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Winter 2017/18 Unforgettable performance, powered by you birminghamhippodrome.com 0844 338 5000


There is something about the British winter that makes me seek out a nice fireplace to sit by, with a cup of something warming, to share stories with friends and family. Through fairytales and fables, myths and legends, we share experiences to help us interpret the world around us, passing on our values and moral codes to future generations. And for me, experiencing storytelling on a grand scale, through a live performance, is even more potent. In 2018, we’re bringing you many timeless tales, old and new. From Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty to Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella brilliantly reconceived as a war-time romance; to Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, our year-end pantomime. We’re also co-producing a new Hansel & Gretel with METRO-BOULOT-DODO and Open Theatre Company for our Patrick Studio.

Looking forward, we are putting plans in place for a complete renovation of our bars and foyers, enabling much more daytime programming of free and low cost activity for children and families. You’ll start to see some of this work happening during the year. And given 2019 is the 120th Anniversary of the Hippodrome, we’re launching our 1899 Club, seeking £10-a-month donors to help preserve our historic auditorium, ensure everyone is welcome, and to enable new stories to be told for future generations. Please read more on page 32 and give your support - thank you. I hope you’ll share some memorable Hippodrome stories with your own friends and family. I look forward to seeing you here soon.

Fiona Allan Artistic Director & Chief Executive

Photo: Pamela Raith

2018 also marks 100 years since the ‘Representation of the People Act’ enabling most UK women to vote, so it is perhaps apt too that many of the stories you’ll see on our stage this year feature strong female characters. From Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked, to Puccini’s tragic Tosca, to everyone’s favourite schoolgirl Matilda. We also have stories of real women who had huge impact on the world around them - Carole King’s story unfolds in a return week of Beautiful, and Evita, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical which immortalised Eva Peron. And Ballet British Columbia return with a programme of three breathtaking modern dance pieces, all by internationally acclaimed female choreographers.

It’s not just about the girls though. We are also very excited to stage some exciting new musicals, including The Band, featuring music by Take That; a new adaptation of the classic 1980s film An Officer and a Gentleman; and Titanic, a musical based on stories of real people on board the fated ship as the final hours unfold. For those seeking some humour, The Play That Goes Wrong will tickle your funny bone, or giggle through our bumper comedy week on page 8.

Front Cover: Wicked p18, Evita (photography from London production) p15, Ballet British Columbia p14 and The Play That Goes Wrong (photography from previous casts) p17.


Discover the world behind the curtain and learn some amazing stories.

Join us for Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the Dog.

Sat 13 Jan, Sat 10 Feb, Sat 10 Mar, Sat 14 Apr, Sat 12 May, Sat 9 Jun 10.30am & 11am

Sun 18 Feb, 11am-4pm FREE

Behind the Scenes Tours

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

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Be amazed by lion dancers, acrobats and martial artists and join us in our theatre foyers for lantern making and other family friendly crafts.

Chinese New Year

Tour only ÂŁ8 Tour, hot drink, sandwich + cake ÂŁ15.50

Here in the heart of Chinatown, our streets are transformed into a festival space with free performances, market stalls, fairground rides and Asian Street Food.

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

Cinderella Age Guidance 5+

Time is running out to book for the most magical pantomime of them all, Cinderella. Soul-diva Beverley Knight makes 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, features 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!

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.

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

Discounts Access Families First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

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

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

Beautiful FREE Post-Show Talk Fri 2 Feb

BSL Interpreted Fri 2 Feb 7.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

Photography from London production.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier and Tony Award®-winning West End production returns to Birmingham following a sell-out run in November. “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” (The Guardian). Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. 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

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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.

“I felt the earth move under my feet” Mail on Sunday

“A stream of classics” Observer


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

From £19.50 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable a 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. Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairytale has, at its heart, a true wartime 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

Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra.

Madness & Love Talk Wed 7 Feb 6pm p16

Age Guidance 5+

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.

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38

“A dazzling spectacle”

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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 a 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Madness & Love Talk Wed 7 Feb 6pm p16 FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 16 Feb 6.30pm Class on Stage Sat 17 Feb 11.45am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends)

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

FREE Audience Open Day Sat 17 Feb 12 noon (for matinée ticket holders)

“Matchless”

Age Guidance 5+

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”

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

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“Spectacular” The Times

Access Families

First Steps: A Child’s Sleeping Beauty Fri 16 Feb 1pm £12.50 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.

Relaxed Performance Tue 20 Feb 2pm £13.50 A specially-adapted production for audiences who may find going to the ballet daunting.

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

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Comedy

27 Feb

Tue 8pm

28 Feb

£25

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Sean Lock Keep it Light

Wed 7.30pm

£25

Luisa Omielan’s DEAD FUNNY Birmingham’s Biggest Comedy Gala

Another chance to see Sean Lock’s latest stand-up show. Come and see what he’s blithering on about this time. “He just lets the brilliance of his material dominate the room” The Guardian

Join Luisa Omielan (What Would Beyoncé Do?!, Comic Relief, Live at the Apollo and Thigh Gap!) as she presents the coolest comics on the circuit for a one night bonanza! All proceeds go to Helena’s Hospice Foundation; supporting hospices in the Midlands and nationwide. Special guests to be announced!

“Lock at his best is gloriously intelligent, deliciously unlikely” The Times

“One of the biggest stand up hits of the decade” The Guardian

“The comedian we have been waiting for!” Huffington Post

“Luisa Omielan is a phenomenon” The Independent

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Access

Age Guidance 14/15/16+ check website for details


Thu - 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 returns to Birmingham Hippodrome 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

Comedy

1 Mar — 3 Mar

Another chance to 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

Comedy Event Package Thu 1 Mar £50pp We’ve teamed up with Posca Coloring and Molson Coors to offer a fun evening for businesses entertaining clients and colleagues. Includes front stalls ticket, street food supper, welcome beer, interval ice-cream and pop-up bar. Book now on 0844 338 6500* or events@birminghamhippodrome.com

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Assisted Performances

We do all we can to encourage everyone to experience live performances. 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.

Captioned Performances If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing you can watch the script unfold on a display board near the stage.

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

For details of our ASSISTED PERFORMANCES please see the show pages or refer to the handy diary on p48/49. We offer concessions for people with access requirements. Please book these by phoning 0844 338 5000*. P

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Relaxed Performances

Our Relaxed Performances are for audiences who may find going to the theatre daunting.

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In particular, they cater for those with special needs or an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder. We encourage an atmosphere where everyone feels safe and able to react to a show as they wish. Relaxed Performances currently on sale: The Snow Dragon Thu 21 Dec 10am, £10, p24 Cinderella Wed 24 Jan 12 noon & 6.15pm, £13.50, p3 Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty Tue 20 Feb 2pm, £13.50, p6 Hansel & Gretel Fri 6 Apr 7pm and Sat 7 Apr 11am, £12, p25

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We are an independent not-for-profit charity P reinvesting in building a better future through arts and culture. All revenues from ticket sales to donations, from room hire to memberships and catering, help to fund Hippodrome Projects.

HippodromeProjects

Hippodrome Projects is our own curated programme of indoor and outdoor live performance, community work, and transformational learning projects.

Clash of Drums Sep 2017

Acosta Danza - Debut Oct 2017

B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival May 2017

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Schools Workshop

Summer in Southside Jun 2017

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Welsh National Opera

6 Mar

Tue 6.30pm

From £18

Wed 7pm

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 otherworldly presence of the carefree Preziosilla throughout 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

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wno.org.uk/giovanni

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Discounts 12

7 Mar

Access

First Night, see p38

Groups


8 Mar

Thu 7.15pm

From £18

Tosca Puccini 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. 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.

11 Mar

Sun 6.30pm

From £15

SHIAMAK UK presents

spirit of INDIA Entertainment icon Shiamak Davar is known as the Guru of Contemporary Dance in India and is one of the most sought after choreographers in Bollywood. spirit of INDIA is a celebration of India’s spirituality, mythology, rich history, diverse culture, colourful festivals, flamboyant weddings, unifying music, exhilarating dances and of course Bollywood. The inaugural show was performed by the SHIAMAK UK Dance Team in August 2017 in London with 94 performers. spirit of INDIA comes to Birmingham with a cast of 250 dancers from across London and the Midlands. With beautiful costumes, authentic choreography and design, spectacular lighting and production, the show truly presents the spirit of INDIA.

Touch Tour Thu 8 Mar 6pm Audio Described Thu 8 Mar 7.15pm Conductor Carlo Rizzi Director Michael Blakemore Revival Director Ben Davies Designer Ashley Martin-Davis Lighting Designer Mark Henderson Fight Director Terry King wno.org.uk/tosca Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Early Booking Offer £5 OFF Top Price Discounts Access Friends, p38 Groups Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable a 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1. 13


13 Mar

Tue 7.30pm

From £15

16 Mar & 17 Mar

Fri & Sat 7.30pm

From £15

Charge

Ballet British Columbia

Electrifying new dance-circus from Motionhouse

Canada’s leading contemporary dance company

Inspired by the role of electricity in the human body, Charge is the new dance-circus production from acclaimed dance company Motionhouse.

Canada’s Ballet British Columbia present an exhilarating evening of breathtaking dance by three internationally celebrated female choreographers: Canada’s Emily Molnar, Olivier Award-winning Crystal Pite and Jerusalem-born Sharon Eyal.

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 create a magical, multi-media world, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives. An exciting fusion of art and science, Charge was inspired by work with the University of Oxford.

Recognised for their fresh creativity, this 18-strong company of dancers will astound audiences with their unique blend of cool, classical elegance and contemporary flair. “Superb. Packed with charismatic dancers performing at full strength”

FREE Pre-Show Talk 6.30pm, p16

The Boston Globe

FREE Post-Show Talk

Motionhouse is supported by Arts Council England, Warwick District Council, Vitsœ and the John Ellerman Foundation.

FREE Post-Show Q&A Fri 16 Mar

Discounts Access

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First Night, p38

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Friends, p38

First Night, p38

Groups

Friends, p38

Schools

Groups

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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 a 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Evita Following its smash hit runs in London, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita returns to Birmingham Hippodrome to thrill audiences once again.

Anniversary production of Les Misérables. Joining her in the role of Che, fresh from the recent West End production, is Gian Marco Sciaretti, who also played the title role in Disney’s production of Tarzan.

Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary iconic status.

The production features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

Starring two of musical theatre’s most outstanding leading performers; Madalena Alberto returns to the role of Eva, a role she received critical acclaim for in the 2014 West End revival. Other theatre credits include the role of Piaf at the Curve Theatre and Fantine in the 25th

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

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38

“Monumental”

Groups

Sunday Express

“Stunning” Sunday Telegraph

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Courses & Talks Fancy learning more about the theatre or our many shows and events? We also provide FREE pre- and post-show talks with many of our shows look out for this symbol

Madness and Love

7 Feb

PwC Suite

FREE Please book in advance The Medieval History of Fairytales.

Wed 6pm

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 talk exploring fairy narratives in medieval culture. Dr Victoria Flood is a lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at the University of Birmingham.

From the West End to Broadway: A History of Musical Theatre

17 Jan — 21 Feb

Gowling WLG Suite

£130 for 6 Weeks A fascinating and entertaining introduction to the history of the musical, from its inception right up to the modern day. Students will explore how musicals work, their impact on popular culture and their origins. This course is led by director Adam Carver, who will share his industry experience.

Movement and Migration

Every Wed 10.30am – 12.30pm

16 Feb

PwC Suite

FREE with ticket to #JeSuis Fri 6.30pm A discussion with Aakash Odedra Company - creators of the #JeSuis European premiere in the Patrick Centre - and international photographers who travelled with Syrian asylum seekers in Austria at the height of the migration crisis in 2015. Their images capture a unique insight into the mass movement of people away from countries of conflict in the 21st Century.

The Spark of Life

13 Mar

PwC Suite

FREE with ticket to Charge Tue 6.30pm What do a herd of ‘fainting’ goats, a shivering pig, a child with cystic fibrosis, a person who feels no pain, a migraine sufferer and someone with a rare inherited form of diabetes have in common? Join Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft and Motionhouse Artistic Director Kevin Finnan to explore the science that inspired the electrifying dancecircus show Charge.

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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 a 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!”).

FREE Post-Show Talk Wed 28 Mar

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

“I feared I was going to hyperventilate”

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

Daily Mail Discounts

“Ridiculously funny” The Times

Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

Photography from previous casts.

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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 a 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Wicked “The gravity-defying Wizard of Oz prequel” (Time Out London) 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 15th 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 Dinner p32

Age Guidance 7+

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

Touch Tour Thu 12 Apr 12 noon Audio Described Thu 12 Apr 2pm BSL Interpreted Wed 18 Apr 7.30pm Captioned Thu 19 Apr 7.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

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

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

The Band Do you remember what it was like to grow up with a boyband? Written by award winning writer Tim Firth, The Band is a beautiful story for anyone who grew up with a boyband. It’s 1992 and for five 16 year old girls, the band is everything. Join us as this group of girls who were once inseparable reunite after 25 years apart and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boyband whose music became the soundtrack to their lives. 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 has now become one of the most successful musical theatre tours ever. Don’t miss your chance to see this breathtaking, brand new production before it hits London’s West End.

BSL Interpreted Wed 9 May 7.30pm Captioned Thu 10 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 12 May 2.30pm

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“It will have you in fits of laughter and fighting back tears, but ultimately dancing in the aisle” Sunday Mirror

Access Friends, p38 Groups

“An utter joy” Daily Mail

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

“ It will make you laugh, cry and sing your heart out” Manchester Evening News

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20 Apr & 21 Apr

Fri & Sat

FREE

Our popular annual free festival returns for its third year, celebrating all things Hip-Hop! Join us once more for a weekend takeover of dance and rap battles, live music, workshops and graffiti in the streets around the theatre.

Flatpack Film Festival Playful film jamboree Flatpack returns to Birmingham (13 - 22 April) for its twelfth edition in the spring, and we’re delighted to host a programme of events and screenings in our Patrick Centre and adjoining atrium. After last year’s successful Colour Box family day, you can expect an even more packed line-up of activities for viewers and doers of all ages here at the Hippodrome. Flatpack is not just about watching great films from around the world - it’s an opportunity to create your own work and explore different worlds, whether through flip-book workshops or the latest virtual reality experiences. There will be plenty on offer for grownups too, with highlights starting to emerge in the New Year and the full programme announced in March. Check in at the Hippodrome for a brochure or go to flatpackfestival.org.uk “An incredible line-up of screenings and events for grown-ups and kids alike” Anorak Magazine

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B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival

Fri 11 - Sun 13 May Lots will be FREE with some ticketed and some paid-for events too.

birminghamhippodrome.com/bside Sponsored by Posca coloring.

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We’re thrilled to be bringing renowned performers and world-class performances to our 200 seat studio in 2018. It’s your chance to get up close to some striking and intimate dance and drama, offering an alternative to our large-scale main house productions.

The Patrick Centre

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

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Translunar Paradise

31 Jan

Five star physical theatre Theatre Ad Infinitum

£15

Wed 8pm

Multi award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum showcase their hit show. Experience a journey of life, death and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy. Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. A poignant, life-affirming tale without words. FREE Pre-Show Talk Wed 31 Jan 6.30pm Age Guidance 12+

Discounts

Access

First Night, p38

Friends, p38

Groups

Under 18s £12

#JeSuis

15 Feb & 16 Feb

A powerful, political, European premiere Aakash Odedra Company

£15

Thu & Fri 8pm

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. #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. S

Schools Only Thu 1pm (not available online)

Age Guidance 14+

Discounts

FREE Post-Show Talk Thu 15 Feb Access

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 16 Feb 6.30pm, p16

First Night, p38

Friends, p38

Groups

Under 18s £12 45

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The Patrick Centre

Our Patrick Centre studio is brimming with first-rate delights for the little ones. Perfect for their first taste of the theatre.

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

The Snow Dragon

Join us before the show for FREE seasonal craft in the atrium on Sat 23, Sun 24, Wed 27, Thu 28, Fri 29, Sat 30 & Sun 31 Dec.

Tall Stories

£12.50

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.

21 Dec — 7 Jan Wed 27, Thu 28, 4 & Sat 11am Sun 1.30pm Tue 2, Wed – Sat 2pm

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. Relaxed Performance Thu 21 Dec 10am (not available online) Age Guidance 3+

Discounts

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

Families

Friends, p38

Groups

Under 18s £9.50

The Little Mochi Man

24 Feb

A Thousand Cranes in association with artsdepot

£10 It’s almost New Year and little Mochi Man, tired of being bullied because of his small size, decides to run away.

Sat 11am & 2pm

Join him on his adventures as he travels from the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations) and with ‘origami’ puppets, animation and music, this is the perfect introduction to Japan for young children. Age Guidance 4 - 7 24

Discounts

Access

Families

Friends, p38

Groups

Under 18s £8


Catherine Wheels Theatre Company Created by Andy Manley

£10

9 Mar — 11 Mar Fri – Sun

11am & 2pm Especially created for pre-school kids, 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... Age Guidance 2 - 4

Discounts

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Access

The Patrick Centre

White

Schools Only Thu 8 Mar 10.30am & 1.30pm (not available online)

Families

Friends, p38

Groups

Under 18s £8

Photo: Paul Watt

Hansel & Gretel Produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, METRO-BOULOT-DODO & Open Theatre Company

£12

4 Apr — 8 Apr Wed, Fri &

A flustered storyteller is joined by a mischievous Sat 7pm Thu – Sun 3pm mocking bird as they follow Hansel and Gretel Sat & Sun 11am deep into the forest. But all is not what it seems in this peculiar and hilarious adventure. Come along and meet the wicked witch and her really rather eccentric chefs in this imaginative version of Hansel and Gretel that guarantees to amuse the entire family. This project is generously supported by a number of Trusts and Foundations. Relaxed Performance Fri 6 Apr 7pm and Sat 7 Apr 11am (not available online)

Age Guidance 5+

Discounts

Access

Families

Friends, p38

Groups

Under 18s £10

Whatever the Weather

30 Jun

M6 Theatre Company

£10 Sat 11am & 2pm A weather house sitting on a quiet wall. The little lady comes out when it’s going to be sunny. The little man comes out when it’s going to rain. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Never together. Always alone.

But what would happen if one magical day... they came alive? A humorous and highly visual show for the very young. Age Guidance 3+

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Access

Schools Only Fri 29 Jun 10.30am & 1.30pm (not available online)

Families

Friends, p38

Groups

Under 18s £8 25 45


The Patrick Centre

Join us for classical and cutting-edge dance from our partners.

Studio to Stage

24 Jan & 25 Jan

An introduction to ballet

£10

Wed & Thu 7pm

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 hourlong, 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. Age Guidance 8+

DanceXchange presents

8 Feb & 9 Feb

Macbeth Mark Bruce Company

£16

Thu & Fri 8pm

Goaded by the whispers of demons, the Macbeths unleash murder for their own gains and set in motion their path to madness and self-destruction.

Early Booking Offer £14, Concessions £10 if bought before 18 Jan 2018 Age Guidance 11+ Contains disturbing themes

With a cast of ten and designed by the multi-award-winning creative team that brought you Dracula, this striking dance theatre production realises a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means.

Discounts

Access

Groups

Under 25s £8

FREE Post-Show Talk Thu 8 Feb

DanceXchange presents

Terra Firma National Dance Company Wales

£14

1 Mar & 2 Mar Thu & Fri 8pm

Thrilling dance triple bill featuring choreography by Caroline Finn, Marcos Morau and Mario Bermudez Gil. Terra Firma tells stories drawn from the very ground on which we build our communities. The Green House brings the outside in on a Wes Anderson style TV set. Tundra tears pages from Russian folk dance and revolution. Atalaÿ is a contagious dance influenced by the warmth of the Mediterranean. Age Guidance 8+

Discounts

FREE Post-Show Talk Thu 1 Mar 26

Access

Groups

Under 25s £8


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.

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 27


15 May — 19 May Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £23 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable a 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

An Officer and a Gentleman BSL Interpreted Wed 16 May 7.30pm Captioned Thu 17 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 19 May 2.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

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A brand new musical that will simply sweep you off your feet! An Officer and a Gentleman is based on the Oscarwinning film starring Richard Gere. Its feel-good soundtrack includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along with many 80s classic anthems including Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Material Girl, Don’t Cry Out Loud, Alone, Toy Soldiers, I Was Made for Lovin’ You, and The Final Countdown.

With direction by Nikolai Foster (Artistic Director Curve, Annie, Calamity Jane), choreography by Kate Prince (Into The Hoods, Groove on Down the Road, ZooNation) and musical supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis (Sweeney Todd, Sister Act), this inspiring, breathtakingly romantic musical celebrates triumph over adversity and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen.

Zack Mayo is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When he rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become an Officer and a Gentleman.

Let Love Lift You Up where you belong!


21 May — 26 May Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

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

ART Art is a phenomenon and one of the most successful plays ever. Having opened in 1996, it took both the West End and Broadway by storm, won Olivier, Tony, Moliere and every other major theatre award, and has been packing in audiences worldwide for more than twenty years. When Serge spends an extortionate amount of money on an all white modernist painting, his close friends Marc and Yvan are baffled. But does their violent reactions to this provocative canvas mirror more dangerous antagonisms towards each other? Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance is a masterpiece. The all-star cast features Nigel Havers whose numerous credits include The Charmer, Don’t Wait Up and Downton Abbey on television; he was BAFTA nominated for his role in the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire; and

theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Rebecca and Single Spies. Olivier Award-winning Denis Lawson is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House, as Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero, as DI Steve McAndrew in BBC 1’s New Tricks, and as Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy. His West End credits include La Cage Aux Folles and Oleanna. Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include Drop the Dead Donkey, Ballykissangel, Grafters, Wild at Heart, DCI Banks and he starred in the film Brassed Off. He won the 1994 British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. His stage credits range from Spamalot to Tartuffe.

Captioned Wed 23 May 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Thu 24 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 26 May 2.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

“Stylish, stimulating, beautifully constructed” Mail on Sunday

“A stroke of genius” Metro 29


29 May — 2 Jun Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Fri 2pm Sat 2.30pm

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

Presented by STOMP PRODUCTIONS and GLYNIS HENDERSON PRODUCTIONS

Stomp Discounts Access Families First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

Photo: Steve McNicholas

The unstoppable smash-hit is back for one week only and it’s fresher, faster and funnier than ever! Stomp takes familiar objects like newspapers, bins, plastic bags and even the kitchen sink and uses them to create a universal language of rhythm and movement that’s playful, thrilling and exploding with energy. From its humble beginnings in Brighton in 1991, Stomp has grown into a truly global phenomenon that will set your toes tapping and your pulse racing. Stomp combines dance, comedy and music into an experience like no other don’t miss it!

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“STOMP brings the house down! Fierce and intricate... Sophistication, energy and wit” Independent on Sunday

“Impressively powerful” The Times


4 Jun — 9 Jun Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

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

Titanic The Musical In the final hours of 14 April 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives. Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own. All innocently unaware of the fate awaiting them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the Second Class imagine they too can join the lifestyles of the rich and famous, whilst the millionaire Barons of the First Class anticipate legacies lasting forever.

With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone (Woman of the Year and 1776), the pair have collectively won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, an Olivier Award and three Tony awards. The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. This brilliant new production direct from London won sweeping critical acclaim across the board.

Captioned Wed 6 Jun 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Thu 7 Jun 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 9 Jun 2.30pm

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

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Join our 1899 Club and give something back to your local community. We’ve been changing the lives of local people through the magic of live theatre since 1899. Will you help us continue? Make a monthly donation today. Your donation will: Ensure everyone is welcome including those with disabilities and access needs Preserve our historic auditorium and improve our theatre facilities

1899 Club

Support our education work in schools and disadvantaged communities

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Fundraising Events

We host a regular calendar of Fundraising Events to delight and surprise theatre fans.

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Fundraising Events are open for anyone to book, giving you the chance to chat to like-minded guests as well as supporting our charity. Each event includes a drinks reception on arrival at 5.30pm, a show-stopping menu, a top-price theatre ticket, a programme between two and an experience to remember, with some surprises along the way! Current events on sale: Wicked Fundraising Event

Thu 5 Apr £90pp

Matilda Fundraising Gala

Fri 20 Jul £140pp

War Horse Fundraising Gala Fri 12 Oct £140pp

birminghamhippodrome.com/fundraisingevents To join our 1899 Club or book for an event, simply call the Fundraising Team on 0121 689 3068.


14 Jun

Thu 7.15pm

£15 Join us for stimulating and playful activities that spark your child’s imagination. Perfect for pre-school kids and their mums, dads, grandparents and carers. It’s a lovely way to spend your morning connecting with other families and trying out something new with your little ones.

International Dance Festival Birmingham 2018 presents

Elements of Freestyle ISH Dance Collective An explosion of sports, music, dance and theatre, Elements of Freestyle is a spectacular new production, delivering a fresh look at urban arts, as the audience discovers the art behind the trick. Four skating ramps dominate the stage, assembled in multiple ways to showcase thrilling performances of breakdance, inline skating, skateboarding, freerunning, BMX, and even freestyle basketball. Artistic director Marco Gerris (ex-jury member of The Freestyle Games and So You Think You Can Dance) finds lots of inspiration in the pure movement of urban arts and is unparalleled at seeing the poetry in every movement. No matter whether you’re gliding through the air on ballet shoes or on skates – to him, it’s all dance.

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable a 5% transaction charge may apply (excl. cash sales in person), postage from £1.

Family Fun in the Foyers

Discover a world of storytelling, singing, theatre fun, music, rhythm and baby sign language.

Sessions run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from Mon 8 Jan. £2 per adult. Kids go FREE. Pay on the day!

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20 Jun — 23 Jun Wed – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

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

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 22 Jun 6.30pm Age Guidance 5+ Discounts Access Families Groups

In the Upper Room Music Philip Glass Choreography Twyla Tharp © 1992 Original Costume Designs by Norma Kamali Lighting Originally by Jennifer Tipton Kin. Music Phil Kline Choreography Alexander Whitley Designs Jean-Marc Puissant Lighting Peter Teigen New work - Ballet Now commission Music Sarah Kirkland Snider Choreography George Williamson Ballet Now is generously supported by Oak Foundation’s Special Interest Programme, which provided major funding for the project, Anthony Coombs and The Keith Coombs Trust, The Big Give 2017, The John Feeney Charitable Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, The H Steven and PE Wood Charitable Trust, The W and M Morris Charitable Trust, the estate of Judith and John Percival, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s New Work Syndicate 2017 and Director’s Appeal 2017. Photo: Bill Cooper 34

Presented in association with International Dance Festival Birmingham 2018

In the Upper Room Mixed Programme Our summer mixed programme includes In the Upper Room, one of American dance phenomenon Twyla Tharp’s most iconic ballets, and Kin., created for the Company by former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer Alexander Whitley.

by Phil Kline, played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Kin. celebrates the raw kinetics of dance, the virtuosity of ballet technique and the potential for movement to bring us together in different ways.

The line-up is completed with a new ballet commissioned from choreographer George Williamson as part of Ballet Now, a unique five-year programme, run in conjunction with Sadler’s Wells and a consortium of industry leaders, that will develop choreographers, composers and designers to create new and innovative works for the world stage.

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Koen Kessels and Jonathan Lo.

Quick-witted and even quicker footed, In the Upper Room is an exhilarating, athletic ballet in which dancers in sneakers and striking red pointe shoes dominate the stage with energy, flair and finesse. Alexander Whitley’s Kin. is an abstract piece danced to a pulsing, hypnotic score

“Dazzling... If your pulse isn’t racing, check you have one” The Guardian on In the Upper Room

“One of dance’s most terrifyingly mesmerising works... stunning” The Arts Desk on In the Upper Room

“Kin. is that rarest of things: an abstract ballet that’s as emotionally charged as it is technically accomplished” The Observer


26 Jun — 30 Jun Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

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

Romeo and Juliet FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 29 Jun 6.30pm

‘My only love sprung from my only hate.’ Prokofiev’s glorious score sets hearts alight in Kenneth MacMillan’s enduringly popular Romeo and Juliet. Love at first dance, forbidden passions, dangerous secrets and star-crossed fate combine in this exhilarating classic ballet. In the most famous love story ever told, a dangerous cocktail of arrogant youth, simmering tension and deadly feuds erupts, leaving two young lovers at the mercy of powerful families and their own hearts.

From the balcony scene’s ecstatic pas de deux, exploring love in all its soaring wonder, to the lovers’ heart-breaking ends, Romeo and Juliet is dance at its most poignant and beautiful. All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Koen Kessels and Paul Murphy. “Kenneth MacMillan’s version is one of the finest”

Class on Stage Sat 30 Jun 11.45am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 30 Jun 12-2.30pm (for matinee ticket holders) Age Guidance 8+ Touch Tour Sat 30 Jun 10.30am Audio Described Sat 30 Jun 2.30pm

Discounts

The Daily Express Access Families Groups

Music Sergei Prokofiev Choreography Kenneth MacMillan Designs Paul Andrews Lighting John B. Read Photo: Andrew Ross 35


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

From £30 Prices and discounts subject to change, where applicable a 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.

“Believe the hype”

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical comes to Birmingham Hippodrome in the summer of 2018 whilst the production continues to delight audiences in London.

“A must-see”

New York Post

“Hilarious, moving, glorious” Daily Telegraph

Mail on Sunday

“Easily the standout musical of the decade” Sunday Times

“Anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious” Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Guardian, Daily Mail, Times, Mail On Sunday, Evening Standard,

Fundraising Gala p32

Guardian

Age Guidance 6+

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

Discounts Access First Night, p38

Independent, Sunday Express, Time Out Friends, p38 Groups

Photo: Manuel Harlan

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If you have a passion for theatre and would like to enjoy some exclusive perks and discounts we have just the ticket. With levels to suit all budgets and interests, explore the options below and choose the right membership for you.

FIRST NIGHT

Find out more, have a look at the latest ticket discounts for members and join online at birminghamhippodrome.com/memberships

First Night - FREE birminghamhippodrome.com/firstnight

Aged 16 – 24? Enjoy exclusive benefits and pay from as little as £5 for your tickets, plus special offers and money off selected performances. Just choose, book and enjoy – no membership fee!

Friends - from £40 per year birminghamhippodrome.com/friends

Memberships

Become our Friend and we will send you exclusive discounts, including 2 for 1 deals on selected shows, priority booking before the general public and an exclusive programme of events! Single, Joint and Family memberships available.

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Patrons - from £25 per month birminghamhippodrome.com/patrons

Get more out of your theatre-going experience with priority booking, amazing discounts, exclusive use of the theatre’s facilities and much more – all whilst supporting our charitable work through Hippodrome Projects. Join this special part of the Hippodrome family.

ARE YOU A BUSINESS? Make your business the star of the show with our range of memberships to suit business objectives, interests and budget. birminghamhippodrome.com/corporatemembership


11 Sep — 15 Sep Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

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

Taj Express Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, acclaimed choreographers of The Merchants of Bollywood present Taj Express, the spectacular new musical featuring the songs of Oscar® winner A.R Rahman, composer of Slumdog Millionaire. For just one week this autumn see this modern production, transporting the kaleidoscopic colours of India onto the Hippodrome’s stage. Rhythmically blending explosive dance with the hits of India’s most iconic composers, Taj Express is brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians live on stage.

With fresh choreography and dazzling costumes, Taj Express is the story of young composer Shankar and his struggles with his music. It’s only when he begins to follow in the footsteps of his idol A.R. Rahman that he discovers his path to success in the world’s most prolific film industry.

Discounts Access First Night, p38 Friends, p38 Groups

Set to an unforgettable soundtrack, don’t miss this theatrical experience that will have you dancing in your seats.

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Let’s do business and let’s party with you, your brand, your clients, family and friends - if you can imagine it, we can create it! Our event spaces are among the most innovative and versatile in the city. Suitable for meetings, receptions, presentations, dinners, workshops, training, exhibitions, conferences and parties. By partnering or holding an event with us you are making a direct contribution to our wider artistic and community ambitions as an independent charity, including our inspiring Hippodrome Projects (see p11) – thank you! Diary Dates: Corporate Comedy at Dara O Briain Thu 1 Mar, £50pp Festival of Champagne Thu 7 Jun, £95pp Gala Evening at Matilda The Musical Thu 19 Jul, £170pp Gala Evening at War Horse Thu 11 Oct, £170pp

Let’s start a conversation - call Judith or Charlie on 0844 338 6500* or email events@birminghamhippodrome.com


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

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

War Horse 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 October as part of its 10th Anniversary Tour. 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

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

Gala and Fundraising Events p32 & 40

Age Guidance 10+

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

Discounts Access First Night, p38

“An astonishing piece of theatre.” Time Out

Friends, p38 Groups

“The theatre event of the decade.” Sunday Times

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Christmas 2018


Add that extra sparkle...

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, draught beer, bottled ciders and all your favourite soft drinks.

Deli Bar

NEW Cocktails Menu

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

Sample our sparkling new range of cocktails. Look out for great deals in our Happy Hour 5.30-6.30pm on show nights.

For group menus and options, call the Events Team on 0844 338 6500* or email events@birminghamhippodrome.com birminghamhippodrome.com/eatanddrink

Kevin Bridges Scotland’s biggest comedy export, Kevin Bridges, is back with his hotly anticipated 2018 tour: Brand New. Fri 21 & Sat 22 Sep 2018 £30 ON SALE NOW

Coming Soon

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Calendar Girls Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical straight from London’s West End. Spring 2019

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

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

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

Headline Act Patrons £1,400 – £2,999 a year Teresa A Cook • Matthew & Jennie Hammond • Dr & Mrs Harrison • Marc & Michelle Messer • Emma & Peter Neads Mr & Mrs J Quinn • 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 • Andy & Rebecca Hammond • Steve & Laura Kearney • Debbie & Mark Lilburne Michael & Cerys Luckman • Jeremy & Harjinder Millington • Tony & Julie Phillips • Paul Twose • Steve & Suzie Whittern Neil & Polly Wilson • Phillip Wright • Anthony & Daisy Gt Wyrley • David & Janine Young

Supporting Cast Patrons £250 – £699 a year Fiona Allan • 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 • Claire & Mark Hales • 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 • Maureen Levermore • Lynne Myers • Nathalie Neill • Ralph & Linden Osborn Win Palmer & Lola Ralph • Mrs Jill Parker • John & Jill Queenan • Claire Ralley • Dr & Mrs Reynolds David & Jane Richardson • Emma Rowley • 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 Jane Woolrich

1899 Club Frederick Anderson • Wendy Barnard • Mr & Mrs P Davies • Alaine Fendek • Colette Jones • Rob Macpherson Rachael Magson • Rosie Milsom • Ann Tonks • Mr J Weston

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 • Groundworks UK • 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 • Rosie’s Helping Hands • The Rowlands Trust • Henry James Sayer Charity The Saintbury Trust • David Soloman’s Charitable 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 Trust • Xoserve Foundation • The Grantham Yorke Trust

A Specialist Paralegal Law Firm

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Development Partners

Performance Partners

Associate Partners

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

Hippodrome Leading Ladies

Sponsored by

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 FBC Manby Bowdler • Holiday Inn • HSBC • Komatsu Mining Corp. Leonard Curtis Business Solutions • Messam & Rider Ltd • Joanne Malin MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill • Northwood Solihull • Park Regis Birmingham Wills & Legal Services

in association with

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

Hippodrome Projects Partners One of a kind

B-SIDE 2018

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

Curtain Raiser 2018

Young Carers

Print Partner

Chinese New Year 2018

Assisted Performances

Relaxed Performance

Chinese New Year 2018 Summer in Southside

Event 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. • Transaction charges are not applicable on shows in the Patrick Centre. • 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. No charge for print at home tickets. • 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 65+ • 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 Projects. This helps us continue expanding our community projects, access initiatives, and education work. Donations may be eligible for Gift Aid at no extra cost to you. 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 48/49. 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 page 27 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 • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Andrew Hammond • Matthew Hansell • Dr Mahnaz Hashmi • Martin King • Amelia Ladbrook • Michael Luckman • Joanne Malin • Ruth Pipkin 47


Performance diary

Fri 23 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm Sat 24 The Little Mochi Man

24

Sat 24 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm & 7.30pm

06

Tue 27 Sean Lock - Keep It Light 8pm

08

Wed 28 Luisa Omielan

7.30pm 08

Mar 19 Dec - 28 Jan

Thu 1 Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

8pm

09

Thu 1

DX Terra Firma

8pm

26

Fri 2

Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

8pm

09

Fri 2

Dec

DX Terra Firma Dara O Briain Voice of Reason

WNO La forza del destino 6.30pm

24

Tue 6

Wed 20 The Snow Dragon 10am

24

Wed 7 WNO Don Giovanni

& 2pm

24

Fri 22 The Snow Dragon

2pm

24

Sat 23 The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm

24

Sun 24 The Snow Dragon 1.30pm 24

8pm

Sat 3

Tue 19 The Snow Dragon 10am Thu 21 The Snow Dragon 10am

Thu 8

White

Thu 8

WNO Tosca

Fri 9

White

26

8pm

08 12 12

7pm 10.30am

& 1.30pm

7.15pm 11am & 2pm

Sat 10 White

25

13 25

11am & 2pm

25

Wed 27 The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm

24

Thu 28 The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm

24

Fri 29 The Snow Dragon

2pm

Sat 30 The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm

24

Sun 11 spirit of INDIA

6.30pm

Sun 31 The Snow Dragon

1.30pm

24

Tue 13 Charge

7.30pm

14

Fri 16 Ballet British Columbia

7.30pm

14

Sat 17 Ballet British Columbia

7.30pm

14

Tue 20 Evita

7.30pm

15

24

Jan Tue 2

The Snow Dragon

Wed 3 The Snow Dragon

Sat 10 Jon Richardson The Old Man

Sun 11 White

8pm

09

11am & 2pm

2pm

24

Wed 21 Evita

2pm

24

Thu 22 Evita

11am & 2pm 24

Fri 23 Evita

7.30pm

Sat 24 Evita

2.30pm

25

2pm & 7.30pm

13

15

2pm & 7.30pm

15 15

Thu 4

The Snow Dragon

Fri 5

The Snow Dragon

Sat 6

The Snow Dragon

11am & 2pm 24

Tue 27 The Play That Goes Wrong 7.30pm

Sun 7

The Snow Dragon

1.30pm 24

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

17

Thu 25 BRB Studio to Stage

Thu 29 The Play That Goes Wrong 2pm & 7.30pm 7pm 26 Fri 30 The Play That Goes Wrong 7.30pm 7pm 26

17

Wed 31 Beautiful

2pm & 7.30pm

Wed 31 Translunar Paradise

8pm

2pm

Wed 24 BRB Studio to Stage

24

04

23

Feb Thu 1 Beautiful Fri 2

7.30pm

Beautiful

Beautiful Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Wed 7 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Thu 8 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

7.30pm

17 17

& 7.30pm

17

Apr 7pm 25

Wed 4 Wicked

7.30pm 18

04

Thu 5 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm 18

Thu 5 Hansel & Gretel

3pm 25

Fri 6

Hansel & Gretel

3pm & 7pm

Fri 6

Wicked

7.30pm 18

Sat 7

Hansel & Gretel

11am

Sat 7

Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 18

Sun 8 Hansel & Gretel

11am & 3pm 25

Sun 8 Wicked

2.30pm 18

Tue 10 Wicked

7.30pm 18

Wed 11 Wicked

7.30pm 18

Thu 12 Wicked

2pm

Fri 13 Wicked

7.30pm 18

05

2pm & 7.30pm 05

Thu 8 DX Macbeth Fri 9 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

8pm 26 7.30pm 05

Fri 9 DX Macbeth Sat 10 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

8pm 26 2.30pm & 7.30pm 05

15

Wed 4 Hansel & Gretel

2.30pm & 7.30pm 04 7.30pm 05

Sat 31 The Play That Goes Wrong 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

04

2pm & 7.30pm

Sat 3 Tue 6

25

, 3pm & 7pm 25

& 7.30pm 18

Sat 14 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 18

Tue 13 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

06

Sun 15 Wicked

2.30pm 18

Wed 14 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

06

Tue 17 Wicked

7.30pm 18

23

Wed 18 Wicked

7.30pm

Thu 15 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7.30pm 06 Fri 16 BRB First Steps 1pm 07 A Child’s Sleeping Beauty

Thu 19 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 20 Flatpack Film Festival

Various Times 22

Fri 20 Wicked

7.30pm 18

Fri 16 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

Sat 21 Flatpack Film Festival

Various Times 22

23

Sat 21 Wicked

2.30pm & 7.30pm 18

06

Sun 22 Wicked

2.30pm 18

02

Tue 24 Wicked

7.30pm 18

& 7.30pm 06

Wed 25 Wicked

7.30pm 18

Wed 21 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm 06

Thu 26 Wicked

2pm & 7.30pm 18

Thu 22 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 27 Wicked

7.30pm 18

Thu 15 #JeSuis

Fri 16 #JeSuis

1pm

& 8pm

Sun 18 Chinese New Year

06

8pm

Sat 17 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

11am - 4pm

Tue 20 BRB The Sleeping Beauty 2pm

48 05

06

11am & 2pm

06

18 18


2.30pm & 7.30pm 18

Sun 29 Wicked

2.30pm 18

May Tue 1

The Band

7.30pm 20

Wed 2 The Band

2pm & 7.30pm 20

Thu 3 The Band

7.30pm 20

Fri 4

The Band

5pm & 8.30pm 20

Sat 5

The Band

2.30pm & 7.30pm 20

Mon 7 The Band

7.30pm 20

Tue 8

7.30pm 20

The Band

Wed 9 The Band

7.30pm

20

Thu 10 The Band

7.30pm

20

Fri 11 The Band

5pm & 8.30pm 20

Fri 11 B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival

Various Times 22

Sat 12 The Band 2.30pm

& 7.30pm 20

Sat 12 B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival

Various Times 22

Sun 13 B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival

Various Times 22

Tue 15 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm 28 Wed 16 An Officer and a Gentleman 2pm & 7.30pm

28

Thu 17 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm

28

Fri 18 An Officer and a Gentleman 7.30pm 28 Sat 19 An Officer and a Gentleman 2.30pm

& 7.30pm 28

Mon 21 ART

7.30pm 29

Tue 22 ART

7.30pm 29

Wed 23 ART

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 24 ART

7.30pm

Fri 25 ART

7.30pm 29

29 29

Sat 26 ART 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

29

Tue 29 Stomp

7.30pm 30

Wed 30 Stomp

2pm & 7.30pm 30

Thu 31 Stomp

7.30pm 30

Jun Fri 1 Stomp Sat 2 Stomp Mon 4 Titanic The Musical Tue 5 Titanic The Musical Wed 6 Titanic The Musical Thu 7 Titanic The Musical Fri 8 Titanic The Musical Sat 9 Titanic The Musical Thu 14 DX Elements of Freestyle Wed 20 BRB Mixed Programme Thu 21 BRB Mixed Programme Fri 22 BRB Mixed Programme Sat 23 BRB Mixed Programme Tue 26 BRB Romeo and Juliet Wed 27 BRB Romeo and Juliet Thu 28 BRB Romeo and Juliet Fri 29 BRB Romeo and Juliet Fri 29 Whatever the Weather Sat 30 BRB Romeo and Juliet Sat 30 Whatever the Weather

2pm & 7.30pm 30 2.30pm & 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 31 7.30pm 31 2pm & 7.30pm 31 7.30pm 31 7.30pm 31 2.30pm & 7.30pm 31 7.15pm 33 7.30pm 34 2pm & 7.30pm 34 7.30pm 34 2.30pm & 7.30pm 34 7.30pm 35 7.30pm 35 2pm & 7.30pm 35 7.30pm 35 10.30am & 1.30pm 25 2.30pm & 7.30pm 35 11am & 2pm 25

Jul Tue 3

Matilda The Musical

7.30pm

36

Wed 4 Matilda The Musical

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 5 Matilda The Musical

7.30pm

Fri 6

Matilda The Musical

7.30pm

Sat 7

Matilda The Musical

2.30pm & 7.30pm

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

36 36 36

36

Mon 9 Matilda The Musical Tue 10 Matilda The Musical Wed 11 Matilda The Musical Thu 12 Matilda The Musical Fri 13 Matilda The Musical Sat 14 Matilda The Musical Mon 16 Matilda The Musical Tue 17 Matilda The Musical Wed 18 Matilda The Musical Thu 19 Matilda The Musical Fri 20 Matilda The Musical Sat 21 Matilda The Musical Mon 23 Matilda The Musical Tue 24 Matilda The Musical Wed 25 Matilda The Musical Thu 26 Matilda The Musical Fri 27 Matilda The Musical Sat 28 Matilda The Musical Mon 30 Matilda The Musical

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

Tue 31 Matilda The Musical

7.30pm

36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36

36

Aug Wed 1 Thu 2 Fri 3 Sat 4 Mon 6

Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical

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

Tue 7 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Wed 8 Matilda The Musical 2pm & 7.30pm Thu 9 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Fri 10 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Sat 11 Matilda The Musical 2.30pm & 7.30pm Mon 13 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Tue 14 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Wed 15 Matilda The Musical 2pm & 7.30pm Thu 16 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Fri 17 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Sat 18 Matilda The Musical 2.30pm & 7.30pm Mon 20 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Tue 21 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Wed 22 Matilda The Musical 2pm & 7.30pm Thu 23 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Fri 24 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Sat 25 Matilda The Musical 2.30pm & 7.30pm Mon 27 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Tue 28 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Wed 29 Matilda The Musical 2pm & 7.30pm Thu 30 Matilda The Musical 7.30pm Fri 31 Matilda The Musical

7.30pm

36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36

36

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

36 36 36 36 36 36 36 39 39 39 39 39

Sep Sat 1 Matilda The Musical Mon 3 Matilda The Musical Tue 4 Matilda The Musical Wed 5 Matilda The Musical Thu 6 Matilda The Musical Fri 7 Matilda The Musical Sat 8 Matilda The Musical Tue 11 Taj Express Wed 12 Taj Express Thu 13 Taj Express Fri 14 Taj Express Sat 15 Taj Express

Schools Only (not available online) Talk Patrick Centre Performance Festivals

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

Sat 28 Wicked

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