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Lillies on the Land, Highbury Theatre Centre

Duet for One, Swan Theatre Amateur Company

Hello Dolly, Sutton Arts Theatre

Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders, Hall Green Little Theatre

One Man, Two Guvnors, The Nonentities.

Ladies in Lavender,Hall Green Little Theatre

Heroes, Grange Players, The Grange Playhouse

The Cherry Orchard, The Talisman, Kenilworth

Bedroom Farce Dudley Little Theatre, Netherton Arts Centre

The Woman in White, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Anyone for breakfast, Sutton Arts Theatre

Dangerous Corner, The Highbury Players, Highbury Theatre Centre,

Blue Remembered Hills, Swan Theatre Amateur Company

South Pacific, Manor Musical Theatre Company, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Teechers, Stage2, The Crescent Theatre

God of Carnage, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Lady Windermere's Fan, Hall Green Little Theatre

Made in Dagenham, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company.

Ladies in Lavender, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse

A trick to catch the old one, Edward's Boys

Directory of leading amateur companies.

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Other reviews

Jack and the Beanstalk, Aldridge Youth Theatre

The Addams Family, Brownhills Musical Theatre Company

Cats. WBOS Youtheatre

 

NEWS 

Sutton Arts are holding open auditions for Hello Dolly! which opens in June, 2017.

Moorpool Players bring the curtain down on 39 years of plays in Harborne

The girl who cain't say no says yes for real at Manor Musical Theatre Company.

 

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Strictly Murder, Malvern Theatres

The Play That Goes Wrong, Birmingham Rep

Salomé, RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Footloose, Coventry Belgrade

The Graduate, Malvern Theatres

Stadium, Birmingham Rep

Coppélia, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome.

Shirley Valentine, Coventry Belgrade

I am here, Shop Front Theatre, Coventry

The Addams Family, The Birmingham Hippodrome

Reigen,Oxford Playhouse

Running Wild, Wolverhampton Grand

The Crucible, The New Alexandra Theatre

Waiting for God, Malvern Theatres

We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Coventry Belgrade

Dirty Dancing, The New Alexandra Theatre

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Wolverhampton Grand

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Wolverhampton Grand

Cyrano, Oxford Playhouse

Grease, Birmingham Hippodrome

Death of a Salesman, Malvern Theatres

Ballet Black Triple Bill, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Milonga, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Malvern Theatres

Vice Versa, The RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Wedding Singer, The New Alexandra Theatre

Tank, Birmingham Rep Door

The Woman in Black, Wolverhampton Grand

One Man, Two Guvnors, The Bear Pit, Stratford-upon-Avon

Tommy, Birmingham Rep

Romeo and Juliet,  Lichfield Garrick

La Cage Aux Folles, Birmingham Hippodrome

My Country: A Work in Progress, Birmingham Rep Studio

Cyrano, Derby Theatre

Don't Dress for Dinner,Malvern Theatres

All Star Stand Up Tour, Derby Theatre

Dinosaur World, Derby Theatre

A Womb of One's Own, The Old Joint Stock

Am I dead yet? Birmingham Rep Door

Are We Where We Are? Shop Front Theatre, Coventry

Evita, Wolverhampton Grand

Reunión, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

FCoventry Belgrade

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Birmingham Hippodrome season launch saw producers and directors form forthcoming shows plus Tom Chambers talking about the start of his career and Welsh National Opera’s Natalya Romaniw singing one fine day. More

Performing arts

Yeoman of the Guard, CBSO, Symphony Hall

Cole Porter: Let's do it, CBSSO, Symphony Hall

John Williams at the Oscars, CBSO, Symphony Hall

 

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NEWS

Birmingham Royal Ballet's pro-am version of Cinderella has its world premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome More.

Heaven Eyes brought to life at The Old Rep

FEATURES

Stage2's adaptations of Claire Dowie monologues into ensemble pieces has seen Bloomsbury publish four of the plays with the expanded scripts aimed at schools and youth theatres. More

 

BRB's The Nutcracker opened at Birmingham Hippodrome in front of it's creator, Sir Peter Wright,  celebrating his 90th birthday. More  

 

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Duet for One, Swan Theatre: Every so often along comes a production that reminds you why you spend so much of your time reviewing theatre – a production it is a privilege and a sheer joy to watch. Read on.

Hello Dolly, Sutton Arts Theatre: If ever you wanted a definition of madness then producing a big-cast, Broadway musical at Sutton Arts Theatre is a good start.  Read on.

The Addams Family, Birmingham Hippodrome: As dysfunctional, fictional families go, the Addams clan must be one of THE most famous, especially to inhabitants of the underworld! Read on.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Wolverhampton Grand: Northern Ballet, under artistic director David Nixon, must be one of the most inventive and certainly bravest ballet companies around. Read on.

La Cage Aux Folles, Birmingham Hippodrome: John Partridge is going to have to go some in the rest of his career to top his performance as Albin. He is simply magnificent. Read on.

Funny Girl, Birmingham Hippodrome: Sheridan Smith is a special talent, a musical comedy gem who brings Broadway star Fanny Brice to sparkling, brilliant life. Read on.

The Verdict, Wolverhampton Grand: Cheering for the underdog, the little guy, is in our nature, after all, if we are honest, most of us are the little guys, and gals, of course; we are little fish in a tank of sharks as one of the characters in this splendid world-premiere production put it. Read on.

The Hypocrite, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon: This is a corker of a show from the RSC. Three laughs a minute. The audience was in paroxysms of laughter. I giggled till my sides split. Read on.

Antony & Cleopatra, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon: From the eye-catching oriental dance at the outset, one could sense that director Iqbal Khan’s new Antony and Cleopatra for the RSC – part of their Roman Season (Julius Caesar, Antony, Titus Andronicus) was going to be something special. Read on.

A CHANCE to help the Arras without it costing a penny More
Actor Samuel West makes a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
News and features
Stage2's adaptations of Claire Dowie monologues into ensemble pieces has seen Bloomsbury publish four of the plays with the expanded scripts aimed at schools and youth theatres. More
Birmingham Hippodrome season launch saw producers and directors form forthcoming shows plus Tom Chambers talking about the start of his career and Welsh National Opera’s Natalya Romaniw singing one fine day. More
The RSC's Queen Anne, given five stars at Stratford will run at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket in the West End for the summer opening on 30 June and closing on 30 September.  Theatre Royal Haymarket or Seatplan
Billy Elliot - The Musical, based on the hit film, is on its first national tour and continues at Birmingham Hippodrome this month. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet's pro-am version of Cinderella had a successful world premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome More.
BTA Awards, 2016. Behind the Arras reviewers Roger Clarke, Roderic Dunnett Alison Brinkworth, Jeff Grant and Gary Longden look back on the highlights of 2016.
Wolverhampton Grand panto stars Lisa Riley, Ian Adams and Doreen Tipton, talk about Aladdin. More.
BRB's The Nutcracker has become the herald of Christmas and opened at Birmingham Hippodrome in front of it's creator, Sir Peter Wright, celebrating his 90th birthday. More 
Kara Tointon, star of Strictly Come Dancing, Mr Selfridge and the West End, talks to Roger Clarke at The New Alexandra Theatre about her role in the new tour of Gaslight. More. 
Birmingham Hippodrome: The dates for the eagerly awaited first UK tour of Billy Elliot have been announced and the smash hit show will arrive in March 2017. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Doug Nicholson is a man with a mission - to sell BRB around the world. Read on

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