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Summer 2019 Celebrating 120 years Then, Now, Always

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Visual Arts Take a look at our visual and digital arts programme in and around the theatre. PROJECTS

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We are an independent, not-for-profit charity committed to enriching the cultural life of the region. All your support - from tickets and memberships to ice cream sales - helps to fund Hippodrome Projects engaging over 150,000 people each year. birminghamhippodrome.com/projects

Open Doors Term-time fun for pre-school kids.

Schools

PLAYtime! FREE family fun every school holiday.

We provide over 40,000 theatre experiences every year for school students across the West Midlands. Find out how your school can get involved at schools@ birminghamhippodrome.com

Summer Schools Develop skills in Musical Theatre or Hip-Hop dance over a whole week.

Producing and Commissioning We work with exciting companies to produce, première and tour dynamic and diverse new work. Our associate companies are Rosie Kay Dance Company, Sonia Sabri Company, Motionhouse, Aakash Odedra Company, Open Theatre Company, ZooNation and Break Mission.

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As our social and political landscape seems often more focussed on division than unity, I take solace in the power that arts and culture have to bring people together. Here at Birmingham Hippodrome, we pride ourselves on creating experiences that unite our region’s communities, and in recent years have grown the number of free festivals that we produce for everyone to enjoy. Following one of the largest ever Chinese New Year celebrations here on our doorstep, we are looking forward to our fourth B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival in May, and the return of our popular Summer in Southside family festival in July. Over the summer you’ll also have the chance to see two of our own 120th anniversary projects, both demonstrating our ongoing commitment to bringing

new talent to our stage. A long-awaited new coproduction of the musical The Color Purple in July and West Side Story with a big youth community cast in August. Having auditioned over 1,000 young people to take part in the latter, one thing is for sure: Birmingham’s got talent! Then in October, to coincide with the actual anniversary of our opening back in 1899 as a circus and variety house, we celebrate with the international sensation Circus 1903. Don’t miss our themed half-term birthday celebrations, kicking off with our spectacular open day on 26 October. As we say a fond farewell to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s David Bintley with his ever-popular Hobson’s Choice, we promote one of our most exciting new seasons of ballet and dance including: BBC Young Dancer’s first ever televised finals outside of London, 10 Soldiers from Associate Artist Rosie Kay, a dramatic new Matthew Bourne production, not to mention a return of Carlos Acosta making a guest appearance dancing with his company Acosta Danza. Also, another Associate Artist Kate Prince returns with her classic Some Like It Hip Hop and again next year with new dance musical Message In A Bottle, set to Sting’s iconic music. Musicals lovers are not forgotten. Choose if you can from some of the best-loved classics of all time such as Annie, Joseph, Grease and Blood Brothers, or the new Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet. And there’s plenty for 2020 including extra dates for Les Misérables, Priscilla’s first visit, and the return of both We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia! - with two more musical juggernauts to be announced very soon. Do something different, try something new. Introduce a friend and share some timeless stories, and together we might just cross some of those divides.

Fiona Allan Artistic Director & Chief Executive Front Cover: Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat p12, Acosta Danza - Evolution (photo: Tristram Kenton) p37, Circus 1903 p36, National Youth Dance Company - MADHEAD (photo: Manuel Vason) p25. Back Cover: Mawaan Rizwan - Juice p26. Photo: Fiona Allan with Glenn Howells, the recently appointed Chair of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust.


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We do all we can to enable everyone to experience theatre. Audio Described Performances & Touch Tours Listen to a live description on a discreet headset. Pre-show, enjoy a touch tour to familiarise yourself with the set and costumes. Captioned Performances If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing watch the script unfold on a display screen.

Assisted Performances

BSL Interpreted Performances A signer communicates the script and sounds of the show, using gestures and expressions.

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Relaxed Performances For audiences with specific needs, such as an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder, plus anyone who would enjoy a more relaxed environment.

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18 May

Sat 7pm

From £12

21 May

Tue 7.30pm

From £15

BBC Young Dancer 2019

10 Soldiers

Grand Final & Live Broadcast

Rosie Kay Dance Company In association with The British Army

For the first time, the BBC Young Dancer Grand Final will be broadcast live from a venue outside London and this is your chance to be part of the live television audience.

A thrilling portrait of army life telling the stories of men and women serving on the front line.

Join us at Birmingham Hippodrome for an evening showcasing the UK’s best young dancers in four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian Dance and Street Dance. They have already made it through three competitive rounds. The five outstanding finalists will now perform in front of a panel of internationally renowned judges for the overall title. Each finalist will dance three pieces, including a brand new solo made for them by an acclaimed choreographer. At the end of the evening, one of the finalists will become BBC Young Dancer 2019. The evening will also feature a performance by the 2017 winner, Nafisah Baba.

In 2008, choreographer Rosie Kay joined the 4th Battalion The Rifles, participating in full battle exercises and visiting the National Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. What came of these observations was the award-winning, five-star international hit 5 Soldiers. Ten years on, Rosie Kay expands the work for the large stage with 10 Soldiers, a world première commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome. Now a full Army squad, 10 Soldiers looks at life in 2019’s British Army including issues of equality and diversity. Charged with Kay’s trademark intense athletic dance theatre, 10 Soldiers explores how the human body - with both fragility and incredible inner strength - remains on the frontline of war. “War from a female perspective packs a punch... taut, visceral, compassionate” The Observer Age Guidance 12+ FREE Post-Show Talk Tue 21 May Discounts Access

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Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

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2C from ourses £24. 50pp Afte r from noon Tea £19. 50pp Buff et N £19. ights 50pp

Focusing on fresh, seasonal produce, our talented team in the Circle Restaurant create regularly changing menus with the best quality ingredients.

Add that extra sparkle...

Forget the stress of dining before curtain up - we’ll get you to the auditorium in good time and reserve your table for the interval.

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0844 338 9000* reservations@birminghamhippodrome.com birminghamhippodrome.com/circle

Qdos Lounge Enjoy an individual service in our stylish premium lounge. Sip your welcome drink, graze on unlimited nibbles as well as a private bar and facilities. Book our Diamond Package for £15pp or upgrade to the Champagne Package for £40pp. birminghamhippodrome.com/qdoslounge

Coffee Bar Join us throughout the day and into the evening.

COF FEE B OPE AR from N 1 Mon 0am - Sa t

Find us on the Front Circle Foyer, offering Quarter Horse barista coffee, paninis, cakes and sweet treats. Pick up a loyalty card and get your 5th hot drink free!

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22 May — 26 May Wed – Sat 7pm Sat & Sun 2pm

From £16 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Jill Murphy’s

The Worst Witch The much-loved characters come to life on stage with songs, music and magic! Mildred Hubble was an ordinary girl who found herself in a school for witches. Jealous Ethel Hallow is always out to spoil Mildred’s fun. Miss Hardbroom is opposed to all fun in general. And just as Mildred sparks some inevitable mayhem certain to upset them both, an old enemy returns with a plan for revenge that could threaten not just the academy, but the whole world.

Featuring Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this new action-packed stage adaptation includes original songs and a dose of Mildred’s unique brand of utter pandemonium! Written for the stage by Emma Reeves who also created the CBBC adaptation (Hetty Feather) and directed by Theresa Heskins (Around the World in 80 Days).

Age Guidance 7+

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Schools Performance Thu 23 May 1pm Audio Described BSL Interpreted Thu 23 May 7pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10

“Brims with magic” The Guardian

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“Brilliant live music...packed with LAUGH OUT LOUD moments” A Small Mind at the Theatre

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Novel Theatre and Nica Burns present a Royal & Derngate, Northampton Production.

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28 May — 8 Jun Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £25 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL Calendar Girls The Musical is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5 million for Bloodwise. This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary. Leading the cast are Sarah Jane Buckley (Blood Brothers and Hollyoaks), Sue Devaney (Dinnerladies, Casualty, Coronation Street, Mamma Mia!), Julia Hills (Broadchurch, The Archers), Judy Holt (Cold Feet, Scott & Bailey), Lesley Joseph (Birds of a Feather), Lisa Maxwell (Loose Women, Hollyoaks, The Bill) and Rebecca Storm (Evita, Les Misérables, Chess).

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the North of England and have been friends for 25 years. With Take That, Gary has written and co-written 14 number one singles, has sold over 50 million records worldwide and is a six times Ivor Novello Award winner. Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.

BSL Interpreted Wed 5 Jun 7.30pm Captioned Thu 6 Jun 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 8 Jun 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10 Groups

“A gloriously fun celebration... make a date now to see the girls... it is riotously brilliant” The Mirror

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12 Jun — 15 Jun Wed – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £12 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50. FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 14 Jun 6.30pm Discounts Access Families Groups S

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Lyric Pieces Choreography Jessica Lang Music Edvard Grieg Designs Elena Comendador Lighting Nicole Pearce Sense of Time Choreography Didy Veldman Music Gabriel Prokofiev Designs Joanna Dias Lighting Amy Mae Peter and the Wolf Choreography Ruth Brill Music Sergei Prokofiev Designs Spike Kilburn Lighting Peter Teigen Photo: Yaoqian Shang. © Perry Curties. Ballet Now is generously supported by Oak Foundation’s Special Interest Programme, which provided major funding for the project. Ballet Now is also supported by the Foyle Foundation, Anthony Coombs and The Keith Coombs Trust, The Big Give 2017, The John Feeney Charitable Trust, The Leche Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, The Hochhauser Foundation, The H Steven and PE Wood Charitable Trust, The W and M Morris Charitable Trust, the estate of Judith and John Percival, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s New Work Syndicate 2017 and Director’s Appeal 2017. The score for Sense of Time by Gabriel Prokofiev was commissioned in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society with funding from the RPS Drummond Fund. 08

[Un]leashed Birmingham Royal Ballet presents an unmissable opportunity to see three stunning ballets by female choreographers, including the world première of Sense of Time by Didy Veldman, with a score by Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei Prokofiev, the composer of Romeo and Juliet and the final ballet in our programme. We will also see the welcome return of Jessica Lang’s beautiful Lyric Pieces, created for the Company as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival 2012, and the Company’s own Ruth Brill’s brand-new take on Sergei Prokofiev’s classic, Peter and the Wolf.

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted for these performances by Thomas Jung and Philip Ellis. “The stage is alive with pure dance imagery” The Guardian on Lyric Pieces

First Steps: Peter and the Wolf Fri 14 Jun 1pm £12.50 An hour-long, interactive show, adapted for children, featuring ballet excerpts from Peter and the Wolf, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s amazing dancers and orchestra.


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19 Jun — 22 Jun Wed – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £16 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Hobson’s Choice FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 21 Jun, 6.30pm

Don’t miss your chance to join feisty Maggie as she puts the world to rights, outsmarts her inebriated father, bags herself the perfect man and starts up her own business to boot, in what is without doubt a classic of our time.

Join Birmingham Royal Ballet as they mark the end of David Bintley’s time as Artistic Director of the Company with this wonderful ballet that The Stage said “just radiates Bintley’s mischievous sense of fun and his great love of British dance”.

When Hobson’s Choice was premièred at the Royal Opera House in 1989, David Bintley’s earthy comedy after Harold Brighouse’s play received a standing ovation the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the première of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée in 1960.

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted for these performances by Philip Ellis and Jonathan Lo.

With one of those scores you can’t help but whistle, composed by Paul Reade, composer of themes for The Antiques Roadshow and The Flumps, the ballet has remained hugely popular ever since.

Class on Stage Sat 22 Jun 11.45am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 22 Jun 12-2.30pm (for matinée ticket holders) Touch Tour Sat 22 Jun 10.30am Audio Described Sat 22 Jun 2.30pm

Discounts Access

“David Bintley’s finest and most entertaining work”

Families

The Arts Desk

“A warm and tender ballet”

Groups S

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The Stage Music Paul Reade Choreography David Bintley Designs Hayden Griffin Lighting John B. Read Photo: Lachlan Monaghan as Will Mossop and Beatrice Parma as Maggie Hobson. © Bella Kotak. 09


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25 Jun & 26 Jun

Tue & Wed 10.30am & 1pm

From £15

Memberships Friends from £50 a year (from £45 with Direct Debit)

Become our Friend and you can be amongst the first to book your tickets, save lots of money with our regular discounts, including 2 for 1 AND be invited to an exciting programme of events - plus much more!

The Gruffalo Live On Stage

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...

JOIN NOW at birminghamhippodrome.com/friends

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the highspirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the muchloved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

3+ Babes in arms welcome (under 18 months), but please book on 0844 338 5000* Discounts Families £55 for 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children

Patrons from £25 a month If you are inspired by our charitable work and LOVE Birmingham Hippodrome, why not become a Patron? Our Patrons enjoy a closer relationship with the theatre alongside fantastic discounts, priority booking and invites to exclusive events and receptions.

To celebrate our 120th birthday year we are offering an exclusive 10% discount on our Supporting Cast membership!

Access Friends, p10 Youth Groups S

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10 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

FIND OUT MORE at birminghamhippodrome.com/patrons


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13 Jul & 14 Jul Sat 12 noon – 10pm Sun 12 noon – 5pm

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Summer in Southside at Birmingham Hippodrome

Blast off into space this summer! This year, our FREE family festival goes intergalactic and explores the spectacle and wonders of outer space. Celebrating 50 years since the first moon landings and 120 years of Birmingham Hippodrome, the streets of Southside around the theatre will be transformed into a lunar landscape for a whole weekend packed with performances, installations and extra-terrestrial antics.

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The list of ‘out of this world’ acts includes Highly Sprung’s aerial performance Urban Astronaut, Hippodrome Associate Motionhouse’s dance piece Gravity and Luke Jerram’s stunning installation Museum of the Moon - a 7m wide model of the moon projected with detailed NASA imagery. Recruit your space-crew (family and friends will do) and head down to our launchpad for a spot of summer stargazing in the city!

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2 Jul — 13 Jul Tue – Thu 7.30pm Fri – Sun 5pm Fri & Sat 8pm Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm

From £16 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat JAYMI IS JOSEPH… Union J’s Jaymi Hensley dons the Technicolor Dreamcoat for his first ever major musical role. With additional new choreography from Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, Heathers), Bill Kenwright’s “superb”, ”wonderful” and “brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical is brought to life in a colourful explosion of joy.

BSL Interpreted Wed 3 Jul 7.30pm

“Joseph is back in all its glory… an amazing dream show” Daily Mail

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“I was thrilled... a superb piece of entertainment”

Captioned Tue 9 Jul 7.30pm Audio Described Wed 10 Jul 2pm

Daily Mirror

“Enormously enjoyable”

Relaxed Performance Thu 11 Jul 1pm (phone and counter booking only)

The Guardian

“Still amazing. An evening of real pleasure” The Daily Telegraph

Discounts

Having risen to fame on The X Factor, Union J went on to have a top ten album and a major UK tour and Jaymi later appeared on hit TV shows including Celebrity Masterchef. Retelling the story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and many more.

Schools Performance Thu 4 Jul 1pm

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16 Jul — 20 Jul Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £21 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

A Birmingham Hippodrome and Curve Co-Production

The Color Purple Birmingham Hippodrome’s first main stage co-production, The Color Purple is the inspiring musical, based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the classic hit movie and the Tony® Award-winning production on Broadway. This unforgettable story told over the course of 40 years follows tormented heroine Celie, as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world. With a profoundly evocative score drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this landmark musical is directed by Tinuke Craig, winner of the 2014

Genesis Future Directors Award. Alex Lowde joins the team as Set and Costume Designer with Alex Parker for Musical Supervision and Musical Direction.

FREE Post-Show Talk Wed 17 Jul eve FREE Pre-Show Talk Thu 18 Jul 6.30pm

This moving family chronicle set in racially divided southern America celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.

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

“The Color Purple is an epic and timeless story that will appeal to audiences young and old”

BSL Interpreted Wed 17 Jul 7.30pm Captioned Thu 18 Jul 7.30pm

Fiona Allan, Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Birmingham Hippodrome

Audio Described Sat 20 Jul 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10 Groups S

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23 Jul — 11 Aug Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm Sun 1pm

From £24 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Annie The smash-hit production of Annie comes to Birmingham Hippodrome for three weeks only, direct from London’s West End. Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family... With its Tony® Award-winning book and

Age Guidance 5+ The Times, Daily Telegraph, OK! Magazine, The Sun Captioned Wed 31 Jul 7.30pm

“Lavish escapism” The Daily Telegraph

Audio Described Wed 7 Aug 2pm

“A glorious revival” The Times

Discounts

“An all-singing all-dancing triumph” Access

OK! Magazine

Families

“Feel good escapist joy. Fun, riotous and heartfelt”

Friends, p10

Radio Times Groups S

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score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it!

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13 Aug — 24 Aug Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 22 Aug 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £16 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Grease The Musical Book, Music & Lyrics by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey

The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before, this brand-new production arrives direct from a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Leicester’s Curve.

Directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and starring very special guest – Peter Andre as Teen Angel* – reignite your passion and get ready for an explosion of summer loving.

After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-nextdoor Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

So round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and re-discover why Grease really is the one that you want!

With its phenomenal score, bursting with hits including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want, this thrilling new version is brought to life by a fresh young cast who bring energy, vitality and passion to this ultimate musical classic.

Captioned Thu 15 Aug 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Wed 21 Aug 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 24 Aug 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10

*Peter Andre will be appearing 13-17 and 21 & 22 Aug only.

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“The one that you want this season” The Daily Telegraph

“A spectacularly staged musical bursting with energy” The Stage

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This year we are celebrating our 120th Anniversary – do you have something to celebrate?

120 YEARS OF

We are the perfect venue to host your celebration: you can reward colleagues, thank clients or get-together with family and friends. We have versatile facilities, creative ideas and award-winning hospitality.

Let’s party like it’s 1899! Call Charlie on 0121 689 3085 or email events@birminghamhippodrome.com to start a conversation.

Make an impact with our FREE Will Writing Service Thinking of writing a will or want to update an existing one? You can do it easily here at our monthly surgeries. The sessions are FREE, but in return, we ask for a suggested donation of £50. Protect your future while supporting Hippodrome Projects - our programme of learning initiatives for children and young people, community festivals and artistic investment. In 2017/18 these sessions raised £4,000 towards the cost of supporting over 100 poorly children and their families to attend workshops and a live performance. Join Clare Mac of Wills & Legal Services at Birmingham Hippodrome on: 15 MAY • 12 JUN • 3 JUL Book your appointment now! fundraising@birminghamhippodrome.com 0121 689 3068 20


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29 Aug — 31 Aug Thu – Sat 7.30pm Sat 2.30pm

From £15 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

A Birmingham Hippodrome Production

West Side Story As a centrepiece of our 120th birthday celebrations, Birmingham Hippodrome is proud to present our first homegrown youth production for the main stage, West Side Story. This fresh and dynamic reimagining of one of the most iconic musicals of all time, brings together an incredible cast of young and emerging performers from across the region - selected from over 1,000 that auditioned - working with a professional creative team, to bring this timeless story to life.

In this tale of teenage love, Tony and Maria find themselves caught between feuding communities, the ‘American’ Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks, as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes to the streets and is transported to New York City. Featuring the classic songs Tonight, I Feel Pretty, America and many more. “This will be a brave and bold staging of this timeless masterpiece. I’m excited for our audience to see the best new emerging talent from the Midlands on the Hippodrome stage. You won’t want to miss it!”

Age Guidance 12+

BSL Interpreted Fri 30 Aug 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 31 Aug 2.30pm Captioned Sat 31 Aug 7.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10 Groups

Matt Hawksworth, Director, West Side Story

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SPACE TO:

The Patrick Studio is our flexible 200 seat performance studio space. It’s the place to go for cutting-edge dance and intimate drama, as well as family adventure and emerging spoken word and comedy talent. Try something new this summer season!

Media Partner:

3 May, 7 Jun & 5 Jul

THINK EXPLORE LAUGH PLAY DANCE LISTEN LEARN

Fri 7.45pm

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

Hit the Ode Photo: Nina Nazir © Sabiheh Awanzai

Every month, Birmingham Hippodrome and Apples and Snakes bring world-class poetry and spoken word to the heart of Birmingham at their flagship event, Hit the Ode. Poets, musicians and spoken word artists from across the country and the world feature alongside local poets and open micers. It’s a B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival special in May with Inua Ellams’ The R.A.P Party bringing their dynamic and popular spoken word and Hip-Hop night to Birmingham. Highlights in June and July include Daniel Piper and Chiedu Oraka. Open mic sign up available on the night. P

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9 May

Thu 8pm

£12 DanceXchange presents

KNOT By Nikki & JD Internationally acclaimed, physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice. KNOT is a finely-crafted theatrical journey through the struggles of commitment, told through breathtaking acrobatics and heart-wrenching dance.

“Breathtakingly-effortless acrobatic skill” The Reviews Hub

14 May

Tue 7.45pm

From £10 Seeta Patel’s Reimagining of the

Rite of Spring Taking the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, with its intricate rhythmic footwork, expressive prowess, and geometric, dynamic movements, award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel takes on the challenge of reimagining the iconic Rite of Spring for an international cast. Set to be one of the most exciting flirtations between East and West in current times, the evening will showcase some of the finest Indian classical dance talent across the globe in an exciting bridge between two very technical, powerful and evocative art forms. P

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FREE Talk

Discounts Access I Concessions I Under 25s I Friends I Schools I Groups

KNOT

10+ contains adult themes

Post-Show Thu 9 May

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Post-Show Tue 14 May

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23 May & 24 May

Thu & Fri 7.30pm

£14 DanceXchange presents

Ballet Black A Triple Bill featuring Ingoma Celebrating their eighteenth year, Ballet Black’s latest programme contrasts dramatic and inventive storytelling in a lively showcase of modern ballets. Ingoma (meaning song) is a specially commissioned piece by Company dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November, which imagines the struggles of black South African miners in 1946. A fusion of ballet, African dance and singing, they portray a milestone moment in the country’s history. Ballet Black reprise Martin Lawrance’s “wickedly intelligent” (The Guardian) Pendulum - an intimate duet which premièred in 2009 and the choreographer’s first work made for the company. An original, light-hearted work by Scottish Ballet’s choreographer-in-residence, Sophie Laplane, CLICK!, also a première, completes the Triple Bill. 5 Jun & 6 Jun

Wed & Thu 7.45pm

Ballet Black return in the Autumn for a collaboration with Birmingham Royal Ballet. See p30.

£18

LCB Productions present

Ceri Dupree in The Ladies I Love The faaaaabulous comedy female impersonator Ceri Dupree returns to the Patrick Studio in his spectacular new show - The Ladies I Love - in which he pays a tongue in cheek tribute to female stars from yesterday, today and tomorrow. Expect even more eye-popping and jaw-dropping costumes and a few surprises along the way! “Dupree storms the stage with style, wit, glamour and a pace that leaves you amazed” Time Out

Age Guidance

FREE Talk

Discounts Access I Concessions I Under 25s I Friends I Groups

Ballet Black

7+

Post-Show Thu 23 May

3

Ceri Dupree in The Ladies I Love

16+

3

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13 Jun — 15 Jun

Thu – Sat 7.45pm Sat 2pm

From £10 The Royal British Legion and The Drive Project present

Bravo 22 Company Birmingham In association with Birmingham Hippodrome Bravo 22 Company presents a new work by writer Kevin Fegan, inspired by real stories from the lives of contemporary veterans and their loved ones. Bravo 22 Company is an award-winning recovery through the arts programme, successfully organising regional projects for the Armed Forces community.

“A deeply moving documentary play performed by real soldiers” The Telegraph on The Two Worlds of Charlie F Photo of The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

17 Jul

P

Wed 7pm

From £10

PROJECTS

National Youth Dance Company/Botis Seva present

MADHEAD National Youth Dance Company bring a new work created by their acclaimed 2018-19 guest artistic director and recent Olivier Award nominee, Botis Seva. Photo: Manuel Vason

Thirty-eight of the country’s best young dancers present a unique evening fusing contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip-hop. Botis Seva’s choreographic style combined with the young dancers’ energy and talent produces an enthralling and energetic production. NYDC has established a reputation for producing high-quality, critically-acclaimed productions by leading choreographers including Sharon Eyal and Akram Khan amongst others. “If this is the future of dance, we’re in safe hands” Evening Standard (on NYDC)

Age Guidance

FREE Talk

Discounts Access I Friends I Schools I Groups

Bravo 22 Company Birmingham

14+

Post-Show Thu 13 - Sat 15 Jun

3

3

3

MADHEAD

5+

Post-Show Wed 17 Jul

3

3

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3

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12 Sep

Thu 8pm

From £10 Mawaan Rizwan

Juice A deeply personal and skilfully physical show about love, liberation, Missy Elliot and what happens when you accidentally make your mum famous. UK tour support for Simon Amstell, over 18 million views on YouTube, as seen on BBC’s Carnage & How Gay is Pakistan? Directed by Dec Munro.

“Sweet, silly, saucy, sassy and stupendously funny Juice is a thirst-quenching joy-ride of a stand-up set” To Do List

“Full on feel good show” Evening Standard

The Times

25 Sep & 26 Sep

Wed & Thu 7.45pm

From £10 Rosie Kay Dance Company presents

Fantasia “Fantasia”: a composition that breaks all the rules. Join us on a journey of music, delight and fantasy. Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony choreographer Rosie Kay’s newest work takes ballet and tutus into the 21st Century using dance and science to create an exquisite performance of pleasure, beauty and finesse. Fine-tuning choreography with neurological research, Kay questions what it is that makes dance beautiful to watch and experience. Delve deeply into a soundtrack of Vivaldi, Purcell, Beethoven and Bach and revel in the vision of three bold female dancers as they discover love, loss, emotion and joy. P

PROJECTS

Age Guidance

FREE Talk

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Juice

16+

3

Fantasia

14+

Post-Show Wed 25 Sep

3

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8 Oct & 9 Oct

Tue & Wed 10.30am, 1pm & 7pm

From £10 Theatr na nÓg presents

Eye of the Storm Best Show for Children and Young People Wales Theatre Awards 2018. Meet Emmie Price. For the last 5 years her life has been a whirlwind. It’s a world torn between caring for her bipolar mum, pursuing a passion for tornados, and proving she’s got what it takes at school. But Emmie knows one day that’s all going to change. One day she’s going to become a storm chaser… in America. An unmissable original musical play set in the Welsh Valleys to a toe-tapping soundtrack steeped in Americana from Grammy Award winner Amy Wadge (Thinkin’ Out Loud with Ed Sheeran, Keeping Faith) and performed live on stage by a cast of eight talented actor musicians.

19 Nov & 20 Nov

Tue 7.45pm & Wed 1pm

From £10 Anjali Dance Company presents

Genius An exceptional group of six dancers perform two dramatic explorations of genius. A performance of extraordinary talent and creative power. Photo: Judie Waldmann

Gary Clarke’s Beethoven takes a touching and darkly humorous look at the personal life and musical works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Lea Anderson’s Bloodsucker is a stylised and gently humorous exploration of the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film. Join us for Genius, a stunning and entertaining celebration of talent and achievement. “Bold, ambitious, technically and visually stunning” Audience member

Age Guidance

FREE Talk

Discounts Access I Friends I Schools I Groups

Eye of the Storm

8+

Post-Show Tue 8 & Wed 9 Oct

3

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Genius

8+

Post-Show Tue 19 & Wed 20 Nov

3

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3 Sep — 7 Sep Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £22 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

On Your Feet! BSL Interpreted Wed 4 Sep 7.30pm

HER VOICE. HIS VISION. THEIR STORY.

Captioned Thu 5 Sep 7.30pm

Straight from the West End, the Broadway production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical comes to Birmingham Hippodrome.

Audio Described Sat 7 Sep 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10 Groups S

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On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom. This exhilarating musical features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get On Your Feet, Don’t Want To Lose You Now and 1-2-3.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman). Winner of 26 Grammy awards, Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Emilio Estefan is a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound - fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco. Book now and get ON YOUR FEET! at Birmingham Hippodrome this September.


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10 Sep — 14 Sep Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £20.50 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Matthew Bourne’s

Romeo and Juliet Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.

FREE Post-Show Talk Tue 10 Sep

This new production of Romeo and Juliet joins the popular New Adventures repertoire which includes Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Red Shoes.

Age Guidance 12+

“Bourne is a masterly storyteller”

Audio Described Sat 14 Sep 2.30pm

New York Times

Discounts

Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the New Adventures company is joined by the West Midlands’ brightest young dance talent, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

Access Friends, p10 Groups S

Schools

Photography: Johan Persson

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19 Sep — 21 Sep Thu – Sat 7.30pm Fri 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £14 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Discounts Access Families Groups S

Schools

New Lister Choreography Jack Lister Music Tom Harrold Designs Thomas Mika Lighting Alexander Berlage The Suit Choreography Cathy Marston Music Philip Feeney Designs Jane Heather Lighting David Plater Dramaturgy Edward Kemp Nine Sinatra Songs Choreography Twyla Tharp ©1992 Songs sung by Frank Sinatra Scenic design originally by Santo Loquasto Original costumes by Oscar de la Renta Lighting originally by Jennifer Tipton New Lister is a co-production with Queensland Ballet. Ballet Now is generously supported by Oak Foundation’s Special Interest Programme, which provided major funding for the project. Ballet Now is also supported by the Foyle Foundation, Anthony Coombs and The Keith Coombs Trust, The Big Give 2017, The John Feeney Charitable Trust, The Leche Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, The Hochhauser Foundation, The H Steven and PE Wood Charitable Trust, The W and M Morris Charitable Trust, the estate of Judith and John Percival, and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s New Work Syndicate 2017 and Director’s Appeal 2017. 30

Autumn Mixed Bill New Lister | The Suit | Nine Sinatra Songs Birmingham Royal Ballet is proud to announce a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the multi-award-winning Ballet Black, a company dedicated to increasing diversity in ballet, founded and directed by Ballet Now Creative Consortium member, Cassa Pancho. Dancers of both Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Black will appear in this exciting triple bill. The bill opens with the fourth Ballet Now commission, from young choreographer and Queensland Ballet dancer Jack Lister and composer Tom Harrold.

Second is Cathy Marston’s moving tale of a broken marriage, the critically acclaimed and National-Dance-Awardwinning ballet The Suit. The bill will close with Twyla Tharp’s sizzling tribute to Old Blue Eyes, Nine Sinatra Songs. Jack Lister’s new work will feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Martin Georgiev. Catch Ballet Black in the Patrick Studio in May. See p24.


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25 Sep — 28 Sep Wed – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Giselle Giselle stands alongside Coppélia and Swan Lake as one of the most celebrated 19th-century ballets. David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s exquisite production stays true to the spirit and steps of the original. Giselle and Loys are deeply in love, but Loys is really Count Albrecht and is betrothed to another. When Giselle discovers his secret, the heartbreak is too much to bear. Driven mad by despair, she takes her own life.

At night, a sorrowful Albrecht visits Giselle’s grave, but he is in terrible danger. The bitter ghosts of jilted brides rise and condemn him to dance himself to death. Only Giselle’s love from beyond the grave can save him.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 27 Sep 6.30pm Class on Stage Sat 28 Sep 11.15am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 28 Sep 12-2pm (for matinée ticket holders)

Performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Philip Ellis and Jonathan Lo.

Touch Tour Sat 28 Sep 10.30am Audio Described Sat 28 Sep 2.30pm

Discounts Access Families Groups S

Schools

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30 Sep — 12 Oct Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £23 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Blood Brothers FREE Post-Show Talk Tue 8 Oct

Age Guidance 12+

Captioned Thu 3 Oct 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Tue 8 Oct 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 12 Oct 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10 Groups S

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Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

“Dazzling” The Sunday Telegraph

“Terrific” Sunday Express

“Gritty, Gripping, Superb” Mail On Sunday

“Exhilarating... One of the best musicals ever written” Mail On Sunday


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15 Oct & 16 Oct

Tue & Wed 7.30pm

18 Oct & 19 Oct

From £15

Fri & Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm

From £19.50

Dance Consortium presents

Sadler's Wells, London presents

Dada Masilo Giselle

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s Some Like It Hip Hop

South Africa’s internationally renowned choreographer, Dada Masilo, presents her fearless re-imagining of the iconic classic, Giselle. Opening in a lively South African village, Masilo’s Giselle tells the story of a trusting peasant girl who is thrust into a world of betrayal and shame when her lover rejects her. Performing in the title role, Masilo brings her stunning high-speed style to the stage. Fusing ballet, contemporary and traditional Tswana dance, Giselle is powered by a hauntingly beautiful score from South African composer Philip Miller who combines classical strings with African percussion and voice. “Exhilarating. Bold, brazen and absolutely enrapturing” Dance Magazine

ZooNation’s smash-hit sensation Some Like It Hip Hop thrilled audiences and critics when it opened in 2011, prompting an Olivier Award nomination and standing ovations with its infectious “wit, heart and magnificent energy” (The Independent). With a nod to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, it tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity and revolution, as two women take on a male-dominated world by disguising themselves as men. Written and directed by Sadler’s Wells and Birmingham Hippodrome Associate Kate Prince with original music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

“Terrific musical comedy” The Sunday Telegraph

“Stunningly conceived and executed” Critical Dance

Age Guidance 7+ FREE Post-Show Talk Fri 18 Oct

Age Guidance 12+ Contains some partial nudity

Audio Described Sat 19 Oct 2.30pm

FREE Post-Show Talk Tue 15 Oct

Discounts

Discounts Access

Access

Friends, p10

Friends, p10

Groups S

Groups P

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Schools PROJECTS

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Schools PROJECTS

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13 Oct

Sun 8pm

14 Nov

£21

Thu 7.30pm

£32.50

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents

Josh Widdicombe Bit Much...

Ben Elton

The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand new stand-up tour.

More than 30 years ago, Ben Elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting Channel 4’s ground-breaking Saturday Live.

A show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. Bit much? Fine, it’ll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park. Widdicombe is best known for the twice BAFTA nominated and multiple Broadcast and RTS award-winning show The Last Leg, as well as his critically acclaimed sitcom JOSH, Insert Name Here, QI, Have I Got News For You, A League of Their Own and his hit podcast Quickly Kevin Will He Score.

Now, after a 15 year absence, the Godfather of modern stand-up returns to the medium he did so much to define. Back on the road with an all-new stand-up show, Ben promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. As Ben says: “The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn.” “Just give him a stage and a microphone and Ben Elton is the best. No contest” The Sunday Times

“One of the most bankable talents in UK comedy” Guardian Guide

“If they made frustration an Olympic sport the Last Leg co-host would win gold every time” Evening Standard Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Discounts 34

Access

Age Guidance 14+

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing to beat Ben Elton live!” Evening Standard


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Thu & Fri 8pm

£25.50

3 May & 4 May 2020

Sun & Mon 8pm

£25.50

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Rob Beckett Wallop

Romesh Ranganathan The Cynic’s Mixtape

Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand new stand up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you to fill you in and make you laugh.

Romesh is back with a brand new show, The Cynic’s Mixtape, his most brutally honest show yet.

Host of BBC One’s All Together Now and team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats. He is also the star of BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC Two’s Mock The Week, ITV’s Play To The Whistle, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and Sky’s A League of Their Own. And he is a host of Dave’s podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith.

Comedy

6 Feb & 7 Feb 2020

Fresh from the Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, A League Of Their Own and Judge Romesh, he’s putting showbiz aside to deliver a carefully curated selection of all the things he has found unacceptable since the last tour, including why trying to save the environment is a scam, why none of us are truly free, and his suspicion that his wife is using gluten intolerance to avoid sleeping with him.

“There are hints that his eyes are set firmly on arenas that are as big as his mouth of his” Metro

“Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience...” The Guardian

“Lights up the stage with his magnetic personality (not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)” Mail on Sunday

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25 Oct — 2 Nov See diary p52-53 for performance times

From £15.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Circus 1903 S

Schools Performance Fri 25 Oct 1pm (phone and counter booking only)

Roll up! Roll up! Direct from a sell-out run at London’s Southbank Centre, experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus.

Discounts Access Friends, p10

Circus 1903 rolls into Birmingham to help celebrate the Hippodrome’s very own birthday marking 120 years since it started life as a circus in 1899.

Groups S

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The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, putting elephants back in the ring as never before. The circus boasts a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from across the globe including acrobats, contortionists, trapeze and high wire performers, transporting you to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.

“The Greatest Showman meets Warhorse in a dazzling treat” Daily Express

“It’s slick, it’s spectacular” The Times


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Mon & Tue 7.30pm, Tue 2pm

From £13

Photo: Tristram Kenton

11 Nov & 12 Nov

120 YEARS OF

FRE E

Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions present

ACOSTA DANZA Evolution International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his critically acclaimed Cuban company to Birmingham Hippodrome ahead of his exciting appointment as Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!

BIRTHDAY OPEN DAY

SAT 26 OCT Celebrating our circus origins, join us for a spectacular showcase to mark our 120th birthday! - Circus acts in the Bullring & Grand Central - Late night cabaret in our Patrick Studio

In this programme of new and existing works, Acosta himself makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The Company also perform new works, Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Satori, by breakthrough Cuban choreographer Raúl Reinoso. Inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après midi d’un faune, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui completes the bill with masterpiece Faun, set to Debussy’s original score with additional music from Nitin Sawhney. “Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for Acosta’s exhilarating Cuban trip. A striking show” Evening Standard FREE Post-Show Talk Mon 11 Nov Discounts

- Circus workshops inspired by Circus 1903

Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Access Friends, p10

- Pop-up performances

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5 Nov & 8 Nov

Tue & Fri 7.15pm

From £22

Carmen Bizet No-one can resist the charms of opera’s ultimate seductress Carmen. Carefree and spirited she is determined to keep her independence, so when she enchants the soldier, Don José who sacrifices his old life for her, she is unprepared for the events that will evolve. Bored, she turns her attention to the handsome Escamillo, and Don José’s jealousy erupts into a thrilling finale. FREE Pre-Show Talk Tue 5 & Fri 8 Nov 6.15pm Touch Tour Fri 8 Nov 6pm Audio Described Fri 8 Nov 7.15pm Cast Carmen - Virginie Verrez Don José - Dimitri Pittas Escamillo - Phillip Rhodes Micaëla - Anita Watson Morales - Ross Ramgobin Frasquita - Harriet Eyley Mercedes - Angela Simkin Director Jo Davies Conductor Tomáš Hanus Set Designer Leslie Travers Costume Designer Gabrielle Dalton wno.org.uk/carmen #WNOcarmen Sung in French, with English surtitles. Discounts 38

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Groups

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Jo Davies’ new production, set in the recent past, will bring all the passion and drama expected of this iconic opera. Bizet’s alluring music, from the famous Toreador Song to Carmen’s provocative Habanera, exposes the emotion of the characters to create a tension that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


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6 Nov & 9 Nov

Wed 7.15pm & Sat 3pm

From £22

7 Nov

Thu 7.30pm

From £22

Rigoletto

The Cunning Little Vixen

Verdi

Janáček

The Duke can have any woman he wants, and lives a life of frivolity and corruption. Rigoletto, the Duke’s jester, ridicules the fathers and husbands of the women the Duke flirts with, who then set about seeking their vengeance against him. But Rigoletto has his own daughter’s honour to protect, and events unfold with unintended consequences.

One afternoon deep in the forest, the Forester stumbles across a young vixen, and takes her home as a pet for his family. But this playful creature has bigger plans and escapes to take on the world on her own terms. As her adventure unfolds, all the creatures of the forest come to life, in a tale that celebrates the circle of life.

Verdi wrote that Rigoletto was his best opera, and with its dramatic storyline and score – featuring the instantly recognisable La donna è mobile – it’s easy to see why it continues to be such an enduring favourite. This timely revival of WNO’s acclaimed production is set in the White House during the Kennedy era, and sees Mark S Doss (Tosca, Spring 2018) return to the Company in the title role. FREE Pre-Show Talk Wed 6 Nov 6.15pm

Inspired by a newspaper comic strip, WNO’s colourful production is charming, funny and profound in equal measure. It reunites Director, David Pountney with WNO Music Director, Tomáš Hanus who conducts Janáček’s blend of folk-like music and sophisticated orchestrations, gloriously evoking the vibrancy of nature. A co-production with Scottish Opera.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Thu 7 Nov 6.30pm

Cast Rigoletto - Mark S Doss Gilda - Jessica Nuccio The Duke - David Junghoon Kim Monterone - Eddie Wade Sparafucile - James Platt Maddalena - Emma Carrington

Cast Vixen - Aoife Miskelly Forester - Claudio Otelli Fox - Lucia Cervoni Poacher - David Stout Schoolmaster - Peter Van Hulle Parson - Wojtek Gierlach

Conductor Alexander Joel Director James Macdonald Revival Director Caroline Chaney Designer Robert Innes Hopkins Lighting Designer Simon Mills Original Choreographer Stuart Hopps

Director David Pountney Conductor Tomáš Hanus Associate Director/Choreographer Elaine Tyler-Hall Designer Maria Bjørnson Lighting Designer Nick Chelton

wno.org.uk/rigoletto #WNOrigoletto

wno.org.uk/vixen #WNOvixen

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Sung in Czech, with English surtitles.

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22 Nov — 14 Dec See diary p52-53 for performance times

From £21 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

The Nutcracker FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 29 Nov, 6.30pm Class on Stage Sat 23 Nov 11.15am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 23 Nov 12-2pm (for matinée ticket holders) Touch Tour Sat 23 Nov 10.30am Audio Described Sat 23 Nov 2.30pm

Discounts Access Families Groups S

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Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Production Peter Wright Designs John F. Macfarlane Lighting David A. Finn Photo: Karla Doorbar as Clara. © Bella Kotak. 40

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s evergreen production of The Nutcracker has been part of the City’s Christmas tradition since 1990 and returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in November. Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. Her magical Christmas tree and her handsome prince with his army of toy soldiers are an unforgettable delight.

In this most festive ballet, gigantic sets, lavish costumes, 60 dancers and a full orchestra combine to make the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family. This world-famous production by Sir Peter Wright, with exquisite designs by John Macfarlane, is acclaimed as one of the best.


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21 Dec — 2 Feb See website for performance times

From £17 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge may still apply (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Heading back to dry land after the highflying adventure of Peter Pan, the magic of Snow White comes to Birmingham Hippodrome in the unmissable, must-see pantomime for Christmas 2019! Matt Slack will be back for an unprecedented seventh year, alongside a star cast in a production packed with all of the traditional ingredients Hippodrome audiences have come to expect. Snow White will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of jaw-dropping dance, side-splitting comedy, sensational special effects and plenty of festive magic.

Age Guidance 5+

Captioned Sun 5 Jan 1pm & Wed 8 Jan 7.15pm

“The sets are huge and colourful and the special effects are spectacular”

BSL Interpreted Sun 12 Jan 1pm & 5.15pm

Birmingham Mail

Touch Tour Wed 15 Jan 12.30pm & Sat 18 Jan 1pm

“A razzamatazz, high-kicking, glitzy extravaganza”

Audio Described Wed 15 Jan 2pm & Sat 18 Jan 2.30pm

Birmingham Post

Relaxed Performance Wed 29 Jan 12 noon (phone and counter booking only)

“The Hippodrome panto never disappoints” Express and Star

Discounts

Pantomime is loud for a small pair of ears, Spectacular sights can sometimes cause tears! If bringing a little one, please be aware One or two scenes are intended to scare. The odd naughty joke for grown-up laughter Ensures that we all finish Happily Ever After.

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11 Feb — 15 Feb 2020 Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £22 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Matthew Bourne’s production of

The Red Shoes FREE Post-Show Talk Tue 11 Feb

Audio Described Sat 15 Feb 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10 Groups S

Schools

A sell-out before its world première tour opened in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns to Birmingham Hippodrome, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences and critics across the UK and the USA. The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Based on the classic Powell and Pressburger film and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, and set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies, with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Groothuis.

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The Red Shoes sold out its first visit to the Hippodrome and returned for an unprecedented second week due to phenomenal demand when it again smashed box office records. Early booking is highly recommended for the show’s much anticipated return. “Matthew Bourne works his magic. Blissful” The Daily Telegraph

“A feast for the eye. The Red Shoes will be dancing for years to come” The Observer

“Enthralling. Richly satisfying” The Guardian


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8 Apr — 11 Apr 2020 Wed – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £15 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

A Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK production

Message In A Bottle Choreography: Kate Prince Based on the songs of Sting

A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Everything changes forever. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures. Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Awardwinning artist Sting, including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Walking on the Moon, Fields of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape of My Heart. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breath-taking athleticism set to the music of Sting, Message In A Bottle tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope.

Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind Some Like it Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA, and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

Age Guidance 5+

Audio Described Sat 11 Apr 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10

“Pulse-racingly choreographed by Kate Prince”

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Time Out (on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)

“Glorious. This show has wit, heart and magnificent energy”

Co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry. Research and development supported by The Movement.

The Independent (on Some Like it Hip Hop)

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13 Apr — 18 Apr 2020 Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £26.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Age Guidance 12+ (strong language)

BSL Interpreted Wed 15 Apr 7.30pm Captioned Thu 16 Apr 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 18 Apr 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10 Groups S

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The iconic musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is coming to Birmingham Hippodrome for the first time! Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor

classics including Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife, Finally, It’s Raining Men, Go West and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

“The greatest disco anthems ever to fill a dance floor” The Daily Telegraph


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20 Apr — 2 May 2020 Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £31 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

We Will Rock You The worldwide smash-hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to Birmingham Hippodrome. The multi-million-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed! Since 2002, over 16 million theatregoers in 19 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances.

“An unmissable event and a sumptuous piece of musical theatre. The Show Must Go On, and on!”

Age Guidance 5+

Captioned Thu 23 Apr 7.30pm

Capital Radio

BSL Interpreted Wed 29 Apr 7.30pm

“A kind of magic. Spectacular. Magnifico!” The Sun

Audio Described Sat 2 May 2.30pm

“A spectacular musical!” Daily Express

Discounts

“A new breed of musical - brilliant”

Access

BBC Newsnight

Friends, p10

“Exhilarating and great fun” Time Magazine

“An evening of sheer entertainment and enjoyment. The show should run forever!”

Groups S

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Daily Mirror

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12 May — 30 May 2020 Mon – Sat 7.30pm Thu 14 & Wed 20 & 27 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £32 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p50), postage from £1.50.

MAMMA MIA! BSL Interpreted Wed 20 May 7.30pm Captioned Thu 21 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 30 May 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p10 Groups S

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Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget. This irresistibly funny show has been thrilling audiences all around the world and now there’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical in Birmingham.

Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA!

“It’s ABBA-SOLUTELY FANTASTIC” Birmingham What’s On


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Swan Lake

Also On Sale

Birmingham Royal Ballet Ballet’s greatest love story returns in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s lavish production. A tale of ill-fated passion that has bewitched audiences for generations. Tue 18 – Sat 29 Feb 2020 From £21.50

Welsh National Opera Spring Season A season of revenge, temptation and suspense, with the revival of The Marriage of Figaro and the third part of the Verdi Trilogy Les vêpres siciliennes. Plus, a final chance to catch Carmen. Wed 6 – Sat 9 May 2020 From £22

Birmingham Royal Ballet Don Quixote Carlos Acosta’s stunning version of the dazzling, Cervantes-inspired comedy. First performances outside London. Fri 19 – Sat 27 Jun 2020 From £20

Les Misérables Returning by popular demand following a sell-out run, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables returns to Birmingham in June 2020. “A five-star hit - astonishingly powerful” The Times

Tue 30 Jun – Sat 18 Jul 2020 From £35

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Thank you to all the individual donors, members, Trusts & Foundations who share our vision to achieve ambitious aims for Hippodrome Projects. CREATIVE PROJECTS Major Gifts

Mrs A Cole • Racheal & Adrian Jessop • Mrs T Justham • Mr & Mrs Mosedale • Mark & Amanda Smith • Peter Tod Mr J. Weston • Anonymous Donors

Hippodrome Circle Patrons £3,000+ a year

Mark Hopton • Maureen & Roy Kirby • Chris & Jane Loughran • Mr & Mrs Mosedale • Mark & Amanda Smith Simon & Kath Winner

Headline Act Patrons £1,400 – £2,999 a year

The Dickens Foundation • Matthew & Jennie Hammond • Dr & Mrs George Harrison • Marc & Michelle Messer Emma & Peter Neads • Mr & Mrs J Quinn • Janette Rutter • Paul Twose

Leading Role Patrons £700 – £1,399 a year

Jim & Birdie Ceaser • John & Heather Clemson • Sara & Tim Fowler • Anthony & Daisy Great Wyrley • Averil Green Andy & Rebecca Hammond • Steve & Laura Kearney • Debbie & Mark Lilburne • Michael & Cerys Luckman Jeremy & Harjinder Millington • Tony & Julie Phillips • Helen Thompson • Steve & Suzie Whittern • Neil & Polly Wilson Phillip Wright • David & Janine Young

Supporting Cast Patrons £250 – £699 a year

Mark, Liz & Holly Abrol • Fiona Allan • Christine Bachelor • Simon Bashford • Bridget Blow Simon & Amanda Boardman-Weston • Beverley & Wade Bostock • Richard Burke • Andrew & Sarah Connors • Teresa Cook Adrian Cox • John & Diana Crabtree • Marcus & Linda Daly • Eileen Doyle • Anna & Nick East • Patricia Edwards Patricia & Ronald Etchells • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Mark Forty • Katie Fraser • Neil & Jackie Frettsome • David & Beryl Glanfield Jill & Jeremy Griffin • Martin & Roni Guest • Claire & Mark Hales • Pauline Hancock & Simon Derby • Joseph Hassett Ivan Heard • Dorothy Hobson • Brian & Diana Hughes • Justine & Paul Irish • David Jackson Victoria J T Jenkins & George Constance • John Jeremy & Pamela Buckley • Rodney & Alyson Kettel • Martin & Joanne King Andy Le Marr • Martin Levermore & Michele Taylor • Maureen Levermore • Lynne Myers • Ralph & Linden Osborn Win Palmer & Lola Ralph • Mrs Jill Parker • John & Sandra Phenix • Jeff & Kate Quantrill • John & Jill Queenan Dr & Mrs Reynolds • David & Jane Richardson • Emma Rowley • Don & Diane Scriven • Mary Shaw • Sukhvinder Singh Wendy Smith & Family • Dr N & Mrs C Speak • Christine Spittle • Gwen Stephens • Glynis Troth Mrs Ann Wailing & Mrs Vanessa Ottley • Richard & Maggie Waller

1899 Club

Frederick Anderson • Wendy Barnard • Maureen Booth • James Clews • Kirsty Davies • Mr & Mrs P Davies David & Beryl Glanfield • Colette Jones • Rob Macpherson • Rachael Magson • Rosie Milsom • Jackie Newport John & Teresa Purser • Roger Rivett • Alastair M Smith • Ann Tonks • Mr J Weston • Adam T Wilkinson • Anonymous Donors

Trusts & Foundations

Alan Woodfield Trust • Arts Connect WM • Baron Davenport’s Charity • The Bernard Piggott Trust Birmingham Bodenham Trust • Bishop of Birmingham Charitable Trust • Children and the Arts David Solomans Charitable Trust • The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust • The Dumbreck Charity Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation • The Eveson Charitable Trust • The George Fentham Trust George Henry Collins Trust • GJW Turner Trust • The Grimmitt Trust • Groundworks UK • Heritage Lottery HSBC Community Fund • The John Feeney Charitable Trust • The Mackintosh Foundation • The Norton Foundation Oakley Charitable Trust • The Patrick Trust • Property for Kids • Quayle Trust • Sir Robert Gooch Charitable Trust Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust • The Saintbury Trust • The Thousandth Man – Richard Burns Charitable Trust The Uncle Bill Trust • The W E Dunn Trust • William A Cadbury Trust

A Specialist Paralegal Law Firm

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Let’s put your business in the spotlight We welcome investment from these business partners who share our ambitions. Through corporate memberships, conferences, private receptions, events, workshops and networking, together they are helping us to achieve our wider artistic vision. Thank you! Can your business also play a part? Contact Judith Greenburgh on 0121 689 3082 or email judithgreenburgh@birminghamhippodrome.com to find out how your business can get involved.

Development Partners

Performance Partners

Associate Partners

Good Company Club The Edgbaston • EY • G.M Treble Ltd • Lambert Smith Hampton • Lorica Insurance Brokers Professional Polishing Services Ltd • Squire Patton Boggs

Hippodrome Leading Ladies AVA Events Styling • Barques • Benussi & Co • Biddle & Webb • Vivienne Bailey Photography Suzanne Barnes Design Partnership • Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust Consulting Rooms Birmingham • Cure Leukaemia • FBC Manby Bowdler • Freeths LLP • Holiday Inn HSBC • Leonard Curtis Business Solutions • Messam & Rider Ltd • Joanne Malin • Northwood Solihull Smith Cooper • Park Regis Birmingham • PwC • The Travel Genius • Wills & Legal Services

Hippodrome Projects Partners

One of a Kind

Welcome to our World, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and St Bernadette’s Primary School

Curtain Raiser 2019

Chinese New Year 2019

Print Partner

Relaxed Performance Assisted Performances

Summer in Southside

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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 also have a public entrance on Thorp St. 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 networkwestmidlands.com 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 his or her 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 restaurant table, 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). • 10am – 8pm (performance days), 10am – 6pm (non-performance days). We are closed most Sundays, with a reduced counter service when there is a performance. • Choose your own seats online (to a maximum of nine tickets per performance): birminghamhippodrome.com • 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 • Download our app for iPhone or Android. • We offer a post-purchase enquiries only line on 0121 689 1060. • 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 or post them to your registered card billing address. • 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 have updated our privacy policy to comply with new regulations. You can change your preferences at any time by contacting us online, by post or by phone. Donations When booking tickets, please consider making a small donation to support Hippodrome Projects. This helps us continue expanding our community projects, access initiatives, and education work. Donations may be eligible for Gift Aid at no extra cost to you.

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 building improvement levy retained by Birmingham Hippodrome. • We are an unsubsidised charity and for some time have made an external transaction charge on tickets for selected performances. It has been possible for eligible bookers (e.g. group organisers, Friends, Corporate Partners etc) to pay a reduced transaction charge or have it waived as a benefit. In keeping with many venues and ticketing services, and with recent advice from Trading Standards, we are moving towards a new system whereby the published ticket price will include any share the Hippodrome agrees with touring producers. This is made clear wherever we publish prices. 50

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. Children We want our productions to be enjoyed by everyone. And, as much as we love young children, they can sometimes be noisy or disruptive; they can also get bored or easily upset by special effects, and nobody wants that. Unless otherwise stated, we do not admit children under 3 to our main house performances. We advise 5+ for performances such as ballet and pantomime, and other age guidance is occasionally offered (check when booking). For specific family shows in our Patrick Studio, we will always indicate age guidance and any terms or prices regarding babes-in-arms. Everyone admitted to the theatre needs to be in possession of a ticket, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times 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 our cloakroom. 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. Circle Restaurant is also fully accessible. For visitors with complex accessibility needs, a folding mobile hoist can be booked in advance by calling our Access phone line on 0121 689 1060. 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. Designated Male toilets and Female toilets are still available and easily accessible on all other floors. A note on food and drink We run all our catering services in-house, so when you eat or drink with us you are helping assist our artistic aims as an unsubsidised charitable trust. We kindly request that only food and drink purchased from us is consumed on the premises (see p4 for some tasty options). Enjoy your next visit! Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, changes may occur.

• 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 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. • There will be an overlap period for a few months in 2019/20 where tickets for some productions have an external charge and others have all charges included in the published price. • 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 add a postage charge of £1.50 for purchases eight days or more before a performance. There is no charge for e-tickets. • 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: Fiona Allan Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited Registered Charity No. 510842 Glenn Howells (Chair) • Martin Guest • Vidar Hjardeng MBE • Immy Kaur • Mick Laverty • Harj Millington • Prof. David Roberts • Ann Tonks • Special Adviser: John Crabtree OBE

Birmingham Hippodrome Development Board: Martin Guest (Chair) • Sajida Carr • Steve Clarke • Sarah Siena Edwards • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Andy Hammond • Dr Mahnaz Hashmi • Martin King • Amelia Ladbrook • Michael Luckman • Joanne Malin • Sara Middleton • Ruth Pipkin 51


Performance diary

May

Sat 13 Summer in Southside

Various times

11

Sun 14 Summer in Southside

Various times

11

Fri 3 Hit the Ode 7.45pm 22 Fri 3 - B-SIDE Hip-Hop Various times 02 Sun 12 Festival Thu 9 DX - KNOT 8pm 23 23 7.45pm Tue 14 Rite of Spring Tue 14 Michael McIntyre 8pm SOLD OUT - Wed 15 Russell Kane 8pm SOLD OUT - Sat 18 BBC Young Dancer 7pm 03 03 7.30pm Tue 21 10 Soldiers 7pm 05 Wed 22 The Worst Witch 05 Thu 23 The Worst Witch 1pm & 7pm 24 7.30pm Thu 23 DX - Ballet Black Fri 24 The Worst Witch 7pm 05 24 Fri 24 DX - Ballet Black 7.30pm Sat 25 The Worst Witch 2pm & 7pm 05 Sun 26 The Worst Witch 2pm 05 Tue 28 Calendar Girls the Musical 7.30pm 06 Wed 29 Calendar Girls the Musical 2pm & 7.30pm 06 06 Thu 30 Calendar Girls the Musical 2pm & 7.30pm 06 Fri 31 Calendar Girls the Musical 7.30pm

Tue 16 The Color Purple

7.30pm 14

Wed 17 The Color Purple

2pm & 7.30pm

Wed 17 MADHEAD

7pm

25

Thu 18 The Color Purple

2pm & 7.30pm

14

Fri 19 The Color Purple

7.30pm 14

Jun

7.45pm

Fri 14 BRB [Un]leashed

7.30pm

Fri 14 Bravo 22 Company Birmingham

7.45pm

25

1pm

08

08 25

Bravo 22 Company 2pm & 7.45pm Birmingham BRB [Un]leashed 2.30pm & 7.30pm BRB Hobson’s Choice 7.30pm BRB Hobson’s Choice 2pm & 7.30pm BRB Hobson’s Choice 7.30pm BRB Hobson’s Choice 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Gruffalo 10.30am & 1pm

Wed 26 The Gruffalo

10.30am & 1pm

25 08 09 09 09 09 10 10

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

52 05

7.30pm

12

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 4 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1pm

12

& 7.30pm

12

Fri 5 Fri 5

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Hit the Ode

5pm & 8pm

Sat 6

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2pm, 5pm & 8pm

12

2pm & 5pm

12

Tue 9

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 25 Annie

7.30pm 16

Fri 26 Annie

7.30pm 16

Sat 27 Annie

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sun 28 Annie

1pm 16

Tue 30 Annie

7.30pm 16

Wed 31 Annie

2pm & 7.30pm

12

7.45pm 22

7.30pm

12

Wed 10 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2pm

& 7.30pm

Thu 11 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1pm

& 7.30pm

Fri 12 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

5pm & 8pm

12

Sat 13 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2pm, 5pm & 8pm

12

12 12

& 7.30pm

14 16

16

16

Aug Thu 1 Annie

7.30pm

Fri 2

Annie

7.30pm

Sat 3

Annie

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Annie

1pm

16

16 16

16

& 7.30pm

Thu 8 Annie

7.30pm

Annie

7.30pm

Fri 9

16

7.30pm

Wed 7 Annie 2pm

16 16 16

Sat 10 Annie

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sun 11 Annie

1pm

Tue 13 Grease The Musical

7.30pm

Wed 14 Grease The Musical

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 15 Grease The Musical

7.30pm

Fri 16 Grease The Musical

7.30pm

Sat 17 Grease The Musical

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Mon 19 Grease The Musical

7.30pm

Tue 20 Grease The Musical

7.30pm

18

Wed 21 Grease The Musical

2pm & 7.30pm

18

Thu 22 Grease The Musical

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 23 Grease The Musical

7.30pm

Thu 29 West Side Story

7.30pm

Fri 30 West Side Story

7.30pm

16 16

18

18 18

18

18 18

18

Sat 24 Grease The Musical 2.30pm

18

& 7.30pm

18

21 21

Sat 31 West Side Story 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

21

Sep Tue 3

On Your Feet!

Wed 4 On Your Feet! Fri 6

Wed 3 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Sun 7 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Wed 24 Annie

Thu 5 On Your Feet!

Jul Tue 2

2.30pm

7.30pm 16

Tue 6

Thu 13 Bravo 22 Company Birmingham Fri 14 BRB First Steps

Sat 15 Sat 15 Wed19 Thu 20 Fri 21 Sat 22 Tue 25

Sat 20 The Color Purple Tue 23 Annie

Sun 4 Annie

Sat 1 Calendar Girls the Musical 2.30pm & 7.30pm 06 Tue 4 Calendar Girls the Musical 7.30pm 06 Wed 5 Calendar Girls the Musical 2pm & 7.30pm 06 Wed 5 Ceri Dupree 7.45pm 24 Thu 6 Calendar Girls the Musical 2pm & 7.30pm 06 Thu 6 Ceri Dupree 7.45pm 24 Fri 7 Calendar Girls the Musical 7.30pm 06 Fri 7 Hit the Ode 7.45pm 22 Sat 8 Calendar Girls the Musical 2.30pm & 7.30pm 06 Wed 12 BRB [Un]leashed 7.30pm 08 Thu 13 BRB [Un]leashed 2pm & 7.30pm 08

14

On Your Feet!

7.30pm

28 28

2pm & 7.30pm

28

2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm

28

& 7.30pm Sat 7 On Your Feet! 2.30pm Tue 10 Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet Wed 11 Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet Thu 12 Matthew Bourne’s 2pm & 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet Thu 12 Mawaan Rizwan 8pm Fri 13 Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet Sat 14 Matthew Bourne’s 2.30pm & 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet Thu 19 BRB Autumn Mixed Bill

7.30pm

Fri 20 BRB Autumn Mixed Bill

2pm & 7.30pm

Sat 21 BRB Autumn Mixed Bill

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Wed 25 BRB Giselle

7.30pm

29 29 26 29 29

30

30

30

31

Wed 25 Fantasia 7.45pm

Thu 26 BRB Giselle

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 26 Fantasia

7.45pm

26 31 26

Fri 27 BRB Giselle 7.30pm

31

Sat 28 BRB Giselle 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

Mon 30 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

28 29

31 32


Tue 1

Blood Brothers

Wed 2 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

32

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 3 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

Fri 4

Blood Brothers

7.30pm

Sat 5

Blood Brothers

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Mon 7 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

Blood Brothers

7.30pm

Tue 8

32 32

32

32 27

Thu 10 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

Fri 11 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

32

& 7.30pm

32

8pm 7.30pm

Wed 16 Dada Masilo

7.30pm

Fri 18 Some Like It Hip Hop

7.30pm

32

34 33

33 33

Sat 19 Some Like It Hip Hop 2.30pm Fri 25 Circus 1903 1pm

& 7.30pm

33

& 7.30pm

36

Sat 26 Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

Sun 27 Circus 1903

1pm & 5.15pm

36

Tue 29 Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

36

Wed 30 Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

36

Thu 31 Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

36

36

21 Dec - 2 Feb

Nov

See website for performance times

Fri 1

Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

Sat 2

Circus 1903

11am, 3pm & 7.30pm

Tue 5

WNO Carmen

Wed 6 WNO Rigoletto Thu 7 WNO The Cunning Little Vixen

36 36

7.15pm

7.15pm 7.30pm

Fri 8

WNO Carmen

7.15pm

Sat 9

WNO Rigoletto

3pm

38 39 39 38

39

Mon 11 Acosta Danza

7.30pm

Tue 12 Acosta Danza

2pm & 7.30pm

37

Thu 14 Ben Elton

7.30pm

34

Fri 15 Tim Minchin

7.30pm

SOLD OUT

-

Sat 16 Tim Minchin

7.30pm

SOLD OUT

-

Tue 19 Genius

7.45pm

Wed 20 Genius

1pm

Fri 22 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

37

Sat 23 BRB The Nutcracker 2.30pm Sun 24 BRB The Nutcracker

1pm

27 27

40

& 7.30pm

40

40

Tue 26 BRB The Nutcracker 7.30pm

40

Wed 27 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Thu 28 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 29 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

40

Sat 30 BRB The Nutcracker

2.30pm & 7.30pm

40

40

40

Dec Sun 1 BRB The Nutcracker

1pm

40

BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

40

Wed 4 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

40

Thu 5 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

Tue 3

40 40 40 40 40 40

32

Wed 9 Blood Brothers 2pm & 7.30pm Wed 9 Eye of the Storm 10.30am 1pm & 7pm

Tue 15 Dada Masilo

32 27

Tue 8 Eye of the Storm 10.30am, 1pm & 7pm

Sun 13 Josh Widdicombe

1pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 1pm & 6pm

32

Sat 12 Blood Brothers 2.30pm

Sun 8 BRB The Nutcracker Tue 10 BRB The Nutcracker Wed 11 BRB The Nutcracker Thu 12 BRB The Nutcracker Fri 13 BRB The Nutcracker Sat 14 BRB The Nutcracker

Fri 6

BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Sat 7

BRB The Nutcracker

2.30pm & 7.30pm

40

40

40

Audio Described Performance Captioned Performance BSL Interpreted Performance Relaxed Performance (phone and counter booking only)

Feb Thu 6 Rob Beckett 8pm Fri 7 Rob Beckett 8pm Tue 11 Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm The Red Shoes Wed 12 Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm The Red Shoes Thu 13 Matthew Bourne’s 2pm & 7.30pm The Red Shoes Fri 14 Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm The Red Shoes

35 35 42 42

42 42

Sat 15 Matthew Bourne’s 2.30pm & 7.30pm 42 The Red Shoes 7.30pm 47 Tue 18 BRB Swan Lake Wed 19 BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm 47 2pm & 7.30pm 47 Thu 20 BRB Swan Lake Fri 21 BRB First Steps Swan Lake 1pm Fri 21 BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm 47 Sat 22 BRB Swan Lake 2.30pm & 7.30pm 47 Tue 25 BRB Swan Lake 2pm & 7.30pm 47 Wed 26 BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm 47 Thu 27 BRB Swan Lake 2pm & 7.30pm 47 Fri 28 BRB Swan Lake 7.30pm 47 Sat 29 BRB Swan Lake 2.30pm & 7.30pm 47

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Oct

Apr Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11

Message In A Bottle Message In A Bottle Message In A Bottle Message In A Bottle

7.30pm 43 2pm & 7.30pm 43 7.30pm 43 2.30pm & 7.30pm 43

Schools Only (not available online) Talk Patrick Studio Festivals 53


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