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The lights are being turned on again as theatres are slowly coming back to life. We are not quite out of the woods yet but at least we can see a clearing in the distance. Theatres will do all they can to keep audiences safe and will rely on audiences to play their part by following whatever has been put in place for their protection.

Theatres need audiences, bums on seats, to recover, some to even survive, but, if you are still hesitant about going to the theatre at the moment, for whatever reason, you can still help by booking for shows later in the year or even next year to keep box offices ticking over.

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An Ideal Husband,Sutton Arts Theatre

The Farndale Avenue Murder Mystery, The Nonentities, Swan Theatre, Kidderminster

Nell Gwynn, Highbury Players, Highbury Theatre Centre

Underneath the Lintel, Criterian Theatre, Coventry

The Wind in The Willows,, The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa.

Something Classical, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

A Slice of Life, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

Fright Night, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Lockdown in Little Grimley, Highbury Theatre Centre

Talking Heads, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

Pre-lockdowns

Edith in The Dark,  Hall Green Little Theatre

The Dixie Swim Club,The Grange Players, The Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Yes, Prime Minister, Swan Theatre Amateur Company

 

 

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Carlos Curates: R&J Reimagined Birmingham Hippodrome

Dirty Dancing, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham.

Extra Time, Derby Theatre

The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency,  Coventry Belgrade

Howerd's End, The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham 

Romeo and Juliet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Malvern Theatres

The Cat and The Canary, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Going The Distance, On-line

Mariposa, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Being Mr Wickham, Coventry Belgrade

Hairspray, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Rocky Horror Show, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

This Little Relic, Coventry Belgrade

School of Rock - The Musical  Wolverhampton Grand

Heathers The Musical  The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Fashion Spies, Assembly Festival Gardens, Coventry

Edifying Eddy, The Hub, Lichfield

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Play That Goes Wrong, Coventry Belgrade

East is East, Birmingham Rep

Rock of Ages, Birmingham Alexandra

The Cat and The Canary, Derby Theatre

Romeo + Juliet, Birmingham Hippodrome

Bloody Mary LIVE!, The Treehouse Bar, Assembly Festival Gardens, Coventry

 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Birmingham Hippodrome

Looking Good Dead, Malvern Theatres

Charlie & Stan, Malvern Theatres

The Woman in Black, Malvern Theatres

Don Pasquale, Midland Arts Centre

Four Quartets, Malvern Theatres

Oleanna, Malvern Theatres

Miss Julie, Coventry Belgrade

Mrs Churchill - My Life with Winston, The Coach House Theatre, Malvern.

Copenhagen, Malvern Theatres

Elsie and Norm's Macbeth, Worcester Rep

Absurd Person Singular, Malvern Theatres

Absurd Person Singular, Coventry Belgrade

Tell me on a Sunday, Malvern Theatres

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Coming soon

WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND will be starting a new term in September when Dewey Finn welcomes new pupils into his class for School of Rock - The Musical. More

Strictly star Johannes Radebe will be bringing his Freedom tour to the Alexandra Theatre next year with dance and music from around the world. More

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NEWS

HGHBURY PLAYERS will be heading back in time on Tuesday when they delve into the life of orange seller, actress and mistress Nell Gwynn in Jessica Swales Olivier winning comedy. More

ROCK OF AGES rocked Birmingham Alexandra Theatre three years ago and next week it is back as sexy and raunchy as ever loaded with rock anthems that have stood the test of time. More

The Birmingham Hippodrome's CEO and artistic director, Sydney-born Fiona Allan is set to return home in autumn to take over as chief executive of Opera Australia. More

The Alexandra Theatre is in for a snowbound March as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe bring the icy, maystical world of Narnia to Birmingham. More

The Alexandra Theatre is back in business, after 491 days of enforced closure, and not only has a new progremme but also a new theatre director.  More

THSH: A new name and a new look as Town Hall and Symphony Hall open up for live music again with a programme of international and home grown stars. More

Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Disney classic film, 50 years old this year, takes to the stage in August in a world premiere musical which will be bringing its magic to the Alaxandra and the Grand. More

Town Hall and Symphony Hall will be swinging to the beat this summer with the return of the Jazzlines Summer School from Performances Birmingham Limited, a free weeklong course for aspiring jazz musicians aged 11-19 all running alongside the city's Jazz FM sponsored Jazz Festival. More

Birmingham Royal Ballet has appointed Ballet Master and former Principal Dancer  Dominic Antonucci as its new Assistant Director. More

FEATURES

BIDF: After falling victim to Covid lockdowns last year Birmingham International Dance Festival is back with an on-line June festival and a full blown live encore in September. More

 

DARK THOUGHTS

With theatres closed and dark, reviewers turn their thoughts to things theatrical

The £1.57bn Government funding is a welcome boost to the Arts but many of the problems facing the cultural sector still remain. The cash is much needed help but is not a cure. More

The Arts from bands in small venues to grand opera and symphony orchestras is in trouble. Theatres will remain closed, companies will fold, all consumed by coronavirus without a financial lifeline from the Government. More

The Scottish Play and other mysteries of the superstitions of theatre explored . . . carefully . . .  More

 

 

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WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND will be starting a new term in September when Dewey Finn welcomes new pupils into his class for School of Rock - The Musical. More

THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE is in for a snowbound March as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe bring the icy, maystical world of Narnia to Birmingham. More

HIGHBURY THEATRE CENTRE has a reunion to celebrate this month when the four members of Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society return after 14 years in David Tristram's fourth play in the comedy series, Lockdown in Little Grimley. More.

THE  NONENTITIES in Kidderminster are back on the boards this month with the first of four separate productions of monologues up to the end of July. More

BRB's Cinderella had a ball with her prince in the splendid ballroom at the newly reopened Grand Hotel. More

ALEXANDRA THEATRE: Strictly star Johannes Radebe will be bringing his Freedom tour to the Alex next year with dance and music from around the world. More

 TOWN HALL & SYMPHONY HALL, PLUS THE SPOTTED DOG have announced more details of the lineup for Jazz Fest, Birmingham's new Jazz Festival in August. More

 THE JERSEY BOYS are on the road again and will be spending Christmas and New Year at the ALexandra Theatre from 7 December to 1 January 2022. More

THEATRE IS BACK: The lights are turning back on stages across the land as theatre prepares to return from enforced hibernation this month, and what ges and treats they have in store for us. More

Rosie Kay Dance Company launch two world premieres this year with Adult Female Dancer as part of Rosie Kay's one woman triple bill, Absolute Solo II at Birmingham Rep next month and Romeo + Juliet at Birmingham Hippodrome in September. More

Actor Samuel West makes a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
News and features
HGHBURY PLAYERS will be heading back in time on Tuesday when they delve into the life of orange seller, actress and mistress Nell Gwynn in Jessica Swales Olivier winning comedy. More
ROCK OF AGES rocked Birmingham Alexandra Theatre three years ago and next week it is back as sexy and raunchy as ever loaded with rock anthems that have stood the test of time. More
THE BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME'S CEO and artistic director, Sydney-born Fiona Allan is set to return home in autumn to take over as chief executive of Opera Australia. More
The Alexandra Theatre is back in business, after 491 days of enforced closure, and not only has a new progremme but also a new theatre director.  More
THSH: A new name and a new look as Town Hall and Symphony Hall open up for live music again with a programme of international and home grown stars. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet is heading back to its home stage of Birmingham Hippodrome in October and has announced its programme from Romeo and Juliet to the festive Nutcracker. More
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Disney classic film, 50 years old this year, takes to the stage in August in a world premiere musical which will be bringing its magic to the Alaxandra and the Grand. More
Elmhurst Ballet School was hit by Covid both in its academic role and as a school of performing arts but recovery is underway with pupils returning to the stage for an engaging summer bill to showcase their talents. More
BIDF: After falling victim to Covid lockdowns last year Birmingham International Dance Festival is back with an on-line June festivaland a full blown live encore in September. More
Town Hall and Symphony Hall will be swinging to the beat this summer with the return of the Jazzlines Summer School from Performances Birmingham Limited, a free weeklong course for aspiring jazz musicians aged 11-19 all running alongside the city's Jazz FM sponsored Jazz Festival. More
Birmingham Hippodrome is helping to give emerging talent a helping hand with live streams of TEDxYouth@Brum and UniSlam this month. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet has appointed Ballet Master and former Principal Dancer  Dominic Antonucci as its new Assistant Director. More
Elmhurst Ballet School ends a tumultuous year and its Principal, Jessica Wheeler talks about the problems faced by her and her staff protecting and teaching pupils form around the world. More
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Marion Tait is to step down as assistant director at the end of the year. More
Midland Theatres given a share of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund More
Malvern Theatres has dipped a toe in the water and opened for live theatre again under Covid conditions with its own production of Mooney and his caravans - so, what was it like? More
Birmingham Royal Ballet are back on stage, albeit the paved terrace of Rowheath Pavilion with a special performance of ballet class and dance along with the city's Sampad company, More
Stan's Cafe  head into the world of call centres from living rooms and back bedrooms in For Quality Purposes, online More
Rosie Kay's Dance Company was to perform again at the Edinburgh Festival but with the festival forced to move on-line the Birmingham company will be joining up again with Army@TheFringe for a first streaming of 10 Soldiers on 12 August. More
The £1.57bn Government funding is a welcome boost to the Arts but many of the problems facing the cultural sector still remain. The cash is much needed help but is not a cure. More
Theatre and the arts facing financial meltdown with the prospect of theatre and venue closures and  even orchestras folding without Government help. More
Wolverhampton Grand has been awarded an Arts Council grant to assist in its community programmes More
Birmingham theatre company Stan's Cafe will be serving up a virtual menu  from the end of June with a sort of takeaway theatre in Stan's Internet Cafe. More
Lichfield Garrick will be holding auditions by video for youngsters to join the cast of this year's panto, Peter Pan, which is scheduled to open on 26 November this year. More
BE FESTIVAL: To BE or not to BE has been decided. It will BE  and Birmingham's popular European performance and arts festival will be going ahead, online next month. More
Elmhurst Ballet School and English National Ballet School are continuing to teach with lessons and classes on line with a video produced by students to show them practising at home. More
Elmhurst Ballet School:  Teacher and choreographer Sander Blommaert is keeping dancers on their toes with free ballet classes every morning streamed live on Instagram More
Elmhurst Ballet School: Sixth form student Lydia Brayshaw has started her own fashion business and has opened with a fire sale with a difference, all in aid of the bushfire affected animals of Australia. More

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