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Don't dress for dinner, Highbury Theatre Centre

Death by Design, Sutton Arts Theatre

Entertaining Angels, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

See how they run, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Hard Working Families, Stage2, Crescent Theatre

Cinderella, RWP, Sutton Town Hall

Little Red Riding Hood, Hall Green Little Theatre

Martha, Josie and The Chinese Elvis, Highbury Theatre Centre

Aladdin, Sutton Arts Theatre, Sutton Coldfield

Treasure Island, Dudley Little Theatre, Netherton Arts Centre.

The Wizard of Oz, he Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Pack of lies, Moorpool Players, Moorpool Hall, Harborne

Write me a murder, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse

Broken Glass, Hall Green Little Theatre

Miss Julie, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

Peter Pan, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company, Lichfield Garrick

Abigail's Party, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Swan Theatre, Worcester

Mindgame, Sutton Arts Theatre

Interior Designs and The Regina Monologues, Circle Players, Aldridge Youth Theatre.

Veronica's Room, Highbury Theatre Centre

Relatively Speaking, The Nonentities, Rose Theate, Kidderminster.

Black Roses, Hall Green Youth Theatre, Hall Green Little Theatre

 Something's Afoot,Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

The Importance of Being Earnest Highbury Players, Highbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield

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Dick Whittington, Aldridge Youth Theatre

Cinderella, Youth Onstage, Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull.

Hairspray, Bilston Operatic Company, Wolverhampton Grand

Les Miserables – School Edition, WBOS Youtheatre, Lichfield Garrick

HMS Pinafore, Erdington Operatic Society,Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

 

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BRB rising star William Bracewell wins a top dance award. More

Record donation and record audiences for Lichfield Garrick panto

The wonderful world of Damon Runyon arrives in Birmingham this week with a stunning production of Guys and Dolls at The New Alexandra Theatre. More

The Birmingham Blitz has been commemorated 75 years on by a special art installation in the Bull Ring More

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Smash-hit Billy Elliot will be coming to Birmingham Hippodrome in 2016 More

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The BTA Awards for 2015, the first BTA awards, from Roger Clarke, Gary Longden and Alison Brinkworth.

The stars of The New Alexandra Theatre's Christmas cracker talk about their roles in Hairspray. More

Welsh National Opera are bringing the blood and gore of Stephen Sondheim's dark musical Sweeney Todd to Birmingham Hippodrome on November 19 and we have been along to see the preparations More

David Walliams talks about his novel Gangsta Granny and the Birmingham Stage Company adaptation which comes to the Alex in November and Coventry Belgrade in February next year. More

Adrian Jackson talks about the next chapter in the life of Wolverhampton Grand as he starts his first season in charge as chief executive More

Jack Trott and Princess Jill are getting ready for a traditional panto treat with Jack and the Beanstalk at Lichfield Garrick More

Birmingham Rep artistic director Roxana Silbert talks about being the creative director of a festival for the first time More 

Doug Nicholson is a man with a mission - to sell Birmingham Royal Ballet around the world.

 

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Don't Dress For Dinner, Highbury Theatre Centre: As any married, would-be lothario should know if he wants to remain intact, so to speak, playing away matches at home is pushing one’s luck to the point of death by debauchery. Read on.

 

An Inspector Calls, Wolverhampton Grand: Is what we see really happening now, or has the future somehow coiled itself around the present and summoned up, Dickenslike, the ghost of trials to come? Read on.

 

Chotto Desh, the Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome: In any production, there are elements that audiences think upon in order render it an exceptional experience. Read on.

 

Macbeth, Birmingham Rep: Contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare’s work are always bound to divide opinion. Read on.

 

See how they run, Grange Playhouse, Walsall: This is a welcome revival of a less well known, but very funny, farce written by Phillip King. Read on.

Hard Working Families, Stage 2: When I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s Claire Dowie’s new play would have been seen as a very dystopian view of a bleak future lying in wait for us. Read on.

 

Aladdin, Birmingham Hippodrome: What a Christmas cracker from Birmingham Hippodrome, raising the bar again with their most spectacular panto yet. Read on.

 

We're going on a bear hunt, Birmingham Town Hall: What a delightful piece of whimsy to brighten the dark days of winter and provide a charming, entertaining Christmas treat for youngsters. Read on.

 

The Elves and The Shoemakers, Derby Theatre: This lovely little Christmas production is inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale written just over a hundred years ago in 1806.  Read on.

 

Cinderella, Sutton Ton Hall: Cinderella is one of the strongest of pantomimes, and RWP have assembled a strong team to deliver it. Read on.

 

Peter Pan, Wolverhampton Grand: What a swashbuckling corker of a panto the Grand have served up for Christmas.  Read on.

 

Hairspray, The New Alexandra Theatre: If you are looking for an alternative to panto this Christmas then look no further than this rip-roaring, feel-good, leave with a smile on your face, fun musical.  Read on.

 

Hairspray, The New Alexandra Theatre: If you are looking for an alternative to panto this Christmas then look no further than this rip-roaring, feel-good, leave with a smile on your face, fun musical.  Read on.      

 

Vampomime, Coventry Belgrade: Vampomime is Panto for people who aren’t sure it’s for them (and the over-18s who think they’ve grown out of it).  Read on.

 

Martha, Josie and The Chinese Elvis, Highbury Theatre Centre: So we have Bolton’s own Miss Whiplash; a very naughty, apparently, bald dry cleaner with a penchant for wearing fishnets and frocks; a God - and number - fearing Irish spinster a few beads short of a rosary; and a Vietnamese boat boy who is now a fledgling Elvis impersonator.  Read on.

 

Jack and the beanstalk, Lichfield Garrick:  What's fast, furious and packed with good, clean, old-fashioned, family fun to delight any age group? Read on.

 

Wendy and Peter Pan, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon: Every so often along comes a production where all the elements combine as close to perfection as the theatrical Gods will allow and the result is just pure, stage magic. Read on.

 

Aladdin, Sutton Arts Theatre: Aladdin is one of the best traditional pantomimes, and the most popular, as a full house on the opening performance, a Saturday matinee, demonstrated. Read on.

 

Treasure Island, Dudley Little Theatre: Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum . . . well a bottle of J2O really as I had a galleon to drive home when we reached dry land again, but you get the idea, me hearties. Read on.

 

The Wizard of Oz, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre Kidderminster:  The Wizard of Oz is the greatest English language fairy story of the 20th century, and the best ever to come out of America. Read on.

 

 

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The BTA Awards, 2015: For the first time BTA reviewers Roger Clarke, Gary Longden and Alison Brinkworth.are giving their own awards for the productions they have seen during the year
Hairspray: The stars of The New Alexandra Theatre's Christmas cracker talk about their roles in Hairspray. More
Guys and Dolls: The wonderful world of Damon Runyon arrives in Birmingham this week with a stunning production of Guys and Dolls at The New Alexandra Theatre. More
David Walliams talks about his novel Gangsta Granny and the Birmingham Stage Company adaptation which comes to the Alex in November and Coventry Belgrade in February next year. More
Wolverhampton Grand: The evocative Glenn Miller sound will echo through Wolverhampton next week when The Glenn Miller Story arrives at the Grand starring Tommy Steele. 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 2016. More
Wolverhampton Grand: New chief executive Adrian Jackson talks about the next chapter in the life of the Grand as he starts his first full season in charge. More
Lichfield Garrick: Jack Trott and Princess Jill are getting ready for a traditional panto treat with Jack and the Beanstalk  More
Birmingham Hippodrome has announced a new shows for 2016, Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang More
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Doug Nicholson is a man with a mission - to sell BRB around the world. Read on

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