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Autumn 2019 Then, Now, Always

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Front cover (top to bottom): Birmingham Royal Ballet –The Nutcracker (p18), SIX (p41), Rosie Kay’s Fantasia (p23), Welsh National Opera – Rigoletto (p15), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (p20). Flap (top to bottom): Summer in Southside (Jul 2019), ZooNation Young Company, Acosta Danza (p17) Spread (left to right): Hippodrome Education Network, West Side Story Youth Production (Aug 2019), Circus 1903 (p13), Summer in Southside (Jul 2019), Dada Masilo – Giselle (p9), B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival (May 2019), Chinese New Year (Feb 2019), The Color Purple (Jul 2019).


Our 120th birthday year has already brought us so many successes, and shows just how far the Hippodrome has evolved over recent years, especially our charitable work. As of September our Hippodrome Education Network will expand to 30 schools, we now have three young companies meeting weekly, and our first ever main stage youth production is taking place late August, West Side Story. Having been around 120 years, we are committed to the ongoing role we play in enriching the cultural life of the region – Then, Now and Always. Autumn brings two return visits – Acosta Danza promises Carlos Acosta strutting his stuff in Rooster, then ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop will again wow audiences with its wit and energy. We welcome the first visit of South African choreographer Dada Masilo, presenting her high-speed and exhilarating take on Giselle, and Hippodrome Associate Rosie Kay’s brand new production Fantasia. Then onto the phenomenal Circus 1903, a spectacular production described as “The Greatest Showman meets War Horse”. Look out for free workshops, performances and circus acts as part of our open day on Sat 26 October. We are thrilled that our Christmas season of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker and our own pantomime Snow White continue to draw in families year after year. This year Matt Slack is joined by Lesley Joseph, Faye Brookes, Joe McElderry and more – a stellar cast to make us undoubtedly the fairest panto in all the land!

Photo: Fiona Allan with Matt Slack and Glenn Howells (Chair of Birmingham HIppodrome Theatre Trust) at our 120th Birthday Gala in June 2019.

The new year brings a dance-filled Spring – the return of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, BRB’s Swan Lake and the Birmingham debut of Message In A Bottle, a Hippodrome co-production choreographed by another Associate Kate Prince, featuring a soundtrack of Sting hits. Spring then heats up with a new production of Priscilla, We Will Rock You, the hit new show SIX leading to not one, but two Cameron Mackintosh blockbusters – three weeks only of Les Misérables, and then a summer run of Phantom of the Opera, which goes on sale in September. We are lucky to have such a committed, loyal and enthusiastic audience. Thank you for your support, and know that every visit you make to the theatre ensures we can maintain our charitable impact. It really does make a difference to our city and region.

Fiona Allan Artistic Director & Chief Executive


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

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Romeo and Juliet Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the New Adventures company is joined by the West Midlands’ brightest young dance talent, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

This new production of Romeo and Juliet joins the popular New Adventures repertoire which includes Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Red Shoes returning Feb 2020.

FREE Post-Show Talk Tue 10 Sep

“The most eagerly awaited dance show of 2019”

Age Guidance 12+

The Daily Telegraph

Gala Evenings Thu 12 & Fri 13 Sep

Audio Described Sat 14 Sep 2.30pm

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Photography: Johan Persson

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

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Photo: Nine Sinatra Songs.

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BALLET BLACK The Suit Choreography Cathy Marston Music Philip Feeney Designs Jane Heather Lighting David Plater Dramaturgy Edward Kemp BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET A Brief Nostalgia Choreography Jack Lister Music Tom Harrold Designs Thomas Mika Lighting Alexander Berlage Nine Sinatra Songs Choreography Twyla Tharp ©1992 Songs sung by Frank Sinatra Scenic design originally by Santo Loquasto Original costumes by Oscar de la Renta Lighting originally by Jennifer Tipton A Brief Nostalgia is a co-production with Queensland Ballet. Ballet Now is generously supported by Oak Foundation’s Special Interest Programme, which provided major funding for the project. Ballet Now is also supported by the Foyle Foundation, Anthony Coombs and The Keith Coombs Trust, The Big Give 2017, The John Feeney Charitable Trust, The Leche Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, The Hochhauser Foundation, The H Steven and PE Wood Charitable Trust, The W and M Morris Charitable Trust, the estate of Judith and John Percival, and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s New Work Syndicate 2017 and Director’s Appeal 2017. 04

Autumn Mixed Bill A Brief Nostalgia | The Suit | Nine Sinatra Songs Birmingham Royal Ballet is proud to welcome Ballet Black, the multi awardwinning company dedicated to increasing diversity in ballet, to dance alongside them in this groundbreaking mixed bill. Ballet Black was founded and directed by Ballet Now Creative Consortium member, Cassa Pancho. The bill opens with A Brief Nostalgia, the latest Ballet Now commission from young choreographer and Queensland Ballet dancer Jack Lister and composer Tom Harrold. Second is Ballet Black’s The Suit, a powerful South African fable of love, destruction and oppression re-imagined by Cathy Marston in this critically acclaimed and National Dance Award-winning production. The bill will close with Twyla Tharp’s sizzling tribute to Old Blue Eyes, Nine Sinatra Songs.

Jack Lister’s A Brief Nostalgia will feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Martin Georgiev. Save up to 20% on a year’s worth of ballet tickets with a BRB subscription package. “Marston’s taut new ballet shows tragedy bursting out of the seams of everyday life” The Independent on The Suit

Photo: The Suit. © Bill Cooper.

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

From £20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

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

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 27 Sep 6.30pm

At night, a sorrowful Albrecht visits Giselle’s grave, but he is in terrible danger. The bitter ghosts of jilted brides rise and condemn him to dance himself to death. Only Giselle’s love from beyond the grave can save him. Performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Philip Ellis and Jonathan Lo.

Class on Stage Sat 28 Sep 11.15am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 28 Sep 12-2.30pm (for matinée ticket holders) Touch Tour Sat 28 Sep 10.30am Audio Described Sat 28 Sep 2.30pm

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The Irish Times Choreography Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and David Bintley Music Adolphe Adam Production David Bintley and Galina Samsova Designs Hayden Griffin Lighting Mark Jonathan Photo: Momoko Hirata as Giselle. © Bella Kotak. 05


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ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS EVER WRITTEN’ SUNDAY TIMES

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...THEIR DESTINY JOINED THEM TOGETHER


‘A TRIUMPHANT EVENING... UNMISSABLE AND UNBEATABLE’ THE SPECTATOR

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

From £23 Prices and discounts subject to change, and a 6% external transaction charge applies (see p46), postage from £1.50.

‘GRITTY, GRIPPING, SUPERB’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

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MUSICAL ALL MAJOR AWA R D S

Blood Brothers Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

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

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi award-winning Blood Brothers.

“Dazzling”

Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

“Terrific”

It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).

FREE Post-Show Talk Tue 8 Oct

Age Guidance 12+

Captioned Thu 3 Oct 7.30pm The Sunday Telegraph

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

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15 Oct & 16 Oct

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18 Oct & 19 Oct

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Dance Consortium presents

Sadler's Wells, London presents

Dada Masilo Giselle

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

South Africa’s internationally renowned choreographer, Dada Masilo, presents her fearless re-imagining of the iconic classic, Giselle. Opening in a lively South African village, Masilo’s Giselle tells the story of a trusting peasant girl who is thrust into a world of betrayal and shame when her lover rejects her. Performing in the title role, Masilo brings her stunning high-speed style to the stage, fusing ballet, contemporary and traditional Tswana dance. Joined by an extraordinarily talented company of dancers and powered by a beautiful score by Philip Miller, combining classical strings with African percussion and voice, this is ballet, but not as you know it.

ZooNation’s smash-hit sensation thrilled audiences and critics when it opened in 2011, prompting an Olivier Award nomination and standing ovations with its infectious “wit, heart and magnificent energy” (The Independent). Written and directed by Sadler’s Wells and Birmingham Hippodrome Associate Kate Prince with original music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

Age Guidance 12+ Contains some partial nudity

Age Guidance 7+

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FREE Post-Show Talk Fri 18 Oct

FREE Pre-Show Talk Wed 16 Oct

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With a nod to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Some Like It Hip Hop tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity and revolution, as two women take on a male-dominated world by disguising themselves as men.

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Comedy

20 Oct

Sun 7.30pm

From £32.50

14 Nov

Thu 7.30pm

£32.50

Phil McIntyre Live presents

Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents

An Evening with Lenny Henry: Who Am I, Again?

Ben Elton

The legendary Lenny Henry is one of Britain’s best-known and celebrated comedians, with a career which spans cult stardom on children’s television to writer, radio DJ, TV presenter, co-founder of Comic Relief and awardwinning actor.

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

In the first half of the evening, Lenny will take the audience through a jam session of funny and sad memories and stories. With his mother’s mantra of ‘H’integration’ echoing in his ears, Lenny will recount setting out on his rollercoaster ride of a career - but at every stage wondering: Am I good enough? Is this what they want? In part two, Lenny will be interviewed by friend, broadcaster and author Jon Canter, for further insights into his life and career, followed by questions from the audience. Come and enjoy these honest and tender stories, told with a glorious sense of humour and help Lenny figure out ‘Who Am I, Again?’

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

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing to beat Ben Elton live!” Evening Standard Street Food & Laughs Thu 14 Nov

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Thu & Fri 8pm

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3 May & 4 May

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£25.50

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Off The Kerb Productions presents

Rob Beckett: Wallop

Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic’s Mixtape

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

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

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

Comedy

6 Feb & 7 Feb

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

“The best yet...efficient, irresistible comedy” The Guardian

Metro

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

“He has the natural swagger of a comedian who knows how to dominate a room” The Times

The Guardian

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120 YEARS OF

BIRTHDAY OPEN DAY

SAT 26 OCT Celebrating our circus origins, join us for a spectacular showcase to mark our 120th birthday! — Circus acts in the Bullring & Grand Central — Walkabout performances — Circus workshops inspired by Circus 1903 — Hippodrome Heritage Talks and Tours 12

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25 Oct — 2 Nov Tue – Sat 7.30pm Tue – Sat 3pm Sun 27 Oct 1pm & 5.15pm Sat 2 Nov 11am

From £15.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

Circus 1903 Roll up! Roll up! Direct from a sell-out run at London’s Southbank Centre, experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus.

“Roll up, roll up for a circus that’s simply topping! Ringside magic”

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

“This sparky show is a tribute to the heyday of entertainment in the big top. Highly entertaining”

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

BSL Interpreted Wed 30 Oct 7.30pm Captioned Thu 31 Oct 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 2 Nov 3pm

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“This thrilling compendium of acrobatics, juggling, jokes and danger is enjoyable. Slick. Spectacular”

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The Times

Half-Term fun! FREE circus activities before the show. Tue 29 Oct - Fri 1 Nov, 1-3pm

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5&8 Nov & 7 May

Tue, Fri & Thu 7.15pm

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Carmen Bizet No-one can resist the charms of opera’s ultimate seductress Carmen. Carefree and spirited she is determined to keep her independence, so when she enchants the soldier, Don José who sacrifices his old life for her, she is unprepared for the events that will evolve. Bored, she turns her attention to the handsome Escamillo, and Don José’s jealousy erupts into a thrilling finale. Jo Davies’ new production, set in 1970 South America, will bring all the passion and drama expected of this iconic opera. Bizet’s alluring music, from the famous Toreador Song to Carmen’s provocative Habanera, exposes the emotion of the characters to create a tension that will keep you on the edge of your seat. FREE Pre-Show Talk Tue 5, Fri 8 Nov & Thu 7 May 6.15pm Touch Tour Fri 8 Nov 6pm Audio Described Fri 8 Nov 7.15pm Cast for Nov Carmen - Virginie Verrez Don José - Dimitri Pittas Escamillo - Phillip Rhodes Micaëla - Anita Watson Morales - Ross Ramgobin Frasquita - Harriet Eyley Mercedes - Angela Simkin

Cast for May Carmen - Julia Mintzer Don José - Peter Auty Escamillo - Phillip Rhodes Micaëla - Elin Pritchard Morales - Ross Ramgobin Zuniga - John Savournin Frasquita - Harriet Eyley

Director Jo Davies Conductor Tomáš Hanus Set Designer Leslie Travers Costume Designer Gabrielle Dalton Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick Movement Director Denni Sayers

Director Jo Davies Conductor Andrew Greenwood Set Designer Leslie Travers Costume Designer Gabrielle Dalton Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick Movement Director Denni Sayers

wno.org.uk/carmen #WNOcarmen Sung in French, with English surtitles. 14

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6 Nov & 9 Nov

Wed 7.15pm & Sat 3pm

From £22

7 Nov

Thu 7.30pm

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Rigoletto

The Cunning Little Vixen

Verdi

Janáček

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

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

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

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

FREE Pre-Show Talk Wed 6 Nov 6.15pm

A co-production with Scottish Opera. FREE Pre-Show Talk Thu 7 Nov 6.30pm

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

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

Conductor Alexander Joel Director James Macdonald Designer Robert Innes Hopkins Lighting Designer Simon Mills

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

wno.org.uk/rigoletto #WNOrigoletto

wno.org.uk/vixen #WNOvixen

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Sung in Czech, with English surtitles.

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

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We are an independent, not-for-profit charity committed to enriching the cultural life of the region. All your support - from tickets and memberships to ice cream sales - helps to fund Hippodrome Projects engaging over 250,000 people each year. birminghamhippodrome.com/projects

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

Schools We provide over 40,000 theatre experiences every year for school students across the West Midlands.

FREE family fun every school holiday. Young Companies & Youth Programmes Talent development and weekly workshops for all abilities.

Find out how your school can get involved at schools@ birminghamhippodrome.com

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


Mon & Tue 7.30pm, Tue 2pm

13 Nov

From £13

Wed 8pm

From £27.50

Photo: Tristram Kenton

11 Nov & 12 Nov

Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions present

ACOSTA DANZA Rooster | Paysage, Soudain, la nuit | Faun International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his critically acclaimed Cuban company to Birmingham Hippodrome ahead of his exciting appointment as Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020. Acosta himself makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The company also perform works, Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Satori, by breakthrough Cuban choreographer Raúl Reinoso. Inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après midi d’un faune, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui completes the bill with masterpiece Faun, set to Debussy’s original score with additional music from Nitin Sawhney.

This Filthy World John Waters SHOUT Festival in association with Birmingham Hippodrome are beyond excited to bring a queer icon, a living legend, and the master of filth, John Waters to Birmingham for the very first time to celebrate 10 years of SHOUT in the city. John Waters’ one-man show is a ‘vaudeville’ act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called ‘The Pope of Trash’. Focusing in on Waters’ early artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of the contemporary art world, this joyously devious evening elevates all that is trashy in life into a call to arms to ‘filth followers’ everywhere. “A raconteur of the first order”

Age Guidance 12+ Contains some partial nudity

New York Times

FREE Post-Show Talk Mon 11 Nov

Age Guidance 18+ Includes use of strong language and adult content

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22 Nov — 14 Dec See diary p48-49 for performance times

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Age Guidance 5+

The Nutcracker FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 29 Nov, 6.30pm

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

In this most festive of ballets, gigantic sets, lavish costumes and 60 dancers combine to make the perfect Christmas treat for all ages, all brought to life with Tchaikovsky’s sparkling score, played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

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

Class on Stage Sat 23 Nov 11.15am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 23 Nov 12-2pm (for matinée ticket holders) Touch Tour Sat 23 Nov 10.30am Audio Described Sat 23 Nov 2.30pm

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Birmingham Post

A mysterious magician, a magical Christmas tree and a handsome prince with an army of toy soldiers all add to the delight.

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

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“Infectious magic”

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The Independent Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Production Peter Wright Designs John F. Macfarlane Lighting David A. Finn Photo: Karla Doorbar as Clara. © Bella Kotak. 19


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21 Dec — 2 Feb From £17 Prices and discounts subject to change and a 6% external transaction charge applies (see p46), postage from £1.50.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Age Guidance 5+

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, don’t miss the fairest panto of them all!

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

Following last year’s high-flying adventure Peter Pan, we can’t wait for this year’s unmissable pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which comes to Birmingham Hippodrome for Christmas 2019! Packed with comedy and festive fun, this magical pantomime brings together a galaxy of stars for Britain’s biggest regional panto. With Birds of a Feather’s Lesley Joseph as The Wicked Queen, Birmingham panto favourite Matt Slack as Muddles, X Factor winner Joe McElderry as The Spirit of The Mirror, Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes as Snow White, joined by Britain’s Got Talent finalists Flawless, Midlands YouTube phenomenon Doreen Tipton and the return of panto dame Andrew Ryan, there really is no end to the talent in this year’s panto spectacular.

Snow White is brought to life with beautiful costumes and stunning set designs, which transfer to Birmingham from Qdos Entertainment’s sold-out production at The London Palladium.

BSL Interpreted Sun 12 Jan 1pm & 5.15pm Touch Tour Wed 15 Jan 12.30pm & Sat 18 Jan 1pm Audio Described Wed 15 Jan 2pm & Sat 18 Jan 2.30pm

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

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

Birmingham Mail

“A razzamatazz, high-kicking, glitzy extravaganza”

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Try something new!


12 Sep

Thu 8pm

From £10 Mawaan Rizwan

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

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

“Full on feel good show” Evening Standard

The Times

25 Sep & 26 Sep

Wed & Thu 7.45pm

From £10 Rosie Kay Dance Company presents

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

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Age Guidance

FREE Talk

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Juice

14+

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Rosie Kay’s Fantasia

12+

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8 Oct & 9 Oct

Tue & Wed 10.30am, 1pm & 7pm

From £10 Theatr na nÓg and Swansea Grand Theatre present

Eye of the Storm Best Show for Children and Young People Wales Theatre Awards 2018. Meet Emmie Price. For the last 5 years her life has been a whirlwind. It’s a world torn between caring for her bipolar mum, pursuing a passion for tornados, and proving she’s got what it takes at school. But Emmie knows one day that’s all going to change. One day she’s going to become a storm chaser… in America. An unmissable original musical play set in the Welsh Valleys to a soundtrack steeped in Americana from Grammy Award winner Amy Wadge (Thinkin’ Out Loud with Ed Sheeran, Keeping Faith) and performed live on stage by a cast of eight talented actor musicians. 11 Oct, 8 Nov & 31 Jan

Fri 7.45pm

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

Hit the Ode Presented by Birmingham Hippodrome and Apples and Snakes, Hit the Ode is a unique performance poetry night bringing remarkable spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham. In October, as part of Birmingham Literature Festival, Hippodrome Young Poets perform alongside renowned poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and award-winning performer Jasmine Gardosi. November’s SHOUT Festival special welcomes poet, comedian and activist Jackie Hagan. In January Anthony Anaxagorou will perform excerpts from his new collection ‘After the Formalities’. P

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Age Guidance

FREE Talk

Eye of the Storm

8+

Post-Show Tue 8 & Wed 9 Oct 10.30am & 1pm

Hit the Ode

14+

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17 Oct — 20 Oct

Thu – Sun, various times

From £12 Fierce Festival Birmingham Hippodrome and DanceXchange are delighted to be partners with Fierce Festival, one of the UK’s most respected festivals of Live Art. Embracing theatre, dance, music, installations, activism, digital practices and parties, Fierce fills the city with new performances to create surprising, provocative and inspiring moments for audiences in the West Midlands and beyond. Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome: SOFTLAMP.autonomies - Thu 17 Oct Joseph Keckler In Concert - Fri 18 & Sat 19 Oct Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break Fri 18 & Sat 19 Oct iFeel2 - Sun 20 Oct P

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22 Oct — 24 Oct

Tue – Thu 1pm, Wed & Thu 7pm

From £10 Emanuel Gat Dance & Théâtre National de Chaillot present

YOOO!!! YOOO!!! is a hip-hop and contemporary dance show for all ages, uniting popping, locking, commercial and freestyle in a high energy, feel good performance with interactive elements. The soundtrack builds before your eyes through video projection, infusing the dancers’ bodies with percussion, bass and electronic waves, while audience members get to literally raise the decibel levels in the room. P

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Age Guidance

FREE Talk

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Fierce Festival

14+ / 16+ / 12+

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Post-Show Wed 23 Oct 7pm

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YOOO!!! is part of FranceDance UK, a UK-wide festival of contemporary dance presented by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni #FranceDanceUK

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30 Oct & 31 Oct

Wed & Thu 8pm

£14 (£12 conc.) DanceXchange presents

Rambert2 Photo: Nicholas Guttridge & Benoit Swan Pouffer. Dancers wearing COTTWEILER.

Mixed Bill Fierce new moves from fierce new dancers – the world’s most exhilarating early career dancers bring their latest creations to Birmingham. Formed each year from a global search for new contemporary dance talent, Rambert2’s dancers combine technical virtuosity with raw energy. This new programme features Sin, a duet by Damian Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created as part of their 2010 piece Babel(words). It also includes new work by Andrea Miller, a star of the New York dance scene and Jermaine Spivey, a dancer and choreographer best known for his performances with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot. “Edgy, cool, challenging, excellent” The Guardian on Rambert2

19 Nov & 20 Nov

Tue 7.45pm & Wed 1pm

From £10 Anjali Dance Company presents

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

Photo: Judie Waldmann

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

Age Guidance Rambert2

12+

Post-Show Wed 30 Oct

Genius

8+

Post-Show Tue 19 & Wed 20 Nov

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Relaxed Performance

FREE Talk

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29 Nov & 30 Nov

Fri & Sat 6pm, Fri 10.30am, Sat 2pm

£12 (£8 conc.) DanceXchange presents Luca Silvestrini’s Protein

The Little Prince Welcome to the incredible story of The Little Prince, retold by a pilot stranded in the desert.

Photo: Chris Nash

Find out how the Little Prince leaves behind his own tiny asteroid and journeys through the universe, coming face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups! Once on planet Earth, the Little Prince is welcomed by a mysterious snake and a wise fox before encountering the lone pilot. Together they discover the beauty of friendship and the complexity of love. Based on the world-famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is brought to life using Protein’s award-winning mix of dance, humour and spoken word. “Charming, imaginative and playful”

22 Jan & 23 Jan

The Stage

Wed & Thu 7.45pm

From £10 Ad Infinitum

Extraordinary Wall of Silence Helen, Alan, and Graham are told they are impaired and need fixing. As they begin to question the world, three powerful coming-of-age stories unfold, uniting in a struggle against ignorance and oppression. Ad Infinitum combine physical storytelling with the beauty of Sign Language in an unmissable feast for the senses. Extraordinary Wall of Silence is a bilingual performance in BSL and English from the makers of Translunar Paradise and No Kids. “One of contemporary theatre’s vital organs” Time Out P

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BSL Performance

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5+

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Extraordinary Wall of Silence

14+

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Wed 22 & Thu 23 Jan 7.45pm

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Assisted Performances We do all we can to enable everyone to experience theatre. Audio Described Performances & Touch Tours Listen to a live description on a discreet headset. Pre-show, enjoy a touch tour to familiarise yourself with the set and costumes. Captioned Performances If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing watch the script unfold on a display screen. BSL Interpreted Performances A signer communicates the script and sounds of the show, using gestures and expressions. Relaxed Performances For audiences with specific needs, such as an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder, plus anyone who would enjoy a more relaxed environment.

Remember a Charity Week 9 - 15 Sep Join others in supporting the theatre you love by attending a free seminar on leaving a legacy gift to charities, or receiving a leaflet on ways you could remember Birmingham Hippodrome in your will. Email fundraising@birminghamhippodrome.com for more information To find out more and book tickets phone our Access Line 0121 689 1060 birminghamhippodrome.com/access P

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

From £22 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

Matthew Bourne / A New Adventures Production

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

cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Groothuis. The Red Shoes sold out its first visit to the Hippodrome and returned for an unprecedented second week due to phenomenal demand when it again smashed box office records. Early booking is highly recommended for the show’s much anticipated return.

FREE Post-Show Talk Tue 11 Feb

Audio Described Sat 15 Feb 2.30pm

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“Matthew Bourne works his magic. Blissful” The Daily Telegraph

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

“Enthralling. Richly satisfying” The Guardian

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18 Feb — 29 Feb Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £21.50

Photo: Swan Lake © Andrew Ross.

Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

Swan Lake Ballet’s greatest love story returns in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s lavish production. This romantic fable of illfated passion, powerfully illuminated by Tchaikovsky’s legendary score played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, has bewitched audiences for generations. By a moonlit lake, a grieving prince witnesses the transformation of a swan into a beautiful princess. Compelled by an evil spell to spend her days in the form of a bird, she can only be saved by the power of love.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 28 Feb 6.30pm

Filled with exquisite ensembles, lyrical pas de deux and bravura solos, this Swan Lake is atmospheric, romantic and beautiful – an unforgettable experience.

Class on Stage Sat 22 Feb 11.15am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 22 Feb 12-2.30pm (for matinée ticket holders) Touch Tour Sat 22 Feb 10.30am

Save up to 20% on a year’s worth of ballet tickets with a BRB subscription package.

Audio Described Sat 22 Feb 2.30pm

Discounts Access

“What a joy to see this as your first Swan Lake or even first ballet; you would always know what it ought to be like” theartsdesk.com

First Steps: Swan Lake Fri 21 Feb 4.30pm £12.50 An hour-long, interactive show, adapted for children aged 3+, featuring ballet excerpts from Swan Lake, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s amazing dancers and orchestra.

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Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa Production Peter Wright, Galina Samsova Designs Philip Prowse Lighting Peter Teigen

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

From £15 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

A Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK production

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

Age Guidance 5+

Audio Described Sat 11 Apr 2.30pm

Discounts Access Friends, p8 Groups S

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In association with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry. Research and development supported by The Movement.

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

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

“Pulse-racingly choreographed by Kate Prince” Time Out (on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)

“Glorious. This show has wit, heart and magnificent energy” The Independent (on Some Like It Hip Hop)

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

From £26.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The iconic musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is coming to Birmingham Hippodrome for the first time! Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heartwarming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

Age Guidance 13+ (strong language)

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

BSL Interpreted Wed 15 Apr 7.30pm Captioned Thu 16 Apr 7.30pm

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

Audio Described Sat 18 Apr 2.30pm

The Daily Telegraph Discounts Access Friends, p8

With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including

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THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON RETURNS

‘A KIND OF MAGIC. SPECTACULAR.

MAGNIFICO!’ The Sun

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‘AN UNMISSABLE EVENT AND A SUMPTUOUS PIECE OF MUSICAL THEATRE.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON, AND ON’

20 Apr — 2 May

Capital Radio Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £31 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

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

“A spectacular musical!”

Gala Evening Thu 23 Apr

Daily Express

“A new breed of musical - brilliant” Age Guidance 5+

BBC Newsnight

“Exhilarating and great fun”

Captioned Thu 23 Apr 7.30pm

Time Magazine

BSL Interpreted Wed 29 Apr 7.30pm

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

Audio Described Sat 2 May 2.30pm

Daily Mirror Discounts Access Friends, p8 Groups S

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6 May

Wed 7pm

9 May

From £22

Sat 6.30pm

From £22

The Marriage of Figaro

Les vêpres siciliennes

Mozart

Verdi

It’s supposed to be the happiest day of Figaro and Susanna’s lives but will their wedding even go ahead? Through a series of twists and turns, The Marriage of Figaro will keep you guessing until the final scene, with Mozart’s sublime score brilliantly bringing the action to life.

Hélène seeks justice for her murdered brother, as revenge and revolution set the scene for Les vêpres siciliennes. As Hélène’s sweetheart Henri, prepares to destroy his killer, a dark secret is revealed. Among the confusion and betrayal, the sound of wedding bells ring out, signalling the massacre that will destroy them all.

WNO’s period-set production has all the ingredients of a classic opera. Elegant sets, opulent costumes and an exceptional ensemble cast combine to pay homage to one of the greatest comic operas of its time.

Based around true events which occurred in Sicily in 1282, Verdi’s grand opera features wonderful choruses and breath-taking arias, including the Bolero. In this striking new production the creative team behind La forza del destino and Un ballo in maschera reunite to complete WNO’s Verdi Trilogy.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Wed 6 May 6pm Touch Tour Wed 6 May 5.45pm Audio Described Wed 6 May 7pm

FREE Pre-Show Talk Sat 9 May 5.30pm Cast Henri - Jung Soo Yun Hélène - Anush Hovhannisyan Jean Procida - Wojtek Gierlach Le Sire de Béthune - Wyn Pencarreg Ninette - Christine Byrne Daniéli / Mainfroid - Robyn Lyn Evans

Cast Count Almaviva - Jonathan McGovern Figaro - David Ireland Don Basilio / Don Curzio - Richard Roberts Countess Almaviva - Anita Watson

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Director Tobias Richter Conductor TBC Set Designer Ralph Koltai Costume Designer Sue Blane Lighting Designer Linus Fellbom Choreographer Denni Sayers

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

wno.org.uk/marriage #WNOmarriage

wno.org.uk/vepres #WNOvepres

Sung in Italian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

Sung in French, with English and Welsh surtitles.

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

From £32 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

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 20 May 7.30pm Captioned Thu 21 May 7.30pm

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

Audio Described Sat 30 May 2.30pm

“IT’S ABBA-SOLUTELY FANTASTIC”

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Birmingham What’s On

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19 Jun — 27 Jun Tue – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

FREE Pre-Show Talk Fri 26 Jun 6.30pm

Don Quixote

Class on Stage Sat 27 Jun 11.15am £10 (FREE to BRB Friends) FREE Audience Open Day Sat 27 Jun 12 - 2.30pm (for matinée ticket holders) Touch Tour Sat 27 Jun 10.30am Audio Described Sat 27 Jun 2.30pm

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Carlos Acosta’s stunning version of the dazzling, Cervantes-inspired comedy receives its first UK performances outside London. Based on Marius Petipa’s virtuoso ballet with music by Ludwig Minkus, Don Quixote introduces us to the eponymous 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, he finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.

Renowned for its virtuoso pas de deux, Don Quixote has never been danced by Birmingham Royal Ballet before. We welcome this vivid, exciting and largescale production to the Hippodrome stage. Save up to 20% on a year’s worth of ballet tickets with a BRB subscription package. “Carlos Acosta’s sunny romp of a production...no revision has been as successful” The Arts Desk


30 Jun — 18 Jul Mon – Sat 7.30pm Thu 2, Wed 8 & 15 Jul 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £35 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

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 in June 2020. 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.

“This reborn dream of a production looks and sounds fresher than ever”

Age Guidance 8+

The Daily Telegraph Audio Described Sat 4 Jul 2.30pm

“Dazzling! The audience stood and roared its approval”

BSL Interpreted Wed 8 Jul 7.30pm

The Times

Captioned Thu 16 Jul 7.30pm

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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!

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Our space for hire 120 YEARS OF

Let’s party like it’s 1899!

We’re so much more than just a theatre. Make our awardwinning venue the number one destination for your meetings, conferences, workshops or training events – all delivered with theatrical flair.

This year we’re celebrating our 120th anniversary – do you have something to celebrate?

Alongside our magnificent auditorium, spacious foyers and 200 seat studio, we have contemporary spaces with in-house technical and catering support.

We’re the perfect venue to host your celebrations; you can reward colleagues, thank clients or get together with family and friends. We have versatile facilities, creative ideas and award-winning hospitality. Call Charlie on 0121 689 3085 or email events@birminghamhippodrome.com to start a conversation.

Contact our Events Team on 0121 689 3085 or email events@birminghamhippodrome.com to create your own show-stopping event.


21Jul — 25 Jul Tue & Thu 8pm Wed, Fri & Sat 6pm & 8.30pm

From £20 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

SIX Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, the sellout international smash hit SIX is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red. It’s time they told their story. Think you know the rhyme, think again...

Running time 80min

“80 minutes of exhilarating entertainment from 6 killer Queens. They will, they will rock you!”

Age Guidance 10+

BSL Interpreted Wed 22 Jul 6pm

Daily Express

Captioned Thu 23 Jul 8pm

“Captivating and exhilarating. Do yourself a favour and go and party with SIX. You won’t regret it!” Attitude

Audio Described Sat 25 Jul 6pm

Discounts Access

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

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Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!

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15 Sep — 26 Sep Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed 2pm Sat 2.30pm

From £26.50 Prices and discounts subject to change (see p46), postage from £1.50.

Sister Act FREE Post-Show Talk Wed 23 Sep 7.30pm Captioned Thu 17 Sep 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Wed 23 Sep 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 26 Sep 2.30pm

Returning with a brand-new production - the Broadway, West End and UK smash-hit musical is back! Produced by Jamie Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg and starring Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, Chicago, Loose Women) in the especially rewritten role of Deloris Van Cartier.

Discounts Access Friends, p8 Groups

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Based on the iconic movie, 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), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is the funniest and funkiest musical around. It’s gonna be Fabulous, Baby!


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Thank you to all the individual donors, members, Trusts & Foundations who share our vision to achieve ambitious aims for Hippodrome Projects. CREATIVE PROJECTS Major Gifts Mrs A Cole • Racheal & Adrian Jessop • Mrs T Justham • Mr & Mrs Mosedale • Mark & Amanda Smith • Peter Tod Mr J. Weston • Anonymous Donors

Hippodrome Circle Patrons £3,000+ a year David & Nicola George • Mark Hopton • Maureen & Roy Kirby • Anne & Matthew Lewis • Chris & Jane Loughran Duncan Mathieson • Mr & Mrs Mosedale • Linda Sleath • Mark & Amanda Smith • Simon & Kath Winner

Headline Act Patrons £1,400 – £2,999 a year The Dickens Foundation • Matthew & Jennie Hammond • Dr & Mrs George Harrison • Marc & Michelle Messer Emma & Peter Neads • Mr & Mrs J Quinn • Janette Rutter • Paul Twose

Leading Role Patrons £700 – £1,399 a year Jim & Birdie Ceaser • John & Heather Clemson • Sara & Tim Fowler • Anthony & Daisy Great Wyrley • Averil Green Andy & Rebecca Hammond • Steve & Erin Kearney & Maria Mosley • Debbie & Mark Lilburne • Michael & Cerys Luckman Jeremy & Harjinder Millington • Tony & Julie Phillips • Helen Thompson • Steve & Suzie Whittern • Neil & Polly Wilson Phillip Wright • David & Janine Young

Supporting Cast Patrons £250 – £699 a year Mark, Liz & Holly Abrol • Fiona Allan • Christine Bachelor • Simon Bashford • Bridget Blow Simon & Amanda Boardman-Weston • Richard Burke • Andrew & Sarah Connors • Teresa Cook • Adrian Cox John & Diana Crabtree • Marcus & Linda Daly • Eileen Doyle • Anna & Nick East • Gareth Edwards & Jane Mitchell Patricia & Ronald Etchells • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Mark Forty • Katie Fraser • Neil & Jackie Frettsome David & Beryl Glanfield • Jill & Jeremy Griffin • Martin & Roni Guest • Claire & Mark Hales • Pauline Hancock & Simon Derby Joseph Hassett • Ivan Heard • Dorothy Hobson • Brian & Diana Hughes • Justine & Paul Irish • David Jackson Victoria J T Jenkins & George Constance • John Jeremy & Pamela Buckley • Rodney & Alyson Kettel • Martin & Joanne King Andy Le Marr • Martin Levermore & Michele Taylor • Maureen Levermore • Doug Wright & Kate Miller • Lynne Myers Ralph & Linden Osborn • Win Palmer & Lola Ralph • Mrs Jill Parker • John & Sandra Phenix • Jeff & Kate Quantrill John & Jill Queenan • Dr & Mrs Reynolds • David & Jane Richardson • Emma Rowley • Don & Diane Scriven • Mary Shaw Sukhvinder Singh • Wendy Smith & Family • Dr N & Mrs C Speak • Christine Spittle • Gwen Stephens • Glynis Troth Mrs Ann Wailing & Mrs Vanessa Ottley • Richard & Maggie Waller

1899 Club Frederick Anderson • Wendy Barnard • Maureen Booth • James Clews • Kirsty Davies • Mr & Mrs P Davies • Jessica Dunnicliff David & Beryl Glanfield • Colette Jones • Rob Macpherson • Rachael Magson • Rosie Milsom • Jackie Newport John & Teresa Purser • Roger Rivett • Alastair M Smith • Ann Tonks • Mr J Weston • Adam T Wilkinson • Anonymous Donors

Trusts & Foundations Arts Connect WM • The Bernard Piggott Trust • Birmingham Bodenham Trust • Children and the Arts • The Dumbreck Charity Esmée Fairbairn Foundation • The Eveson Charitable Trust • Garfield Weston Foundationt • GJW Turner Trust The Grimmitt Trust • HSBC Community Fund • The National Lottery Heritage Fund • Quayle Trust Sir Robert Gooch Charitable Trust • Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust The Thousandth Man – Richard Burns Charitable Trust • The Uncle Bill Trust • The W E Dunn Trust • William A Cadbury Trust

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

Development Partners

Performance Partners

Associate Partners

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

Hippodrome Leading Ladies AVA Events Styling • Barques • Benussi & Co • Biddle & Webb • Vivienne Bailey Photography Suzanne Barnes Design Partnership • Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust Consulting Rooms Birmingham • Cure Leukaemia • FBC Manby Bowdler • Freeths LLP • Holiday Inn HSBC • Irwin Mitchell • Lambert Smith Hampton • Leonard Curtis Business Solutions • Messam & Rider Ltd Joanne Malin • Northwood Solihull • Oyster Club • Smith Cooper • Park Regis Birmingham • PwC The Travel Genius • The Wilderness • Wills & Legal Services Chinese New Year 2019

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

Curtain Raiser 2019

Assisted Performances

Print Partner

Relaxed Performance 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 (fees may apply). Both New Street and Moor Street train stations are very close and well signposted. Many bus routes and the West Midlands Metro pass very nearby, and we are well-served by taxi ranks.

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

How to book You can book or reserve tickets, become a Friend, reserve a restaurant table, make a donation or just ask us a question. • Tickets and information 0844 338 5000 (calls cost 4.5p per min plus your phone company’s access charge). • 10am – 8pm (performance days), 10am – 6pm (non-performance days). We are closed most Sundays, with a reduced counter service when there is a performance. • Choose your own seats online (to a maximum of nine tickets per performance): birminghamhippodrome.com • Organise a group booking on 0844 338 7000 (calls cost 4.5p per min plus your phone company’s access charge). Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm • We offer a post-purchase enquiries only line on 0121 689 1060. • For enquiries about accessibility, please use the Access phone line on 0121 689 1060. NB: For staff training, from time to time we may change our opening hours, and occasionally we monitor calls. Payment • We accept most major credit and debit cards. After payment, we’ll send e-tickets or post them to your registered card billing address. • We also take cheques payable to ‘Birmingham Hippodrome’. • Unfortunately we don’t accept SOLT Theatre Tokens, but you can buy and redeem our own Birmingham Hippodrome Gift Vouchers. Privacy Policy We have updated our privacy policy to comply with new regulations. You can change your preferences at any time by contacting us online, by post or by phone. See birminghamhippodrome.com/privacypolicy. Donations When booking tickets, please consider making a small donation to support Hippodrome Projects. This helps us continue expanding our community projects, access initiatives, and education work. Donations may be eligible for Gift Aid at no extra cost to you.

A note on ticket prices, discounts and charges • All ticket prices listed in this brochure and elsewhere are subject to change at any time. • In response to demand we may adapt prices, seating areas and discounting, and availability of concessions or discounts may be limited at our discretion. • Check online at birminghamhippodrome.com or call us on 0844 338 5000* for current prices. • Tickets for selected events may include a building improvement levy retained by Birmingham Hippodrome. • We are an unsubsidised charity and for some time have made an external transaction charge on tickets for selected performances. It has been possible for eligible bookers (e.g. group organisers, Friends, Corporate Partners etc) to pay a reduced transaction charge or have it waived as a benefit. In keeping with many venues and ticketing services, and with recent advice from Trading Standards, we are moving towards a new system whereby the published ticket price will include any share the Hippodrome agrees with touring producers. This is made clear wherever we publish prices. 46

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. 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 48/49. Visit birminghamhippodrome.com or call our Access phone line on 0121 689 1060 for further details. • Visually-impaired: Guide dogs are very welcome in the theatre and can be looked after by staff during performances. Should you require a seat close to entrances, please ask when booking. Please let us know when booking if you need any help. Please book your guide dog in with Ticket Sales in advance of your visit. • Deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing: if you’d like a receiver, just ask at our cloakroom. We can arrange seats close to the signer or caption board for BSL interpreted and captioned performances. • Impaired mobility: Automatic doors and lifts are available for wheelchair users and we have wheelchair positions both in our main auditorium and Patrick Studio. We have accessible unisex and ambulant disabled toilets on all levels, plus low-level counter service. Circle Restaurant is also fully accessible. For visitors with complex accessibility needs, a folding mobile hoist can be booked in advance by calling our Access phone line on 0121 689 1060. Toilet facilities To ensure everyone’s welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome, in common with an increasing number of public places, we’ve introduced all gender toilets on Level 4. Designated Male toilets and Female toilets are still available and easily accessible on all other floors. A note on food and drink We run all our catering services in-house, so when you eat or drink with us you are helping assist our artistic aims as an unsubsidised charitable trust. We kindly request that only food and drink purchased from us is consumed on the premises (see p2 for some tasty options). Enjoy your next visit! Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, changes may occur.

• We will always endeavour to keep discounts as generous as possible so that no bookers are at a disadvantage. Discounts vary, cannot be combined nor applied retrospectively, and may be restricted or limited. They are generally available on presentation of valid ID, and our range includes: 18 and under or 65+, full-time students, selected Hippodrome memberships, benefits claimants, groups of 8+ or 10+ upwards, school and youth groups, those with access or disability needs, plus occasional early booking discounts or special offers. • There will be an overlap period for a few months in 2019/20 where tickets for some productions have an external charge and others have all charges included in the published price. • Charges vary with other agents selling on our behalf. We regularly use Ticketmaster and other well-known agents. You are advised to check their charges when booking. • We add a postage charge of £1.50 for purchases eight days or more before a performance. There is no charge for e-tickets. • We have several 0844 telephone numbers. *Calls cost 4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.


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

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 N 2 3

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

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.

Artistic Director & Chief Executive: Fiona Allan Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited Registered Charity No. 510842 Glenn Howells (Chair) • Andrew Connors • Martin Guest • Vidar Hjardeng MBE • Immy Kaur • Mick Laverty • Harj Millington • Suzie Norton • Prof. David Roberts • Ann Tonks Special Adviser: John Crabtree OBE

Birmingham Hippodrome Development Board: Martin Guest (Chair) • Sajida Carr • Steve Clarke • Sarah Siena Edwards • Nicola Fleet-Milne • Andy Hammond • Dr Mahnaz Hashmi • Martin King • Amelia Ladbrook • Michael Luckman • Joanne Malin • Sara Middleton • Ruth Pipkin 47


Performance diary

Sep Tue 10 Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet Wed 11 Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet Thu 12 Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14

Sat 9 7.30pm

03

7.30pm

03

2pm & 7.30pm

Juice 8pm Matthew Bourne’s 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet Matthew Bourne’s 2.30pm Romeo and Juliet

03

23 03

& 7.30pm

Thu 19 BRB Autumn Mixed Bill

7.30pm

Fri 20 BRB Autumn Mixed Bill

2pm & 7.30pm

Sat 21 BRB Autumn Mixed Bill

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Wed 25 BRB Giselle

7.30pm

03

04 04

04

05

Wed 25 Rosie Kay’s Fantasia

7.45pm

Thu 26 BRB Giselle

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 26 Rosie Kay’s Fantasia

7.45pm

Fri 27 BRB Giselle

7.30pm

23

05

23 05

Sat 28 BRB Giselle 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

Mon 30 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

05 06

Oct Tue 1

Blood Brothers

7.30pm

06

Wed 2 Blood Brothers

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 3 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

Fri 4

Blood Brothers

7.30pm

Sat 5

Blood Brothers

2.30pm & 7.30pm

06 06

06

Mon 7 Blood Brothers 7.30pm Tue 8 Eye of the Storm 10.30am, 1pm & 7pm

06

Tue 8 Blood Brothers 7.30pm Wed 9 Eye of the Storm 10.30am 1pm & 7pm

06 24

06 24

Wed 9 Blood Brothers

2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 10 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

06

Fri 11 Blood Brothers

7.30pm

06

Fri 11 Hit the Ode

7.45pm

24

& 7.30pm

06

Sat 12 Blood Brothers 2.30pm Sun 13 Josh Widdicombe

8pm

Tue 15 Dada Masilo

7.30pm

Wed 16 Dada Masilo Thu 17 - Fierce Festival Sun 20

7.30pm Various times

Fri 18 Some Like It Hip Hop

7.30pm

WNO Rigoletto

3pm

15

Mon 11 Acosta Danza

7.30pm

Tue 12 Acosta Danza

2pm & 7.30pm

17

Wed 13 John Waters

8pm

17

Thu 14 Ben Elton

7.30pm

Fri 15 Tim Minchin

7.30pm

SOLD OUT

Sat 16 Tim Minchin

7.30pm

SOLD OUT

Tue 19 Genius

7.45pm

Wed 20 Genius

1pm

Fri 22 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

17

10

18

& 7.30pm

1pm

26 26

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

-

18

18

Tue 26 BRB The Nutcracker 7.30pm

18

Wed 27 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

18

Thu 28 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 29 DX - The Little Prince

10.30am & 6pm

Fri 29 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Sat 30 DX - The Little Prince

2pm & 6pm

Sat 30 BRB The Nutcracker

2.30pm & 7.30pm

18

27

18

27

18

Dec Sun 1 BRB The Nutcracker

1pm

Tue 3

BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

18

Wed 4 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Thu 5 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 6

BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Sat 7

BRB The Nutcracker

2.30pm & 7.30pm

18 18

18

Sun 8 BRB The Nutcracker

1pm

Tue 10 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

Wed 11 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Thu 12 BRB The Nutcracker

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 13 BRB The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Sat 14 BRB The Nutcracker

1pm & 6pm

18

18 18

18 18

18 18

18

06

09 09 25

21 Dec - 2 Feb

09

Sat 19 Some Like It Hip Hop 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

09

Sun 20 Lenny Henry

10

7.30pm

See p21 for performance times

Tue 22 YOOO!!! 1pm 25 Wed 23 YOOO!!!

1pm & 7pm

Thu 24 YOOO!!!

1pm & 7pm

Fri 25 Circus 1903 1pm Sat 26 Circus 1903

25 25

& 7.30pm

13

3pm & 7.30pm

13

Sat 26 120th Birthday Party

Various Times

Sun 27 Circus 1903

1pm & 5.15pm

Tue 29 Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

Wed 30 Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

Wed 30 DX - Rambert2

8pm

Thu 31 Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

Thu 31 DX - Rambert2

8pm

12 13 13 13

26 13

26

Nov

48 05

Fri 1

Circus 1903

3pm & 7.30pm

Sat 2

Circus 1903

11am, 3pm

Tue 5

WNO Carmen

7.15pm

13

& 7.30pm 13

14

Jan Wed 22 Extraordinary Wall of Silence

7.45pm

27

Thu 23 Extraordinary Wall of Silence

7.45pm

27

Fri 31 Hit the Ode

7.45pm

24

Wed 6 WNO Rigoletto Thu 7 WNO The Cunning Little Vixen

7.15pm 7.30pm

15 15

Feb

Fri 8

WNO Carmen

7.15pm

14

Thu 6 Rob Beckett

8pm

11

Fri 8

Hit the Ode 7.45pm 24

Fri 7

8pm

11

Rob Beckett


Mon 25 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

29

Tue 26 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

29

Wed 27 Mamma Mia!

2pm & 7.30pm

29

Thu 28 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

& 7.30pm

29

Fri 29 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

30

Sat 30 Mamma Mia! 2.30pm

7.30pm

Wed 12 The Red Shoes

7.30pm

Thu 13 The Red Shoes

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 14 The Red Shoes

7.30pm

Sat 15 The Red Shoes 2.30pm

Tue 18 BRB Swan Lake

7.30pm

Wed 19 BRB Swan Lake

7.30pm

Thu 20 BRB Swan Lake

2pm & 7.30pm

30

37 37

37 37

& 7.30pm

Fri 21 BRB First Steps Swan Lake 4.30pm

30

Jun

Fri 21 BRB Swan Lake

30

Fri 19 BRB Don Quixote

7.30pm

30

Sat 20 BRB Don Quixote

2.30pm & 7.30pm

7.30pm

Sat 22 BRB Swan Lake 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

30

38

7.30pm

30

Tue 23 BRB Don Quixote

7.30pm

Wed 26 BRB Swan Lake

7.30pm

30

Wed 24 BRB Don Quixote

7.30pm

Thu 27 BRB Swan Lake

2pm & 7.30pm

30

Thu 25 BRB Don Quixote

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 28 BRB Swan Lake

7.30pm

30

Fri 26 BRB Don Quixote 7.30pm

Sat 29 BRB Swan Lake

2.30pm & 7.30pm

30

Apr

37

Tue 25 BRB Swan Lake

37

38 38 38

38 38

Sat 27 BRB Don Quixote 2.30pm

& 7.30pm

38

Tue 30 Les Misérables

39

7.30pm

Wed 8 Message In A Bottle

7.30pm 32

Jul

Thu 9 Message In A Bottle

2pm & 7.30pm

32

Wed 1 Les Misérables

7.30pm

Fri 10 Message In A Bottle

7.30pm 32

Thu 2 Les Misérables

2pm & 7.30pm

Sat 11 Message In A Bottle

2.30pm

32

Fri 3

Les Misérables

7.30pm

33

Sat 4

Les Misérables 2.30pm

33

Mon 6 Les Misérables

33

Tue 7

33

Wed 8 Les Misérables

2pm & 7.30pm

33

Thu 9 Les Misérables

7.30pm

& 7.30pm

33

Fri 10 Les Misérables

7.30pm

Mon 20 We Will Rock You

7.30pm 34

Sat 11 Les Misérables

2.30pm & 7.30pm

39

Tue 21 We Will Rock You

7.30pm 34

Mon 13 Les Misérables

7.30pm

39

Wed 22 We Will Rock You

2pm & 7.30pm

34

Tue 14 Les Misérables

7.30pm

Thu 23 We Will Rock You

7.30pm

34

Wed 15 Les Misérables

2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 24 We Will Rock You

7.30pm 34

Thu 16 Les Misérables

7.30pm

Sat 25 We Will Rock You

2.30pm & 7.30pm

34

Fri 17 Les Misérables

7.30pm

Mon 27 We Will Rock You

7.30pm 34

Sat 18 Les Misérables

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tue 28 We Will Rock You

7.30pm 34

Tue 21 SIX

8pm

Wed 29 We Will Rock You

2pm & 7.30pm

Wed 22 SIX 6pm

Thu 30 We Will Rock You

7.30pm 34

& 7.30pm

Mon 13 Priscilla Queen of the Desert 7.30pm Tue 14 Priscilla Queen of the Desert 7.30pm Wed 15 Priscilla Queen of the Desert 2pm & 7.30pm

Thu 16 Priscilla Queen of the Desert 7.30pm Fri 17 Priscilla Queen of the Desert 7.30pm Sat 18 Priscilla Queen of the Desert 2.30pm

34

May

Les Misérables

We Will Rock You

7.30pm

Sat 2

We Will Rock You 2.30pm

34

& 7.30pm

34

Sun 3 Romesh Ranganathan

8pm

Mon 4 Romesh Ranganathan

8pm

11

39

39

39

& 7.30pm

39

7.30pm

39

7.30pm

39 39 39 39

39

39 39

39 39

41

& 8.30pm

41

Thu 23 SIX

8pm

Fri 24 SIX

6pm & 8.30pm

Sat 25 SIX 6pm

Fri 1

41

& 8.30pm

41 41

Wed 29 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

43

Thu 30 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

43

Fri 31 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

43

Wed 6 WNO The Marriage of Figaro 7pm

36

Aug

Thu 7 WNO Carmen

14

Sat 1

36

Mon 3 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

43 43

Sat 9

11

7.15pm

WNO Les vêpres siciliennes 6.30pm

The Phantom of the Opera 2.30pm & 7.30pm

43

Tue 12 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

37

Tue 4

The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

Wed 13 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

37

Wed 5 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

Thu 14 Mamma Mia!

2pm & 7.30pm

37

Thu 6 The Phantom of the Opera 2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 15 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

37

Fri 7

The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

Sat 16 Mamma Mia!

2.30pm & 7.30pm

37

Sat 8

The Phantom of the Opera 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Mon 18 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

37

Mon 10 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

43

Tue 19 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

37

Tue 11 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

43

Wed 20 Mamma Mia!

2pm & 7.30pm

37

Wed 12 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

Thu 21 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

37

Thu 13 The Phantom of the Opera 2pm & 7.30pm

Fri 22 Mamma Mia!

7.30pm

Sat 23 Mamma Mia!

2.30pm & 7.30pm

37 37

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

Fri 14 The Phantom of the Opera 7.30pm

43

43

43

43

43

Sat 15 The Phantom of the Opera 2.30pm & 7.30pm

43

Tickets & Information 0844 338 5000* | birminghamhippodrome.com

29

Tue 11 The Red Shoes

43

43

Schools Only (not available online) Talk Patrick Studio Festivals

49


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