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Desdemona - a play about a handkerchief Swan Theatre Amateur Company

Dick Barton: The Tango of Terror, Hall Green Little Theatre

Sense and Sensibility,Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Spoonface Steinberg, Stage2, Crescent Theatre

42nd Street,  Coventry Musical Theatre Society, Coventry Belgrade

The Wedding Singer, Sutton Art Theatre

The Importance of Being Earnest, RWP Productions, Sutton Town Hall

Death and the maiden,Swan Theatre Amateur Company

Chorus of Disapproval, Circle Players

The Herbal Bed,
 Highbury Theatre Centre

Dad's Army, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre

Disconnected, Hall Green Little Theatre

Hairspray, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company, Lichfield Garrick

Talking Heads,, Moorpool Players

Edith in the Dark,, Grange Players, Walsall

Boeing-Boeing, Dudley Little Theatre

The Glass Menagerie, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

To Meet Oscar Wilde, Hall Green Little Theatre

Two, Sutton Atts Theatre, Sutton Coldfield

Calamity Jane, |Manor Musical Theatre Company, Sutton Coldfieldd Town Hall.

Directory of leading amateur companies.

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Search for the Hero, Spotlight Youth Productions, Forest Arts Centre, Walsall

West End v Broadway, West Bromwich Operatic Society Youtheatre

Jesus Christ Superstar, Lichfield Operatic Society

Hairspray, Bilston Operatic Company, Wolverhampton Grand



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.

 Theatre Call to arms for youngsters to join cast of for Bugsy Malone


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Seussical The Musical, Malvern Theatres Young Company, Malvern Theatres

The Glenn Miller Story, The New Alexandra Theatre

Grease, Stage Experience,  New Alexandra Theatre.

Present Laughter, Malvern Theatres

Paper in my Pants, Bloxwich Bookmark Library Theatre.

 Our Town, Malvern Theatres

he Hired Man, Lichfield Garrick

Fanny - A new Musichall, Crescent Theatre

That's Entertainment, The New Alexandra Theatre

Guys and Dolls Wolverhampton Grand

Idomeneo,, Garsington Opera

Furious Folly, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sutton Park

Heartbeat, Wolverhampton Grand

HMS Pinafore,  Malvern Theatres

Footloose - The Musical, The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Mamma Mia! Birmingham Hippodrome

Don Giovanni, Heritage Opera

Swap! Wolverhampton Grand

King Lear, Malvern Theatres

The Alchemist, RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

BE Festival FRI, Birmingham Rep

BE Festival Wed, Birmingham Rep

Shakespeare Triple Bill, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

BE Festival Tue, Birmingham Rep

Jackie - The musical, Malvern Theatres

Cockroached, The Old Joint Stock

Much ado about nothing, Coventry Belgrade

Chicago - The musical, Wolverhampton Grand

The Taming of the shrew, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

Tannhäuser, Longborough Festival Opera

Invincible, Malvern Theatres

The Birthday Party,
 Coventry Belgrade

Rocky Horror Show, Wolverhampton Grand

Jane Eyre, Wolverhampton Grand

I, Elizabeth,, Lichfield Garrick

In Parenthesis, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

Bourgeois and Maurice, Birmingham Rep

Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome

Beyond Caring, Birmingham Rep

After Miss Julie, Malvern Theatres

Much ado about nothing, Lichfield Garrick

Cymbeline,, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon



Back to Bacharach, Lichfield Garrick

Grand Opera Gala, Symphony Hall

Clare Teal and MYJO, Walsall Centra1 Hall

 Rodgers and Hammerstein, CBSO, Symphony Hall

La Vie En Rose, CBSO, Symphony Hall

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Grease, Stage Experience, The New Alexandra Theatre:  Forget Simon Cowell and his PR machine telling us Britain’s got talent, just switch off the telly and head off to the Alex and see real talent in the flesh. Read on


Dick Barton: The Tango of Terror, Hall Green Little Theatre: Sometimes it’s just nice to sit back in a theatre and escape from reality, or in this case, you can also add sanity.  Read on.


Spoonface Steinberg, Stage2, Crescent Theatre: What happens within the mind of anyone with autism is a mystery. Read on.


Furious Folly, Sutton Park, Birmingham Hippodrome: Star shells heralded the start as battle as Mark Anderson’s huge art installation gave just a glimpse of what war on the Somme must have been like. Read on.


Footloose - the musical: The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham: The story of Footloose seemed implausible when first tabled as a film idea back in 1980 but to successful songwriter Den Pitchford the idea had merit.  Read on.


Mamma Mia! Birmingham Hippodrome: What can you say! This is a musical that takes the feel-good factor to new heights. Read on.


Chicago - The musical, Wolverhampton Grand:  What a cracker of a show, and all that jazz, taking you on a sparkling trip back to the Roaring Twenties Read on.


The Wedding Singer, Sutton Arts Theatre: A fun show with a happy ending, a young cast full of infectious enthusiasm, lively songs, well sung to a fine band, all jam-packed with the feel-good factor; so what's not to like?Read On.


The taming of the shrew, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome: So who said ballet can’t be fun? Shakespeare’s celebrated comedy is a delightfully light-hearted romp in the hands of Birmingham Royal Ballet Read on.


The Herbal Bed, Highbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield: So did Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna have it off with local haberdasher Rafe Smith in her husband’s herb garden in Stratford? Read on.

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show, Wolverhampton Grand: Like a wickedly naughty, favourite uncle, breezing in amid a swirl of mayhem, excitement and fun, happily leading everyone astray, Rocky Horror is back in town. Read on.


Cymbeline, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon: Cymbeline is a play about power and the need to have command at all times, no matter the risk. Read on


Cats, Birmingham Hippodrome: Like a fine wine, Cats, is aging quite superbly, as fresh and lively today as it was when it first purred into the West End 35 years ago. Read on.


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Birmingham Hippodrome announces the line-up for its 2016 antomime, Dick Whittington. More.
Birmingham Rep has announced its new season for Autumn and Winter this year. More
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
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
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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