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Compiled by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Season Preview: Birmingham Hippodrome Spring/Summer 2022
Returning tours, delayed productions and brand new shows. Spring and Summer at Birmingham Hippodrome provides comforting returnees from Les Mis and MAMMA MIA! Beautiful and We Will Rock You. West End shows on tour including Waitress, Magic Goes Wrong and the West End production of Joseph.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (3rd to 26th March)
Say Bonjour to one of Disney’s most loved stories, as their version of the classic tale comes to the stage as Beauty and the Beast The Musical.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (29th March to 2nd April)
Marking the tenth anniversary of this National Theatre production based on Mark Haddon’s best selling book. Christopher finds the finger of blame pointing at him when a neighbours dog is killed, he sets out to prove what really happened.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/the-curious-incident-two
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (5th to 16th April)
It was red and yellow and green and brown, And scarlet and black and ochre and peach, And ruby and olive and violet and fawn, And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve, And cream and crimson and silver and rose, And azure and lemon and russet and grey, And purple and white and pink and orange, And red and yellow and green and brown and blue”Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice
After making his Brum Panto debut this season, Jason Donovan returns to the Hippodrome stage as Pharaoh with another Brum Panto alumni Jac Yarrow who is playing Joseph in the UK Tour of this West End production.
Dear Zoo Live! (6th to 10th April)
Introduce smaller friends and family to live theatre with this one hour show as the much loved book comes to life.
Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/dear-zoo
Welsh National Opera (20th to 23rd April)
Powerful vocals, music on a grand scale and heavenly costumes are the staple of any Welsh National Opera production and these three Operas are not exception. Well known operas’ Don Giovanni and Madam Butterfly are joined by Jenufa as WNO arrive for another week of huge shows.
Book here for Jenufa (20th April) birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/wno-jenufa-two, Don Giovanni (21st and 22nd April) birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/wno-don-giovanni-two and Madam Butterfly (23rd April) birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/wno-madam-butterfly-two-2.
MAMMA MIA! (3rd to 14th May)
A monster West End hit, the much loved music of ABBA is woven in to the fabric of this story of youth and lost loves. A young woman gets engaged and wants her father to give her away at the wedding, her mother isn’t 100% sure who the father is. So the daughter invites three men over to the island where they live to meet them all..
Waitress (16th to 21st May)
The West End and Broadway hit musical heads on tour with a stop in Birmingham as life gets complex for Jenna when a hot doctor arrives in town.
Get tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/waitress
Oi Frog and Friends! (21st to 29th May)
Birmingham Hippodrome’s website says:
Join FROG, CAT and DOG in this Olivier Award nominated action-packed stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling books. Expect songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at.
Magic Goes Wrong (24th to 29th May)
Mischief, the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong have joined forces with magic legends Penn and Teller to bring this new UK Tour.
Singin’ In The Rain (6th to 11th June)
From a huge movie to the West End and Broadway, tours and a firm favourite for any local musical theatre group. Singin’ In The Rain is a production everyone wants to appear in. This is Jonathan Church’s acclaimed revival and sure to be a huge hit in Birmingham.
We Will Rock You (4th to 30th July)
Originally scheduled for two weeks at the Hippodrome, We Will Rock You brings the music of Queen to the Birmingham stage for four solid weeks of their greatest hits and Ben Elton’s multi award winning show.
The Cher Show (2nd to 6th August)
How did Cher become the legend she is today? This brand new production sets out to tell you a potted history of her incredible life and fame, featuring the direction of Arlene Phillips and choreography of Oti Mabuse.
Les Misérables (9th to 27th August)
There isn’t a musical told with the scale or drama, power or Hollywood blockbuster style like Les Mis. And while it is a solid two hours and forty five minutes, every single second is used for powerful storytelling lyrics.
Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/les-miserables-2
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (30th August to 3rd September)
Filled with great music and stunning vocals, Carole King’s story comes to life in this returning touring production.
Looking ahead to Autumn 2022
The Color Purple (13th to 17th September)
Before heading on a UK tour to Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal and Derngate Northampton, The Lowry, Salford, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Mayflower Theatre Southampton and Norwich Theatre Royal, The Award-winning co-production of The Color Purple will return to the Hippodrome.
Chris Sudworth, Director of Artistic Programme at Birmingham Hippodrome, said:
After a phenomenal response from our audiences in 2019, we are delighted to be opening our exceptional co-production – made with our friends and partners at Curve – here at Birmingham Hippodrome in September.
This first UK tour of The Color Purple is another step in the Hippodrome’s commitment to creating bold, relevant work at large scale that speaks to our city and the UK today.”
Tickets are on sale now: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/the-color-purple-2
Then upcoming productions will include: Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby (27th September to 2nd October), Sister Act (4th to 15th October), Strictly Ballroom The Musical (31st October to 5th November), The Nutcracker 2022 (19th November to 10th December) and the Brum Panto: Dick Whittington (17th December to 29th January 2023).