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Tue 14 - Sat 18 May 2013 (ARCHIVED LISTING)
The guaranteed feel-good musical of the season.

Get ready for the musical event of the season as Cole Porter’s timeless classic, High Society, skips into town, in a dazzling new production from the acclaimed producers of The King and I.

Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband Dexter Haven turns up to disrupt the proceedings in an attempt to try and win her back.  A further twist arrives in the form of charming reporter Mike Connor who falls instantly for Tracy, and she for him. As the day of the wedding draws closer we’re left guessing which groom the bride will choose!

Adapted from the hit 1956 film, which starred screen legends Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, High Society bubbles with a host of beautiful ballads including True Love, You’re Sensational’and the unforgettable Well, Did You Evah! this uplifting and sparkling production proves Porter’s classic musical style and fizzing wit will always be in fashion.

Michael Praed (Robin of Sherwood & The Sound of Music) stars as Dexter Haven, Marilyn Cutts (Fascinating Aida) as Margaret Lord, Teddy Kempner (RSC’s Nicholas Nickleby) as Uncle Willie, Daniel Boys (Any Dream Will Do) as Mike Connor with Sophie Bould (The Sound of Music) as Tracy Lord.

So prepare yourself for a glorious night of vintage Hollywood as you’re invited to the wedding of the year, and what a swell party it is gonna be!

Music & Lyrics in association with Venue Cymru Llandudno
Music & lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Arthur Kopit
Additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
High Society is supported by Arts Council Wales


Read: High Society on the Blog
CLICK HERE to read an interview with stars of the show Sophie Bould & Alex Young

Watch: My "Swell Party"...
Take a look at our video interviews with the cast of High Society about what would make their very own "swell party"...
CLICK HERE to watch Daniel Boys' interview.
CLICK HERE to watch Sophie Bould's answers.
CLICK HERE to tune into Michael Praed's interview.


"There is a sparkling opening to the musical when Sophie makes a string of remarkable quick costume changes on stage during the overture" Birmingham Mail. Read full review HERE

"Michael Praed wowed the ladies with a suave, self-assured performance as Dexter, while Daniel Boys was in fine voice as reporter, Mike Connor." Express and Star. Read full review HERE

"‘High Society’ made for a marvellous evening’s entertainment with catchy, popular numbers including ‘Well, Did You Evah’" The Good Review. Read full review HERE

"A great show that will appeal to all ages." The Public Reviews. Read full review HERE

"High Society sweeps the audience up in a mix of music and comedy." The Entertainer


Tue Eve at 7.30pm


Wed - Fri Eves at 7.30pm, Wed Mat at 2pm & Sat Mat at 2.30pm


Sat Eve at 7.30pm


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Dining at Circle
Birmingham Hippodrome’s popular restaurant, situated on Middle Circle level of the theatre foyer, is the perfect venue for a matinee lunch or an evening dinner. Come a little earlier, meet up with friends and relax over good food and a chance to browse through the programme, just a short walk from your seats in the auditorium. Click above for more details, sample menus and online reservations.
Eat and Drink at Stageside
Just over the road from our stage door on Thorp Street, StageSide is our casual, brasserie style experience with a lively bar and quick service.  Ideal as a place to meet friends before or after your Hippodrome visit, you might even bump into cast members and musicians as it’s a popular post-show haunt.  Pop in for a coffee or a drink, or a tasty dish or two from our simple modern British menu, all at attractive prices. Click above for more details and sample menus.
Indulge yourself with our mouthwatering canapés and champagne, served at your own reserved foyer table either pre-show or during the interval. To book call 0844 338 9000. Click above for more info and a sample canapé selection.
Quick Bites at Deli Bar
If you are short on time and looking for a quick and tasty bite to eat before the show, our Deli Bar offers the perfect solution. Situated on Front Circle Foyer, in front of our main entrance, the Deli Bar offers a selection of hot or cold dishes as well as a variety of delicious sandwiches, desserts, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Click above for more info.
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Our bars, conveniently positioned on each main foyer level serve a great range of wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks, Champagne by the bottle or glass and fresh 'bean to cup' coffee.
Tue 14 - Sat 18 May 2013 (ARCHIVED LISTING)


I am riily looking forward to seeing this show again for its been a little wile since it last came to hippodrome
Lola palmer \\ 01/11/2012

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Approx 2 hours and 40 mins including an interval of 20 mins

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  • Fri 17 May at 7.30pm
  • Sat 18 May at 2.30pm
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