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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

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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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Wait Until Dark, Lichfield Garrick

Hairspray, Birmingham Hippodrome

Great Expectations, Derby Theatre

Loaded, The Old Rep, Birmingham

Letters to Emma, Lichfield Garrick

Aladdin,  BRB, Birmingham Hippodrome

Spamalot, The New Alexandra Theatre

The Wedding Singer, Wolverhampton Grand

Coriolanus, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon

Man to Man, Birmingham Rep Studio

Freeman, Coventry Belgrade B2

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Dido, Queen of Carthage, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Duet for One, Birmingham Rep

Where is Mrs Christie? The Swan Theatre, Worcester

A Judgement in Stone, Coventry Belgrade

Tango Moderno, The New Alexandra Theatre

Son of a Preacher Man, The New Alexandra Theatre

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Reasons to be Cheerful, Derby Theatre

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The Whip Hand, Birmingham Rep Door

 

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Cindrella had a ball at Villa PArk as Birmingham Hippodrome launched this year's panto spectacular. More

Duet for one is a moving, emotive two hander at Birmingham Rep chronicling six painful visits to a psychiatrist by a world famous violinist struck don by MS. More

 

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Sutton Park rang to the sound of choirs and classical music with a concert in the Park from the CBSO followed by a family fun day, all organised by the Royal Borough of Sutton Coldfield Town Council. More

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Calling all budding scriptwriters. A £1,000 cash prize is on offer for the winner of a scriptwriting competition with a shortlist performed at a red carpet event at Birmingham Rep. More

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

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Sampad, the prominent South Asian arts organisation, is already involved in Utsav 2017, the Year of South Asian Arts, and are now gearing up for Birmingham Weekender in September. More

 

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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.

Miss Saigon, Birmingham Hippodrome: Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s reworking of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly has rightly earned its place in the pantheon of musical theatre, one for any bucket list of shows to see before you die. Read on.

Funny Girl, Wolverhampton Grand: Natasha J Barnes. Make a note of the name. Musical theatre has a new star that lights up the stage like a beacon!  Read on.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Birmingham Hippodrome: There are rare productions that come along and challenge our perception of theatre; West Side Story, for example, changed the way we think of musicals, the National Theatre’s War Horse transported puppets from niche and children’ theatre to mainstream drama. Read on.

Madam Butterfly, WNO, Birmingham Hippodrome: This production might be 39 years old but it is still as fresh as the cherry blossom of Nagasaki in springtime which says much for the original staging by its celebrated director, the late Joachim Herz. Read on

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.

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Sampad, the prominent South Asian arts organisation, is already involved in Utsav 2017, the Year of South Asian Arts, and are now gearing up for Birmingham Weekender in September. More

Calling all budding scriptwriters. A £1,000 cash prize is on offer for the winner of a scriptwriting competition with a shortlist performed at a red carpet event at Birmingham Rep. More
Wolverhampton Grand's first home grown production in 40 years, Brassed Off, opens this week and we have been talking to Jeffrey Holland. More
Hall Green Little Theatre stalwart Jean Wilde opens in The Testament of Mary at the Edinburgh Fringe this week 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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