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BrumHour is invited to review both homegrown and touring productions at Birmingham Hippodrome Throughout the year.
Compiled by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Season Preview: Birmingham Hippodrome Winter and Spring 2023
Following Dick Whittington which runs until the end of January 2023, the season features, dance – both ballet and modern, musicals and opera.
Motionhouse: Starchitects (3rd and 4th February 2023)
The award-winning Motionhouse bring immersive, bold stories told with a mixture of visual arts, gymnastics, aerial performance and dance. Expect to feel exhausted just watching them!
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (7th to 11th February)
Known for unique twists on traditional stories, Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company bring this production is a gothic version of Sleeping Beauty to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage.
Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/mbs-sleeping-beauty
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake (15th to 25th February)
About this fantastical ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s website says:
Birmingham Royal Ballet revives Peter Wright and Galina Samsova’s glorious journey into Swan Lake – with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia performing Tchaikovsky’s superb music live alongside BRB’s spectacular dancers.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-swan-lake-three
SIX (28th February to 4th March and 20th to 25th June)
Returning to the Hippodrome for not one but two weeks in 2023, SIX is a concert style musical retelling the stories of Henry VIII’s six wives.
My Fair Lady (8th to 26th March)
Charlotte Kennedy plays Eliza Doolittle with EastEnders Adam Woodyatt as her father Alfred and
Michael D. Xavier as Henry Higgins with Lesley Garrett as Mrs Pearce.
Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/my-fair-lady
The SpongeBob Musical (11th to 15th April)
Perhaps unexpectedly, Spongebob Squarepants is arriving in Birmingham as part of a UK Tour. Let’s see.. Divina De Campo from Drag Race UK and Gareth Gates have been announced as being part of the cast.
Titanic the Musical (18th to 22nd April)
Featuring stories based on the real passengers of The RMS Titanic, this production returns for a 2023 UK Tour.
Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/titanic-the-musical-2
The Commitments (24th to 29th April)
Perhaps best known as a 1990s film, The Commitments is based on a late 1980s novel by Roddy Doyle and explores a time in the lives of a group of unemployed young people in Dublin and their soul band.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/the-commitments-2
Welsh National Opera – The Magic Flute (3rd to 5th May) and Blaze of Glory! (6th May)
The Magic Flute is over 230 years old and is an opera in two acts, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and is performed three times over Welsh National Opera’s spring week at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Book here for The Magic Flute: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/wno-the-magic-flute and Blaze of Glory! birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/wno-blaze-of-glory
Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby (23rd to 27th May)
The hit Birmingham-based tv show has spawned iterations and imitations but this stage version is a hugedance based production with a story by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/peaky-blinders-the-redemptio
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Apollo | Interlinked | ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café (8th to 10th June)
Three shorter performances, designed to demonstrate what ballet can be, if you don’t like one, the next one will be totally different.
Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-still-life
Winnie the Pooh (16th to 18th June)
About this new stage adaptation, Birmingham Hippodrome website says:
Featuring the Sherman Brothers’ classic Grammy Award-winning music with further songs by A.A. Milne, this beautiful fresh stage adaptation is told with stunning life-sized puppetry through the eyes of the characters we all know and love, in a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/winnie-the-pooh
Disney’s The Lion King (6th July to 16th September)
A huge production for a huge stage, The Lion King on stage comes with a fantastic reputation from word of mouth. Personally, I can’t wait to see if it lives up to these expectations.
Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/the-lion-king-two
Look out for autumn highlights later in 2023 including: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical, The Nutcracker 2023 and the Brum Panto which this year is Jack and the Beanstalk.