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No Sex Please, We're British, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Nonentities.

Hay Fever, Hall Green Little Theatre

The Perfect Murder, Sutton Arts Theatre

Boeing, Boeing, Highbury Theatre Centre

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

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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 Winslow Boy, Birmingham Rep

Elephant, Birmingham Rep Door

Son of a Preacher Man, Malvern Theatres

Awful Auntie, Coventry Belgrade

Sleeping Beauty Dreams, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

#JeSuis, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Shrek - The Musical, The New Alexandra Theatre

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, Coventry Belgrade

Son of a Preacher Man, Coventry Belgrade

Choke, Shop Front Theatre

The Sleeping Beauty, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Graduate Showcase, Elmhurst Ballet School

Great Expectations, Malvern Theatres

The Wedding, Derby Theatre

Black Men Walking, Coventry Belgrade

Teletubbies Live, The New Alexandra Theatre

Mamma Mia! Wolverhampton Grand

The Sound of Music, Coventry Belgrade

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome

Brief Encounter, Birmingham Rep

Penguins, Birmingham Rep Door.

Crazy for You, Malvern Theatres

Translunar Paradise, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Private Lives, Derby Theatre

Strangers on a Train, The New Alexandra Theatre

Gallowglass  Malvern Theatres

Hedda Gabler, Wolverhampton Grand

An Evening of Music and Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet at Symphony Hall

 

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Coming soon

Sting's The Last Ship has its UK Premiere next month and comes to The New Alexandra Theatre on 16 April. Watch the video of the launch here.

 

Performing arts

 

Yeoman of the Guard, CBSO, Symphony Hall

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NEWS

Iain Mackay dances his farewell in his final performance with Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Symphony Hall More

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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The WInslow Bow, Birmingham Rep: Terence Rattigan was one of the giants among twentieth century dramatists and with this wonderful production it is easy to see why. Read on.

Shrek - The Musical, The New Alexandra Theatre: It’s been ten years since Shrek, the jolly green giant, took to the stage for the first time on Broadway and if anything this current touring production is better than ever.  Read on.

Penguins, Birmingham Rep: This world premiere of the wonderful, stylised tale of two chinstrap penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo, manages, in less than an hour, to both captivate and challenge our popular perception of theatre for children. Read on.

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.

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News and features
Iain Mackay dances his farewell in his final performance with Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Symphony Hall More
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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