo’s THE SACRIFICE South Africa’s award-winning Dada Masilo wowed critics and audiences with her stunning re-imagining of Giselle in 2019. Now back by popular demand, Masilo and her company of incredible dancers return with the UK premiere of The Sacrifice. Featuring live music on stage, The Sacrifice is inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, combining the European heritage of this monumental piece of music with the uniquely rhythmic and expressive movements of ‘Tswana’, the traditional dance of Botswana.

Jumprov! Looking for something new and exciting to do in Birmingham?! Well, grab a ticket and join Jumprov, who identify as the UK’s first Black and Brown Improv group for a night of fun, featuring live sketch comedy which is completely made up on the spot using suggestions from you, the audience.

“TREMENDOUS. The whole cast are committed and excellent performers” The Times on Giselle

Post-Show Q&A with the company, free to The Sacrifice ticket holders Age Guidance 12+ Contains partial nudity Discounts Access Friends Groups S

Schools

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

Jumprov!

Age Guidance

Discounts Access

16+

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Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

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18 Oct & 19 Oct

Tue & Wed 7.30pm, Wed 1pm (schools performance)

£15 Blackstory Partnership presents

She’s Royal UK PREMIERE Blackstory Partnership presents SHE’S ROYAL, a brand new stage production revealing the untold relationship between Her Majesty Queen Victoria I and two extraordinary women of colour, Sarah Forbes Bonetta and Sophia Duleep Singh. Discover the hidden journey of how these extraordinary women of colour became subjects of the Queen’s court, how they were nurtured to become aristocratic high society English ladies, and became so close to one of the world’s most powerful monarch’s that they were referred to as the Queen’s god-daughters.

27 Oct & 28 Oct

Thu & Fri 8pm

£12 Fatherhood By Altered Skin

Being a father in the 21st century is complicated. Being the father of a young son of mixed South Indian, Turkish & Austrian heritage, even more so. Bringing together physical theatre rooted in the Indian performing artform Bharatanatyam and multilingual spoken and signed languages, this dynamic and original work features three characters, each navigating the complexities of fatherhood with humour and sensitivity. Access: The performance includes integral captions. Fatherhood is supported by Arts Council England, In Good Company, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust and FABRIC.

Captioned Performance

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12+

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4 Nov

Fri 7.45pm

£5 in advance £8 on the door Apples and Snakes presents

Hit The Ode In November Hit the Ode returns to the Patrick Studio for HIT THE ODE XL. The event will be a celebration of Apples and Snakes’ 40th Birthday and will feature performances from local, regional, national and international poets and artists. Open mic places will be available on the night come join the party!

12 Nov

Sat 7.45pm

From £12.50 Catwalk Extravaganza Fierce Fashions - Luscious Lip syncs Delectable Dance and a splash of the XXX factor are all on show in this spectacular event. Born out of Queer Black Joy, Catwalk Extravaganzas are exploding around the UK to sellout crowds. Following on from the success of the last two Vogue Balls, the SHOUT Catwalk Extravaganzas will be the ultimate competition in Lip sync, Dance and Performance. Community participants, professional queer collectives and fierce individual performers are invited to battle it out for the audience and judges to decide who will be crowd winners.

Age Guidance

Discounts Access

Hit The Ode

14+

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18+

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13 Dec — 31 Dec

CHRISTMAS 2022

See p48-9 for performance times

In association with Birmingham Hippodrome

Tales from Acorn Wood at Christmas From £19 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved Tales from Acorn Wood stories are brought to life on stage for the first time in an enchanting lift-the-flap experience.

special surprise Postman Bear is planning for his friends. This special Christmas show also features Squirrel’s Snowman – can you help her find everything she needs to build a snowman?

Poor old Fox has lost his socks! Are they in the kitchen or inside the clock? And Rat-a-tat-tat! Who’s that keeping tired Rabbit awake? You can also join in with Pig and Hen’s game of hide-and-seek and discover the

Packed full of toe-tapping songs, puppetry, and all the friends from Acorn Wood, this beautiful show from the team that brought you Dear Zoo Live and Dear Santa promises to be the perfect festive treat for children of all ages.

Age Guidance Tales from Acorn Wood

18 months - 6*

Relaxed Performance Thu 15 Dec 1pm

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24 Nov & 25 Nov

Thu & Fri 8pm

£12 Contemporary Dance 2.0 Shechter II presents

A rhythmic, fiercely energetic and exhilarating performance from celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter and his award-winning company Shechter II, the very best of the next generation of world-class performers aged 18-25. Inspired by the original production created for GoteborgsOperans Danskompani , this re-imagined production unleashes the intensity of Shechter’s signature ensemble work combined with an eclectic sound-score with euphoric feel. Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and co-commissioned by Düsseldorf Festival!, Espace 1789 Sain-Ouen, with production support from Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza and a production residency at Arts Depot, London.

7 Mar & 8 Mar

Hofesh Shechter Company receives support towards the delivery of Shechter II 2022, which includes Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and core funding from John Ellerman Foundation.

Tue – Wed 7.30pm, 1pm 8 Mar

From £12

How Not To Drown By Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati “I don’t know why my Dad let me go, especially when he knew how dangerous, how hard it was... I was too young, too weak to make this journey. I wouldn’t have sent me... He wouldn’t have sent me unless there was a reason.” In 2002, after the end of the Kosovan War, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic with a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe. He relies on his young wit and charm to make it to the UK. How Not to Drown shares a story of endurance for a little kid who wasn’t safe anywhere in the world, performed by an ensemble cast starring Dritan Kastrati himself.

“Fluently told and shocking in its straightforward account”

A ThickSkin and Traverse Theatre Company production, supported by Theatre Royal Stratford East. Commissioned by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Sunday Times Age Guidance

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13+

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14+

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Birmingham Hippodrome’s new Young Community Drop-In Sessions have been developed by our Young Advocates.

The sessions are open to young people of all levels and abilities and our Young Advocates are ready to support anyone who would like a buddy during the session.

Suitable for anyone aged 14+, these sessions have been designed to be creative outlets for young people and offer spaces to relax, connect with others and feel welcome.

Upcoming Dates… WED 26 OCT • WED 30 NOV • WED 25 JAN • WED 29 MAR WED 26 APR • WED 31 MAY • WED 28 JUN • WED 26 JUL Drop in for as little or as long as you wish. birminghamhippodrome.com/youngcommunity For more details, please email participation@birminghamhippodrome.com


SUNDAY MIRROR

7 Feb — 11 Feb Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £24 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty reawakens, celebrating 10 years since its premiere! Now established as a firm favourite in the New Adventures repertoire, the award-winning Sleeping Beauty has enchanted international audiences throughout the UK and across the globe. Enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires, where the timeless tale of good vs evil is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again? With an unforgettable score by Tchaikovsky, sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling, the beloved fairy tale is brought to life by the uniquely

talented New Adventures company. Get ready to be transported in time from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day in this dazzling gothic romance.

Age Guidance 8+

Audio Described Sat 11 Feb 2.30pm

Discounts Access The Herald Friends

“Absolute perfection” Groups

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“Extraordinary, dazzling, masterful” Sunday Express

“Thrills from start to finish. Utterly brilliant” Sunday Mirror Thu 9 Feb Gala Dinner at Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Full details available at birminghamhippodrome.com /specialevents or to book email fundraising@ birminghamhippodrome.com 29


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15 Feb — 25 Feb Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm Sun 1pm

From £22 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova’s

Age Guidance 7+

Swan Lake

Class on Stage Sat 25 Feb 11.15am Tickets £12.50

BRB’s treasured production of the world’s best-loved ballet. The greatest of all romantic ballets returns in “one of the world’s finest productions” (The Observer). Birmingham Royal Ballet revives Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova’s glorious journey into Swan Lake - with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia performing Tchaikovsky’s superb music live alongside BRB’s spectacular dancers.

Prince Siegfried is out hunting one night when he happens upon a flock of graceful swans. When one of them turns into a beautiful woman named Odette, the Prince is utterly smitten but Odette explains that she’s fallen under an evil spell cast by the dreaded Rothbart, which keeps her in swan form from dawn to dusk. Can Siegfried break the spell and smooth the path of true love? Find out in this exquisite production of a true ballet classic.

Pre-Show Talk Fri 17 Feb 6.30pm free to Swan Lake ticket holders Touch Tour Sat 18 Feb, 12.15pm Audio Described Sat 18 Feb 2.30pm

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“One of the best Swan Lakes around” The Daily Express

“Supremely classy” The Telegraph

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa Production Peter Wright, Galina Samsova Designs Philip Prowse Lighting Peter Teigen Image: Momoko Hirata. © Manvir Rai and Richard Payne. Inset: Céline Gittens and Tyrone Singleton. © Bill Cooper. 31


28 Feb — 4 Mar

THE QUEENS ARE BACK!

Tue, Thu & Sat 8pm Wed & Fri 6pm & 8.30pm Sat 4pm

From £24 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

SIX Age Guidance 10+

BSL Interpreted Wed 1 Mar 8.30pm Captioned Thu 2 Mar 8pm Touch Tour Sat 4 Mar tbc Audio Described Sat 4 Mar 4pm

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Reigning on Broadway and in the West End, the international smash hit musical SIX makes its royal return to Birmingham Hippodrome following its previous sell-out success! Winner of the 2022 Tony Award for ‘Best Original Score’ and ‘Best Costume Design’, the 2022 Whatsonstage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a GoldDisk winning album, this sell-out Tudor take-off has ‘an incredibly strong and powerful message’ (The Australian) and is ‘pure entertainment’ (The New York Times). From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.

Think you know the rhyme, think again... Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!

“The most uplifting new British musical I have ever had the privilege to watch” Evening Standard

“Exhilarating entertainment from six killer Queens. They will, they will rock you!” Daily Express

“A royal treat” The Telegraph


18 Apr — 22 Apr Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £27 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

Titanic The Musical In the final hours of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives. Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers.

The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. This stunning production celebrates the 10th anniversary of its London premiere where it won sweeping critical acclaim across the board.

Age Guidance 8+

BSL Interpreted Wed 19 Apr 7.30pm Captioned Thu 20 Apr 7.30pm Touch Tour Sat 22 Apr tbc Audio Described Sat 22 Apr 2.30pm Discounts Access

“A feast of remarkable theatricality. A totally enveloping, completely thrilling production”

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“Breathtaking” The Guardian

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‘A ROLLS ROYCE OF A REVIVAL’ Evening Standard

The Lincoln Center Theater Produc tion

Lerner & Loewe’s

Directed by

Bartlett Sher

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8 Mar — 26 Mar Wed – Sat 7pm Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun 2pm

From £25 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

My Fair Lady The Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning production of My Fair Lady is set to come to Birmingham Hippodrome after a West End season. This sumptuous production, featuring over 30 members of cast on stage and a large orchestra, is the first major revival of Lerner & Loewe’s much-loved musical on tour for over 15 years and a truly loverly way to celebrate the theatre scene back in bloom! My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady”. But who is really being transformed?

Directed by Bartlett Sher (acclaimed for the recent Tony Award-winning productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I and South Pacific), this sublime production features Frederick Loewe’s ravishing score and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. My Fair Lady includes the classic songs I Could Have Danced All Night, Get Me to the Church on Time, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, On the Street Where You Live, The Rain in Spain, and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.

Age Guidance 5+

Audio Described Sat 11 Mar, 2pm Captioned Thu 16 Mar, 7pm BSL Interpreted Wed 22 Mar, 7pm

Discounts Access Friends Groups S

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We understand the disappointment of not be able to attend an event, so we have partnered with Booking Protect to offer the world’s most flexible and comprehensive refund protection cover.

By selecting Booking Protect when you buy your tickets, you will be able to apply for a full refund in the event that you or a member of your party is unable to attend one of our performances. To read the terms and conditions and see full details of your refund protection go to birminghamhippodrome.com/bookingprotect


11 Apr — 15 Apr Tue – Sat 7pm Wed, Thu & Sat 2pm

From £20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

The Spongebob Musical UK PREMIERE TOUR 2023 Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and became the hottest star on Broadway? Why, it’s SpongeBob and now he’s getting ready to entertain and delight audiences all over the UK, in this brilliant, bright, hilarious and brandnew musical production. Prepare to plunge into this stunning allsinging, all-dancing, dynamic stage show as SpongeBob and his friends in Bikini Bottom face the total destruction of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world! With wave after wave of original songs by the world’s most iconic rock and pop artists, including Yolanda Adams,

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I. and David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley. An exciting new production featuring irresistible characters, magical choreography and dazzling costumes; this deep-sea pearl of a show is really set to make a splash with audiences young and old as the must-see musical of 2023. The future is bright, the future is bold, the future is The Spongebob Musical.

Age Guidance 6+

BSL Interpreted Wed 12 Apr 7pm Captioned Thu 13 Apr 7pm Audio Described Sat 15 Apr 2pm

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Help spread the magic of theatre! With your help we can provide access to the arts for young people in schools, vulnerable communities, and those with additional needs – because Arts Matter! Whatever size your donation it will make a direct impact.

–– £10 means 2 young people can participate in a creative workshop –– £50 offers 5 people with additional needs the chance to attend a Touch Tour –– £100 provides a headset for a hearing-impaired customer –– £500 funds tickets for 30 people with additional needs to a Relaxed Performance –– £1,000 gifts a one-year Bronze category HEN school membership

Together we can spread the magic of theatre now and in the future. To make your donation today, simply visit birminghamhippodrome.com/donate

Thank you!


24 Apr — 29 Apr Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £25 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

The Commitments The Commitments is a fantastically feel-good celebration of soul, starring Coronation Street Star, Nigel Pivaro and West End Star, Ian McIntosh. Returning to tour the UK and Ireland 5 years after a phenomenally successful, recordbreaking run in London’s West End and subsequent sell-out tour, The Commitments is based on the BAFTA award-winning film classic. The Commitments received universal critical acclaim following its London World Premiere and was quickly hailed as a smash-hit musical sensation. With over 20 soul classics performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can’t Turn You Loose and more!

A guaranteed fabulously fun night out you will simply never forget.

Age Guidance 12+

The Commitments musical has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Roddy Doyle himself and is directed by Andrew Linnie.

BSL Interpreted Wed 26 Apr 7.30pm

The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working-class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.

Captioned Thu 27 Apr 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 29 Apr 2.30pm

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“The musical we’ve been waiting for. A sweet-soul, solid-gold, five-star blast - so good I almost wept” The Sunday Times

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The Coffee Bar Add some VIP sparkle to your visit in our stylish lounge, where you can enjoy a dedicated host, private bar and washroom as well as delicious Enjoy anfacilities individual service in our nibbles. Packages start from £17.50pp. stylish premium lounge.

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Open before the show and during the interval for fresh barista coffee, hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, paninis, salads, cakes and sweet treats.

The Bars

The Kiosks

Receive a warm welcome at our foyer bars where you can enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, champagnes, your favourite spirits, bottled beers and ciders and a great selection of soft drinks.

You’ll find a kiosk in the foyers selling a range of confectionery, ice creams, and chilled soft drinks as well as the current show programme.

For more info, menus and booking go to birminghamhippodrome.com/eatanddrink


3 May — 5 May

Wed – Fri 7.15pm

From £25

6 May

Sat 7.30pm

From £25

Welsh National Opera

The Magic Flute

Blaze of Glory!

Mozart Step into a land of mystery, magic and adventure. With a magic flute and a set of magic bells for protection, Tamino sets off on his quest to save Pamina from the grip of an evil enchanter, accompanied by his sidekick the endearing Bird Catcher. Along the way he encounters unforgettable characters – from the mysterious Queen of the Night to animals that can be tamed by music. But as he overcomes a series of challenges, all is not what it seems... The Magic Flute is an opera for all ages, with a reputation for being the perfect first opera. WNO’s new production takes this enchanting fairy-tale and gives it a modern twist. Set in a world of fantasy, feast your eyes on vibrant sets and costumes accompanied by Mozart’s sublime music and a witty story. FREE Pre-Show Talk Wed - Fri 6.15pm Must be booked in advance

Set in a 1950s Welsh Valleys’ community, Blaze of Glory! follows the fortunes of a small group of miners who embark upon a musical escapade by reforming their Male Voice Choir to raise spirits following a mining disaster. Led by their heroic Chorus Master and supported by the strongwilled women who stand by them, the men embark on a series of adventures: they kidnap a yodeller, take part in the historic trans-Atlantic link-up with Paul Robeson and blaze a trail to the Eisteddfodau and beyond. Blaze of Glory! celebrates the Land of Song and how community spirit can triumph over adversity. Traditional Welsh harmonies blend with the a cappella sounds of the 1950s, operetta, gospel and big band as our intrepid band of gleemen Lindy Hop their way to glory. Join our men in blazers, for a feel-good performance which will make your heart sing.

Audio Described Fri 5 May 7.15pm

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Sung in English, with surtitles in English

Sung in English, with surtitles in English

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

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10 Oct — 14 Oct 2023

‘PUNCHY, FUNNY, FABULOUS’ TIME OUT

★★★★★ ★★★★★ THE TIMES

TIME OUT

Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £25 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46).

★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

ATTITUDE

THE STAGE

WHATSONSTAGE

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Age Guidance 14+

BSL Interpreted Wed 11 Oct 7.30pm Captioned Thu 12 Oct 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 14 Oct 2.30pm

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Following a record-breaking three-year West End residency, sold-out UK & Ireland Tour and Amazon studios award-winning film, the smash-hit and critically acclaimed musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie comes to Birmingham Hippodrome. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. This “Funny, outrageous, touching” (Daily Telegraph), musical sensation is to be experienced by all the family and not to be missed!

With an original score of catchy pop tunes that will “blow the roof of the Theatre” (Mail on Sunday) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this “Sparking coming-ofage musical” (The Times) will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.


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BOOK BY

MUSIC BY

LYRICS BY

DAVID GREIG

MARC SHAIMAN

SCOTT WITTMAN & MARC SHAIMAN

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl and the Warner Bros. Film Songs from the Motion Picture by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

TUE 17 OCT - SUN 5 NOV 2023 FRIENDS PRIORITY Mon 12 Sep 2022 GROUPS Wed 14 Sep 2022 GENERAL Thu 15 Sep 2022


thank you

...to all our supporters - major donors, patrons, sponsors, corporate patrons, and Trusts & Foundations - for helping us to create opportunities for everyone to access the arts. We hope you share our belief in the value of arts and culture for communities here in the West Midlands and will help us bring our charitable ambitions to life. Because Arts Matter!

Major Gifts Mrs A Cole • Kirsty Davies-Chinnock • Racheal & Adrian Jessop • Mrs T Justham • Martin Levermore & Evadne Harris • Pritpal Sagoo • Mark & Amanda Smith • Peter Tod • Mr J Weston • Anonymous Donors Special thanks to our anonymous Legacy pledgers who have left a gift to the theatre in their will

Hippodrome Circle Patrons

Headline Act Patrons

Mark Hopton • Maureen & Roy Kirby • Graham & Heidi Mosedale • Mark & Amanda Smith • Paul Twose

Teresa & Sarah Cook • The Dickens Foundation • Dr & Mrs George Harrison • Marc & Michelle Messer • Emma & Peter Neads • Mr & Mrs J Quinn • Janette Rutter • Helen Thompson

Leading Role Patrons John & Heather Clemson • Sara & Tim Fowler • Andy & Rebecca Hammond • Mark & Kathryn Jones • Alison & Jamie Justham • Steve & Erin Kearney & Maria Mosley • Martin Levermore & Michele Taylor • Debbie & Mark Lilburne • Michael & Cerys Luckman • Jeremy & Harjinder Millington • John & Sandra Phenix • Tony & Julie Phillips • Paul Puttergill • David Renton & Mark Lattimore • Steve & Suzie Whittern • Neil & Polly Wilson • Phillip Wright • Anonymous Patrons

Supporting Cast Patrons Mark, Liz & Holly Abrol • Fiona Allan • Christine Bachelor • Simon Bashford • Bridget Blow • Simon & Amanda Boardman-Weston • Richard Burke • Andrew & Sarah Connors • Adrian Cox • Marcus & Linda Daly • Ros & Trevor Davies • Gareth Edwards & Jane Mitchell • Patricia & Ronald Etchells • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Mark Forty • Katie Fraser • Mick & Sue Gower • Kerry Jennings • Martin & Roni Guest • Pauline Hancock & Simon Derby • David Jackson • Victoria J T Jenkins & Jan Inglis • John Jeremy & Pamela Buckley • Jan Johnson • Rodney & Alyson Kettel • Martin & Joanne King • Andy Le Marr • Martin Levermore & Evadne Harris • Maureen Levermore • Lynne Myers • Katie Newbon • Mrs Jill Parker • John & Jill Queenan • Dr and Mrs Reynolds • David & Jane Richardson • Emma Rowley • Mary Shaw • Sukhvinder Singh • Wendy Smith & Family • Christine Spittle • Gwen Stephens • Glynis Troth • Mrs Ann Wailing & Mrs Vanessa Ottley • Anonymous Patrons

1899 Club Founder Members Maureen Booth • James Clews • Kirsty Davies-Chinnock • Mr & Mrs P Davies • Alaine Fendek • Rob Macpherson • Rachael Magson • Rosie Milsom • John & Teresa Purser • Roger Rivett • Ann Tonks • Mr J Weston • Margaret Plumley • Our other generous donors

Name A Seat 2020 Jean Al-Khamiri • BBC Birmingham • David Billiard • Rebecca Carter • Lisa Cartwright • Gaby Critcher • Sara Ellis • Joel Hales • Mia Illsley • Samantha Lawson • Linda McLeod • Emma & Peter Neads • Sophie Price • David Richardson • Debbie Sangha • Peter Tod • Ian Walker • Mr J Weston • Melanie Willcox • Kim Wilson

To find out how you or your business can play your part, please get in touch with Judith Greenburgh, Head of Fundraising and Development on 0121 689 3082 or email fundraising@birminghamhippodrome.com 44

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hippodrome ‘family’ - together we can make a real difference.


Development Partners

Trusts & Foundations 2020 Birmingham Bodenham Trust • The Bishop of Birmingham Charitable Trust • CBRE Charitable Trust • Derek Hill Foundation • Edward & Dorothy Cadbury Trust • The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust • The Eveson Charitable Trust • The Garrick Charitable Trust • GJW Turner Trust • The Grantham Yorke Trust • The Grimmitt Trust • Hobson Charity • IMI Charitable Trust • The Oakley Charitable Trust • The Owen Family Trust • The Reed Foundation • The Richardson Brothers Foundation • The Rowan Trust • The Saintbury Trust • The Sir Barry Jackson Trust • The Sir Robert Gooch Trust • The Squire Patton Boggs Trust • The Uncle Bill Trust • The WA Cadbury Charitable Trust • The W E Dunn Trust

Performance Partners

Associate Partners

Good Company Club Professional Polishing Services Ltd • Squire Patton Boggs • SX Media

Sponsors and Project Partners

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We’re looking forward to welcoming you…

It’s easy to find us Main entrance address Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB. We are easy to find and have great connections to public transport and nearby car parks. The Arcadian Car Park (Bromsgrove St, B5 6NU) opposite our main entrance has disabled parking with access to street level. Check Transport for West Midlands website tfwm.org.uk for details on public transport routes, or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 (fees may apply). Both New Street and Moor Street train stations are very close and well signposted. Many bus routes and the West Midlands Metro pass very nearby, and we are well-served by taxi ranks.

Please note Tickets are sold for the use of the buyer only (and their party) and are not for resale for commercial gain by the holder. We reserve the right to cancel tickets and refuse entry without refund if this condition is breached.

How to book You can book or reserve tickets, become a Friend, reserve a table in our lounge areas, make a donation or just ask us a question. • Tickets and information 0844 338 5000 (calls cost 4.5p per min plus your phone company’s access charge). • Our ticket sales counter at the theatre opens no later than 1 hour prior to performance and closes 30 minutes after the show starts. It is closed on non-performance days. • Our ticket sales phone lines are open 10am – 6pm Mon – Fri. They are closed on weekends and bank holidays, there are occasional changes owing to maintenance and staff training. • Choose your own seats online (to a maximum of nine tickets per performance): birminghamhippodrome.com • Select your own seats may not be available on busy onsale days to help manage website demand. • Organise a group booking on 0844 338 7000 (calls cost 4.5p per min plus your phone company’s access charge). Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm. • We offer a post-purchase enquiries only line on 0121 689 1070. • For enquiries about accessibility, please use the Access phone line on 0121 689 1060. NB: For staff training, from time to time we may change our opening hours, and occasionally we monitor calls. Payment • We accept most major credit and debit cards. After payment, we’ll send e-tickets no later than 2 weeks before a performance date unless booked within that period. • We also take cheques payable to ‘Birmingham Hippodrome’. • Unfortunately we don’t accept SOLT Theatre Tokens, but you can buy and redeem our own Birmingham Hippodrome Gift Vouchers. Privacy Policy We regularly update our privacy policy to comply with the latest regulations. You can change your preferences at any time by contacting us online, by post or by phone. See birminghamhippodrome.com/privacypolicy.

A note on ticket prices, discounts and charges • All ticket prices listed in this brochure and elsewhere are subject to change at any time. • In response to demand we may adapt prices, seating areas and discounting, and availability of concessions or discounts may be limited at our discretion. • Check online at birminghamhippodrome.com or call us on 0844 338 5000* for current prices. • Tickets for selected events may include a levy retained by Birmingham Hippodrome. • We will always endeavour to keep discounts as generous as possible so that no bookers are at a disadvantage. Discounts vary, cannot be combined nor applied retrospectively, and 46

Donations When booking tickets, please consider making a small donation. As a charity continue expanding our community projects, access initiatives, and education work. Donations may be eligible for Gift Aid at no extra cost to you. Conditions of sale Full terms and conditions are available at birminghamhippodrome.com or you can call us on 0844 338 5000* and just ask one of our friendly team. Booking Protect We are pleased to offer refund protection on your booking through our partners Booking Protect; allowing you to apply for a full refund on your order should anyone in your party be unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. Protection covers injury, illness, travel trouble and other unexpected events. Full details can be found in the terms and conditions on our website. Children We want our productions to be enjoyed by everyone, but very young children can get bored or easily upset by special effects. This is why, unless otherwise stated, we don’t admit children under 3 into our main house performances. See individual show pages or the website for more detailed age guidance. For family shows in our Patrick Studio, young children are welcome and we always indicate any terms or prices for babes in arms (18 months and under). Please book babes in arms in advance on 0844 338 5000.* Everyone admitted to the theatre needs a ticket. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult so we know they are safe. Access • Assisted Performances: for dates of relaxed, audiodescribed, captioned or BSL interpreted performances, please see the show pages or refer to the diary on pages 52/53. Visit birminghamhippodrome.com or call our Access phone line on 0121 689 1060 for further details. • Visually-impaired: Guide dogs are very welcome in the theatre and can be looked after by staff during performances. Should you require a seat close to entrances, please ask when booking. Please let us know when booking if you need any help. Please book your guide dog in with Ticket Sales in advance of your visit. • Deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing: if you’d like a receiver, just ask at Access Assistance Desk, located at our main entrance. We can arrange seats close to the signer or caption board for BSL interpreted and captioned performances. • Impaired mobility: Automatic doors and lifts are available for wheelchair users and we have wheelchair positions both in our main auditorium and Patrick Studio. We have accessible unisex and ambulant disabled toilets on all levels, plus low-level counter service. Toilet facilities To ensure everyone’s welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome, in common with an increasing number of public places, we’ve introduced all gender toilets on Level 4. We also have accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities available for all genders. Designated Male toilets and Female toilets are still available and easily accessible on all other floors. Enjoy your next visit! Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, changes may occur.

may be restricted or limited. They are generally available on presentation of valid ID, and our range includes: 18 and under or 65+, full-time students, selected Hippodrome memberships, benefits claimants, groups of 8+ or 10+ upwards, school and youth groups, those with access or disability needs, plus occasional early booking discounts or special offers. • Charges vary with other agents selling on our behalf. We regularly use Ticketmaster and other well-known agents. You are advised to check their charges when booking. • We have several 0844 telephone numbers. *Calls cost 4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.


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Stage Please note: This diagram is a guide and not an accurate representation of seating positions. Stalls Rows A – D are not used for Opera and Ballet performances. Other variations may apply due to technical reasons. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, changes may occur.

Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer: Jon Gilchrist Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited Registered Charity No. 510842 Glenn Howells (Chair) • Andrew Connors • Martin Guest • Andrew Hammond • Vidar Hjardeng MBE • Immy Kaur • Elizabeth Lawal • Harj Millington • Suzie Norton • Dr Tru Powell • Ann Tonks Special Adviser: John Crabtree OBE 47


Performance diary

Sep The Color Purple 7.30pm 2 The Color Purple 7.30pm 2 The Color Purple 2pm & 7.30pm 2 The Color Purple 7.30pm 2 The Color Purple 2.30pm & 7.30pm 2 Kantha Katha-K 1pm & 7pm Kantha Katha-K 1pm & 7pm Hear Me Now 7.30pm Rambert Dance in 7.30pm Peaky Blinders 4 Wed 28 Rambert Dance in 7.30pm Peaky Blinders 4 Thu 29 Rambert Dance in 2pm & 7.30pm Peaky Blinders 4 Fri 30 Rambert Dance in 7.30pm Peaky Blinders 4 Tue 13 Wed 14 Thu 15 Fri 16 Sat 17 Tue 20 Wed 21 Fri 23 Tue 27

Oct Rambert Dance in 2.30pm & 7.30pm Peaky Blinders Rambert Dance in 2.30pm Peaky Blinders Tue 4 Sister Act 7.30pm Wed 5 Sister Act 2pm & 7.30pm Thu 6 Sister Act 7.30pm Fri 7 Sister Act 7.30pm Sat 8 Sister Act 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat 8 Jumprov! 7.45pm Sun 9 Freedom 7.30pm Mon 10 Sister Act 7.30pm Tue 11 Sister Act 7.30pm Wed 12 Sister Act 2pm & 7.30pm Thu 13 Sister Act 7.30pm Fri 14 Sister Act 7.30pm Sat 15 Sister Act 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tue 18 She’s Royal 7.30pm Wed 19 She’s Royal 1pm & 7.30pm Fri 21 & Sharing the Light Various Sat 22 Welcome Diwali Fri 21 BRB Into the Music 2pm & 7.30pm Sat 22 BRB Into the Music 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sun 23 Aakash Odedra - Samsara 8pm Wed 26 BRB Coppélia 7.30pm Thu 27 BRB Coppélia 2pm & 7.30pm Thu 27 Fatherhood 8pm Fri 28 BRB Coppélia 7.30pm Fri 28 Fatherhood 8pm Sat 29 BRB Coppélia 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sun 30 Joanne McNally 8pm Mon 31 Strictly Ballroom 7.30pm Sat 1

Sun 2

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Strictly Ballroom Strictly Ballroom Strictly Ballroom Strictly Ballroom Hit The Ode Strictly Ballroom WNO The Makropulos Affair WNO La bohème WNO La bohème WNO La bohème WNO Migrations Catwalk Extravaganza BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker Shechter II BRB The Nutcracker Shechter II BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.15pm 7.15pm 7.15pm 7.15pm 7.15pm 7.45pm 7.30pm 1pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 8pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm

13 13 13 13 25 13 17 16 16 16 17 25 18 18 18 18 18 27 18 27 18

Sun 27 BRB The Nutcracker Tue 29 BRB The Nutcracker Wed 30 BRB The Nutcracker

1pm 2pm 7.30pm

18 18 18

2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 1pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 1pm & 6pm 10am & 1pm 10am & 1pm 10am & 1pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 1pm & 5.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 1pm & 5.15pm 1pm & 4pm 1pm & 5.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am, 1pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 10am & 1pm 1pm & 5.15pm

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 26 26 26 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20 26 20

1pm & 5.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 1pm & 5.15pm 7.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 1pm & 7.15pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 1pm & 5.15pm 7.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 1pm & 7.15pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 1pm & 5.15pm 7.15pm 12pm & 7.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 2pm & 7.15pm 2.30pm & 7.15pm 1pm & 5.15pm

20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

Dec Thu 1 Fri 2 Sat 3 Sun 4 Tue 6 Wed 7 Thu 8 Fri 9 Sat 10 Tue 13 Wed 14 Thu 15 Sat 17 Sat 17 Sun 18 Sun 18 Tue 20 Tue 20 Wed 21 Wed 21 Thu 22 Thu 22 Fri 23 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sat 24 Mon 26 Mon 26 Tue 27 Tue 27 Wed 28 Wed 28 Thu 29 Thu 29 Fri 30 Fri 30 Sat 31 Sat 31

BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker BRB The Nutcracker Tales from Acorn Wood Tales from Acorn Wood Tales from Acorn Wood Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington Tales from Acorn Wood Dick Whittington

Jan Mon 2 Tue 3 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sat 7 Sun 8 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29

Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington Dick Whittington


Fri 3 Sat 4 Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11 Wed 15 Thu 16 Fri 17 Sat 18 Sun 19 Tue 21 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Tue 28

Motionhouse - Starchitects 1pm & 7.15pm Motionhouse - Starchitects 1pm Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm Sleeping Beauty Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm Sleeping Beauty Matthew Bourne’s 2pm & 7.30pm Sleeping Beauty Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm Sleeping Beauty Matthew Bourne’s 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sleeping Beauty BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm BRB Swan Lake 2pm & 7.30pm BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm BRB Swan Lake 2.30pm & 7.30pm BRB Swan Lake 1pm BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm BRB Swan Lake 2pm & 7.30pm BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm BRB Swan Lake 2.30pm & 7.30pm Six 8pm

22 22 29 29 29 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 32

Six Six Six Six How Not To Drown How Not To Drown My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady My Fair Lady Dada Masilo Dada Masilo Dara Ó Briain

6pm & 8.30pm 8pm 6pm & 8.30pm 4pm & 8pm 7.45pm 1pm & 7.45pm 2pm & 7pm 2pm & 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm 2pm 2pm & 7pm 2pm & 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm 2pm 2pm & 7pm 2pm & 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm 2pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm

32 32 32 32 27 27 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 23 23 10

8pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm 2pm & 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm

10 37 37 37 37 37 33 33

The Commitments 7.30pm 39 The Commitments 2pm & 7.30pm 39 The Commitments 7.30pm 39 The Commitments 7.30pm 39 The Commitments 2.30pm & 7.30pm 39

May Wed 3 Thu 4 Fri 5 Sat 6 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri 26 Sat 27

Mar Wed 1 Thu 2 Fri 3 Sat 4 Tue 7 Wed 8 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11 Sun 12 Wed 15 Thu 16 Fri 17 Sat 18 Sun 19 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sun 26 Tue 28 Wed 29 Fri 31

Tue 25 Wed 26 Thu 27 Fri 28 Sat 29

Sun 28 Mon 29

WNO The Magic Flute 7.15pm WNO The Magic Flute 7.15pm WNO The Magic Flute 7.15pm WNO Blaze of Glory! 7.30pm Tom Allen 8pm Tom Allen 8pm Judi Love 8pm Rambert Dance in 7.30pm Peaky Blinders Rambert Dance in 7.30pm Peaky Blinders Rambert Dance in 2pm & 7.30pm Peaky Blinders Rambert Dance in 7.30pm Peaky Blinders Rambert Dance in 2.30pm & 7.30pm Peaky Blinders Jon Richardson 8pm Jon Richardson 8pm

Dara Ó Briain The Spongebob Musical The Spongebob Musical The Spongebob Musical The Spongebob Musical The Spongebob Musical Titanic The Musical Titanic The Musical Titanic The Musical Titanic The Musical Titanic The Musical The Commitments

Audio Described Performance Captioned Performance BSL Interpreted Performance Relaxed Performance

4 4 4 4 4 12 12

Oct Tue 10 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Wed 11 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Thu 12 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Fri 13 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Sat 14 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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Apr Sat 1 Tue 11 Wed 12 Thu 13 Fri 14 Sat 15 Tue 18 Wed 19 Thu 20 Fri 21 Sat 22 Mon 24

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