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Arsehammers-Adult child/Dead child Stage2, The Crescent Theatre

Cinderella, Hall Green Little Theatre

Cinderella, Sutton Arts Theatre

The Lion in Winter, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

A Christmas Carol, Mint Theatre Society, Stonnall Village Hall

The Ballad of Lady Bessy, The Loft, Leamington Spa

Call Me Dusty, Hall Green Little Theatre

Aladdin, Birmingham Youth Theatre, The Old Rep

Look Back in Anger, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Dangerous Obsession, Sutton Arts Theatre.

Summer's Last Will and Testament, King Edward VI School, Straford-upon-Avon

The Trouble With Old Lovers, Highbury Theatre Centre

Our House, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company, Lichfield Garrick

The Ladykillers, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Worcester

Dodger, Hall Green Little Theatre

Blood Brothers - The Play, Dudley Little Theatre

Blithe Spirit, The Nonentities, Kidderminster

Hobson's Choice,  Highbury Theatre Centre

Sleuth, Hall Green Little Theatre

Goodnight Mr Tom, Sutton Arts Theatre

Shakers Re-stirred, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Swan Theatre, Worcester.

Requiem for Ground Zero, Stage2, Crescent Theatre

Old King Cole, Hall Green Little Theatre

Touch and Go, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall.

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

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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

 

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The Snow Dragon, Birmingham Hippodrome

A Christmas Carol, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stickman, Birmingham Town Hall

Jersey Boys, The New Alexandra Theatre

Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome

Aladdin, Lichfield Garrick

Imperium Pts I & II, The RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Twelfth Night, The RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Gingerbread Man, Derby Theatre

Sleeping Beauty, Swan Theatre, Worcester.

Cinderella, Malvern Theatres

Jack and the Beanstalk, Wolverhampton Grand

Crimes on the Christmas Express, Lichfield Garrick

The good, the bad and the ugly sisters, Coventry Belgrade, B2

Flashdance, The New Alexandra Theatre

Peter Pan, Derby Theatre

The 101 Dalmatians, Birmingham Rep

One Man Two Guvnors, Old Joint Stock

What The Moon Saw,, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Grease, Wolverhampton Grand

 

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Coming soon

Gary Longden looks ahead to From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, set around a fan's view of David Bowie at Derby Theatre. More

 

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Yeoman of the Guard, CBSO, Symphony Hall

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NEWS

Grange Players in Walsall are in danger of folding unless they can raise £60,000 after their theatre, the Grange Playhouse was closed over health and safety concerns after a fire inspection. More

BTA Awards 2017: Our reviewers have been looking back  at their best productions of 2017 with Roger Clarke, Roderic Dunnett, Alison Brinkworth and Gary Longden

Birmingham Hippodrome is running term time sessions with a hint of theatre for pre-school children More

Hall Green Little Theatre stalwart Jean Wilde opened in The Testament of Mary at the Edinburgh Fringe  More

FEATURES

Sam Rabone talks to Gary Longden about his role as Widow Twankey in Aladdin at Lichfield Garrick More

John Asquith has had the task of teaching the WNO cast and chorus to sing the Russian season in . . .  Russian More

 

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Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome: What an absolute Christmas cracker of a pantomime – as close to panto perfection as you are likely to get. Read on.

The 101 Dalmatians, Birmingham Rep: The Rep has found itself a wonderful Christmas treat – complete with spots - to delight families over the festive season.  Read on

 Sunset Boulevard, Birmingham Hippodrome: Billy Wilder’s darkest of Hollywood dramas has become the gloomiest of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals, and both are magnificent in their gothic ways. Read on.

Call me Dusty, Hall Green Little Theatre: Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, white soul singer, died 2 March, 1999, aged 59. Read on.

Beautiful - The Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome: Carole King’s seminal 1971 Album, Tapestry, received universal approval on its release and remains an essential part of many a record collection.  Read on.

Nativity The Musical, Birmingham Rep: If ever a show had 24 carat, solid gold, smash hit written all over it in flashing lights and tinsel, it is this one, a world premiere no less, based on the hit 2009 film. Read on.

Hairspray, Birmingham Hippodrome: This show is beguilingly deceptive. Its title implies froth and artificial glamour, yet when heated, hairspray can be explosive.  Read on.

Son of a Preacher Man, The New Alexandra Theatre: With a new musical you know little more about than a Press release, it is strange how the smallest things can set the mark - good or bad - for a whole production. Read on

West Side Story, The New Alexandra Theatre: Stage Experience is one of the highlights of the theatrical year – a chance to see the stars of the future in a show brimming with youthful passion, talent and enthusiasm. Read on.

Brassed Off, Wolverhampton Grand: In an era when plays are struggling to win audiences outside London, a drama with a hard hitting political message may seem a brave programming choice. 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
Grange Players in Walsall are in danger of folding unless they can raise £60,000 after their theatre, the Grange Playhouse, was closed over health and safety concerns after a fire inspection. More
BTA Awards 2017: Our reviewers have been looking back  at their best productions of 2017 with Roger Clarke, Roderic Dunnett, Alison Brinkworth and Gary Longden
Birmingham Hippodrome is running term time sessions with a hint of theatre for pre-school children More
WNO at Birmingham Hippodrome: John Asquith has had the task of teaching the WNO cast and chorus to sing the Russian season in . . .  Russian More
Hall Green Little Theatre stalwart Jean Wilde opened in The Testament of Mary at the Edinburgh Fringe  More
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

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