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by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Season Preview: Birmingham Hippodrome Autumn and Winter 2021/22
Late August might still be summer for most of the UK, but in British theatreland it heralds the start of the new season of touring and Birmingham based productions. From musicals, to comedy, ballet, opera and of course the Brum Panto #BrumPanto, theatre is back on the Birmingham Hippodrome’s huge stage.
Please note that productions can be subject to short notice changes or cancellations.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (30th August to 4th September)
The heart-warming story of three drag queens adventuring across central Australia on their bus, comes to Birmingham to kick off the Hippodrome’s return to live theatre with this great jukebox musical.
Board the bus here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/priscilla
Rosie Kay’s Romeo + Juliet (8th September)
If Romeo + Juliet took place in Birmingham in the Summer of 2021, what would look like? Rosie Kay researched the views of real young people in communities across Birmingham. This production uses the music of Annie Mahtani, a Birmingham based composer blending Berlioz’ well known score with her own composition.
SIX (14th to 18th September)
The hit storytelling concert arrives in Birmingham with huge songs retelling the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII.
Last tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/six-the-musical
Hairspray (27th September to 2nd October)
1960s Baltimore has segregated music on tv with music by black artists on a different show to white artists, Tracy Turnblad plans upset the system by protesting with music in this musical version of the hit 1988 film.
Get tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/hairspray-2
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet (6th to 9th October)
Featuring Prokofiev’s soundtrack which dates back to 1935, Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to its home stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with Kenneth MacMillan‘s choreography exploring the love between two young people from two feuding families.
Book for the Ballet here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-romeo-and-juliet-2/
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Carlos Curates: R&J Reimagined (14th to 16th October)
Featuring music by Radiohead, Carlos Acosta‘s introduces Edward Clug‘s Radio and Juliet updated and reimagined.
Welsh National Opera (19th to 22nd October)
Welsh National Opera returns to Birmingham Hippodrome with two full Opera’s including Puccini’s Madam Butterfly sung in Italian (with English and Welsh surtitles) and Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville sung in English (also with English and Welsh surtitles).
Book for Madame Butterfly here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/wno-madam-butterfly-two and The Barber of Seville here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/wno-the-barber-of-seville-three
The Play that Goes Wrong (26th to 30th October)
The more I watch local theatre and the more I see mystery or whodunnit plays the funnier I find The Play that Goes Wrong. A play with in a play, Mischief created shows are their own world of characters just doing their best to keep things together.
What ever you do.. tell them to look under the sofa!
Blood Brothers (2nd to 13th November)
Birmingham Hippodrome website says:
The legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/blood-brothers-3
The Nutcracker (20th November to 11th December)
Returning to its spiritual home after a year away. Birmingham Royal Ballet demonstrates why this version of the Nutcracker brings new and seasoned audiences each year, some with their very first taste of this magical production.
Book for the ballet here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-the-nutcracker-21
Brum Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (18th December to 30th January 2022)
This is Goldilocks and the Three Bears but not as you know it, as this fairy tale converges with Circus to bring a huge Brum Panto show for all the family.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/goldilocks
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! (8th to 12th February 2022)
About this production Birmingham Hippodrome’s website says:
Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delectable sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the classic.
Expect a sprinkling of delicious new surprises in this reinvented production for 2022.
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Don Quixote (18th to 26th February)
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director Carlos Acosta brings Birmingham Hippodrome as Don explores the world of love.