Birmingham Hippodrome Season Brochure (Winter 2021-2)

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Winter 2021/22 Welcome back, Birmingham

birminghamhippodrome.com 0844 338 5000*



Welcome Back! The temperature has dropped, the evenings have drawn in and the decorations are up and filling our foyers with some much-needed sparkle; it can only mean one thing... panto is on its way! An annual tradition loved as much by our staff as it is by the 100,000 plus audiences that come every year, we are over the moon that Goldilocks and the Three Bears will finally be exploding on to our stage from 18 December until 30 January starring Jason Donovan and Matt Slack. As we look forward to 2022, we are delighted to welcome back Matthew Bourne’s glorious adaptation of the Nutcracker!, Carlos Acosta’s sensational Don Quixote for Birmingham Royal Ballet as well as a host of West End blockbusters including the much awaited runs of Mamma Mia!, Waitress, We Will Rock You and Les Misérables, all rescheduled from 2020. Disney’s magical production of Beauty and the Beast is set to arrive for its four week run from 3 March having received nightly standing ovations on tour. We want to reassure you that your safety and that of our team remains our main focus during this time of uncertainty. Our practices and procedures are constantly under review in order to meet with the latest government and industry guidance and our most up-to-date list of measures can be viewed on our website at any time. From all the team here at the Hippodrome, we would like to wish you a happy and healthy end to the year and we look forward to welcoming you back in the coming weeks and months.

Front Cover: Beauty and the Beast p10, Don Quixote p8, We Will Rock You p30 and Dear Zoo p25.


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18 Dec — 30 Jan From £16 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Age Guidance 5+

A stellar cast, led by actor singer and much-loved personality Jason Donovan and Hippodrome panto favourite Matt Slack, assemble at Birmingham Hippodrome to take you on the ultimate panto adventure. Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’ circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner and, with the help of their madcap circus friends, they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin. Will they succeed? All seems lost, until three brilliant bears join the gang… Featuring sets and costumes direct from The London Palladium, Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be packed with riotous comedy, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts and international circus acts.

Roll up, roll up to see panto join the circus, and be swept away by Birmingham Hippodrome’s must-see festive extravaganza, the panto that’s just right!

Captioned Sun 2 Jan 1pm & Wed 5 Jan 7.15pm BSL Interpreted Sun 9 Jan 1pm & 5.15pm Touch Tour Wed 12 Jan 12.30pm & Sat 15 Jan 1pm

“An incredible spectacle, with special effects following one after the other”

Audio Described Wed 12 Jan 2pm & Sat 15 Jan 2.30pm

What’s On Stage

“Full-on pantomime extravaganza that maintains its sense of individuality”

Relaxed Performance Wed 26 Jan 12 noon (phone bookings only)

Discounts

The Stage Access Families

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Fri 1pm (Schools & Relaxed)* & 7.30pm

Thu 7.30pm*

27 Jan

From £10

4 Feb

From £15

Rosie Kay Dance Company

Motionhouse presents

Romeo + Juliet

Nobody

ONLINE PREMIERE Award-winning choreographer and Hippodrome Associate, Rosie Kay’s re-imagining of the classic tragedy is her “love letter to Birmingham” where young people’s family loyalties give way to gang allegiance as teenagers play with adult rules. Filmed at Birmingham Hippodrome at its September 2021 premiere, now you can watch at home.

“A bloody, raw, up-to-the-minute take on the tragedy”

Fast-moving and highly physical, Nobody explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us. Hippodrome Associate Motionhouse’s renowned dance-circus style combines with mesmerising choreography to tell this emotional and ultimately uplifting story, full of twists and turns. Packed with visual magic, the world on stage is transformed before our eyes. Digital projections and the shape-shifting set create a constantly changing environment where nothing is quite what it seems…

i-News

“Expresses a poignant message” Birmingham Mail

“...a bold and absorbing pandemic-era spectacle” The Times

*This performance is open to all Age Guidance 7+

Discounts Access Friends, p32

*Tickets include on-demand access for 14 days from this date Age Guidance 10+ 04 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Groups S

Schools

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).


8 Feb — 12 Feb Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £22.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! It’s a Nutcracker! for all seasons, adored by audiences and critics alike. With family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit and magical fantasy, Nutcracker! follows Clara’s journey through a shimmering, ice-skating wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delectable sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the classic. Expect a sprinkling of delicious new surprises in this re-imagined production.

Hailed by The Observer as “the undisputed king of dance theatre”, master storyteller, Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures company have produced some of the most successful dance productions of the last three decades including The Red Shoes, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Edward Scissorhands, his acclaimed Romeo and Juliet and most recently the world premiere of The Midnight Bell.

Age Guidance 5+

Audio Described Sat 12 Feb 2.30pm

Discounts Access Families Friends, p32 Groups S

Schools

The Scotsman

“Witty, wonderful, tender and funny” The Guardian

“Utterly delicious. A dazzling extravaganza” Sunday Telegraph

“Ravishing” The Observer

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Comedy

Sat 8pm

5 Feb

13 Feb

£26

£28

Jack Dee: Off The Telly

Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado

Join Jack Dee for an evening of entertainment (food and beverages not included) in his new stand-up tour.

Join us for a double-bill of two new 60 minute sets, back to back nightly from “the world’s greatest living stand-up” (The Times). Including new material for 2022.

“In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope - a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack. Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, Jack also hosts the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Additional credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk on BBC Two, C4’s The Jack Dee Show, ITV’s Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, BBC’s Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. “In fact,” explains Jack, “I’ve probably appeared in every TV show with my name in the title”. Other sidelines include Motivational Speaking, which Jack describes as “Basically a total waste of time, talking to losers, but the cash is decent” and then adds “Don’t print that”. It’s so hard to tell when he’s being serious. In recognition of his charity work, Jack was denied an OBE in 2015.

The first half, Snowflake, will be heavily rewritten in the light of the two years the show has been laid off, looking at how the CovidBrexit era has impacted on the culture war declared on lovely woke snowflakes by horrible people. The second half, Tornado, questions Stew’s position in the comedy marketplace after Netflix mistakenly listed his show as “reports of sharks falling from the skies are on the rise again. Nobody on the Eastern Seaboard is safe.”

“Lee remains one of the best stand-ups in the country” Metro

“There’s no-one else to touch him” Mail on Sunday

Discounts 06

Sun 8pm

Access

Age Guidance 14+


Sun 8pm

£23

14 Jun

Tue 8pm

£26

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Russell Kane Live!

Rob Beckett

Packing more energy than a Duracell factory on a nuclear reactor, Russell’s strutting, turbolaugh engine will be in the building live and direct (plus support)!

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

Multi-award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is best known for his stand-up, panel show and chat show appearances. Currently, he has two top-ten hits - with his BBC Radio 4 show Evil Genius, and his podcast Man Baggage. You will also have seen him doing funnies every week on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch throughout the last year.

Host of Rob Beckett’s Undeniable (Comedy Central), BBC One’s All Together Now and team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats. He is also the star of Sky’s BAFTA-nominated Rob and Romesh Vs, BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC Two’s Mock The Week, ITV’s Play To The Whistle, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and Sky’s A League of Their Own. And he is a host of hugely popular podcast Parenting Hell, co-presented with Josh Widdicombe, which has had over 25 million downloads

Previously he’s hosted the BBC’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone and Live At The Electric.Other TV appearances include The Royal Variety Performance, BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, BBC Three’s Unzipped, and ITV 2’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here Now. “Fierce, funny and heartfelt…. a thrilling reminder of what comedy can do” The Guardian’s Number 1 Comedy Performance of 2020

The Times

Comedy

12 Jun

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

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

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18 Feb — 26 Feb Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £22 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director Carlos Acosta promises entertainment for all ages when he brings an explosion of Spanish sunshine, spectacular dance and vivacious comedy to Birmingham Hippodrome. In a new production created especially for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Don Quixote introduces us to Cervantes, the famous knight himself, lovers Kitri and Basilio, and a host of supporting characters. As the Don sets out on a quest to track down his true love, with his loyal friend and servant Sancho Panza at his side, he finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams. Join us for the first UK performances of Acosta’s sparkling new 21st-century production of this 19th-century masterpiece.

Age Guidance 5+

Live music, played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. A Celebration of Black British Ballet: Oxygen Arts in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet present a panel discussion. Fri 25 Feb 4.30pm Patrick Studio FREE

Audio Described Sat 26 Feb 2.30pm

Discounts Access Families Groups S

First Steps: Cinderella’s storybook Fri 25 Feb 4.30pm, £14 In this hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged from three, our storyteller and Cinderella share highlights from some of our favourite ballets. A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet. Ideal for Early Years and Key Stage 1 children.

Schools

Choreography Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa Music Ludwig Minkus Production Carlos Acosta Designs Tim Hatley Lighting Peter Mumford

Céline Gittens as Kitri. Photo © Bella Kotak. 09


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3 Mar — 26 Mar Wed – Sat 7.30pm Tue 8 & Tue 22 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat & Sun 2.30pm

From £20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Beauty and the Beast Birmingham, Be Our Guest! The most enchanted musical of all time, Beauty and the Beast, returns to the stage for a new, completely reimagined UK & Ireland tour. Spectacularly reimagined using the latest theatrical innovations, Disney’s beloved ‘tale as old as time’ has been brought to life on stage like never before, with all the charm and elegance audiences expect from Belle and her Beast.

Disney first debuted Beauty and the Beast on Broadway 26 years ago. Members of the original creative team have reunited on this new production that features all of the spellbinding music and lyrics of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

Age Guidance 6+

BSL Interpreted Thu 10 Mar 7.30pm Relaxed Performance Tue 15 Mar 1.30pm Audio Described Sun 20 Mar 2.30pm Captioned Wed 23 Mar 7.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p32 Groups S

Schools

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29 Mar — 2 Apr Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £24 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The National Theatre’s global smashhit production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to Birmingham this March as part of a 10th Anniversary Tour. Director Marianne Elliott’s Olivier and Tony Award®-winning “extraordinary and unmissable” (Time) production brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at maths, while everyday life presents some barriers. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

Age Guidance 12+

BSL Interpreted Wed 30 Mar 7.30pm Captioned Thu 31 Mar 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 2 Apr 2.30pm

Discounts Access Families

“A beautiful, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life”

Friends, p32 Groups

Evening Standard S

Schools

“Magical and Moving” Daily Mail

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FREE Post-Show Talk Date Behind the Scenes Tour BSL Interpreted Date6p43 Wed Apr 7.30pm A History of Musical Captioned Theatre Course Thu 7 Apr 7.30pm p25 Audio Described Sat 9 Apr 2.30pm Audio Described Date Discounts Touch Tour Date Access Captioned Date Families Signed Date Friends, p32 Groups Discounts S

“This Joseph has mojo” The Times

Schools Access First Night, p34 Friends, p34

A CUT OUT PICTURE OF A SINGLE FIGURE OR ITEM FROM THE PRODUCTION CAN BE PLACED HERE

Groups

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Sun 2pm

17 Apr

£30

Steve Backshall - Ocean

21 Apr & 22 Apr

Thu & Fri 7pm

From £22.50

Don Giovanni Mozart

Steve Backshall’s Ocean is a love letter to the greatest environment on our planet. Using stunts, experiments, props, cutting edge science and big screen footage from his two decades in TV, Steve brings to life the icons of the Big Blue, from Great whites to Great whales, from seals to sardine shoals and from Orca to the oddities of the deep. This is genuinely a show for any age, from the toddler with a shark obsession to the graduate zoologist... if you have a marine dream, this is the show for you. Ocean will not only bring the sea to the stage, but help us understand what we need to do to save our seas.

Discounts

Opera’s ultimate seducer is back and he’s behaving very badly. The charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe. He takes what he wants and lives for lust but his luck is about to change when his past catches up with him leading to his ultimate demise. Based on the legend of Don Juan, WNO’s timeless 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 and the high drama of the heartstopping finale.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Thu 21 & Fri 22 Apr 5.45pm

Access Families

wno.org.uk/giovanni

Friends, p32

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

16 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).


Wed 7.15pm

From £22.50

23 Apr

Sat 7.15pm

From £22.50

Jenufa ˚

Madam Butterfly

Janáček

Puccini

Jenufa ˚ has a secret. She is about to have a child out of wedlock, and hopes to marry the father before the secret is revealed. But her stepmother has other plans, and her desperate actions have terrible consequences for Jenufa. ˚ Set across seven months, the drama unfolds, and on Jenufa’s eventual wedding day the truth ˚ of what really happened is revealed.

On the surface a dream-like wedding for a groom and his young, beautiful bride - but behind the façade is a cruel reality. Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly finds her world crashing around her as her one chance for freedom becomes her prison. Her desperation and pain escalate as she fights for survival with devastating consequences.

A heart-wrenching tale of hope, love and despair, Jenufa ˚ has captivated audiences for a century. WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed production that was described as ‘the most powerful yet’ last time it toured.

Madam Butterfly is a powerful story of unrequited love, human pain and suffering which is magnificently intensified by Puccini’s glorious music, promising a night of drama and emotion. Inspired by Puccini’s fantasy landscape of exotic pleasures, Lindy Hume’s new production interprets Butterfly’s famous story through a 21st-century lens.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Wed 20 Apr 6pm

Welsh National Opera

20 Apr

FREE Pre-Show Talk Sat 23 Apr 5.45pm Audio Described Sat 23 Apr 7.15pm

wno.org.uk/jenufa

wno.org.uk/butterfly

Sung in Czech with English surtitles.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles. 17


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3 May — 14 May Mon – Sat 7.30pm Thu & Wed 11 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £32 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

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

BSL Interpreted Wed 11 May 7.30pm Captioned Thu 12 May 7.30pm

“An unforgettable evening” Edinburgh Evening News

“A terrific slice of sunshine. Thank you for the music!” Telegraph and Argus

Audio Described Sat 14 May 2.30pm

Discounts Access

“The sunniest of all shows MAMMA MIA! how could I resist you?”

Friends, p32

Southern Daily Echo

Groups S

Schools

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

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Fri & Sat 1pm, Sat 7pm

31 May

From £15

Tue 7.30pm

From £15.50

Photo: Ambra Vernuccio

29 Apr & 30 Apr

Akram Khan’s Jungle Book reimagined In this brand-new dance work based on the original story by Rudyard Kipling, Akram Khan retells the classic tale of Jungle Book from the perspective of today’s children - those who will inherit our world and become our future storytellers. Embedded in the roots of Jungle Book is the deep threat that mankind poses towards nature. Akram and his team reimagine the journey of Mowgli through the eyes of a refugee, caught in a world devastated by the impact of climate change; telling the story of how this child helps us to listen again, to the voices of the natural world that we, the modern world, try to silence. Jungle Book reimagined speaks to all generations as a reminder, to relearn and reimagine a new world together.

SHIAMAK presents

bollywood DIVAS After the success of spirit of INDIA and spirit of BOLLYWOOD, SHIAMAK presents bollywood DIVAS. The show is a dance tribute to the dream girls of Indian Cinema. Known for creating stunning visuals with breathtaking choreography, costumes, props and lighting design, Bollywood’s trend setting entertainment icon Shiamak Davar, and his amazing creative team led by CEO, Glen D’Mello, have yet another spectacular show coming up. From Madhubala to Madhuri Dixit, Parveen Babi to Priyanka Chopra, Rekha to Rani Mukherjee, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Zeenat Aman, bollywood DIVAS pays tribute to all these leading ladies of Bollywood - the world’s largest film industry based in Mumbai, India. The show will be performed by the SHIAMAK UK Dance Team which comprises of amazingly talented dancers from across the greater London area and Midlands. Age Guidance 5+

Age Guidance 7+

Discounts

Discounts

Access

Access

Friends, p32

Friends, p32 Groups

Groups S

Schools

20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

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Schools

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).


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

From £28 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Waitress “Treat yourself to a slice of five-star musical pie” (The Times) as Chelsea Halfpenny (9 to 5, BBC’s Casualty, ITV’s Emmerdale) stars as Jenna in the hit musical comedy Waitress. Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

award-winning Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave) a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony® Award-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). Having received standing ovations night after night in London’s West End and on Broadway, Waitress is “the real deal” (The Independent) musical comedy “made from the finest ingredients” (Time Out). Book now and get your tickets to this “joyously life-affirming celebration of love and friendship” (The Express).

Age Guidance 13+

BSL Interpreted Thu 19 May 7.30pm Captioned Thu 19 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 21 May 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p32 Groups S

Schools

Brought to life by a ground-breaking, female-led creative team, this “warm, witty, wise and hilarious” (The Express) hit features “one of the best scores in years” (The Stage) by the Grammy

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15 Dec — 24 Dec

See p44-45 for times

From £17.50 Dear Santa Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah, but he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’. From the author of the well-loved children’s book Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell, comes Dear Santa and it’s LIVE! This show is an ideal introduction to theatre for those aged 2+ who believe in Santa. To spread the Christmas cheer; every child will receive a gift from us to you. “Magical family treat and a joy to watch” Mumsnet

18 Dec & 5 Feb

Sat 7.45pm

£5 in advance £8 on the door Jumprov! Looking for something new and exciting to do in Birmingham?! Well, grab a ticket and join Jumprov, who are the UK’s first Black and Brown Improv group for a night of fun, featuring live sketch comedy which is completely made up on the spot using suggestions from you, the audience.

Age Guidance Dear Santa

2-7*

Jumprov!

16+

Relaxed Performance Thu 16 Dec 10am & 1pm

Discounts Access I Friends

3

3

I Families I Schools I Groups

3

3

3

3

22 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42). *Babes in arms (under 18 months) welcome, but please call to book in advance.


10 Feb

Thu 8pm

£14 (£12 conc) DanceXchange presents

Starving Dingoes by Léa Tirabasso In this exciting contemporary piece, five dancers embrace the desire to live furiously and passionately exploring the vital and sometimes brutal necessity to stay together to survive when facing the threat of a group of huge, obsessive primitive beasts. Starving Dingoes plunges the audience into a dreamworld - as adults re-experience the freedom of childhood - observing both the smallness and the depth of humanity without artifice, with a smirk, forgetting time and simply quenching the hunger for life.

16 Feb — 20 Feb

Wed – Sun, Various Times

Starving Dingoes is the latest work from critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer Léa Tirabasso, who received the prestigious Arts et Lettres in Luxembourg in 2016.

From £6.50 VERVE Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word 2022 Now in its fifth year, VERVE has become synonymous with a lively and celebratory approach to programming poetry of every different kind, whether it be raucous performance poetry events, quiet reading events, studious workshops, mind-blowing dramatic poetry, collaborative work and open mic poetry. Whether new to poetry or an old hand, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at VERVE! “By far one of the most inclusive and well curated poetry events I’ve ever been to” Anthony Anaxagorou

Discounts Access I Under 25s Starving Dingoes

3

Verve

3

3

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

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2 Mar

Wed 8pm

£14 (£12 conc) DanceXchange presents

Overflow by Alexander Whitley Company Featuring a dazzling kinetic light sculpture and intricate choreography, Overflow confronts how our desires, fantasies and vulnerabilities are powerfully influenced by social media platforms. Discover what lurks beneath our compulsions to check, share and like, and how now more than ever our lives are influenced by unseen algorithms and surveillance technologies. Alexander Whitley has a reputation for his bold, interdisciplinary approach, and ground-breaking use of digital technology. “Whitley’s choreography is sinuous, sensuous and elemental” Evening Standard

18 Mar — 20 Mar

Fri – Sun, Various Times

From £5 UniSlam Watch the UK and Ireland’s most exciting spoken word poets perform live across the preliminary heats, Semi-Finals and Grand Finals of the UniSlam 2022 tournament. Guest performances from the esteemed judging panel; previous judges include Hollie McNish, Caroline Bird, Malika Booker and Caleb Femi. “UniSlam is a factory of dreams, ideologies, new philosophies and passions. It is the world, re-written” Joelle Taylor

Age Guidance

Discounts Access I Under 25s

Overflow

8+

3

UniSlam

14+

3

24 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

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6 Apr — 10 Apr

See p44-45 for times

£16 Dear Zoo Ben and Sally are searching for the perfect pet, but instead the zoo send a far too big elephant, a far too grumpy camel, and a far too jumpy frog. Whatever will they send next! Rod Campbell’s much-loved lift the flap book has been a firm favourite with children and parents for nearly forty years. Lovingly adapted for the stage, his distinctive illustrations leap from the page in this colourful show, packed full of puppetry, songs and, of course, all the animals from the zoo. With lots of laughs and audience interaction, Dear Zoo is the perfect introduction to theatre for young children.

This dramatization of Dear Zoo is based on the book Dear Zoo text and illustrations © Rod Campbell 1982, 2007, published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

21 May — 29 May

See p44-45 for times

“A must-see for fans of the book, and for any young child who likes animals” What’s Good to Do

£15.50 Oi Frog & Friends! FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is doing as he’s told. Who knew there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when FROG is in charge? Join us for Oi Frog & Friends!, the Olivier Award nominated action-packed stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling books. Expect songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at. “ZANY, SILLY, GOOD-NATURED” The Times

“Enchanting and refreshing” The Stage

Age Guidance

Relaxed Performance

Discounts Access I Friends

I Families I Schools I Groups

Dear Zoo

2+*

Wed 6 April 10.30am

3

3

3

3

3

Oi Frog & Friends!

2-7*

Tue 24 May 1pm

3

3

3

3

3

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42). *Babes in arms (under 18 months) welcome, but please call to book in advance.

25


24 May — 29 May Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat & Sun 2.30pm

From £20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Magic Goes Wrong Age Guidance 11+

BSL Interpreted Wed 25 May 7.30pm Captioned Thu 26 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 28 May 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p32 Groups

Back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date, multi awardwinning Mischief (The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show) return to the stage with their hilarious new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller. A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target! Raising the bar with their dare-devil stunts, jaw-dropping feats and irresistible comedy genius, Mischief’s Magic Goes Wrong comes to Birmingham Hippodrome direct from the West End. Book your tickets now, before they vanish out of sight (or sellout!).

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Penn & Teller are co-creators of the show and won’t be appearing on stage.

“I’ll be laughing into next week” The Sun

“Spellbinding romp by the masters of mischief” Daily Mail

“Fringe whizz-kids turned theatrical world leaders” The Telegraph


6 Jun — 11 Jun Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £28 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Singin’ in the Rain A smash-hit at Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End, Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain is back to make a splash in Birmingham in 2022.

romance and wit of one of the world’s best-loved films. Singin’ in the Rain features the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘Em Laugh and the legendary Singin’ in the Rain.

Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20’s. Silent movie star Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studioengineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. What Don doesn’t know is that the silver screen is about to find its voice, and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart promises to change both Don, and Hollywood, forever.

Don’t save it for a rainy day, book your tickets now!

High-energy choreography and sumptuous set design (including over 14,000 litres of water on stage every night) combine with the charm,

Age Guidance 5+

BSL Interpreted Thu 9 Jun 7.30pm Captioned Thu 9 Jun 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 11 Jun 2.30pm

Discounts Access

“This all-tapping, all-splashing show will put a smile on anyone’s face”

Families Friends, p32

Daily Express

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“One of the most marvellous movie musicals of all time. Now bigger, bolder and better”

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Birmingham Hippodrome is a leading festivals producer and partner in the region bringing the best of outdoor arts into the city and beyond. birminghamhippodrome.com/festivals

Major projects in 2021 included Birmingham Weekender at Bullring & Grand Central — B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival at Coventry UK City of Culture — In Memoriam at Aston Park — Global Rainbow laser installation —


3 Jul

Sun 2.30pm & 7.30pm

From £28

9 Oct

Sun 7.30pm

From £22.50

Oti Mabuse I Am Here

FREEDOM Starring Joe McElderry

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 & 2020 champion Oti Mabuse is bringing her brand new production to Birmingham Hippodrome for just two performances.

In the brand-new tour, X Factor winner, musical theatre star and number one selling artist Joe McElderry will pay homage to George Michael, one of the world’s most iconic music legends.

Prepare for a show of electrifying choreography as the star of The Greatest Dancer and two time reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse is joined by some of the world’s greatest dancers and the West End’s finest singers and musicians. Oti Mabuse - I Am Here is a whirlwind celebration of the influences and inspirations that took her on a journey from growing up in South Africa to following her dream. From mesmerising Jives and pumping Sambas to South Africa’s exhilarating Kwaito, this is an explosive night of dance and music that will set your heart racing.

Celebrating his immense catalogue of Grammy award-winning hits, FREEDOM will have audiences on their feet and reminiscing with fast-paced classics and sensational ballads performed by Joe and a full live band. This high energy show will take you on an unmissable journey through George’s greatest hits including: Freedom, Careless Whisper, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Jesus To A Child, Fast Love, Club Tropicana, Amazing, Outside, Faith, and many more.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this is a tribute production and is not affiliated or endorsed by the George Michael estate. Discounts Age Guidance 14+ Access Friends, p32 Groups Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Discounts Access Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

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4 Jul — 30 Jul Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £31 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

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

“A spectacular musical!” Daily Express

“A new breed of musical - brilliant” BBC Newsnight

“Exhilarating and great fun”

Captioned Thu 7 Jul 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Wed 13 Jul 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 16 Jul 2.30pm

Discounts

Time Magazine

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

Access Friends, p32 Groups

Daily Mirror

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

birminghamhippodrome.com/ patrons

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

FRIENDS

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Hippodrome Creatives Card

CREATIVES CARD

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

birminghamhippodrome.com/ creatives


2 Aug — 6 Aug Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £27 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

The Cher Show Six decades of stardom, over a hundred million records sold. Legend, icon, Queen. She is Cher and this is her show. Goddess warrior of pop turned Hollywood royalty, the Grammy®, Oscar®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning Queen of re-invention has conquered it all. It’s now time to turn back time with this fiercely fabulous kick-ass new musical, from the writer of Jersey Boys, to honour the original Queen of sass - the inimitable Cher. From a young kid with big dreams, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame, flying in the face of convention at every turn.

In a dazzling glitter fest of flamboyant glory, sparkling with Cher’s signature wit and style, you’ll be spinning in the aisles to the sounds of her biggest hits, including The Shoop Shoop Song, I Got You Babe, If I Could Turn Back Time, Strong Enough and Believe. A joyous party musical celebrating independence and individuality - be inspired by the greatest influencer of our time.

BSL Interpreted Wed 3 Aug 7.30pm Captioned Thu 4 Aug 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 6 Aug 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p32 Groups

Written by Tony award-winning Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this brand new UK production is directed by Arlene Phillips (Grease, Starlight Express), choreographed by Oti Mabuse (double Strictly winner) with costumes by Gabriella Slade (Spice World Tour, SIX). Cher the love and believe again!

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9 Aug — 27 Aug Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Thu 11 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £35 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Les Misérables Returning by popular demand following a sell-out run, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in August 2022. This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century”. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs; I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, One Day More, Master Of The House and many more.

Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 52 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. Storm the barricades for a ticket! “This reborn dream of a production looks and sounds fresher than ever” The Telegraph

“Dazzling! The audience stood and roared its approval”

Age Guidance 8+

Audio Described Sat 13 Aug 2.30pm BSL Interpreted Wed 17 Aug 7.30pm Captioned Thu 25 Aug 7.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p32 Groups

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

From £27 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Beautiful Age Guidance 10+

BSL Interpreted Wed 31 Aug 7.30pm Captioned Thu 1 Sep 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 3 Sep 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p32 Groups

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A brand new production of the award winning West End and Broadway show, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, comes to Birmingham Hippodrome. 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 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, with 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.


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

From £26.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Sister Act The Musical Brace yourselves Sisters! The eagerly anticipated Broadway and UK smashhit musical Sister Act is coming to Birmingham Hippodrome. This sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found a convent!

Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this joyous and hilarious musical is one nostalgia-filled trip back to the 70s that you will never forget.

Captioned Thu 6 Oct 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Wed 12 Oct 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 15 Oct 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p32 Groups

Star casting to be announced.

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

From £28 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p42).

Strictly Ballroom Age Guidance 7+

BSL Interpreted Wed 2 Nov 7.30pm Captioned Thu 3 Nov 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 5 Nov 2.30pm

Discounts Access

Strictly Ballroom the Musical, based on the award-winning world-wide film phenomenon, is heading to Birmingham Hippodrome, starring Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton!

Federation, he must dance with beginner, Fran. Together they find the courage to defy tradition and discover that to win, your steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom!

With direction from dancer, choreographer, theatre director and Britain’s favourite TV Judge, Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Ballroom the Musical will be foxtrotting to Birmingham in 2022.

Featuring toe tapping numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, as well as several wonderful new songs by internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. This spectacle is sure to make for an unforgettable evening under the glitter ball that will send your heart soaring!

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Bringing together a cast of over 20 world class performers, Strictly Ballroom the Musical follows rebellious young ballroom dancer, Scott Hastings. When his radical dance style sees him fall out of favour with the Australian


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thank you

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

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

Hippodrome Circle Patrons

Headline Act Patrons

David & Nicola George • Mark Hopton • Maureen & Roy Kirby • Anne & Matthew Lewis • Chris & Jane Loughran • Mr & Mrs Mosedale • Linda Sleath • Mark & Amanda Smith • Paul Twose

The Dickens Foundation • Dr & Mrs George Harrison • Marc & Michelle Messer • Emma & Peter Neads • Janette Rutter • Helen Thompson

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

Supporting Cast Patrons Mark, Liz & Holly Abrol • Fiona Allan • Christine Bachelor • Simon Bashford • Bridget Blow • Simon & Amanda Boardman-Weston • Richard Burke • Andrew & Sarah Connors • Teresa Cook • Adrian Cox • Marcus & Linda Daly • Rachel Davies • Gareth Edwards & Jane Mitchell • Patricia & Ronald Etchells • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Mark Forty • Katie Fraser • Neil & Jackie Frettsome • Kerry Jennings • Emma Griffin • Martin & Roni Guest • Pauline Hancock & Simon Derby • Joseph Hassett • Dorothy Hobson • David Jackson • Victoria J T Jenkins & George Constance • John Jeremy & Pamela Buckley • Jan Johnson • Rodney & Alyson Kettel • Claire Kimbley • Martin & Joanne King • Andy Le Marr • Martin Levermore & Michele Taylor • Lynne Myers • Katie Newbon • Win Palmer & Lola Ralph • Mrs Jill Parker • John & Jill Queenan • Dr and Mrs Reynolds • David & Jane Richardson • Emma Rowley • Mary Shaw • Sukhvinder Singh • Wendy Smith & Family • Christine Spittle • Gwen Stephens • Glynis Troth • Mrs Ann Wailing & Mrs Vanessa Ottley • Alex Watson • Anonymous Patrons

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

Name A Seat 2019 Pauline Bolton • Rebecca Carter • Lisa Cartwright • Natal Chapman • Barbara Colvin • Raj Dhokia • Sara Ellis • Joel Hales • Karen Heath • Joanne Huzzey • Mia Illsley • Sadie Jevons • Linda McLeod • Victoria Pritchard • David Richardson • Debbie Sangha • Peter Tod & Velocity Worldwide

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


Development Partners

Trusts & Foundations Arts Connect WM • The Bernard Piggott Trust • Birmingham Bodenham Trust • The Bishop of Birmingham Charitable Trust • CBRE Charitable Trust • Derek Hill Foundation • Edward & Dorothy Cadbury Trust • The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust • The Eveson Charitable Trust • The Garrick Charitable Trust • GJW Turner Trust • The Grantham Yorke Trust • The Grimmitt Trust • Hobson Charity • IMI Charitable Trust • The Oakley Charitable Trust - The Owen Family Trust • The Richardson Brothers Foundation • Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust • The Rowan Trust • The Saintbury Trust • The Sir Barry Jackson Trust • The Sir Robert Gooch Trust • Richard Burns - The Thousandth Man Trust • The Uncle Bill Trust • The W E Dunn Trust

Performance Partners

Associate Partners

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

Sponsors and Project Partners

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We’re looking forward to welcoming you…

Our Covid Measures We are constantly reviewing our processes and procedures in line with the latest government guidance, ensuring the safety of our visitors and teams. Our most up-to-date list of measures can be found online at birminghamhippodrome.com/CovidSafety

It’s easy to find us Main entrance address Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB. We also have a public entrance on Thorp St. We are easy to find and have great connections to public transport and nearby car parks. The Arcadian Car Park (Bromsgrove St, B5 6NU) opposite our main entrance has disabled parking with access to street level. Check networkwestmidlands.com for details on public transport routes, or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 (fees may apply). Both New Street and Moor Street train stations are very close and well signposted. Many bus routes and the West Midlands Metro pass very nearby, and we are well-served by taxi ranks. Please note Tickets are sold for the use of the buyer only (and his or her party) and are not for resale for commercial gain by the holder. We reserve the right to cancel tickets and refuse entry without refund if this condition is breached.

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

A note on ticket prices, discounts and charges • All ticket prices listed in this brochure and elsewhere are subject to change at any time. • In response to demand we may adapt prices, seating areas and discounting, and availability of concessions or discounts may be limited at our discretion. • Check online at birminghamhippodrome.com or call us on 0844 338 5000* for current prices. • Tickets for selected events may include a building improvement levy retained by Birmingham Hippodrome. • We will always endeavour to keep discounts as generous as possible so that no bookers are at a disadvantage. Discounts vary, cannot be combined nor applied retrospectively, and 42

Privacy Policy We regularly update our privacy policy to comply with the latest regulations. You can change your preferences at any time by contacting us online, by post or by phone. See birminghamhippodrome.com/privacypolicy. Donations When booking tickets, please consider making a small donation. 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, but very young children can get bored or easily upset by special effects. This is why, unless otherwise stated, we don’t admit children under 3 into our main house performances. See individual show pages or the website for more detailed age guidance. For family shows in our Patrick Studio, young children are welcome and we always indicate any terms or prices for babes in arms (18 months and under). Please book babes in arms in advance on 0844 338 5000.* Everyone admitted to the theatre needs a ticket. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult so we know they are safe. Access • Assisted Performances: for dates of relaxed, audiodescribed, captioned or BSL interpreted performances, please see the show pages or refer to the diary on pages 44/45. Visit birminghamhippodrome.com or call our Access phone line on 0121 689 1060 for further details. • Visually-impaired: Guide dogs are very welcome in the theatre and can be looked after by staff during performances. Should you require a seat close to entrances, please ask when booking. Please let us know when booking if you need any help. Please book your guide dog in with Ticket Sales in advance of your visit. • Deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing: if you’d like a receiver, just ask at Access Assistance Desk, located at our main entrance. We can arrange seats close to the signer or caption board for BSL interpreted and captioned performances. • Impaired mobility: Automatic doors and lifts are available for wheelchair users and we have wheelchair positions both in our main auditorium and Patrick Studio. We have accessible unisex and ambulant disabled toilets on all levels, plus low-level counter service. Toilet facilities To ensure everyone’s welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome, in common with an increasing number of public places, we’ve introduced all gender toilets on Level 4. Designated Male toilets and Female toilets are still available and easily accessible on all other floors. Enjoy your next visit! Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, changes may occur.

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


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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.

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited Registered Charity No. 510842 Glenn Howells (Chair) • Andrew Connors • Martin Guest • Andrew Hammond • Vidar Hjardeng MBE • Immy Kaur • Elizabeth Lawal • Harj Millington • Suzie Norton • Tru Powell • Ann Tonks Special Adviser: John Crabtree OBE 43


Performance diary

Dec Wed 15 Dear Santa 1pm Thu 16 Dear Santa 10am & 1pm Sat 18 Dear Santa 10am, 1pm & 4pm Sat 18 Jumprov! 7.45pm Sun 19 Dear Santa 10am, 1pm & 4pm Mon 20 Dear Santa 10am, 1pm & 4pm Tue 21 Dear Santa 10am, 1pm & 4pm Wed 22 Dear Santa 10am, 1pm & 4pm Thu 23 Dear Santa 10am, 1pm & 4pm Fri 24 Dear Santa 10am & 1pm

22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22

Fri 4 Beauty and the Beast Sat 5 Beauty and the Beast Sun 6 Beauty and the Beast Tue 8 Beauty and the Beast Wed 9 Beauty and the Beast Thu 10 Beauty and the Beast Fri 11 Beauty and the Beast Sat 12 Beauty and the Beast Sun 13 Beauty and the Beast Tue 15 Beauty and the Beast Wed 16 Beauty and the Beast Thu 17 Beauty and the Beast Fri 18 Beauty and the Beast

7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 2.30pm 1.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Fri 18 - UniSlam Sat 20 Sat 19 Beauty and the Beast Sun 20 Beauty and the Beast Tue 22 Beauty and the Beast Wed 23 Beauty and the Beast Thu 24 Beauty and the Beast Fri 25 Beauty and the Beast Sat 26 Beauty and the Beast

Various Times

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

10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 24 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Tue 29 The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time

7.30pm

Wed 30 The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time

2pm & 7.30pm

13

Thu 31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time

2pm & 7.30pm

13

13

Apr Fri 1 Sat 2 Tue 5 Wed 6

18 Dec - 30 Jan See p3

Feb Fri 4 Sat 5 Sat 5

Motionhouse - Nobody 1pm & 7.30pm Jumprov! 7.45pm Jack Dee 8pm

Tue 8

MB’s Nutcracker! 7.30pm

5

Wed 9 MB’s Nutcracker! 7.30pm

5

Thu 10 MB’s Nutcracker! Thu 10 DX - Starving Dingoes

2pm & 7.30pm 8pm

4 22 6

5 23

Fri 11 MB’s Nutcracker! 7.30pm

5

Sat 12 MB’s Nutcracker! 2.30pm Sun 13 Stewart Lee 8pm

5 6

& 7.30pm

Wed 16 VERVE Festival Various Times 23 - Sun 20 Fri 18 BRB Don Quixote 7.30pm 8 Sat 19 BRB Don Quixote 2.30pm & 7.30pm 8 Tue 22 BRB Don Quixote 7.30pm 8 Wed 23 BRB Don Quixote 7.30pm 8 Thu 24 BRB Don Quixote 2pm & 7.30pm 8 Fri 25 BRB First Steps 4.30pm 9 Fri 25 BRB Don Quixote 7.30pm 8 Sat 26 BRB Don Quixote 2.30pm & 7.30pm 8

Mar 44 05

Wed 2 DX - Overflow Thu 3 Beauty and the Beast

8pm 7.30pm

24 10

The Curious Incident of 7.30pm the Dog in The Night-Time The Curious Incident of 2.30pm the Dog in The Night-Time Joseph and the Amazing 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Dear Zoo 10.30am

13

& 7.30pm

13

14

& 1.30pm

25

Wed 6 Joseph and the Amazing 2pm & 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Thu 7 Dear Zoo 10.30am & 1.30pm

14

Thu 7 Fri 8 Fri 8 Sat 9

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dear Zoo Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dear Zoo

2pm & 7.30pm

25 14

10.30am & 1.30pm 7.30pm

25 14

10.30am, 1.30pm & 4pm 25

Sat 9 Joseph and the Amazing 2.30pm & 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Sun 10 Dear Zoo 11am Mon 11 Joseph and the Amazing 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Tue 12 Joseph and the Amazing 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Wed 13 Joseph and the Amazing 2pm & 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Thu 14 Joseph and the Amazing 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Fri 15 Joseph and the Amazing 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Sat 16 Joseph and the Amazing 2.30pm & 7.30pm Technicolor Dreamcoat Sun 17 Steve Backshall - Ocean 2pm Wed 20 WNO Jenufa 7.15pm Thu 21 WNO Don Giovanni 7pm Fri 22 WNO Don Giovanni 7pm Sat 23 WNO Madam Butterfly 7.15pm Sun 24 Romesh Ranganathan 8pm SOLD OUT Mon 25 Romesh Ranganathan 8pm SOLD OUT Tue 26 Romesh Ranganathan 8pm SOLD OUT Wed 27 Romesh Ranganathan 8pm SOLD OUT Fri 29 Akram Khan’s Jungle Book 1pm reimagined Sat 30 Akram Khan’s Jungle Book 1pm & 7pm reimagined

14 25 14 14 14 14 14 14 16 17 16 16 17 20 20


Tue 3 Mamma Mia! 7.30pm 18 Wed 4 Mamma Mia! 7.30pm 18 Thu 5 Mamma Mia! 2pm & 7.30pm 18 Fri 6 Mamma Mia! 7.30pm 18 Sat 7 Mamma Mia! 2.30pm & 7.30pm 18 Mon 9 Mamma Mia! 7.30pm 18 Tue 10 Mamma Mia! 7.30pm 18 Wed 11 Mamma Mia! 2pm & 7.30pm 18 Thu 12 Mamma Mia! 2pm & 7.30pm 18 Fri 13 Mamma Mia! 7.30pm 18 Sat 14 Mamma Mia! 2.30pm & 7.30pm 18 Mon 16 Waitress 7.30pm 21 Tue 17 Waitress 7.30pm 21 Wed 18 Waitress 2pm & 7.30pm 21 Thu 19 Waitress 7.30pm 21 Fri 20 Waitress 7.30pm 21 Sat 21 Oi Frog and Friends! 10.30am, 1pm & 3.30pm 25 Sat 21 Waitress 2.30pm & 7.30pm 21 Sun 22 Oi Frog and Friends! 10.30am, 1pm & 3.30pm 25 Tue 24 Oi Frog and Friends! 10.30am & 1pm 25 Tue 24 Magic Goes Wrong 7.30pm 26 Wed 25 Oi Frog and Friends! 10.30am & 1pm 25 Wed 25 Magic Goes Wrong 2pm & 7.30pm 26 Thu 26 Oi Frog and Friends! 10.30am & 1pm 25 Thu 26 Magic Goes Wrong 7.30pm 26 Fri 27 Magic Goes Wrong 7.30pm 26 Sat 28 Oi Frog and Friends! 10.30am, 1pm & 3.30pm 25 Sat 28 Magic Goes Wrong 2.30pm & 7.30pm 26 Sat 29 Oi Frog and Friends! 10.30am, 1pm & 3.30pm 25 Sun 29 Magic Goes Wrong 2.30pm 26 Tue 31 Bollywood DIVAS

7.30pm

20

Jun Fri 3 Joe Lycett 7.30pm SOLD OUT Sat 4 Joe Lycett 7.30pm SOLD OUT Mon 6 Singin’ in the Rain 7.30pm Tue 7 Singin’ in the Rain 7.30pm Wed 8 Singin’ in the Rain 2pm & 7.30pm Thu 9 Singin’ in the Rain 7.30pm Fri 10 Singin’ in the Rain 7.30pm Sat 11 Singin’ in the Rain 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sun 12 Russell Kane 8pm Tue 14 Rob Beckett 8pm

27 27 27 27 27 27 7 7

7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 2pm & 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 2.30pm & 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 2pm & 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30

Sat 30 We Will Rock You

2.30pm & 7.30pm

2.30pm & 7.30pm 29 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 2pm & 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 2.30pm & 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 2pm & 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 7.30pm 30 2.30pm & 7.30pm 30

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

30

Aug Tue 2 The Cher Show 7.30pm 33 Wed 3 The Cher Show 2pm & 7.30pm 33 Thu 4 The Cher Show 2pm & 7.30pm 33 Fri 5 The Cher Show 7.30pm 33 Sat 6 The Cher Show 2.30pm & 7.30pm 33 Tue 9 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Wed 10 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Thu 11 Les Misérables 2pm & 7.30pm 34 Fri 12 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Sat 13 Les Misérables 2.30pm & 7.30pm 34 Mon 15 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Tue 16 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Wed 17 Les Misérables 2pm & 7.30pm 34 Thu 18 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Fri 19 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Sat 20 Les Misérables 2.30pm & 7.30pm 34 Mon 22 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Tue 23 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Wed 24 Les Misérables 2pm & 7.30pm 34 Thu 25 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Fri 26 Les Misérables 7.30pm 34 Sat 27 Les Misérables 2.30pm & 7.30pm 34 Tue 30 Beautiful 7.30pm 36 Wed 31 Beautiful 2pm & 7.30pm 36

Sep Thu 1 Beautiful Fri 2 Beautiful Sat 3

Jul Sun 3 Oti Mabuse - I Am Here Mon 4 We Will Rock You Tue 5 We Will Rock You Wed 6 We Will Rock You Thu 7 We Will Rock You Fri 8 We Will Rock You Sat 9 We Will Rock You Mon 11 We Will Rock You Tue 12 We Will Rock You Wed 13 We Will Rock You Thu 14 We Will Rock You Fri 15 We Will Rock You Sat 16 We Will Rock You

Mon 18 We Will Rock You Tue 19 We Will Rock You Wed 20 We Will Rock You Thu 21 We Will Rock You Fri 22 We Will Rock You Sat 23 We Will Rock You Mon 25 We Will Rock You Tue 26 We Will Rock You Wed 27 We Will Rock You Thu 28 We Will Rock You Fri 29 We Will Rock You

2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm

Beautiful 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

36 36 36

Oct Tue 4 Sister Act 7.30pm 37 Wed 5 Sister Act 2pm & 7.30pm 37 Thu 6 Sister Act 7.30pm 37 Fri 7 Sister Act 7.30pm 37 Sat 8 Sister Act 2.30pm & 7.30pm 37 Sun 9 Joe McElderry - Freedom 7.30pm 29 Mon 10 Sister Act 7.30pm 37 Tue 11 Sister Act 7.30pm 37 Wed 12 Sister Act 2pm & 7.30pm 37 Thu 13 Sister Act 7.30pm 37 Fri 14 Sister Act 7.30pm 37 Sat 15 Sister Act 2.30pm & 7.30pm 37

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May

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45


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