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Events 0844 338 6500*

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Autumn 2017 Unforgettable performances, powered by you birminghamhippodrome.com 0844 338 5000

Tickets & Information 0844 338 5000* Group Bookings 0844 338 7000* Administration 0844 338 5010*

birminghamhippodrome.com

Events 0844 338 6500*

Registered Charity Number 510842

*Calls cost 4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

This brochure uses paper from a sustainable source and is bleached without elemental chlorine. Please recycle when you have finished with it or pass on to a friend!

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If undelivered, please return to Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB


I’m writing this introduction from Edinburgh: for those of you who’ve been to the festival before, you’ll have an idea of what it is like to see five or six shows a day - only the very best stand out in your memory. And it’s only those that are truly unforgettable that I hope to bring to Birmingham for you to see. That’s the business that the Hippodrome is in - creating and presenting unforgettable performances. Looking through this brochure, there are so many standout productions to choose from, so many memories to be made.

The Hippodrome’s ability to continue to present such amazing productions is down to you - our audience. As a charity in receipt of no revenue funding, your continued support ensures we can keep bringing you unforgettable performances. Powered by you!

Christmas again brings The Nutcracker, our Pantomime - this year starring none other than Beverley Knight and Danny Mac - and a wonderful children’s show in the Patrick Centre, The Snow Dragon. Spring is fairytale season, with Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, followed by the spellbinding Wicked.

It’s not all about the blockbusters though, and there are many gems to be found in the programme. Free talks and events, the TEDxBrum conference in October, and the expanding programme in our Patrick Centre studio offer up a treasure trove of alternative treats. Personally, I’m looking forward to The Play That Goes Wrong and Motionhouse’s Charge, both in March.

Fiona Allan Artistic Director & Chief Executive Front Cover: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical (photography from London production) p16, The Snow Dragon p31, Acosta Danza - Debut (photo: Manuel Vason) p11 and Cinderella p22 .

Photo: Pamela Raith

On to Matilda then over summer, and War Horse in Autumn. It’s going to be an incredible year.


Let’s do business with you, your brand, your clients, family and friends - if you can imagine it, we can create it! Our newly refurbished event spaces are among the most innovative and versatile in the city. Suitable for meetings, receptions, presentations, dinners, workshops, training, exhibitions, conferences and more. We put on events with theatrical flair in spaces where everyone’s welcome.

First-class hospitality meets world-class entertainment - join other influential guests at one of our large-scale corporate dinners.

The Snow Dragon

2pm

Wed 3 The Snow Dragon

31

Tue 27 The Play That Goes Wrong 7.30pm

45

31

Wed 28 The Play That Goes Wrong 2pm & 7.30pm

45

11am & 2pm 31

Thu 29 The Play That Goes Wrong 2pm & 7.30pm

45

31

Fri 30 The Play That Goes Wrong 7.30pm

45

Sat 31 The Play That Goes Wrong 2.30pm

The Snow Dragon

Fri 5

The Snow Dragon

Sat 6

The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm 31

Sun 7

The Snow Dragon

1.30pm 31

2pm

Wed 24 BRB Studio to Stage

7pm

32

Thu 25 BRB Studio to Stage

7pm

32

Wed 31 Beautiful

THU 8 FEB

2pm

Thu 4

2pm & 7.30pm

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella £150pp

Fri 2

The RSC’s Matilda The Musical On Sale Shortly

Sat 3 Tue 6

THU 11 OCT 2018

The National Theatre’s War Horse On Sale Shortly

“The evening was a great success, a very special one for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal in an extravagant setting. The backstage tour was much appreciated.” Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd

Prestigious or casual, intimate or quirky. Celebrate with family, friends and clients or reward hard-working colleagues.

Let’s Connect

Watch your teams give a showstopping performance.

Enjoy networking in a unique creative arts venue or partnering with us for a community project.

Here’s a taster of what we do. These can easily be stand-alone events, or linked to a show of your choice.

Apr 7.30pm 46 2pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 6

Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 7

Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

17

Sun 8 Wicked

2.30pm 46

17

Tue 10 Wicked

7.30pm 46

2.30pm & 7.30pm 17 7.30pm 35

Wed 11 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 12 Wicked

2pm

Fri 13 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 14 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Sun 15 Wicked

2.30pm 46

Tue 17 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Wed 18 Wicked

7.30pm

Thu 19 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 20 Wicked

7.30pm 46

2pm & 7.30pm

Beautiful

7.30pm

Beautiful Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Wed 7 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Thu 8 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Fri 9 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Sat 10 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

45

Thu 5 Wicked

Thu 1 Beautiful

THU 19 JUL

& 7.30pm

Wed 4 Wicked

7.30pm

35

2pm & 7.30pm 35 7.30pm 35

2.30pm & 7.30pm 35

& 7.30pm 46

46 46

Sat 21 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Tue 13 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Sun 22 Wicked

2.30pm 46

Wed 14 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Tue 24 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 15 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7.30pm 36

Wed 25 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 15 #JeSuis 1pm & 8pm 33 Fri 16 BRB First Steps 1pm 37 A Child’s Sleeping Beauty

Thu 26 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 27 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 28 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 16 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

Sun 29 Wicked

2.30pm 46

8pm

Tue 20 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm

36

33

Sat 17 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm

Let’s Meet

17

Feb

Fri 16 #JeSuis

Let’s Party

Let’s Do Business

And by partnering with us or holding an event you are making a direct contribution to our wider artistic and community ambitions as an independent charity, including our inspiring Hippodrome CREATIVE projects (see p5) – thank you!

Let’s Entertain

Tue 2

& 7.30pm

36

& 7.30pm 36

Wed 21 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

May

Thu 22 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7.30pm 36

Tue 1

The Band

7.30pm 48

Fri 23 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Wed 2 The Band

2pm & 7.30pm 48

Sat 24 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm & 7.30pm

36

Thu 3 The Band

7.30pm 48

Fri 4

The Band

5pm & 8.30pm 48

Sat 5

The Band

2.30pm & 7.30pm 48

Mon 7 The Band

7.30pm 48

Tue 8

7.30pm 48

March Fri 2

Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

Sat 3

Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

Tue 6

WNO La forza del destino 6.30pm

8pm

42

8pm

42

The Band

Wed 9 The Band

7.30pm

48

Thu 10 The Band

7.30pm

48

Fri 11 The Band

5pm & 8.30pm 48

Private dining packages

Themed & bespoke events

Pre-show dining and exclusive use of your own private room, even during the interval.

From The Great Gatsby to The Phantom of the Opera, Ice Palaces to an Enchanted Forest!

Thu 8

White

Thu 8

WNO Tosca

7.15pm

41

Thu 17 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm

Fri 9

White

11am & 2pm

33

Fri 18 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm 51

33

Sat 19 An Officer and a Gentleman 2.30pm

42

Mon 21 ART

7.30pm 51

Informal get-togethers

Let us quote for your off-site event

Sun 11 White

Sharing platters, bowl food suppers or champagne & canapés.

Our technical and catering teams are happy to support your event wherever it might be in the city.

Wed 7 WNO Don Giovanni

11am

Sat 10 White

Tue 20 Evita

& 7.30pm 48

Tue 15 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm 51 Wed 16 An Officer and a Gentleman 2pm & 7.30pm

51 51

& 7.30pm 51

Tue 22 ART

7.30pm 51

Wed 23 ART

2pm & 7.30pm

7.30pm

43

Thu 24 ART

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm 51

51 51

44

Fri 25 ART

2pm & 7.30pm

44

Sat 26 ART 2.30pm

2pm & 7.30pm

44

Tue 29 Stomp

7.30pm 51

44

Wed 30 Stomp

2pm & 7.30pm 51

44

Thu 31 Stomp

7.30pm 51

Fri 23 Evita

7.30pm

Las Iguanas

Sat 24 Evita

2.30pm

33

Sat 12 The Band 2.30pm

33

11am & 2pm

“The best awards event we’ve ever had.”

Let’s start a conversation - call Judith or Charlie on 0844 338 6500* or email events@birminghamhippodrome.com for further information or to book your places for any event.

& 2pm

8pm

Wed 21 Evita Thu 22 Evita

40

11am & 2pm

Sat 10 Jon Richardson The Old Man Tue 13 Charge

40

7pm

& 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance Captioned Performance Signed Performance Relaxed Performance (not available online)

Ticket sales Tickets & Information 0844 3380844 5000338 | birminghamhippodrome.com 5000 | birminghamhippodrome.com

Jan

& 7.30pm 51

Schools Only (not available online) Talk Patrick Centre Performance Hippodrome CREATIVE 57


Let’s do business with you, your brand, your clients, family and friends - if you can imagine it, we can create it! Our newly refurbished event spaces are among the most innovative and versatile in the city. Suitable for meetings, receptions, presentations, dinners, workshops, training, exhibitions, conferences and more. We put on events with theatrical flair in spaces where everyone’s welcome.

First-class hospitality meets world-class entertainment - join other influential guests at one of our large-scale corporate dinners.

The Snow Dragon

2pm

Wed 3 The Snow Dragon

31

Tue 27 The Play That Goes Wrong 7.30pm

45

31

Wed 28 The Play That Goes Wrong 2pm & 7.30pm

45

11am & 2pm 31

Thu 29 The Play That Goes Wrong 2pm & 7.30pm

45

31

Fri 30 The Play That Goes Wrong 7.30pm

45

Sat 31 The Play That Goes Wrong 2.30pm

The Snow Dragon

Fri 5

The Snow Dragon

Sat 6

The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm 31

Sun 7

The Snow Dragon

1.30pm 31

2pm

Wed 24 BRB Studio to Stage

7pm

32

Thu 25 BRB Studio to Stage

7pm

32

Wed 31 Beautiful

THU 8 FEB

2pm

Thu 4

2pm & 7.30pm

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella £150pp

Fri 2

The RSC’s Matilda The Musical On Sale Shortly

Sat 3 Tue 6

THU 11 OCT 2018

The National Theatre’s War Horse On Sale Shortly

“The evening was a great success, a very special one for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal in an extravagant setting. The backstage tour was much appreciated.” Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd

Prestigious or casual, intimate or quirky. Celebrate with family, friends and clients or reward hard-working colleagues.

Let’s Connect

Watch your teams give a showstopping performance.

Enjoy networking in a unique creative arts venue or partnering with us for a community project.

Here’s a taster of what we do. These can easily be stand-alone events, or linked to a show of your choice.

Apr 7.30pm 46 2pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 6

Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 7

Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

17

Sun 8 Wicked

2.30pm 46

17

Tue 10 Wicked

7.30pm 46

2.30pm & 7.30pm 17 7.30pm 35

Wed 11 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 12 Wicked

2pm

Fri 13 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 14 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Sun 15 Wicked

2.30pm 46

Tue 17 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Wed 18 Wicked

7.30pm

Thu 19 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 20 Wicked

7.30pm 46

2pm & 7.30pm

Beautiful

7.30pm

Beautiful Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Wed 7 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Thu 8 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Fri 9 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Sat 10 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

45

Thu 5 Wicked

Thu 1 Beautiful

THU 19 JUL

& 7.30pm

Wed 4 Wicked

7.30pm

35

2pm & 7.30pm 35 7.30pm 35

2.30pm & 7.30pm 35

& 7.30pm 46

46 46

Sat 21 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Tue 13 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Sun 22 Wicked

2.30pm 46

Wed 14 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Tue 24 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 15 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7.30pm 36

Wed 25 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 15 #JeSuis 1pm & 8pm 33 Fri 16 BRB First Steps 1pm 37 A Child’s Sleeping Beauty

Thu 26 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 27 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 28 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 16 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

Sun 29 Wicked

2.30pm 46

8pm

Tue 20 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm

36

33

Sat 17 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm

Let’s Meet

17

Feb

Fri 16 #JeSuis

Let’s Party

Let’s Do Business

And by partnering with us or holding an event you are making a direct contribution to our wider artistic and community ambitions as an independent charity, including our inspiring Hippodrome CREATIVE projects (see p5) – thank you!

Let’s Entertain

Tue 2

& 7.30pm

36

& 7.30pm 36

Wed 21 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

May

Thu 22 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7.30pm 36

Tue 1

The Band

7.30pm 48

Fri 23 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Wed 2 The Band

2pm & 7.30pm 48

Sat 24 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm & 7.30pm

36

Thu 3 The Band

7.30pm 48

Fri 4

The Band

5pm & 8.30pm 48

Sat 5

The Band

2.30pm & 7.30pm 48

Mon 7 The Band

7.30pm 48

Tue 8

7.30pm 48

March Fri 2

Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

Sat 3

Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

Tue 6

WNO La forza del destino 6.30pm

8pm

42

8pm

42

The Band

Wed 9 The Band

7.30pm

48

Thu 10 The Band

7.30pm

48

Fri 11 The Band

5pm & 8.30pm 48

Private dining packages

Themed & bespoke events

Pre-show dining and exclusive use of your own private room, even during the interval.

From The Great Gatsby to The Phantom of the Opera, Ice Palaces to an Enchanted Forest!

Thu 8

White

Thu 8

WNO Tosca

7.15pm

41

Thu 17 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm

Fri 9

White

11am & 2pm

33

Fri 18 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm 51

33

Sat 19 An Officer and a Gentleman 2.30pm

42

Mon 21 ART

7.30pm 51

Informal get-togethers

Let us quote for your off-site event

Sun 11 White

Sharing platters, bowl food suppers or champagne & canapés.

Our technical and catering teams are happy to support your event wherever it might be in the city.

Wed 7 WNO Don Giovanni

11am

Sat 10 White

Tue 20 Evita

& 7.30pm 48

Tue 15 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm 51 Wed 16 An Officer and a Gentleman 2pm & 7.30pm

51 51

& 7.30pm 51

Tue 22 ART

7.30pm 51

Wed 23 ART

2pm & 7.30pm

7.30pm

43

Thu 24 ART

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm 51

51 51

44

Fri 25 ART

2pm & 7.30pm

44

Sat 26 ART 2.30pm

2pm & 7.30pm

44

Tue 29 Stomp

7.30pm 51

44

Wed 30 Stomp

2pm & 7.30pm 51

44

Thu 31 Stomp

7.30pm 51

Fri 23 Evita

7.30pm

Las Iguanas

Sat 24 Evita

2.30pm

33

Sat 12 The Band 2.30pm

33

11am & 2pm

“The best awards event we’ve ever had.”

Let’s start a conversation - call Judith or Charlie on 0844 338 6500* or email events@birminghamhippodrome.com for further information or to book your places for any event.

& 2pm

8pm

Wed 21 Evita Thu 22 Evita

40

11am & 2pm

Sat 10 Jon Richardson The Old Man Tue 13 Charge

40

7pm

& 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance Captioned Performance Signed Performance Relaxed Performance (not available online)

Ticket sales Tickets & Information 0844 3380844 5000338 | birminghamhippodrome.com 5000 | birminghamhippodrome.com

Jan

& 7.30pm 51

Schools Only (not available online) Talk Patrick Centre Performance Hippodrome CREATIVE 57


Amy Wells Information & Sales Assistant

Beautiful “This will be a three generational trip with my mum, sister and daughter. We all love the music and have friends who speak so highly of the show.” Fleur Sexton PET-Xi Training Performance Partner

Sunset Boulevard “In my opinion, one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best musical scores. With a touch of Hollywood decadence, it’s a great mix for a West End show!” Ryan Allen Information & Sales Supervisor

Winter

Autumn

Highlights 02

Still Life at the Penguin Café “The exotic rainforest and its animals sheltering from a storm. Exciting music that is so different from the usual music for a ballet.”


Mike O’Dwyer IT Policy & Compliance Co-ordinator

Cinderella “I am excited about this year’s panto because I absolutely adore Beverley Knight who’s playing the Fairy Godmother as her vocals are just unbelievable.” Amy Stutz Communications Intern

The Snow Dragon “My five-year-old won’t stop pestering me to bring her to this show. I’m secretly excited about it too.” Tom Cullen Editor I Choose Birmingham

Spring

The Vaudevillians “I saw Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales in London last year. A very funny and clever musical cabaret double act. Prepare to be fabulously entertained!”

The Sleeping Beauty “Birmingham Royal Ballet never fail to amaze and astound with their sheer talent and this classic fairy tale is sure to be spectacular. I can’t wait to be swept away into a magical land with BRB once more!” Natalie Timmins Hippodrome Young Ambassador

Charge “I love Motionhouse’s boundless energy and the way performers interact with a digital landscape in their productions. Always good to support local talent too.” Fiona Allan Artistic Director & Chief Executive

Wicked “It’s true what they say about the witches of Oz – they’re truly entrancing! Wicked was the first show on when I started working at the Hippodrome three years ago, and I can’t describe how exciting it is to see it come back!” Matt Williams Senior Visitor Services Assistant

03


We do all we can to encourage people to experience live performances. Whether it’s an audio-described, captioned, signed or relaxed performance – we really want you, or a friend or relative to have a more fulfilling experience. Audio Described Performances & Touch Tours Listen to a live description of all the action with a discreet headset. Pre-show, enjoy a touch tour, so if you are visually impaired you’ll be able to familiarise yourself with the set and costumes for the performance ahead.

Captioned Performances

Everyone’s Welcome

Similar to television subtitling – if you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing you can watch the script unfold on a display board near the stage.

04

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

Relaxed Performances Designed to welcome into the theatre people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder. If you know somebody worried about seeing a show, this is an ideal chance to experience live theatre.

For details of our ASSISTED PERFORMANCES please see the show pages or refer to the handy diary on p56/57.


We are more than a theatre. We deliver a range of events and projects reaching thousands of people every year. Our free events and festivals give everyone the chance to experience the culture of our region. Join us for backstage tours and a wide range of workshops for schools, colleges and community groups as well as exciting holiday workshops.

HippodromeCREATIVE

Enjoy our growing programme of talks and courses – see page 24. “Summer in Southside provided our families with powerful memories forged in a magical environment” Acorns Children's Hospice See Clash of Drums in Sep 2017

Curtain Raiser at Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes Feb 2017

Diary Dates: Clash of Drums @ Birmingham Weekender Sat 23 Sep (p6) Learn more with Courses & Talks Various Dates (p24 & 25) FREE family activities Oct & Dec (p26)

Discover our Heritage at birminghamhippodromeheritage.com

Schools Workshop

Summer in Southside Jun 2017

If you like what we do and want to find out more or support us, please get in touch. creative@birminghamhippodrome.com birminghamhippodrome.com/creative 05


Birmingham Hippodrome @ Birmingham Weekender

23 Sep

CLASH OF DRUMS FREE

Les Commandos Percu (France) and Deabru Beltzak (Spain)

Location - Eastside Green, Birmingham City Centre

Out of nowhere, drummers march towards each other from street to street, their drumsticks twirling and their colourful faces sizing each other up for a confrontation of rhythm and light.

Catch Midlands based bhangra group The Lions of Punjab for a special UR performance ahead of Clash K YO B OO of Drums from 7.30pm on Eastside Green. ETS

The wild parade leads to the stage with a clash of drums. Light and fireworks fill the skies as the explosion of sound brings everyone together in this exciting spectacle! “A fusion of percussion and awesome fireworks” Time Out London

06

FRIDAY NIGHT Fri 22 – 7.30pm Head to Selfridges the night before for a preview of Clash of Drums.

Sat 8.30pm

See the trailer online! birminghamhippodrome.com/clash This performance will be audio described. If you have any access requirements, please email access@birminghamhippodrome.com Supported by The John Feeney Charitable Trust and the Mackintosh Foundation.

EE FR K TIC ! NOW


Sat 12.45pm & 5pm

FREE

24 Sep

Birmingham City Centre

Peregrinus KTO Theatre (Poland) A wandering theatre show inspired by TS Eliot’s The Hollow Men. Join the Peregrinus on their journey through an ordinary working day - searching for meaning, love and beauty in the 21st century. Expect the unexpected as they appear suddenly in striking masks and perform to well-known classical, rap, pop and film music.

Sun 5pm

£12 Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Something Then, Something Now Seeta Patel (UK) UK born and raised dance artist Seeta Patel has been championing the Indian classical dance style of Bharatanatyam for many years under the guidance of Mavin Khoo. After two sell-out performances at Sadler’s Wells in 2014, Seeta brings her critically acclaimed solo work, an evocative ensemble of Bharatanatyam, Carnatic musicians and exquisite lighting design by Guy Hoare to Birmingham.

Under 18s £8 Family £32 (At least 1 adult and up to 3 children) Discounts Access

Birmingham Hippodrome @ Birmingham Weekender

23 Sep

Lo mo ts the P re in a Cent trick r p27 e

First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

22-24 SEPTEMBER 2017 Birmingham’s biggest arts festival returns with performance, art and entertainment across the city centre - find out more birminghamweekender.com 45 07


27 Sep — 30 Sep Wed – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £10 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Penguin Café Mixed Programme FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 29 Sep 6.30pm

Discounts Access Families Groups

Elite Syncopations Music Scott Joplin and others Choreography Kenneth MacMillan Designs Ian Spurling Lighting John B. Read Concerto Music Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography Kenneth MacMillan Designs Jürgen Rose Lighting John B. Read ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café Music Simon Jeffes Choreography David Bintley Designs Hayden Griffin Lighting John B. Read

08

Get swept up in the ragtime fun of Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, where a host of eccentric characters flirt, dance and vie for the limelight. This playful combination of comedic flair, riotous colour and Scott Joplin’s iconic music is guaranteed to please. Youthful energy and technical precision collide in MacMillan’s Concerto. Set to Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2, MacMillan’s sprightly and vigorous choreography conveys the infectious joy of dancing. A colourful host of endangered animals seek shelter from the storm at the Penguin Café. Featuring a morris-dancing flea, a ballroom-dancing ram, a woolly monkey and many more, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café is a witty and poignant look at man’s effect on the natural world.

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Paul Murphy and Philip Ellis. “So perfect you could watch it every day... an ingenious work” London Evening Standard on ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café


3 Oct — 7 Oct Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £16 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 6 Oct 6.30pm

Aladdin Step onto our magic carpet and soar into the fantastical world of David Bintley’s Aladdin, with live music by BAFTA award-winning composer Carl Davis and vibrant designs from Dick Bird and Sue Blane. The classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with a magic lamp is brought to life in this glittering production, featuring lavish sets and costumes, stunning special effects, and beautiful choreography. Magic abounds when the Djinn of the Lamp appears, from a cave of dancing jewels to a larger-than-life Chinese lion. As our hero finds out, you can even become a prince overnight! Aladdin is a dazzling spectacle the whole family will enjoy. All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Paul Murphy and Philip Ellis.

Class on Stage Sat 7 Oct 11.15am £10 (Free to BRB Friends)

“A delightful family show... it looks absolutely astonishing”

FREE Audience Open Day Sat 7 Oct 12-2.30pm (for matinee ticket holders)

Daily Telegraph

“Bright, extrovert steps and colourful costumes... a family-packed theatre is kept happily entertained”

Audio Described Sat 7 Oct 2.30pm Touch Tour Sat 7 Oct 10.30am

The Guardian Discounts Access

First Steps: A Child’s Aladdin Fri 6 Oct, 1pm

Families

£12.50

Groups

An hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged 3+, features ballet excerpts from Aladdin, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s amazing dancers and orchestra.

Music Carl Davis Choreography David Bintley Sets Dick Bird Costumes Sue Blane Lighting Mark Jonathan A co-production with Houston Ballet Foundation Supported (2013) by the Garfield Weston Foundation, The John Ellerman Foundation, the estate of Margery Bremner, the estate of Pamela Green, and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director’s Appeal. 09


9 Oct — 14 Oct Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £19.50 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Hairspray FREE Post-Show Talk Thu 12 Oct Behind the Scenes Tour Sat 14 Oct p43 A History of Musical Theatre Course p25

Audio Described Sat 14 Oct 2.30pm Touch Tour Sat 14 Oct 1pm Captioned Wed 11 Oct 7.30pm Signed Thu 12 Oct 7.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

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The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray returns to Birmingham Hippodrome with a production guaranteed to have you dancing the night away! It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way! Starring Brenda Edwards (X Factor, Chicago), Matt Rixon (The Ladykillers), Norman Pace (Hale & Pace) and Layton Williams (RENT, Bad Education), Hairspray features the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more.

This irresistible feel-good show is a perfect treat for all the family - let your hair down and book now!

“Full of infectious joy” Birmingham Mail

“A fresh production of a glitzy classic” Liverpool Echo


18 Oct — 21 Oct Wed – Sat 7.30pm Sat 2.30pm

From £12 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Produced by Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions

Acosta Danza - Debut Following an exceptional career as a ballet star, international dance icon Carlos Acosta launches his brand new company, Acosta Danza. Based in Havana, the company is made up of the best dancers Cuba has to offer who have trained in both ballet and contemporary dance styles. They will perform five new and existing pieces by Cuban choreographers who have rarely been seen outside the country, and commission new pieces from international choreographers who will take inspiration from their iconic nation.

FREE Post-Show Talk Wed 18 Oct Talk Sat 21 Oct 6pm, p24

For their first UK tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, they will perform works by Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán, international artist Jorge Crecis, Spanish dance-maker Goyo Montero, New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Fundraising Afternoon Tea with Carlos Acosta p18

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

“The programme I have selected for you will showcase the virtuosic talent of my dancers” Carlos Acosta

Co-produced with The Movement and Festspielhaus St Pölten.

Acosta Danza - Debut is part of The Movement, a dance producing partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells. Supported by Arts Council England, The Movement aims to nurture talent and bring large scale dance productions to even wider audiences. Photo: Manuel Vason 11


15 Oct

Sun 9am

£40

23 Oct

Mon 7.30pm

£15

Includes lunch

TEDxBrum 2017 Now in its fifth year, TEDxBrum is an independently organised and volunteer led event. In conjunction with the global initiative to spread ideas further, the TEDx program was born in 2009 to enable individuals and communities worldwide to hold locally relevant and independent events. As part of the global TEDx community, spanning over 150 countries, TEDxBrum is Birmingham’s very own platform for ideas worth spreading. Instead of saying one viewpoint is valid and another is invalid, we learn more about reality by sharing perspectives. The theme for this year’s event is perspectives, and will feature a range of speakers and performances sharing their interpretations of this topic, from a local, national and international stage to ours. One of the most crucial challenges for society in the 21st Century is how we understand each other, relate to each other, and talk to each other, embracing many perspectives whilst challenging our own to expose new collective spaces where we can build a city to be proud of, together.

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company: Inter_rupted In the past few years, Aditi Mangaldas’ creations have garnered her international attention as the key contemporary Kathak creator in India. With a cast of eight dancers and three musicians, Inter_rupted is a high octane new work based on disintegration, fragility, vulnerability, age and transience. It also follows the trajectory of modern Kathak, for which Aditi Mangaldas is becoming best known. “Mangaldas is a commanding and still astonishingly agile presence” The Guardian

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Part of UK-India Year of Culture 2017. Supported by High Commission of India, Indian Ministry of Culture and Teamwork Arts. Discounts

TEDxYouth@Brum Wed 11 Oct 11am Patrick Centre A partner event of TEDxBrum under the TEDxYouth licence organised by young people, for young people.

Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

12 Prices and discounts subject to change, 5% transaction charge applies (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.


24 Oct — 28 Oct Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £17 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

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Crazy For You High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical starring Tom Chambers (Top Hat and Strictly Come Dancing), Caroline Flack (Strictly Come Dancing, Love Island, The X Factor) and Charlotte Wakefield (Sound Of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as ‘Polly’, featuring a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook. Crazy For You charts the troubled love story of Bobby, son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Sent to close the theatre down, Bobby falls for Polly and, in the guise of a Hungarian impresario, decides to save the theatre by putting on a show.

Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.

“Irresistible, irrepressible and inventive, bursts with a crazy, lovable spirit” The Stage

FREE Post-Show Talk Fri 27 Oct A History of Musical Theatre Course p25 Legends & Lights Family Activities p26

Audio Described Sat 28 Oct 2.30pm Touch Tour Sat 28 Oct 1pm Captioned Thu 26 Oct 7.30pm Signed Fri 27 Oct 7.30pm

“The production is a delight - as silly yet smart a catch-all for a swell bunch of songs as you could wish for” The Times

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

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Welsh National Opera

31 Oct

Tue 7pm

1 Nov & 4 Nov

From £18

From £18

Khovanshchina

Die Fledermaus

Musorgsky

Johann Strauss II

Based on true events, Khovanshchina takes us back to 17th-century Russia where the country is in turmoil. The noble Khovansky, joins forces with the Old Believers, as they rebel against modern reform being imposed by the Tsar. As personal and political ambitions combine and clash with both constitutional and religious forces, the struggle for power will result in grave consequences.

Rosalinde is looking forward to a few days’ carefree time with her lover, while her husband is facing time in prison. Her maid asks to be excused in order to care for a sick aunt. In truth all four characters are planning to spend the evening at a magnificent masquerade ball given by the prince. As the characters are brought together in various guises, we set the scene for a hilarious story of mistaken identity full of splendour, posh frocks and masks.

WNO’s Artistic Director David Pountney and new Music Director Tomáš Hanus join forces for this revival of Musorgsky’s epic opera, addressing themes of politics, madness and death as relevant today as back in history. Combined with striking staging and powerful, unforgettable choral music, it promises to be an unmissable event in WNO’s Autumn Season.

Centred around the extravagant ball, the events of Die Fledermaus are set to a rich, romantic score by Johann Strauss II featuring some of the most irresistible melodies ever written for the stage. The cast is led by Judith Howarth and Paul Charles Clarke fresh from their leading roles in Madam Butterfly for WNO in June 2017.

Conductor Tomáš Hanus Director David Pountney Associate Director Benjamin Davis Set Designer Johan Engels Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour

Conductor James Southall Director John Copley Revival Director Sarah Crisp Set Designer Tim Reed Costume Designer Deirdre Clancy Lighting Designer Howard Harrison Choreographer Stuart Hopps

wno.org.uk/khovanshchina

wno.org.uk/fledermaus

Sung in Russian with surtitles in English.

Sung in English with surtitles in English.

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Wed 7.15pm & Sat 3.30pm

Discounts

Access

First Night, p34

Groups


Thu 7.30pm

2 Nov

From £18

3 Nov

Fri 7pm

From £18

Eugene Onegin

Janácek

Tatyana is a young country girl convinced that the dashing Onegin is the man of her dreams. When she declares her devotion to him via a love letter, he rejects and humiliates her. Onegin then flirts with Tatyana’s older, engaged sister setting off a tragic chain of events – a tale of how unrequited love and the ways of high society can catastrophically collide.

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Set in a claustrophobic Siberian prison, David Pountney’s production is a collage of inmates’ stories as they recount why they ended up in jail. During a time of political oppression, each individual tale explores the extremes a person will go to, to right a wrong. A glimmer of hope takes the form of a great eagle that prisoners painstakingly nurse back to health, a symbol of Russia but also of freedom itself. Janácek based both the music and the libretto on the recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky. On stage we’re following the story of a number of characters through an ensemble cast and chorus, but the true protagonist is the WNO Orchestra, conducted by WNO’s new Music Director Tomáš Hanus.

Welsh National Opera

From The House of the Dead

Tchaikovsky’s best loved opera, is based on the Alexander Pushkin novel of the same name. Simple and classic countryside settings are contrasted with beautiful ballroom scenes and rich costumes reflecting high society at the time. This poignant story showcases the battle between the yearnings of the heart and social convention, all through a score of wonderfully romantic choruses and evocative arias.

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Audio Described Fri 3 Nov 7pm Touch Tour Fri 3 Nov 6pm

Conductor Tomáš Hanus Director David Pountney Designer Maria Bjornson Lighting Designer Chris Ellis

- Rubikis ¸ Conductor Ainars Director James Macdonald Revival Director Caroline Chaney Designer Tobias Hoheisel Lighting Designer Andreas Grüter

wno.org.uk/housedead

wno.org.uk/onegin

Sung in English with surtitles in English.

Sung in Russian with surtitles in English.

Prices and discounts subject to change, 5% transaction charge applies (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

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7 Nov — 11 Nov Nov Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

31 Jan — 3 Feb Jan/Feb Wed – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £18 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Beautiful Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier and Tony Award®-winning West End show is coming to Birmingham Hippodrome as part of its first ever UK tour! ‘The audience loves Beautiful’ (Daily Mail) and critics agree! Called ‘slick and beautifully played’ (The Times), the ‘amazing story of the song writing talents of Carole King told through laughter and tears’ (BBC Radio 2), critics are celebrating this ‘tapestry of greatest hits’ (Guardian). Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.

friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, including one of the bestselling albums of all time, Tapestry, and countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and The Locomotion.

Behind the Scenes Tour Sat 11 Nov p43 A History of Musical Theatre Course p25

Audio Described Sat 11 Nov 2.30pm Touch Tour Sat 11 Nov 1pm Captioned Wed 8 Nov 2pm

Discounts Access

“I felt the earth move under my feet”

First Night, p34

Mail on Sunday Friends, p34

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best

“A stream of classics”

Groups

Observer Photography from London production.

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Why not join us at one of our exciting Fundraising events and help make a difference?

Fundraising Highlights

All funds raised support our charitable work through Hippodrome CREATIVE (p5).

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Nutcracker Fundraising Gala Dinners

Afternoon Tea with Carlos Acosta

Fri 24 & Sat 25 Nov, from 5pm, p20

Fri 20 Oct, from 2pm, p11

£160pp

£49.50pp

Will you accept the Stahlbaum family’s invitation to a Nutcracker themed Gala Dinner?

Join us for this exclusive Fundraising event and enjoy a private audience with Dance Legend Carlos Acosta.

Join Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Hippodrome for an evening to remember alongside Sir Peter Wright’s much loved Christmas classic.

You’ll enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco in our award-winning Circle Restaurant with fellow dance fans at this special event.

For this festive favourite, we are holding two fundraising Gala Dinners – on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November.

birminghamhippodrome.com/carlostea

Places are £160pp and include: a drinks reception on arrival, a three course meal, a top price show ticket and a programme between two. There will also be an exclusive fundraising raffle and a post-show soirée. All funds raised will support an exciting new Ballet Access Fund. birminghamhippodrome.com/ nutcrackergala

Wicked Fundraising Event Thu 5 Apr, from 5.30pm, p46 £90pp Return to Oz as Wicked flies back to Birmingham! Each ticket includes a welcome drink and a light supper, a top-price theatre ticket, a show programme and a sweet treat in the interval. Join fellow musical fans for a night to remember, and expect a few surprises from the Emerald City! birminghamhippodrome.com/ wickedfundraiser

To book simply call the Fundraising Team on 0121 689 3068 or email fundraising@birminghamhippodrome.com


13 Nov — 18 Nov Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £18 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Sunset Boulevard Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard, stars Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing the role at the London Coliseum, as Norma Desmond and Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac as Joe Gillis. One of the all-time great musicals, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s wonderful book and lyrics. In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by

her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences. With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, The Greatest Star of All and The Perfect Year) this production promises to be a spectacular event. “Majestic, Mesmerizing and Teasingly Seductive!” Evening Standard

“The most sumptuous sound I’ve heard in a musical” The Guardian

Talk Wed 15 & Fri 17 Nov 6pm p24 A History of Musical Theatre Course p25

Audio Described Sat 18 Nov 2.30pm Captioned Thu 16 Nov 7.30pm Signed Wed 15 Nov 7.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

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24 Nov — 13 Dec Tue – Sat 7.30pm Tue, Wed 13 & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm Sun 1pm

From £19 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 1 Dec 6.30pm & Fri 8 Dec 6.30pm Behind the Scenes Tour Sat 9 Dec p43

The Nutcracker Birmingham Royal Ballet’s evergreen production of The Nutcracker has been part of the city’s Christmas tradition for over 25 years. 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. All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Koen Kessels, Paul Murphy and Philip Ellis.

Class on Stage Sat 25 Nov 11.15am Tickets £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 25 Nov 12-2.30pm (for matinee ticket holders) Frost Fair p26

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

Fundraising Dinners p18

Birmingham Post Age Guidance 5+

“Ballet doesn’t come much more Christmassy” Observer

“Sumptuous, richly detailed and breathtaking”

Audio Described Sat 25 Nov 2.30pm Touch Tour Sat 25 Nov 10.30am

Discounts

The Stage Access Families Groups

Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Production Peter Wright Designs John F. Macfarlane Lighting David A. Finn Photo: Bill Cooper

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Dec 2017

Sun 7

1pm

5.15pm

Tue 19

2.30pm

7.15pm

Mon 8

NO PERFORMANCE

Wed 20

2.30pm

7.15pm

Tue 9

2pm

7.15pm

Thu 21

2.30pm

7.15pm

Wed 10

2pm

7.15pm

Fri 22

2.30pm

7.15pm

Thu 11

2pm

7.15pm

Sat 23

2.30pm

7.15pm

Fri 12

1pm

7.15pm

Sun 24

1pm

5.15pm

Sat 13

2.30pm

7.15pm

Mon 25

NO PERFORMANCE

Sun 14

1pm

5.15pm

Tue 26

2.30pm

7.15pm

Mon 15

NO PERFORMANCE

Wed 27

2.30pm

7.15pm

Tue 16

2pm

7.15pm

Thu 28

2.30pm

7.15pm

Wed 17

2pm

7.15pm

Fri 29

2.30pm

7.15pm

Thu 18

2pm

7.15pm

Sat 30

2.30pm

7.15pm

Fri 19

1pm

7.15pm

Sun 31

1pm

5.15pm

Sat 20

2.30pm

7.15pm

Sun 21

1pm

5.15pm

Mon 22

NO PERFORMANCE

Jan 2018 Mon 1

NO PERFORMANCE

Tue 23

2pm

7.15pm

Tue 2

2pm

7.15pm

Wed 24

12pm

6.15pm

Wed 3

2pm

7.15pm

Thu 25

2pm

7.15pm

Thu 4

2pm

7.15pm

Fri 26

2pm

7.15pm

Fri 5

2pm

7.15pm

Sat 27

2.30pm

7.15pm

Sat 6

2.30pm

7.15pm

Sun 28

1pm

7.15pm

Cinderella Birmingham audiences shall go to the ball in the most magical pantomime of them all, Cinderella. Soul-diva Beverley Knight will make her pantomime debut in this year’s Hippodrome spectacular, alongside Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac, Birmingham panto-favourite Matt Slack, pop and television star Suzanne Shaw, comedy duo The Grumbleweeds, and the most faaaaabulous Ugly Sisters in show business, Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall. Cinderella, produced by Oliviernominated pantomime producer Qdos Entertainment, will feature all of the ingredients of the perfect Hippodrome pantomime: a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy. The clock is ticking... book your tickets to the ball today!

19 Dec — 28 Jan From £15.50 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Frost Fair p26

The Times Birmingham Post What’s on Stage Broadway World

“It’s everything you could expect from a pantomime and more!” Tamworth Herald

“The Special Effects are Spectacular” Birmingham Mail

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.

Audio Described Wed 17 Jan 2pm & Sat 20 Jan 2.30pm Touch Tour Wed 17 Jan 12.30pm & Sat 20 Jan 1pm Captioned Sun 7 Jan 1pm & Wed 10 Jan 7.15pm Signed Sun 14 Jan 1pm & 5.15pm Relaxed Performance Wed 24 Jan 12 noon & 6.15pm (not available online)

Discounts Access Families First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

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Courses & Talks Fancy learning more about the theatre or our many shows and events? Book now and see what it’s all about.

21 Oct

Sat 6pm

£5

4 Nov

PwC Suite

Mira-Marvellous! Cuban Dance Culture and the Miramar Theatre. Director of Music Fund for Cuba, Rob Miller, talks about the dance culture of Cuba and work of the fund, a UK registered charity which aims to nurture the talents of children and young people by supporting creative and cultural programmes on the island. The talk also explores the inspirational story of the 6-year restoration of the Miramar Theatre in Havana, returning a derelict and dilapidated theatre back to a fully functioning rehearsal and performance space.

Sat 6pm

£5 PwC Suite

Voices for the Voiceless Errollyn Wallen, the ‘renaissance woman of contemporary British music’ (The Observer) offers a stimulating insight into her career and in particular the composing on her opera ‘Anon’, a contemporary reworking of ‘Manon Lescaut’, exploring exploitation of women across the world. Good if you’re going to see: Welsh National Opera (p14-15 & p40-41). Partner

15 Nov

Wed 6pm

£5 PwC Suite

A Rope of Words Sunset Boulevard, the talkies, and the Hollywood machine. This engaging talk looks at the Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard, a tale of imprisonment and murder and fame. Dr Rona Cran looks at the women at the heart of this movie and explores the transition from silent cinema to the talkies. Dr Rona Cran is a lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature at the University of Birmingham. Good if you’re going to see: Sunset Boulevard (p19).

Good if you’re going to see: Acosta Danza (p11).

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We also provide FREE pre- and post-show talks with many of our shows - look out for this symbol

17 Nov

Fri 6pm

FREE PwC Suite

7 Feb

Wed 6pm

£5 PwC Suite

Delusions & Obsessive Love

Madness and Love

Unrequited love, love for sale, selling out, art, cinema, cinematic stardom - these are some of the themes of the film of Sunset Boulevard.

The Medieval History of Fairytales.

How Billy Wilder’s film evokes, dramatises and conveys these themes and a comparison to how the musical does the same will be the subject of this talk with Jose Arroyo. Jose Arroyo is Principal Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at the University of Warwick. This talk is presented as part of SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. Good if you’re going to see: Sunset Boulevard (p19).

To chime with two very different approaches to Cinderella, and the ballet Sleeping Beauty, Dr Victoria Flood explores the beginnings of these stories, in a fascinating talk exploring fairy narratives in medieval culture, including an Old French version of Sleeping Beauty. Dr Victoria Flood is a lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at the University of Birmingham, investigating the transmission of fairy narratives across borders in medieval and early modern Britain. Good if you’re going to see: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (p35) or Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty (p36).

17 Jan — 21 Feb

Every Wed 10.30am – 12.30pm

£130 for 6 Weeks Gowling WLG Suite

From the West End to Broadway: A History of Musical Theatre A fascinating and entertaining introduction to the history of the Musical - from its origins, to the ‘Golden Era’, mega-musicals and new directions in musical theatre. We will explore how the musical works, its legacy, and how musicals came to be. This is the perfect opportunity to enhance your enjoyment of the musicals on offer at Birmingham Hippodrome. This course will be lead by Adam Carver - a Birmingham based director and theatre-maker with a background working in musical theatre, Adam is also the producer of SHOUT Festival. There will also be a chance to join Adam for a closing lunch at the end of the course.

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FREE Fun For All

23 Oct — 28 Oct

Mon – Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm

FREE

16 Dec

Sat 10am – 6pm

FREE

Legends and Lights

Frost Fair

Looking for something to do with the kids this October half term? Pop in and you’ll find our foyers lighting up with FREE crafty creative fun all week.

Bring your seasonal senses alive and join us for a day of wonder and surprise at our new Frost Fair.

You might make Diwali lights or Halloween lanterns, ‘Trick or Treat’ masks or a cape of Autumn leaves - plus there will be spooky storytelling and more to inspire you, all for free! Parents can grab a coffee and relax - or have a go at all the activities too.

The Hippodrome foyers will be buzzing with an indoor market, decoration and card making, seasonal food and drink, pop-up performances by local musicians, choirs and much, much more! Entry is FREE, so whatever the weather why not take a break from the shopping crowds and join us for a cup of festive cheer?

Please note under 16s must be accompanied at all times.

Calling all budding artists from Birmingham schools! Create a picture for our Big Tree Challenge and you could see your very own Christmas Tree on our giant screen outside the theatre and on the screens in the foyers this festive period! It can be a painting, collage, digital art – it might feature a seasonal message or just be a picture – it’s all up to you! For more information and info on how to enter visit birminghamhippodrome.com/bigtree 26


Wed – Fri 7.45pm

£12

Our Patrick Centre studio programme continues to expand, and offers a chance to try something different.

The Patrick Centre

27 Sep — 29 Sep

If the main stage is our festival programme, then the Patrick Centre is our festival fringe - packing a punch with smaller productions, with some weird and wonderful surprises too. Featuring storytelling, puppetry, Hip-Hop, contemporary dance, ballet, drag cabaret, graffiti art and circus - with productions for the smallest children through to adults if you haven’t yet peeked into the Patrick Centre, make it your mission to do so soon. The Patrick Centre is accessed via the Hippodrome Level 3 foyer, or via the Thorp Street reception. Let it remain a ‘hidden’ gem no longer!

Groove on Down the Road ZooNation UK leading hip-hop dance company ZooNation, are proud to present this new adaptation of their critically-acclaimed production Groove on Down the Road. The company behind Into the Hoods, Some Like It Hip Hop and The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party give their unique twist to the classic story of The Wizard of Oz. Set in a fantastical urban world, ZooNation’s Groove On Down the Road tells the story of Dorothy and her adventures with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on their journey to Oz. The audience join Dorothy, complete with ruby sneakers, and friends in this hip-hop dance production as they follow the yellow brick road in a quest to find happiness and family. This project will see ZooNation working with young people from Wolverhampton and Birmingham to re-imagine this well-loved story. Originally produced by Southbank Centre. Supported by Wales Millennium Centre and Arts Council England.

Fiona Allan Artistic Director & Chief Executive

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Schools Only Thu 1pm (not available online)

Age Guidance 5+ Discounts

“Huge musical theatre spectacles absolutely have their place, but don’t discount the Hippodrome’s season at the Patrick Centre for a range of exquisite, well made shows” Black Country Radio

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The Patrick Centre

3 Oct

Tue 8pm

From £8

13 Oct

Fri 7.45pm

£10

DanceXchange presents

An ARC Stockton Production

8 Minutes

Instructions for Border Crossing

Alexander Whitley Dance Company It takes just eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to earth. Choreographer Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from the stunning images and data produced by solar science research. Dance, film and music take us on a journey through the universe. A specially created score by the electro-acoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl and an installation of high-definition imagery explore the many ways we relate to our home star. “A stunning cosmic voyage” The Guardian

“Solar-powered beauty” London Evening Standard

Written and performed by Daniel Bye A twelve-year-old girl sneaks across the border of her own country. Her parents watch her on a computer screen. The works of a half-forgotten performance artist seem to hold the key to bringing down a brutal system operating on our behalf and under our noses. Do you join in? Or do you look the other way? From the maker of The Price of Everything and Going Viral, Instructions for Border Crossing is an exposed gearbox of a political thriller. Blending Daniel’s trademark storytelling with a series of live interventions from the audience, the show itself is as unstable as the world it describes. “Bye is one of the most astute and thoughtful contemporary theatre-makers around” The Stage

Discover the full October – December dance season in The Patrick Centre at dancexchange.org.uk

Directed by Alex Swift Lighting designed by Katharine Williams Designed by Hannah Sibai Sound by Mariam Rezaei Dramaturg Sarah Punshon Age Guidance 14+ Discounts

A Sadler’s Wells commission, co-commissioned by DanceEast and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Age Guidance 8+ Discounts Access

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Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups Under 18s £8


Sun 11am & 2pm

£10

Mashi Theatre, in association with The Spark Arts For Children and supported by Z-arts, presents

Tales of Birbal

27 Oct & 28 Oct

The Patrick Centre

15 Oct

Fri & Sat 11am & 2pm

£10

Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups

by Sayan Kent from an original concept by Trina Haldar

Journey into the world of AnimaLand where beatbox, rap and graffiti come together.

Timeless and treasured fables from the Indian sub-continent. Step into the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar and his witty advisor, the legendary Birbal…

This immersive, high-energy performance features spoken-word artist Maxwell Golden and graffiti artist Mr Dane. Set within a purpose-built graffiti installation, an original children’s book is brought to life and interwoven with freestyle hip-hop improvisation.

Mashi and Bhanji are travelling story-tellers, living hand-to-mouth with just a wooden cart, trinkets they have collected on their travels, and a family of mischievous crows for company.

The Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups need your help as they navigate AnimaLand so audience beatboxing and participation is required.

Stopping one day for lunch, they recreate mythical tales of the great King Akbar and his wise companion, Birbal. How can a man survive a night in a freezing lake? How many crows are there in a kingdom? Only Birbal knows!

“It is brilliant, fresh and ready to stir the land of children’s performance” Gemma Kiddy - The Sparks Arts for Children

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Using humour, puppetry, music and the occasional fake beard, Mashi and Bhanji bring to vivid life these famous tales that have been treasured for generations. Commissioned by Southbank and supported by The Place, produced by Artstrust Productions. Age Guidance 6+

Age Guidance 5 - 10

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Friends, p34

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The Patrick Centre

9 Nov

Thu 7pm

19 Nov

£10

Sun 6.30pm & 8.30pm

Part of

£16.50 www.shoutfestival.co.uk

Freefalling for 15 Years Freefall Dance Company Freefall Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s own company of highly gifted dancers with severe learning disabilities, celebrates 15 years of performances in the Patrick Centre with the first public presentation of the company’s latest film, Outside In, created in partnership with Sima Gonsai. Filmed on location at Lunt Roman Fort, Coventry, Outside In also features Birmingham Royal Ballet principals Jenna Roberts and Iain Mackay. The film will be presented alongside live performances of a mixture of new works and some old Freefall favourites.

Soho Theatre and Tim Whitehead present

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: The Vaudevillians After selling out an often-extended Off-Broadway run and an Australian tour, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon arrives in Birmingham with the UK premiere of The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales. Throughout the 1920’s Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. One day, while touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow – instantly freezing them alive. But thanks to Global Warming, they recently thawed out only to discover that pop artists had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs, performing their music as originally composed. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag. “Straight or gay, everyone leaves this show with sides aching from laughter” New York Times

Age Guidance 5+

Age Guidance 16+

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Access Concessions £6 30

Access Friends, p34


Tue – Sat 2pm Wed, Thu & Sat 11am Sun 1.30pm

The Patrick Centre

19 Dec — 7 Jan

£12.50

The Snow Dragon Tall Stories The night of the Snow Dragon approaches... Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies... But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice? Toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up, from the company that brought you The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale.

Frost Fair p26

“If you are a kid, if you have kids, if you ever were a kid, go and see The Snow Dragon”

Relaxed Performance Thu 21 Dec 10am (not available online)

Three Weeks S

“This show is a must for children and parents”

Schools Only Tue 19 & Wed 20 Dec 10am (not available online)

The List Discounts Access Families Friends, p34 Groups Under 18s £9.50

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The Patrick Centre

1 Dec & 2 Dec

Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm, Sat 11.30am & 3pm

From £8

DanceXchange presents

What The Moon Saw

24 Jan & 25 Jan

Wed & Thu 7pm

£10

Studio to Stage An introduction to ballet

2Faced Dance Company A magical journey through the night. What The Moon Saw is a new dance and circus performance for little ones and their families. This interactive re-imagination of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale brings you a trove of secrets and surprises that will delight, excite and charm. Alone and scared of the dark, Jack opens his bedroom curtains to find a familiar, friendly face, The Moon. A thrilling adventure begins as Jack’s new friend takes him on an inspiring journey where he learns how to be brave. Join in the fun, come dressed in your pyjamas! Foyer activities before and after each performance. Discover the full October – December dance season in The Patrick Centre at dancexchange.org.uk

Alongside their main programme, Birmingham Royal Ballet continues to introduce new audiences of all ages to their world-class dance and music. Studio to Stage is an hour-long, entertaining and in-depth introduction to the world of ballet, demystifying the language, the artistry and the practicalities of all the leaps and lifts. This inclusive, relaxed experience aims to prove that ballet really is for everyone. Studio to Stage includes a short performance featuring two Company dancers, accompanied by a pianist and a speaker. The dancers will show you how they prepare for a show, from class to rehearsal, right through to an actual performance of a pas de deux. One of the senior members of the Company will be on hand to guide you through the evening and tell you more about the intriguing art of ballet. 24 & 25 Jan Sleeping Beauty (p36).

Co-commissioned by The Place, DanceEast & DanceXchange. Supported by The Gulbenkian, Canterbury and The Point, Eastleigh. Age Guidance 3+ Discounts Access Family Offer £30 for 4 tickets (one must be a concession) Groups 32

Age Guidance 8+


Thu & Fri 8pm

£15

8 Mar — 11 Mar

Thu – Sun 11am & 2pm

£10

#JeSuis

White

Akash Odedra Company

Created by Andy Manley

What is the relevance of a life in conflict? When stories are told so carelessly by the media, it seems that individuals are lost and we only see what the cameras want.

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red... then yellow... then blue...

#JeSuis brings the lens upon a group of dancers whose place in the world is presented by the media as unwanted neighbours; countries where human catastrophes are a daily given. Aakash Odedra has developed #JeSuis with a group of Turkish dancers he met in Istanbul. It is inspired by their collective responses to misinterpretations of their motherland by the media. Wrapped up in wider issues of displacement, refuge, instability, both politically & geographically, it portrays their frustrations of life in a homeland that doesn’t know the meaning of “home” anymore. A place where people keep struggling for a sense of peace; where freedoms/choices are becoming luxury and the main hope is to be safe.

Commissioned by The Movement - a dance producing partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells.

White is a playful, highly visual show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience.

Age Guidance 2 - 4 S

Age Guidance 14+ S

Schools Only Thu 1pm (not available online)

Discounts Access Friends, p34 First Night, p34 Groups

The Patrick Centre

15 Feb & 16 Feb

Schools Only Thu 8 Mar 11am & 2pm (not available online)

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6 Feb — 10 Feb Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £19.50 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes and Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures return to Birmingham Hippodrome with one of their most popular and beloved productions. Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War – forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra. Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

Talk Wed 7 Feb 6pm, p25

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, Cinderella will be performed in Surround

“A dazzling spectacle” The Times

“Wonderful. A perfect treat. Bourne’s vision is glorious” Daily Telegraph

“A gripping theatrical spectacle” The Guardian

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13 Feb — 24 Feb Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £16 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Talk Wed 7 Feb 6pm, p25 FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 16 Feb 6.30pm

The Sleeping Beauty The curse of a wicked fairy, one touch of a spindle, and a beautiful princess falls into a deep, enchanted sleep which can only be broken by a kiss from a prince. The Sleeping Beauty is transformed into one of the grandest ballets ever created, with a classical score by Tchaikovsky and original choreography by Marius Petipa. Enter the opulent world of Imperial Russian ballet, with its marvellous mixture of virtuoso dance, fairy tale characters and dazzling spectacle that has delighted audiences for over a hundred years. With live music from the acclaimed Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Sleeping Beauty is an enchanting experience for all the family.

Class on Stage Sat 17 Feb 11.45am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 17 Feb 12pm (for matinee ticket holders)

“Matchless” The Sunday Telegraph

“The grandest ballet in the repertory... Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production remains the most magical I have seen” The Guardian

“Has no equal in the ballet world today” The Stage

“Spectacular”

Age Guidance 5+

Audio Described Sat 17 Feb 2.30pm Touch Tour Sat 17 Feb 10.30am Relaxed Performance Tue 20 Feb 2pm (not available online)

Discounts

The Times Access Families

First Steps: A Child’s Sleeping Beauty Fri 16 Feb, 1pm

Groups

£12.50

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Koen Kessels, Paul Murphy and Philip Ellis.

An hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged 3+, features ballet excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s amazing dancers and orchestra.

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Peter Wright Production Peter Wright Designs Philip Prowse Lighting Mark Jonathan

Photos: Richard Battye Images: Birmingham Royal Ballet

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Delicious food and attentive friendly service just a few steps from your seats.

Focusing on fresh, seasonal produce, our talented team in the Circle Restaurant create regularly changing menus with the best quality ingredients. Forget the stress of dining before curtain up – we’ll make sure you get to the auditorium in good time and reserve your table for desserts and drinks in the interval.

Food, Glorious Food

Relax before any matinée with a delightful Afternoon Tea or book one of our VIP dining packages to truly make a night of it.

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Two or three course menus from £19.50 per person Afternoon Tea from £19.50 per person VIP Dining Experiences (includes dinner & top price tickets) from £82 per person Reservations 0844 338 9000* reservations@birminghamhippodrome.com birminghamhippodrome.com/circle


Soak up the atmosphere in the theatre before the show whether you’re here with friends and family or as an organised group. Groups

Bars

Treat your group to a memorable experience by dining together in one of our suites.

Head to our bars for Laurent-Perrier champagne, prosecco cocktails, draught beer, bottled ciders and all your favourite soft drinks.

Enjoy a two or three course menu from the Circle Restaurant or opt for something more relaxed with our street food menu.

Try something new with regularly changing cocktails and special deals in our Happy Hour every day 5.30 - 6.30pm.

Add that extra sparkle‌

Deli Bar Grab a quick and tasty bite to eat before the show from our range of sandwiches, barista coffee and homemade cakes.

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Welsh National Opera

6 Mar

Tue 6.30pm

7 Mar

From £18

From £18

La forza del destino

Don Giovanni

Verdi

Mozart

Don Alvaro and the beautiful Leonora plan to elope, but when her father is killed by a stray bullet from Alvaro’s gun, it triggers an inescapable chain of events. Forced to flee as they are pursued by her brother, who has sworn vengeance, the characters are thrown together and torn apart in a series of coincidental meetings. The other-worldly presence throughout, of the carefree Preziosilla, provides a constant reminder that the force of destiny really is unstoppable.

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled exlovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Verdi’s epic opera is told through a rousing score that includes the instantly-familiar Overture popularised through its use in classic film scores and advertisements. This new production directed by WNO Artistic Director, David Pountney, and conducted by WNO Conductor Laureate Carlo Rizzi - marks the beginning of a three year partnership with Theater Bonn to bring new productions of some of Verdi’s greatest operas to the stage.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

Conductor Carlo Rizzi Director David Pountney Set Designer Raimund Bauer Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour

Conductor James Southall Original Director John Caird Revival Director Caroline Chaney Designer John Napier Costume Designers John Napier & Yoon Bae Assistant Designer Yoon Bae Lighting Designer David Hersey

wno.org.uk/forza

wno.org.uk/giovanni

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Discounts 40

Wed 7pm

Access

First Night, see p34

Groups


8 Mar

Thu 7.15pm

From £18

It’s never too early to think about Christmas! Our gift vouchers are the perfect present for all the theatre-goers in your life!

Tosca

Vouchers can be purchased in any amount and used as payment towards show tickets and dinners or afternoon tea in the Circle Restaurant.

Puccini

The turbulent backdrop of Rome during the Napoleonic invasion is an apt setting for this thrilling story of love, lust, loyalty and corruption. Puccini characterises the drama through his exquisite melodies and orchestration, and fabulous arias that have made Tosca one of the best-loved operas in the world.

Conductor Carlo Rizzi Director Michael Blakemore Designer Ashley Martin-Davis Lighting Designer Mark Henderson Fight Director Terry King wno.org.uk/tosca Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Prices and discounts subject to change, 5% transaction charge applies (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Gift Vouchers

Floria Tosca may have many admirers but she only has eyes for one man, the painter Cavaradossi. But the malevolent Chief of Police, Scarpia, has other ideas and wants her for himself. As he schemes to trick the lovers and get what he wants, dramatic and tragic events unfold, leaving Tosca stood alone clutching a dagger in her bloodstained hands, and with a shocking final twist to follow.

We will send vouchers out with a gift message to any UK postcode for a small charge. birminghamhippodrome.com/giftvouchers 41


Comedy

2 Mar & 3 Mar

Fri & Sat 8pm

£23

10 Mar

Sat 8pm

£20.50

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

Jon Richardson The Old Man

Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robot Wars and Go 8 Bit. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today in this brand new show for 2018.

The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher?

“If you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here’s your man” The Times

“Sharp wit from a superfit mind” Evening Standard

“These are classy routines, that assume the audience’s intelligence and condescend to no one” The Guardian

Come and see what Jon Richardson can do with words when he has more than thirty seconds to work with. Or should that be “with which to work”?

“One of our most individual and interesting stand-ups” The Times

Age Guidance 14+

Age Guidance 15+

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Access


13 Mar

Tue 7.30pm

From £15

Discover the world behind the curtain and learn about the amazing story of the Hippodrome. Sat 14 Oct, Sat 11 Nov, Sat 9 Dec 10.30am & 11am

Charge

Tour only £8 Tour, hot drink, sandwich + cake £15.50

Charge, Motionhouse’s incredible new multimedia show is about energy. From the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make, six performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives. Digital projections create a world on stage where dancers and images interact seamlessly, bringing to life stories of energy in our own bodies and humans as energy manipulators. In an exciting fusion of art and science, Motionhouse has worked with partners from the University of Oxford on the role of electricity in the human body to inspire the show. Charge is the third element of Kevin Finnan’s ‘Earth Trilogy’, developing on themes explored in Scattered (2009) and Broken (2013) about our relationship with water and the earth.

Motionhouse is supported by Arts Council England & Warwick District Council. Charge is supported by Warwick Arts Centre, The Rothschild Foundation, Tipping Point, Stories of Change and Ernest Cook Trust. Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34

Behind the Scenes Tours

Electrifying new dance-circus from Motionhouse

Get 2 for 1 on tours with your Brumpic Culture Card. brumpic.com birminghamhippodrome.com/tours

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20 Mar — 24 Mar Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £15 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Evita A History of Musical Theatre Course p25

Audio Described Sat 24 Mar 2.30pm Captioned Wed 21 Mar 7.30pm Signed Thu 22 Mar 7.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

Photos include previous cast.

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Following its smash hit runs in London’s West End, Bill Kenwright’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita is set to thrill audiences once again on a return visit to Birmingham Hippodrome. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, and featuring some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a

Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this powerful show truly promises to be one of the theatrical events of the year!

“Monumental” Sunday Express

“Stunning” Sunday Telegraph

“Superb” Daily Mail

“A gold-plated winner” Mail on Sunday


27 Mar — 31 Mar Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £16.50 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

The Play That Goes Wrong Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning smash hit comedy, now playing on Broadway and enjoying its fourth sell out year in the West End. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong... does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, The Play That Goes Wrong has won a host of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Joanna Lumley “We laughed until the tears ran down our faces, it has to be seen” to Ant & Dec “The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!”

“Genuinely hilarious. Boy, does it hit the funny bone” Daily Telegraph

“I feared I was going to hyperventilate”

Audio Described Sat 31 Mar 2.30pm Captioned Thu 29 Mar 7.30pm Signed Wed 28 Mar 7.30pm

Discounts

Daily Mail Access

“Ridiculously Funny” The Times

First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

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4 Apr — 29 Apr Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat & Sun 2.30pm

From £28 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Wicked Winner of over 100 international awards, Wicked has been casting its magical spell across the world for over a decade and continues to break records at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 16th longest running show in West End theatre history. An ingenious and witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. This multi record-breaking production, acclaimed as “the ultimate Broadway experience for theatre audiences all over the UK” (Northern Echo), flies back to Birmingham Hippodrome complete with

all the spectacle and magic that make this spellbinding show an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

Fundraising Dinners p18

“Sheer joy from start to finish, with adults and children leaving the theatre delighted”

Age Guidance 7+

Birmingham Mail

“This tale of two witches is so magical it defies belief” Daily Mail

“Wicked will entrance every generation in wonder, wit and suspense” Time Out London

“A magical mystery tour through the fantasyland of Oz” London Evening Standard

A History of Musical Theatre Course p25

Audio Described Thu 12 Apr 2pm Touch Tour Thu 12 Apr 12pm Captioned Thu 19 Apr 7.30pm Signed Wed 18 Apr 7.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

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1 May — 12 May Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2 2pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat 2.30pm

From £19.50 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

The Band A History of Musical Theatre Course p25

Do you remember what it was like to grow up with a boyband?

Audio Described Sat 12 May 2.30pm Captioned Thu 10 May 7.30pm

Written by award winning writer Tim Firth, The Band is a beautiful story for anyone who grew up with a boyband and how those songs became the soundtrack to their lives.

Signed Wed 9 May 7.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p34 Groups

Please note, Take That will not be appearing in this production.

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For five 16 year old girls in 1992, the band is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with this group of friends as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes. Featuring the music of Take That, Britain’s most successful boyband of all time, whose songs include Never Forget, Back For Good, A Million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood, Relight My Fire, Shine & Rule the World and starring the winners from the BBC’s Let it Shine, Five to Five.

The Band is now the fastest selling musical theatre tour of all time. Don’t miss your chance to see this breathtaking brand new production first before it hits London’s West End.


3 Jul — 8 Sep Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £30 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical continues to delight audiences in London’s West End.

“Believe the hype” New York Post

“Easily the standout musical of the decade” Sunday Times

A History of Musical Theatre Course p25

Age Guidance 6+

Audio Described Sat 18 Aug 2.30pm Captioned Thu 16 Aug 7.30pm Signed Wed 15 Aug 7.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34

“Writer Dennis Kelly and composer and lyricist Tim Minchin go to the top of the class with this anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story”

Groups

Photo: Manuel Harlan

The Guardian

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10 Oct — 3 Nov 2018 Mon – Sat 7.30pm Thu 11 Oct & Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £29.50 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

War Horse Age Guidance 10+

Audio Described Sat 27 Oct 2.30pm Captioned Wed 24 Oct 7.30pm Signed Thu 25 Oct 7.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34 Groups

Following eight record-breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over seven million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in 2018. At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of

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phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses thrillingly to life on stage. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

“An entertainment phenomenon.” Daily Telegraph

“An astonishing piece of theatre.” Time Out

“The theatre event of the decade.” Sunday Times


The brand new musical that will simply sweep you off your feet! Tue 15 - Sat 19 May From £21

Also Now On Sale

An Officer and a Gentleman

ART One of the most successful comedies ever. Mon 21 - Sat 26 May From £18

Stomp The unstoppable smash hit! Tue 29 May - Sat 2 Jun From £15

Titanic the Musical This brilliant new production has received critical acclaim across the board. Mon 4 - Sat 9 Jun From £17

Birmingham Royal Ballet In The Upper Room Mixed Programme An exhilarating triple bill. Wed 20 - Sat 23 Jun From £10

Birmingham Royal Ballet Romeo and Juliet Kenneth MacMillan’s enduringly popular production returns. Tue 26 - Sat 30 Jun From £16

Find out more about each show at birminghamhippodrome.com/whatson 51


Thank you to all the individual donors, Trusts & Foundations and business supporters who share our vision to achieve ambitious aims for Hippodrome CREATIVE. CREATIVE Major Gifts Peter Tod • Mrs A Cole • Mrs T Justham • Joseph Devlin • Anonymous Donors

Hippodrome Circle Patrons £3,000+ a year Mark Hopton • Maureen & Roy Kirby • Chris & Jane Loughran

Headline Act Patrons £1,400 – £2,999 a year Teresa A Cook • The Dickens Foundation • Dr & Mrs Harrison • Emma & Peter Neads • Janette Rutter Mark & Amanda Smith • Simon & Kath Winner

Leading Role Patrons £700 – £1,399 a year Mark & Liz Abrol • Christine Baylis • Mrs Jayne Cadbury • Jim & Birdie Ceaser • John & Heather Clemson • Sara & Tim Fowler Averil Green • Claire & Mark Hales • Andy & Rebecca Hammond • Steve & Laura Kearney • Debbie & Mark Lilburne Michael & Cerys Luckman • Jeremy & Harjinder Millington • Tony & Julie Phillips • Paul Twose • Steve & Suzie Whittern Phillip Wright • Anthony & Daisy Gt Wyrley • David & Janine Young

Supporting Cast Patrons £250 – £699 a year Christine Bachelor • Sheila Ballantyne-Smith • Simon Bashford • Janice Bennett • Beverley & Wade Bostock • Bridget Blow Simon & Amanda Boardman-Weston • Mandy Bostock • Richard Burke • Andrew & Sarah Connors • Adrian Cox John & Diana Crabtree • June Lynda Cross J.P • Eileen Doyle • Patricia Edwards • Patricia & Ronald Etchells Nicola Fleet-Milne • Mark Forty • Neil & Jackie Frettsome • David & Beryl Glanfield • Roger & Jennifer Gould Jill & Jeremy Griffin • Martin & Roni Guest • Pauline Hancock & Simon Derby • Ivan Heard • Dorothy Hobson Justine & Paul Irish • David Jackson • John Jeremy & Pamela Buckley • Rodney & Alyson Kettel • Martin & Joanne King Andy Le Marr • Lynne Myers • Nathalie Neill • Ralph & Linden Osborn • Win Palmer & Lola Ralph • Mrs Jill Parker Isabel Pilgrim • John & Jill Queenan • Mr & Mrs J Quinn • Claire Ralley • Dr & Mrs Reynolds • David & Jane Richardson Don & Diane Scriven • Mary Shaw • Dr N & Mrs C Speak • Christine Spittle • Gwen Stephens • Glynis Troth • Gillian Tune Mrs Ann Wailing & Mrs Vanessa Ottley • Richard & Maggie Waller • Ray Way • Neil & Polly Wilson • Jane Woolrich

Trusts & Foundations Aurelius Charitable Trust • Birmingham Bodenham Trust • Birmingham Common Good Trust Bishop of Birmingham Charitable Trust • The Thousandth Man – Richard Burns Charitable Trust • William A Cadbury Trust Children and the Arts • George Henry Collins Trust • Baron Davenport’s Charity • The Dumbreck Charity Edward & Dorothy Charitable Trust • The Eveson Charitable Trust • The George Fentham Trust • Marc Fitch Fund The Grimmitt Trust • The John Feeney Charitable Trust • The Joseph Hopkins Charity • Limoges Charitable Trust The Mackintosh Foundation • The Norton Foundation • Oakley Charitable Trust • The Patrick Trust • Penny Trust Sir Robert Gooch Charitable Trust • The Rowlands Trust • Henry James Sayer Charity • The Saintbury Trust Stella Symons Charitable Trust • Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust • Edwin John Thompson Memorial Fund Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust • GJW Turner Trust • The WED Charitable Trust • Alan Woodfield TrustXoserve Foundation • The Grantham Yorke Trust

Commercial Partners Las Iguanas • Artifax Software Ltd. • Christie & Co • CrossCountry Trains • BDO LLP Birmingham • Faithful + Gould Babcock International • SLC Rail • Hoare Lea & Partners • Colliers International • United Airlines • CastAlum Ltd. Rees Bradley Hepburn • Willis Towers Watson PLC • University of Birmingham • Aon • Jordans Solicitors 52


Development Partners

Performance Partners

Associate Partners

Good Company Club Benussi & Co • The Edgbaston • Lorica Insurance Brokers • Professional Polishing Services Ltd Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care • Squire Patton Boggs

Hippodrome Leading Ladies Audley Retirement • AVA Events Styling • Vivienne Bailey Photography • Suzanne Barnes Design Partnership Barques PR • Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust • Catherine Junor Law Ltd Consulting Rooms Birmingham • Cure Leukaemia • DWF LLP • Elaine Elkington & Associates Ltd • Holiday Inn HSBC • Joy Global • Leonard Curtis Business Solutions • Mailbox • Messam & Rider Ltd • Joanne Malin MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill • Northwood Solihull • Park Regis Birmingham Sponsored by

Hippodrome CREATIVE Partners One of a kind

B-Side 2017

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

Curtain Raiser 2018

in association with

Young Carers

Print Partner Assisted Performances

Relaxed Performance

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 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. Both New Street and Moor Street train stations are very close and well signposted. Many bus routes 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 should we have reason to believe this condition has not been respected.

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. 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. 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 post tickets to your registered card 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. A note on charges • We’re an unsubsidised charity, so if you pay by card, cheque or redeem our Gift Vouchers, a 5% transaction charge may apply where applicable. This covers administration costs and enables us to continue offering a dedicated booking service. • We won’t add this charge if you pay with cash in person for non-group bookings. • As a benefit of membership, we also waive the transaction charge for Birmingham Hippodrome Friends tickets when a Friends discount applies. • Most discounted groups and schools prices quoted already include a transaction charge. • Charges vary with other agents selling on our behalf. Our official agent is Ticketmaster, with other agencies taking allocations of tickets from time to time. • For purchases eight days or more before a performance, we’ll add a postage charge from £1. • We have several 0844 telephone numbers. Calls cost 4.5p per min plus your phone company’s access charge. • From time to time we reserve the right to waive fees for selected performances.

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Ticket prices • 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. We may also limit availability of concession rate and discounted tickets. • Check online at birminghamhippodrome.com or call us on 0844 338 5000 for the most up to date prices.

Concessions & discounts These are generally offered on the top three price bands for selected performances, subject to availability. Sometimes we may restrict or limit allocations to specific seating areas and these may be withdrawn at any time. Please bring valid ID. We can only apply one discount per ticket. Our range includes: • Patrons aged 18 & under, and 60+ • Full-time students • Memberships: Friends, Patrons and First Night • Claimants, Passport To Leisure • Groups of 8+ or 10+ upwards • Schools and Youth Groups • Patrons with access or disability requirements • Occasional early booking discounts Donations When booking tickets, please consider making a small donation to support Hippodrome CREATIVE. 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. 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 other age guidance is occasionally offered (check when booking). For specific family shows in our Patrick Centre 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. Pantomime is intended to entertain audiences of all ages with something for everyone. It includes lots of traditional laughs, slapstick fun, some scary moments and impressive effects, plus some cheeky innuendo which most audiences find goes over the heads of children. Age guidance 5+, no under 3s admitted, and no babes in arms. Access • Assisted Performances: for dates of relaxed, audiodescribed, captioned or signed performances, please see the foot of show pages or refer to the diary on pages 56/57. Visit birminghamhippodrome.com or call 0844 338 5000 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. Signed performances, with seats close to the signer, are arranged. • Impaired mobility: Automatic doors and lifts are available for wheelchair users and we have wheelchair positions both in our main auditorium and Patrick Centre studio. We have accessible unisex and ambulant disabled toilets on all levels, plus low-level counter service. Circle Restaurant is also fully accessible. 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 pages 38-39 for some tasty options). Please do not bring your own food and drink items into the venue. Enjoy your next visit! Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, changes may occur.


Please take your seats

Circle 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Y

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

X

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

C

C

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

W

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

V

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

U

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

T

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

S

R 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

Q

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

P

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

O 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 C

N 2 3

C 11 12 13 14 15 16

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

35 36 37 38 39 40 C

C

48 49

M 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 L 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 K 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

H 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

G 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48

F 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48

J

UPPER BOXES

E

5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47

D

5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

UPPER BOXES

3 seats

L

C 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

F

3 seats

3 seats

J

B 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

D

3 seats

7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

LOWER BOXES

LOWER BOXES 3 seats

I

4 seats

H

3 seats

G

A

All boxes offer some restricted viewing

C

3 seats

B

4 seats

A

3 seats

Stalls

V 2 3 4 5 6 V U 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 T 1 U 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 T 1 1 2 S 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 S 1 1 2 R 2 3 3 R 1 3 1 2 Q 2 3 Q P 1 2 2 3 3 P 2 0 3 3

7 8 9 10 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10

4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9

11 12 11 11 12 12 11 11 12 12 11 11 12 12

10 10 11 11 12 12 10 10 11 11 12 12 10 10 11 11 12 12

10 10 11 11 12 12 0 3 N 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 N 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M 4 5 6 7 8 M 4 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 L 5 L K 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 K 6 7 8 J 8

9 10 11 12 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 9

14 15 14 14 15 15 16 14 14 15 15 16 16 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 14 15 15 16 14 16 17 17

16 17 18 19 16 19 17 17 18 18 19 20 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 17 19 20 18 18 19 20 21

20 21 22 23 20 21 23 22 23 21 22 24 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 21 23 22 23 22 24 24 25

24 25 26 27 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29

28 29 30 28 29 30 29 30 31 32 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 29 30 31 33 32 34 30 31 32 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34

18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29

30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34

LOUNGE BB LOUNGE BB

36 37 38 39 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39

40 41 42 43 40 40 41 41 42 42 43 43 40 40 41 41 42 42 43 43 40 40 41 41 42 42 43 43

36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41

44 45 46 47 44 44 45 45 46 46 47 47 44 44 45 45 46 46 47 47 44 44 45 45 46 46 47 47

48 48 48 42 42 43 43 44 44 45 45 46 46 47 47 48 48 42 42 43 43 44 44 45 45 46 46 47 47 48 48 42 42 43 43 44 44 45 45 46 46 47 47 48 42 42 43 43 44 44 45 45 46 46 47

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 42 42 43 43 44 44 45 45 46 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

14 15 16 17 18 19 14 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 14 15 15 16 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 14

36 37 38 39 40 41 36 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 36 37 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 36

14 15 15 16 16 J H 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 14 14 15 15 16 16 H 9 10 11 12 G 14 G 14 15 15 16 16 F 14 F 14 14 15 15 16 16 E E 14 14 D C 1 2 3 D 4 14 5 C B 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 B A 1 12 23 34 A 1 2 3

20 21 22 23 24 25 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 20

17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 17

15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 15 15 19 20 6 16 7 17 8 18 9 10 11 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 10 11 5 9 10 45 56 67 78 89 10 9

26 27 28 29 30 31 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 26

23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 23

21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 21 21 13 22 14 23 15 24 16 25 17 26 12 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 10

32 33 34 32 33 33 34 34 32 32 33 33 34 34 32

32 33 33 34 34 32 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 29

27 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 31 32 32 27 27 19 28 20 29 21 30 22 31 23 32 18 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 17 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 16

48 48

Circle overhead (Row N backwards)

Circle overhead (Row N backwards)

LOUNGE AA LOUNGE AA

42 43 44 45 42 43 43 44 44 45 45 42 42 43 43 44 44 45 42

42 43 44 42 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 42 36 36 37 38 39 40 41

33 34 34 33 33 25 34 26 27 28 29 24 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 23 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 28 22

Transfer seats Transfer seats Companion seats Companion seats

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

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.

Our Trustees Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited Registered Charity No. 510842 Trustees: Andy Hogarth (Chair) • Martin Guest • Vidar Hjardeng MBE • Glenn Howells • Immy Kaur • Michael Laverty • Harj Millington • Prof. David Roberts • Gary Rowe • Mark Smith • Ann Tonks • Rt. Rev. David A Urquhart • Special Adviser: Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt

Birmingham Hippodrome Development Board: Martin Guest (Chair) • Stephen Clarke • John Driver • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Andrew Hammond • Matthew Hansell • Dr Mahnaz Hashmi • Martin King • Amelia Ladbrook • Michael Luckman • Joanne Malin • Ruth Pipkin 55


Performance diary

Sep Sat 23 Peregrinus Sat 23 Clash of Drums Sun 24 Something Then, Something Now Wed 27 BRB Penguin Café Mixed Programme Wed 27 Groove on Down the Road Thu 28 Groove on Down the Road Thu 28 BRB Penguin Café Mixed Programme Fri 29 Fri 29 Sat 30

12.45pm & 5pm 07 8.30pm 06 5pm 07 7.30pm 08 7.45pm 27 1pm & 7.45pm 27 2pm & 7.30pm 08

BRB Penguin Café 7.30pm 08 Mixed Programme Groove on Down the Road 7.45pm 27 BRB Penguin Café 2.30pm & 7.30pm 08 Mixed Programme

Oct Tue 3

BRB Aladdin

7.30pm 09

Tue 3

dx 8 Minutes

8pm 28

Wed 4 BRB Aladdin

7.30pm 09

Thu 5

BRB Aladdin

Fri 6

BRB First Steps A Child’s Aladdin

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 6

BRB Aladdin

7.30pm

Sat 7

BRB Aladdin

2.30pm

09

1pm 09 09 & 7.30pm

09

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 16 Sunset Boulevard

7.30pm

19

19

Fri 17

Sunset Boulevard

7.30pm

19

Sat 18 Sunset Boulevard

2.30pm

& 7.30pm 19

Sun 19 The Vaudevillians

6.30pm & 8.30pm

Fri 24

BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Sat 25 BRB The Nutcracker

2.30pm

Sun 26 BRB The Nutcracker

1pm 20

Tue 28 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm 20

Wed 29 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm 20

Thu 30 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm 20

30

20 & 7.30pm

20

Dec Fri 1

dx What The Moon Saw

10.30am & 1.30pm

32

Fri 1

BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

20

Sat 2

dx What The Moon Saw

11.30am & 3pm

Sat 2

BRB The Nutcracker 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sun 3

BRB The Nutcracker 1pm 20

Tue 5

BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

32 20 20

Wed 6 BRB The Nutcracker 7.30pm 20 Thu 7

BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 8

BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Sat 9

BRB The Nutcracker

2.30pm & 7.30pm

20 20 20

Mon 9 Hairspray

7.30pm 10

Sun 10 BRB The Nutcracker 1pm 20

Tue 10 Hairspray

7.30pm 10

Tue 12 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

20

Wed 11 Hairspray

2pm & 7.30pm

10

Wed 13 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

20

Thu 12 Hairspray

7.30pm

10

Sat 16 Frost Fair

10am - 6pm

26

Fri 13

Hairspray

7.30pm 10

Fri 13

Instructions for Border Crossing

Sat 14 Hairspray

7.45pm 28 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

Sun 15 TedxBrum 2017

9am

Sun 15 Tales of Birbal

11am & 2pm

Wed 18 Acosta Danza - Debut

7.30pm

Thu 19 Acosta Danza - Debut

7.30pm

Fri 20

Acosta Danza - Debut

Sat 21 Acosta Danza - Debut

Mon 23 Legends and Lights - Sat 28 Activities

10

12

29

11 7.30pm 11 11

7.30pm 12 10.30am - 4.30pm

26

Tue 24 Crazy For You

7.30pm 13

Wed 25 Crazy For You

2pm & 7.30pm

13

Thu 26 Crazy For You

2pm & 7.30pm

13

Fri 27

Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups

Fri 27

Crazy For You

11am & 2pm 29 7.30pm

Sat 28 Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups Sat 28 Crazy For You

Tue 31 WNO Khovanshchina

19 Dec — 28 Jan

11

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Mon 23 Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company: Inter_rupted

11am & 2pm 2.30pm

13

29

& 7.30pm

13

7pm 14

Nov

For specific performances see p 23

Wed 1 WNO Die Fledermaus

7.15pm 14

Thu 2

WNO From The House of The Dead

7.30pm 15

Fri 3

WNO Eugene Onegin

7pm

Sat 4

WNO Die Fledermaus

3.30pm

Tue 7

Beautiful

7.30pm 16

Fri 22

Wed 8 Beautiful

2pm

Sat 23 The Snow Dragon

Thu 9

Beautiful

2pm & 7.30pm 16

Thu 9

BRB Freefalling for 15 Years 7pm 30

Wed 27 The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm

31

Fri 10

Beautiful

7.30pm 16

Thu 28 The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm

31

2.30pm

Fri 29

2pm

Sat 11 Beautiful

56 05

Wed 15 Sunset Boulevard

Tue 19 The Snow Dragon 10am

31

15

Wed 20 The Snow Dragon 10am

31

14

Thu 21 The Snow Dragon 10am

& 7.30pm

16

& 7.30pm 16

The Snow Dragon

& 2pm

31

31

11am & 2pm

31

2pm

Sun 24 The Snow Dragon 1.30pm 31

The Snow Dragon

31

Mon 13 Sunset Boulevard

7.30pm 19

Sat 30 The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm

31

Tue 14 Sunset Boulevard

7.30pm 19

Sun 31 The Snow Dragon

1.30pm

31


Let’s do business with you, your brand, your clients, family and friends - if you can imagine it, we can create it! Our newly refurbished event spaces are among the most innovative and versatile in the city. Suitable for meetings, receptions, presentations, dinners, workshops, training, exhibitions, conferences and more. We put on events with theatrical flair in spaces where everyone’s welcome.

First-class hospitality meets world-class entertainment - join other influential guests at one of our large-scale corporate dinners.

The Snow Dragon

2pm

Wed 3 The Snow Dragon

31

Tue 27 The Play That Goes Wrong 7.30pm

45

31

Wed 28 The Play That Goes Wrong 2pm & 7.30pm

45

11am & 2pm 31

Thu 29 The Play That Goes Wrong 2pm & 7.30pm

45

31

Fri 30 The Play That Goes Wrong 7.30pm

45

Sat 31 The Play That Goes Wrong 2.30pm

The Snow Dragon

Fri 5

The Snow Dragon

Sat 6

The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm 31

Sun 7

The Snow Dragon

1.30pm 31

2pm

Wed 24 BRB Studio to Stage

7pm

32

Thu 25 BRB Studio to Stage

7pm

32

Wed 31 Beautiful

THU 8 FEB

2pm

Thu 4

2pm & 7.30pm

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella £150pp

Fri 2

The RSC’s Matilda The Musical On Sale Shortly

Sat 3 Tue 6

THU 11 OCT 2018

The National Theatre’s War Horse On Sale Shortly

“The evening was a great success, a very special one for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal in an extravagant setting. The backstage tour was much appreciated.” Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd

Prestigious or casual, intimate or quirky. Celebrate with family, friends and clients or reward hard-working colleagues.

Let’s Connect

Watch your teams give a showstopping performance.

Enjoy networking in a unique creative arts venue or partnering with us for a community project.

Here’s a taster of what we do. These can easily be stand-alone events, or linked to a show of your choice.

Apr 7.30pm 46 2pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 6

Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 7

Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

17

Sun 8 Wicked

2.30pm 46

17

Tue 10 Wicked

7.30pm 46

2.30pm & 7.30pm 17 7.30pm 35

Wed 11 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 12 Wicked

2pm

Fri 13 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 14 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Sun 15 Wicked

2.30pm 46

Tue 17 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Wed 18 Wicked

7.30pm

Thu 19 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 20 Wicked

7.30pm 46

2pm & 7.30pm

Beautiful

7.30pm

Beautiful Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Wed 7 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Thu 8 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Fri 9 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Sat 10 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

45

Thu 5 Wicked

Thu 1 Beautiful

THU 19 JUL

& 7.30pm

Wed 4 Wicked

7.30pm

35

2pm & 7.30pm 35 7.30pm 35

2.30pm & 7.30pm 35

& 7.30pm 46

46 46

Sat 21 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Tue 13 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Sun 22 Wicked

2.30pm 46

Wed 14 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Tue 24 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 15 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7.30pm 36

Wed 25 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Thu 15 #JeSuis 1pm & 8pm 33 Fri 16 BRB First Steps 1pm 37 A Child’s Sleeping Beauty

Thu 26 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 27 Wicked

7.30pm 46

Sat 28 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 46

Fri 16 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

Sun 29 Wicked

2.30pm 46

8pm

Tue 20 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm

36

33

Sat 17 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm

Let’s Meet

17

Feb

Fri 16 #JeSuis

Let’s Party

Let’s Do Business

And by partnering with us or holding an event you are making a direct contribution to our wider artistic and community ambitions as an independent charity, including our inspiring Hippodrome CREATIVE projects (see p5) – thank you!

Let’s Entertain

Tue 2

& 7.30pm

36

& 7.30pm 36

Wed 21 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

May

Thu 22 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7.30pm 36

Tue 1

The Band

7.30pm 48

Fri 23 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

36

Wed 2 The Band

2pm & 7.30pm 48

Sat 24 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm & 7.30pm

36

Thu 3 The Band

7.30pm 48

Fri 4

The Band

5pm & 8.30pm 48

Sat 5

The Band

2.30pm & 7.30pm 48

Mon 7 The Band

7.30pm 48

Tue 8

7.30pm 48

March Fri 2

Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

Sat 3

Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

Tue 6

WNO La forza del destino 6.30pm

8pm

42

8pm

42

The Band

Wed 9 The Band

7.30pm

48

Thu 10 The Band

7.30pm

48

Fri 11 The Band

5pm & 8.30pm 48

Private dining packages

Themed & bespoke events

Pre-show dining and exclusive use of your own private room, even during the interval.

From The Great Gatsby to The Phantom of the Opera, Ice Palaces to an Enchanted Forest!

Thu 8

White

Thu 8

WNO Tosca

7.15pm

41

Thu 17 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm

Fri 9

White

11am & 2pm

33

Fri 18 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm 51

33

Sat 19 An Officer and a Gentleman 2.30pm

42

Mon 21 ART

7.30pm 51

Informal get-togethers

Let us quote for your off-site event

Sun 11 White

Sharing platters, bowl food suppers or champagne & canapés.

Our technical and catering teams are happy to support your event wherever it might be in the city.

Wed 7 WNO Don Giovanni

11am

Sat 10 White

Tue 20 Evita

& 7.30pm 48

Tue 15 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm 51 Wed 16 An Officer and a Gentleman 2pm & 7.30pm

51 51

& 7.30pm 51

Tue 22 ART

7.30pm 51

Wed 23 ART

2pm & 7.30pm

7.30pm

43

Thu 24 ART

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm 51

51 51

44

Fri 25 ART

2pm & 7.30pm

44

Sat 26 ART 2.30pm

2pm & 7.30pm

44

Tue 29 Stomp

7.30pm 51

44

Wed 30 Stomp

2pm & 7.30pm 51

44

Thu 31 Stomp

7.30pm 51

Fri 23 Evita

7.30pm

Las Iguanas

Sat 24 Evita

2.30pm

33

Sat 12 The Band 2.30pm

33

11am & 2pm

“The best awards event we’ve ever had.”

Let’s start a conversation - call Judith or Charlie on 0844 338 6500* or email events@birminghamhippodrome.com for further information or to book your places for any event.

& 2pm

8pm

Wed 21 Evita Thu 22 Evita

40

11am & 2pm

Sat 10 Jon Richardson The Old Man Tue 13 Charge

40

7pm

& 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance Captioned Performance Signed Performance Relaxed Performance (not available online)

Ticket sales Tickets & Information 0844 3380844 5000338 | birminghamhippodrome.com 5000 | birminghamhippodrome.com

Jan

& 7.30pm 51

Schools Only (not available online) Talk Patrick Centre Performance Hippodrome CREATIVE 57


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