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Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

…Heading back to dry land after the high-flying adventure of Peter Pan, the magic of Snow White comes to Birmingham Hippodrome in the unmissable, must-see pantomime for Christmas 2019!…

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Magical Munchies at Snow White

…Enjoy Magical Munchies in your very own Royal Boxes for parties of 10, during Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. Whether it’s a family panto tradition, or simply friends…

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Assisted Performances

…BRB The Nutcracker 2.30pm Wed 15 & Sat 18 Jan 2020 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 2pm & 2.30pm Sat 15 Feb 2020 The Red Shoes 2.30pm Sat 22…

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First Night offers – available to 16-24 year olds

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Price Bands

10 Soldiers £10 Tues 21st May All
The Worst Witch £11 Wed 22nd May C
Calendar Girls The Musical £16 Tues & Wed ev C – D
Bravo 22 Company Birmingham £5 All Dates All
The Color Purple £16 Tues & Wed ev C
NYDC Madhead £5 Wed ev All
Annie £16 Tues & Wed ev C – D
Grease The Musical  £16 Tues 13th & 20th. Mon 19th C – D
West Side Story £15 Thurs 29th A-B
On Your Feet £18 Tues to Thur mat & ev D
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet £16 Tues C
Blood Brothers £22 Mon 30th C
Some Like It Hip Hop £11 Fri & Sat mat & ev All
Circus 1903 £12 Fri C-D
Acosta Danza £6 Mon & Tues mat & ev C
Snow White Pantomime £6 2nd Jan to 2nd Feb mat & ev B-D
We Will Rock You £38.50 Mon 20th C-D
Les Miserables 2020 £15 Mon ev’s D

 

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Patrons and Friends ticket offers

All discounts are subject to availability 2-for-1 on Opening Night
Price Bands A+/A-C only unless otherwise stated
Standard Discount
£5 off Price A+/A, £6 off B-D
10 Soldiers Sorry, not available
The Worst Witch Sorry, not available  ✔  £4 off A and £5 off B-C,
Thu & Fri 7pm
Calendar Girls the Musical ✔ £10 off ✔  Tue – Thu
Bravo 22 Company Birmingham ✔ All performances Sorry, not available
The Gruffalo ✔ All performances Sorry, not available
Ceri Dupree in The Ladies I Love Sorry, not available ✔ £4 off
Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat Sorry, not available ✔  Tue – Thu & Fri 5pm
The Color Purple ✔ £10 off ✔  Tue – Thu
MADHEAD Sorry, not available
Annie ✔ £10 off  ✔ Tue – Thu 7.30pm
Grease The Musical Sorry, not available ✔ £5 off A+/A, £6 off B-C, Mon – Thu. Limited availability
West Side Story ✔ Thu & Fri Sorry, not available
On Your Feet! ✔ £10 off ✔  Tue – Thu
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet ✔ £10 off ✔  Wed – Thu
Fantasia ✔ All performances Sorry, not available
Blood Brothers ✔ £10 off ✔ £5 off A+/A, £4 off B, £3 off C, Tue – Fri & Mon
Eye of the Storm ✔ All performances Sorry, not available
Dada Masilo – Giselle ✔ Both performances Sorry, not available
Some Like it Hip Hop ✔ All performances Sorry, not available
Circus 1903 ✔ £10 off ✔  Tue – Fri
Acosta Danza ✔ Both performances ✔ £5 off A+/A, £4 off B, £3 off C, Both performances
Genius ✔ Both performances Sorry, not available
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ✔ Sat 21 Dec & Yellow performances ✔ All performances
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes ✔ £10 off ✔  Tue – Thu
Message in a Bottle ✔ £10 off ✔  Wed – Fri
Priscilla Queen of the Desert ✔ £10 off ✔  Tue – Thu
We Will Rock You ✔ £10 off ✔ £6 off A, £5 off B-C, Mon – Thu
MAMMA MIA! ✔ £10 off ✔  Mon – Thu
Les Miserables 2020 ✔ £10 off ✔  £4 off A/A+ and £6 off B-D
Mon to Thu

 

Please note, all offers are subject to restrictions and limited availability; they cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or applied retrospectively. We reserve the right to withdraw discounts at any time. Terms and conditions apply. First Night tickets must be booked by registered individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 inclusive. Proof of entitlement will be required for all tickets. Please note: Friends & Patrons discounts are subject to restrictions and limited availability; they cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or applied retrospectively. We reserve the right to withdraw discounts at any time. Terms and conditions apply.

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Relaxed Performances

…1060. Thu 11 Jul 2019 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 1pm Wed 29 Jan 2020 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 12 noon Powered by you With thanks to…

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Current Groups Offers

…every 8 tickets purchased) SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Sat 21 Dec 2019 – Sun 2 Feb 2020 Yellow performances Mid-week mats & eves from 7 Jan 2019 Price…

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WNO - Rigoletto

…be such an enduring favourite. This timely revival of WNO’s acclaimed production is set in the White House during the Kennedy era, and sees Mark S Doss (Tosca, Spring 2018)…

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February is for families at Birmingham Hippodrome!

Far-away kingdoms, egg-traordinary landscapes and high-flying adventures aplenty…you don’t have to travel very far to experience a whole world of imagination here at Birmingham Hippodrome this Spring.

Building on our existing programme, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to be expanding its family-friendly offer with an exciting new season of productions on the Main Stage and in our 200-seat Patrick Studio bringing together the best of large-scale touring theatre with a pic ‘n’ mix of alternative delights ideally suited to young theatre goers and their families!

Once again, this will be accompanied by a growing programme of free and paid-for foyer workshops, pre-show craft activities and outdoor festivals ensuring that even more families feel welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome this Spring and beyond!

A Fairytale February with Birmingham Royal Ballet

Returning to Birmingham Hippodrome this Spring with their enchanting production of The Sleeping Beauty from Tues 13 – Sat 24 Feb, Birmingham Royal Ballet are delighted to once again present their hour-long introduction to ballet for children aged 3+. First Steps; a child’s Sleeping Beauty (Fri 16 Feb) has been specially adapted for children to enjoy with their families and features ballet excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s amazing dancers and orchestra.  An enchanting first-encounter with the magical world of ballet.

Patrick Studio Spring Highlights:

Elsewhere in the building, families can look forward to a varied and exciting new season of shows in the 200-seat Patrick Studio, bringing together some of the brightest talent in children’s theatre from across the UK and abroad.

Inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations), Birmingham Hippodrome and A Thousand Cranes theatre company invite you on a high-flying adventure through the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo in the delightful new children’s show, Little Mochi Man (Sat 24 Feb).

Featuring ‘origami’ puppets, animation and music, this enchanting new show, suitable for ages 4-7, is the perfect introduction to Japan for young children and the ideal way to keep the little ones entertained this half term.

Looking ahead to March 2018, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company invites you on a magical journey into the remarkable and beautifully strange world of White (Fri 9 – Sun 11 Mar). Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red… then yellow… then blue…

Described by The Times as ‘An utter delight no matter what your age”, White is a playful, highly visual show for very young children and the perfect first-time theatre experience.

This will be followed by a theatrical first for Birmingham Hippodrome as award-winning theatre company METRO-BOULOT-DODO joins forces with resident artists Open Theatre Company in an all-new production of the infamous fairy tale Hansel and Gretel (Wed 4 – Sun 8 Apr).

A flustered storyteller is joined by a mischievous mockingbird as he follows Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. All is not what it seems, as the characters start to tell their own version of this peculiar adventure. Come along and meet the wicked witch and her really rather eccentric chefs in this truly imaginative version of Hansel and Gretel.

Filled with creative flair and quirky humour, this deliciously inventive production has all the ingredients of the perfect family night out including live music, hilarious performance and a mesmerising design.

Open Theatre Company and BecauseWeCanCanCan work closely with Birmingham Hippodrome to support emerging performers with learning disabilities, some of whom appear in this production.

Family Fun in the Foyers:

Pop into the Birmingham Hippodrome foyers during the week for a range of activities to keep little ones entertained. There’s something for everyone from B’Opera for babies to Baby Bhangra. There’s also Theatre Fun for all the family! A workshop that uses movement, mime, and storytelling to discover a whole new world of play.

During term time activities take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Festival Fever:

This February half-term Birmingham Hippodrome presents the Legends and Lights Spring Festival – free holiday workshops in storytelling and crafts inspired by Chinese New Year. There’s a wide variety of activities on offer which means you can take away something different each day. Join Haruka Kuroda, regular presenter on CBBC’s Officially Amazing and soon to be appearing in the show ‘The Little Mochi Man’ Sat 24 Feb. You can drop in for an hour-long session or stay the whole day. Parents can grab a coffee and relax – or have a go at all the activities too. Get inspired by Asian legends and New Year traditions from across the world.

As well as half-term fun, the theatre is also co-producing a jam-packed festival in celebration of Chinese New Year in the foyers and around the city centre (Fri 16 – Sun 18 Feb).

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Swan Lake flies into The Ivy Temple Row

As Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake continues a triumphant return to Birmingham Hippodrome, cast members Will Bozier (The Swan) and Megan Cameron (Ensemble/Cover Queen) made their way to The Ivy Temple Row to check out their extra special menu features designed to mark the return of the iconic production.

Upon entering the restaurant, guests can also enjoy a display of flowers and feathers by Ava Event Styling, plus a pair of the iconic ‘swan legs’ costume pieces suspended in the main window space looking out on to Temple Street.

During the run of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake the restaurant will be serving two limited edition specials – a Black Swan cocktail and White Swan dessert.

The dark cocktail is served in a coupe glass and is made up of Beefeater gin, St Germain, Chambord, Elderflower, squid ink and egg white, priced at £8.50.

Sitting alongside the cocktail is the White Swan dessert, a passion fruit parfait with white chocolate light meringue, priced at £10.95.

The Ivy Temple Row are also generously supporting the Hippodrome’s Curtain Raiser Project, giving young people the chance to develop a 4 minute long dance piece alongside professional dancers from the New Adventures company and perform on the theatre’s main stage.

The installation and extra special menu additions can be enjoyed at The Ivy Temple Row until 24 February (click here to book a table), whilst Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake performs at Birmingham Hippodrome until 16 February – click here to book.

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Christmas all wrapped up at Birmingham Hippodrome

Whether escaping to a magical make-believe world, spending quality time with family and friends, settling down for some seasonal storytelling or searching for that perfect present, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up at Birmingham Hippodrome.

From family favourites The Nutcracker and Cinderella on the Main Stage to alternative offerings The Snow Dragon in our Patrick Centre and our brand new Frost Fair in the foyers, this year’s seasonal programme brings together dazzling spectacle, seasonal song and dance and plenty of audience participation – all delivered with a signature sprinkling of festive flair!

Nothing says Christmas in Birmingham quite like The Nutcracker, which returns to the Main Stage from Fri 24 Nov – Wed 13 Dec.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s unrivalled production will, once again, be enchanting audiences once more with its sumptuous sets, lavish costumes, magical Christmas tree, winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a magical Sugar Plum fairy in one of the most celebrated festive shows of all time.

Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanted world as gigantic sets, lavish costumes, 60 dancers and a full orchestra combine to make the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family.

For the perfect excuse to escape the shopping crowds, join Birmingham Hippodrome for a seasonal extravaganza to remember at our all new Frost Fair on Sat 16 Dec.

Grab yourself that perfect Christmas gift with festive indoor market, seasonal food and drink, local musicians, creative crafts and much more as the Hippodrome foyers come to life with festive cheer and an added sprinkling of winter wonder from 10am – 6pm. And the best part is, it’s absolutely free to attend.

Enjoy a slice of traditional Victorian tomfoolery with Mr Barnard, a Victorian gent complete with compendium of rib-tickling tricks – from orange juggling to spinning Christmas puddings in roaming theatre show, Period Prestidigitation. Browse vintage and seasonal stores for that perfect Christmas gift at Bert and Gert’s Craft Market, make your own bauble to take home, turn your little ones into an elf or reindeer with festive face-painting and escape to faraway lands with our free storytelling sessions.

This year’s Frost Fair will also feature an exciting programme of live performances from Midland LGBT choir Rainbow Voices, Birmingham Community Gospel Choir and City of Birmingham Brass Band.

Looking ahead to this year’s magical family pantomime, Cinderella, the most magical panto of them all arrives in Birmingham from Tue19 Dec – Sat 28 Jan starring soul-diva Beverley Knight as The Fairy Godmother, Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac as Prince Charming, Birmingham panto favourite Matt Slack as Buttons, pop and television star Suzanne Shaw as Cinderella, comedy duo The Grumbleweeds and the most fabulous Ugly Sisters in show business, Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall.

Featuring all the ingredients of a perfect panto, this year’s festive spectacular features a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and some dazzling special effects so don’t leave it too late…book your tickets to the ball today!

Meanwhile in our studio, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to play host to its first Patrick Centre Christmas show, The Snow Dragon, from Tue 19 Dec – Sun 7 Jan.

Join Billy the Goat and the legendary Snow Dragon on a magical winter adventure filled with toe-tapping songs, enchanting storytelling and lots of laughs from the company behind the hit children’s productions The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale. Suitable for ages 3+

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PRESS RELEASE - Theatrical fun for families this autumn at Birmingham Hippodrome

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Theatrical fun for families this Autumn at Birmingham Hippodrome

  • Timeless storytelling from the Indian sub-continent with Mashi Theatre’s Tales of Birbal
  • FREE and Fun For AllSeasonal storytelling and crafts with Legends and Lights and 1-day festive Frost Fair
  • Add some Hip-Hop to YOUR half term with high-energy children’s show Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups and week-long workshop series Hip-Hop Elements
  • A winter wonderland of festive fun with BRBs The Nutcracker, family-favourite The Snow Dragon and the fairy-godmother of all pantomimes, Cinderella

Treasured tales from far-away lands, beat-boxing beasts and some very cool cats, high-energy hip-hop with a Brummie twist plus free festive fun for all…these are just some of the highlights that await families at Birmingham Hippodrome this autumn.

As temperatures begin to drop and the long autumn evenings draw in, it’s important to have something fun to look forward to. Which is why Birmingham Hippodrome is thrilled to play host to an exciting new season of family-friendly entertainment combining the best of the West-End with a treasure trove of smaller productions in our Patrick Centre. This will also run alongside a free programme of festivals and paid-for workshops guaranteed to keep the little-ones entertained, whatever the weather!

For the perfect pre-Diwali treat, Mashi Theatre in association with The Spark Arts for Children present Tales of Birbal in the Patrick Centre on Sun 15 Oct; an enchanting journey through the Indian sub-continent brought to life through puppetry, humour and music.

Mashi and Bhanji are travelling story-tellers living hand-to-mouth with just a wooden cart, trinkets they have collected on their travels and a family of mischievous crows for company. Stopping one day for lunch, they set about recreating the mythical tales of the great King Akbar and his wise companion Birbal, in this magical and immersive production suitable for ages 6+.

Budding bboys and bgirls from across Birmingham and beyond can look forward to a jam-packed half term of hip-hop highlights with a week-long programme of special events, shows and workshops celebrating the very best of the genre.

Inspired by the Hippodrome’s annual B-Side festival and presented by Hippodrome CREATIVE, Hip-Hop Elements takes place over one week from Mon 23 – Sat 28 Oct bringing together high-energy Hip-Hop workshops across multiple disciplines. Lead by experienced industry professionals, participants are invited to sample the delights of Djing, get to grips with Hip-Hop dance, master the art of MC’ing, get creative with live graffiti and much more.

Bursting onto the Patrick Centre stage from Fri 27- Sat 28 Oct, Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups is an immersive theatre show for ages 5-10 yrs combining rap, live graffiti art and freestyle hip-hop improvisation. Escape to Animaland with spoken word artist Maxwell Golden and graffiti artist Mr Dane for a fun and fresh live theatre experience performed inside a purpose-built graffiti installation.

For the first time this October Half Term, Birmingham Hippodrome will be opening up its Foyer Spaces for a week of free seasonal storytelling and festive crafts from Mon 23 – Sat 28 Oct. Legends and Lights will bring together a host of family-friendly activities inspired by Birmingham’s rich multicultural heritage, from spooky storytelling to Diwali-inspired lights, autumn arts and crafts to ‘Trick or Treat’ mask workshops, drop in, grab a warming cup of tea or coffee and join us for creative, crafty fun all week long from 10.30am – 4.30pm…and all for free too!

Looking ahead to an enchanted winter, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s evergreen production of The Nutcracker returns from Fri 24 Nov – Wed 13 Dec featuring sumptuous sets, lavish costumes, a magical Christmas tree, an army of toy soldiers, an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a magical Sugar Plum fairy.

For the perfect excuse to escape the shopping crowds, join us for a seasonal extravaganza to remember at our all new Frost Fair on Sat 16 Nov. Bring your senses alive with festive indoor market, seasonal Food and drink, local musicians, creative crafts and much more as the Hippodrome Foyers come to life with festive cheer and an added sprinkling of winter wonder from 10am – 6pm. And the best part is, it’s absolutely free to attend!

Cinderella, the most magical panto of them all arrives in Birmingham from Tue19 Dec – Sat 28 Jan starring soul-diva Beverley Knight as The Fairy Godmother, Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac as Prince Charming, Birmingham panto favourite Matt Slack as Buttons, pop and television star Suzanne Shaw as Cinderella, comedy duo The Grumbleweeds and the most faaaabulous Ugly Sisters in show business, Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall. Featuring all the ingredients of a perfect panto, this year’s festive spectacular features a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and some dazzling special effects so don’t leave it too late…book your tickets to the ball today!

Meanwhile in our studio, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to play host to its first Patrick Centre Christmas show, The Snow Dragon, from Tue 19 Dec – Sun 7 Jan. Join Billy the Goat and the legendary Snow Dragon on a magical winter adventure filled with toe-tapping songs, enchanting storytelling and lots of laughs from the company behind the hit children’s productions The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale. Suitable for ages 3+

Tickets for all of the above shows are available now. To book, call 0844 338 5000 or visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com for details.

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For press enquiries please contact Kate Evans (Communications Executive) on 0121 689 3065 or email kateevans@birminghamhippodrome.com

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Meet The Team with Programme Producer Chris Sudworth

In countdown to our first ever Patrick Centre Christmas Show – The Snow Dragon – from 19 Dec – 7 Jan, we caught up with Programme Producer Chris Sudworth to learn more about his exciting role researching, developing and commissioning new work in our Patrick Centre studio. 

From ground-breaking dance to the best in quality children’s touring theatre, Chris’ vital work, both on stage and out in the community, is helping to ensure that even more people feel welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome.

How long have you worked at the Hippodrome?

I joined the team in June this year, so just over 6 months now. The time has really flown by.

What made you want to work here?

Over the past couple of years, in addition to the fantastic productions that people have come to expect on stage, the Hippodrome has been playing an ever bigger part in major events and festivals across the region, and has ambitions to make bold and brilliant shows here in Birmingham that really represent the people and spirit of our city. It was incredibly exciting to get the opportunity to be part of that new chapter in the story of one of the country’s leading theatres.

How would you describe your job?

Fast paced and fabulous! It’s very varied, but my main responsibility is to work with our Artistic Director & Chief Executive Fiona Allan and our Hippodrome Projects team to find productions and develop projects for our stages, foyers and other spaces; then work with producers and visiting companies to agree everything from financial deals to first night parties!

My role involves a lot of partnerships: with our resident companies DanceXchange, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Welsh National Opera; with the producers who bring shows to us; with national touring networks including The Movement (with Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry) and Music & Lyrics (that created The Addams Family recently); with local initiatives such as Culture Central and the city’s new Dance Hub; and with the artists we support to make new work.

How would you describe a typical working day?

Like most people on theatre, there isn’t one! But that’s a big part of what makes working here exciting.

That said, a big part of my role is connecting and communicating with all our departments and so the day will usually include a mix of meetings, emails, phone calls with people inside the Hippodrome and our wide range of partners.

What’s the favourite part of your job?

It’s a really exciting time at the Hippodrome just now, there’s a real buzz around the place and I feel very fortunate to work with fantastic people throughout our teams.

My favourite parts of the role are finding and booking productions to appear on our stages and encouraging more people to come and experience what we have on offer.

While making sure we still bring the best shows to Birmingham on the main stage, we are developing an equally brilliant programme of performances in the Patrick Studio.

We now have monthly family shows with free pre-show craft activities and world class, small scale dance and physical theatre performances every few weeks, including premieres from some of the best new companies from the UK and beyond.

What’s your favourite production in general?

I’m really lucky that my job involves seeing lots of great work, but also the opportunity to bring some of it to Birmingham.

As such, two of my favourite shows from the last few years are in our new season in the Patrick Studio in the next few months: five-star physical theatre production Translunar Paradise by Theatre ad Infinitum in January, and the inventive and internationally acclaimed White for young families in March.

Beyond those, spectacular physical performances stay with me, such as De La Guarda which I saw at London’s Roundhouse around about 15 years ago, and Slava’s Snow Show which is still performing to packed houses around the world.

What are you most proud of achieving here?

How our new programme and partnerships are welcoming people from across our city’s communities and making the Hippodrome feel like home.

The TEDx events in October saw our teams work hand in hand with some of the city’s most dynamic and diverse young leaders and inspirational thinkers to transform our spaces through a festival of ideas.  In September, with arts and community partners, the Hippodrome took a leading role in delivering the wonderful Birmingham Weekender, supporting and showcasing artists that brought our city alive, with around 175,000 people experiencing performances in our streets and public spaces.

Which show/event are you most looking forward to in the coming season?

All of them?!

I’m delighted that we are hosting the European Premiere of #JeSuis by Aakash Odedra Company in February, and – a little further ahead – I can’t wait to bring my daughter to Matilda.

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Theatrical fun for families this Autumn at Birmingham Hippodrome

Treasured tales from far-away lands, beat-boxing beasts and some very cool cats, high-energy hip-hop with a Brummie twist plus free festive fun for all…these are just some of the highlights that await families at Birmingham Hippodrome this autumn.

As temperatures begin to drop and the long autumn evenings draw in, it’s important to have something fun to look forward to. Which is why Birmingham Hippodrome is thrilled to play host to an exciting new season of family-friendly entertainment combining the best of the West-End with a treasure trove of smaller productions in our Patrick Centre. This will also run alongside a free programme of festivals and paid-for workshops guaranteed to keep the little-ones entertained, whatever the weather!

For the perfect pre-Diwali treat, Mashi Theatre in association with The Spark Arts for Children present Tales of Birbal in the Patrick Centre on Sun 15 Oct; an enchanting journey through the Indian sub-continent brought to life through puppetry, humour and music.

Mashi and Bhanji are travelling story-tellers living hand-to-mouth with just a wooden cart, trinkets they have collected on their travels and a family of mischievous crows for company. Stopping one day for lunch, they set about recreating the mythical tales of the great King Akbar and his wise companion Birbal, in this magical and immersive production suitable for ages 6+.

Budding bboys and bgirls from across Birmingham and beyond can look forward to a jam-packed half term of hip-hop highlights with a week-long programme of special events, shows and workshops celebrating the very best of the genre.

Inspired by the Hippodrome’s annual B-Side festival and presented by Hippodrome CREATIVE, Hip-Hop Elements takes place over one week from Mon 23 – Sat 28 Oct bringing together high-energy Hip-Hop workshops across multiple disciplines. Lead by experienced industry professionals, participants are invited to sample the delights of Djing, get to grips with Hip-Hop dance, master the art of MC’ing, get creative with live graffiti and much more.

Bursting onto the Patrick Centre stage from Fri 27- Sat 28 Oct, Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups is an immersive theatre show for ages 5-10 yrs combining rap, live graffiti art and freestyle hip-hop improvisation. Escape to Animaland with spoken word artist Maxwell Golden and graffiti artist Mr Dane for a fun and fresh live theatre experience performed inside a purpose-built graffiti installation.

For the first time this October Half Term, Birmingham Hippodrome will be opening up its Foyer Spaces for a week of free seasonal storytelling and festive crafts from Mon 23 – Sat 28 Oct. Legends and Lights will bring together a host of family-friendly activities inspired by Birmingham’s rich multicultural heritage, from spooky storytelling to Diwali-inspired lights, autumn arts and crafts to ‘Trick or Treat’ mask workshops, drop in, grab a warming cup of tea or coffee and join us for creative, crafty fun all week long from 10.30am – 4.30pm…and all for free too!

Looking ahead to an enchanted winter, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s evergreen production of The Nutcracker returns from Fri 24 Nov – Wed 13 Dec featuring sumptuous sets, lavish costumes, a magical Christmas tree, an army of toy soldiers, an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a magical Sugar Plum fairy.

For the perfect excuse to escape the shopping crowds, join us for a seasonal extravaganza to remember at our all new Frost Fair on Sat 16 Nov. Bring your senses alive with festive indoor market, seasonal Food and drink, local musicians, creative crafts and much more as the Hippodrome Foyers come to life with festive cheer and an added sprinkling of winter wonder from 10am – 6pm. And the best part is, it’s absolutely free to attend!

Cinderella, the most magical panto of them all arrives in Birmingham from Tue19 Dec – Sat 28 Jan starring soul-diva Beverley Knight as The Fairy Godmother, Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac as Prince Charming, Birmingham panto favourite Matt Slack as Buttons, pop and television star Suzanne Shaw as Cinderella, comedy duo The Grumbleweeds and the most faaaabulous Ugly Sisters in show business, Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall. Featuring all the ingredients of a perfect panto, this year’s festive spectacular features a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and some dazzling special effects so don’t leave it too late…book your tickets to the ball today!

Meanwhile in our studio, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to play host to its first Patrick Centre Christmas show, The Snow Dragon, from Tue 19 Dec – Sun 7 Jan. Join Billy the Goat and the legendary Snow Dragon on a magical winter adventure filled with toe-tapping songs, enchanting storytelling and lots of laughs from the company behind the hit children’s productions The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale. Suitable for ages 3+

Tickets for all shows are available now. To book, call 0844 338 5000 or visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com for details.

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PRESS RELEASE: New season of Accessible Performances with first ever Relaxed Performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time

  • The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens with a Relaxed Performance on Mon 3 July.
  • Opening a main stage show with a Relaxed Performance demonstrates Birmingham Hippodrome’s commitment to welcoming all people to enjoy live theatre.
  • Expansion of accessible performances in 2017 also includes Relaxed Performances of The Jungle Book, The Snow Dragon and Cinderella.

Birmingham Hippodrome continues to demonstrate its commitment to accessibility through opening The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with a specially-adapted Relaxed Performance on Monday 3 July.

The performance heralds a new season of Relaxed Performances across the Hippodrome’s main stage and The Patrick Centre including Jungle Book, The Snow Dragon and seasonal highlight, Birmingham Hippodrome’s Panto, Cinderella.

The Relaxed Performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time is funded through Hippodrome CREATIVE and is the first Birmingham Hippodrome have offered in an early evening slot. The performance aims to give families, and adults with access needs, the opportunity to experience an award-winning production which contains some challenging content, as well as reflecting the slightly older age guidance (11+) for this production.

Relaxed performances are open to anyone, but are intended to cater for people with special needs who may find going to the theatre challenging, in particular people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.

To help make everyone feel welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome during a Relaxed Performance, fewer seats are available for sale, providing increased wheelchair capacity and giving audience members more space to make them feel more comfortable. Attendees are also welcome to walk in and out of the auditorium throughout a production. Certain aspects of staging are also specially adapted for the audience which include minor adjustments to the script, reduced noise levels and the use of raised house lights.

Liz Leck, Creative Learning Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome said: “We have been delivering Relaxed Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome for the last four years, and through each performance we learn more about how we can ensure the most accessible and welcoming experience for all our audiences.

“We are delighted to be extending our Relaxed Performances through our whole Season and to offer an evening performance which we hope will be welcoming to families as well as adults for whom attending a traditional theatre can often be overwhelming. Through opening the run for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with a Relaxed Performance we are hopefully sending a clear message that everyone is welcome at our theatre.”

To find out more about this Relaxed Performance watch: https://youtu.be/Y-_2P-Klgy0

To book for a Relaxed Performance please call us on 0844 338 5000†. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs until Sat 8 July at Birmingham Hippodrome. To find out more about future Relaxed Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, visit https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/whats-on/access/relaxed-performances/

The Relaxed Performance on 3 July takes place on the eve of On The Verge, a one-day conference on Learning Disability and the Main Stage taking place at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tues 4 July. ‘On The Verge’ will explore Learning Disability through a dynamic and thought-provoking day of conversations, workshops and performances. The conference brings together performers, directors, programmers and casting directors to create a platform for sharing best practice across arts organisations. For more information and to book visit https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/on-the-verge-conference/

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For further information contact Helen Annetts, PR on behalf of Birmingham Hippodrome on 07779026720 or email HelenLAnnetts@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Notes To Editors:

About Relaxed Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome
A relaxed performance is all about creating a welcoming, inclusive and relaxed environment for audiences who may find coming to the theatre overwhelming. Relaxed Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome may feature some or all of the following:

  1. Sensory Rooms– For each Relaxed Performance we create a sensory room for anyone who finds the busy foyers overwhelming
  2. Captioned Boards– We have two caption boards at every Relaxed Performance, for deaf and partially deaf audiences. They display the actors’ words and sound effects in real time
  3. Bean Bags– You’ll find a soft play room at every Relaxed Performance, as a break-out space for us before and during the show.
  4. Community Coaches– With extra funding, we can put on community transport for special schools and support groups to get to the show.
  5. Fidget Toys– Fidget toys are very popular at our Relaxed Performances! Perfect as a calming device for those with sensory needs.
  6. Sign Language Interpreters– Our signers using British Sign Language to interpret the performance.
  7. Audio Describers– Audio Description enables blind and visually impaired audiences to enjoy the show!  It provides a live commentary of all the on-stage action.
  8. Special Schools– By reducing the ticket prices, our Relaxed Performances can be enjoyed by special schools from all over the West Midlands.
  9. Volunteers– We work with volunteers to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for everyone.
  10. A Ten Minute Film– We create a special film to send to audiences, to help reduce any anxieties about visiting us.
  11. Wheelchairs– We create extra wheelchair spaces in the auditorium for every Relaxed Performance, boosting our access offer
  12. Sparkly Hats– If you attend a Relaxed Performance, you’ll see plenty of sparkly hats! They are worn by our staff and volunteers so we are easy to spot.

 

The Relaxed Performance expansion across the season is funded through the following Trusts:
Birmingham Bodenham Trust

Birmingham Common Good Trust

Dumbreck Charity

Eveson Trust

George Henry Collins Trust

GJW Turner Trust

Grantham Yorke

Grimmitt Trust

Henry James Sayer Charity

The Thousandth Man – Richard Burns Charitable Trust 

Roger & Douglas Turner Trust

W E Dunn Trust

Xoserve Foundation

 

About The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play’, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning director Marianne Elliott.

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs until Sat 8 July at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Access performances include:
Signed: Wed 5 Jul 7.30pm
Captioned: Thu 6 Jul 7.30pm
Audio described: Sat 8 Jul 2.30pm
Touch Tour: Sat 8 Jul 12.30pm. Touch Tours give visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes. Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000 (calls cost 4.5p per min plus access charge)

*Prices and discounts subject to change, 5% transaction charge applies (excluding cash sales in person), postage from £1. † 0844 calls cost 4.5p plus your phone company’s access charge.

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd, Charity No. 510842. 
Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB.
birminghamhippodrome.com

Birmingham Hippodrome is an independent, not-for-profit, registered charity welcoming an average 500,000 visits annually making it the most popular single auditorium in the UK. Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange are resident partners; the theatre presents all of Welsh National Opera’s repertoire, co-produces the award-winning International Dance Festival and welcomes the best in international dance, major touring dramas, and West End musicals. Home to the world’s biggest Pantomime it also houses the 200-seat Patrick Centre, with extensive events facilities, and its own restaurant.

As a charity with no public revenue funding, Birmingham Hippodrome receives generous support from the business community through sponsorship and other partnerships; from individuals through donations and memberships; and from grant-making Trusts for special programming and infrastructure projects. It is a major employer and plays a leading role in the Southside Business Improvement District.

Through Hippodrome CREATIVE we deliver successful projects in education and the wider community.  With numerous supportive partners we have recently co-produced and produced new events including Minimum Monument, The Voyage, Summer in Southside, About Town, Blitz, the 4 Squares Weekender and Birmingham Weekender (celebrating the opening of New Street and Grand Central alongside the Rugby World Cup).

Recent Hippodrome CREATIVE projects Furious Folly in Sutton Park, a co-commission with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, B-Side Hip-Hop Festival, a three day celebration of all things Hip-Hop produced in partnership with Break Mission, Graffitiartist.com, Juice Aleem and Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere and X-Ray: The Unknown Quantity – an innovative new digital dance film and sonic soundscape marking the 120th anniversary of the first medical X-Ray.

 

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PRESS RELEASE - Unforgettable New Season Announced at Birmingham Hippodrome

PRESS RELEASE

Unforgettable New Season Announced

  • Banging The Drum For Birmingham Weekender…
  • …with FREE pyrotechnic spectacular, CLASH OF DRUMS.
  • The Fairygodmother of all pantomimes!
  • Beverley Knight, Danny Mac, Matt Slack, Suzanne Shaw, The Grumbleweeds, Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall to star in festive favourite.
  • World-class dance on your doorstep:
  • Matthew Bourne, BRB’s Sleeping Beauty, Carlos Acosta, Aakash Odedra, Motionhouse.
  • The West End in the West Midlands:
  • Casting announced for BEAUTIFUL and WICKED; plus TITANIC, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, EVITA and STOMP.
  • Free Fun For All
  • Half-term spooktacular LEGENDS AND LIGHTS & seasonal storytelling at our new FROST FAIR
  • The Patrick Centre Experience
  • Jinkx Monsoon UK Premiere; four new family shows; and new festive favourite THE SNOW DRAGON.

Birmingham Hippodrome has today released full details of unforgettable shows, festivals and free events taking place across its stages and surrounding streets into 2018.

The much-loved Hurst Street venue is packed from the very best in West End and Broadway blockbusters to the latest in ground-breaking new dance, international opera, classical ballet and a treasure trove of alternative offers in the Patrick Centre studio.  The Hippodrome will deliver even more unforgettable live experiences across its two stages whilst growing its reputation for free outdoor festivals celebrating the city’s vibrancy.

Newly announced productions include the new UK touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi award-winning musical, EVITA, West End sell-out comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, worldwide rhythm and dance spectacular STOMP and the first ever UK Tour of Peter Stone’s Tony Award-winning TITANIC – THE MUSICAL following a critically-acclaimed run at London’s Charing Cross Theatre.

FIONA ALLAN, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome said:

“Indoor, outdoor, large-scale and intimate – the Hippodrome is making huge efforts to present shows for all ages, all tastes and all budgets.

“Looking through our Autumn 2017/18 Season, there are so many standout productions to choose from, so many memories to be made.

“Christmas again brings The Nutcracker, our 60th Anniversary pantomime – this year starring none other than Beverley Knight and Danny Mac – and a wonderful children’s show in the Patrick Centre, The Snow Dragon.

“Spring is fairy-tale season, with Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, followed by the spellbinding Wicked. On to Matilda then over summer, and War Horse in Autumn. It’s going to be an incredible year.

“But it’s not all about the blockbusters, and there are many gems to be found in the programme. Free talks and events, the TEDxBrum conference in October, and the expanding programme in our Patrick Centre studio offer up a treasure trove of alternative treats. Personally, I’m looking forward to The Play That Goes Wrong and Motionhouse’s Charge, both in March.

“Birmingham Hippodrome’s ability to continue to present such amazing productions and events is, of course, down to our audiences. As a charity in receipt of no revenue funding, their support ensures that we can continue to bring unforgettable performances to the heart of the West Midlands.”

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Ticket Sales, Gift Vouchers & Memberships: 0844 338 5000
Select your own seat online: birminghamhippodrome.com
Groups & Schools Hotline: 0844 338 7000
Restaurant reservations:

0844 338 9000

 

0844 calls cost 4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Prices and discounts subject to change, 5% transaction charge applies (excluding cash sales in person), postage from £1.

 

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Sep 2017

Media Enquiries:

Laura Smith, Head of Communications, Birmingham Hippodrome
0121 689 3069

laurasmith@birminghamhippodrome.com

Kate Evans, Communications Executive, Birmingham Hippodrome

0121 689 3065

kateevans@birminghamhippodrome.com

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PRESS RELEASE - Birmingham Hippodrome announces 18 months of award-winning hits

‘BEST IN SHOWS’ – Birmingham Hippodrome announces 18 months of award-winning hits

THE WEST END IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

Global successes Wicked, Matilda and War Horse join stellar line-up for 2017/18.

DISCOVER DANCE

Zoonation’s Into The Groove, U.Dance Festival, Acosta Danza, Aditi Mangaldas; BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET present David Bintley’s magical Aladdin.

BOURNE AGAIN…

The return of Sir Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes & Cinderella.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOWS AND FESTIVALS

Escape to the Countryside with Summer in Southside; Birmingham Weekender returns; circus meets street-dance in The Jungle Book; and (from the creators of The Grufallo), The Snow Drago, new to The Patrick Centre for Christmas.

WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

Khovanshchina, From The House of The Dead and Eugene Onegin; plus return of Die Fledermaus for Autumn 17.

Birmingham Hippodrome – the UK’s most visited theatre – has today announced full details of its new season.  From the best of the West End to the biggest names in international ballet, opera and contemporary dance, 2017/18 will once again see a world-class programme of live entertainment on the Hippodrome’s famous stage.

At the same time, the theatre will be expanding its reputation for presenting new and smaller-scale productions for everyone in its Patrick Centre studio.

Newly announced shows for 2018 include the return of the international smash-hits Wicked and War Horse; the first ever UK Tour of the RSC’s West End and Broadway phenomenon Matilda The Musical; and Tim Firth’s hotly anticipated new musical-comedy The Band, featuring the music of Take That. The Hippodrome also welcomes the return of Sir Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, and – following their sell-out success with The Nutcracker in 2016 – Birmingham Royal Ballet are back with their spellbinding Aladdin.

Previously announced productions include the West End and Broadway phenomenon La Cage Aux Folles starring John Partridge and Adrian Zmed, Grease starring The Wanted’s Tom Parker and the first ever UK tour of The Addams Family starring Samantha Womack and Les Dennis. This summer also sees the return of the internationally-acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical masterpiece Miss Saigon.  Other autumn visits include Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, Sunset Boulevard starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond, and the debut tour of Carlos Acosta’s brand new dance company Acosta Danza.

FIONA ALLAN, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome said:

“Our claim to being ‘The West End in the West Midlands’ is further reinforced with the launch of our new season as we enter an extraordinary 18 month period.

“We’ll be proudly presenting the very best in  award-winning shows: from Funny Girl to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, from Miss Saigon to Acosta Danza, from Beautiful to Sunset Boulevard to Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella. And next year will be even bigger as both Wicked and War Horse return either side of a summer season of the RSC’s Matilda which arrives at Birmingham Hippodrome on its first ever UK Tour in 2018.

“But it’s not all about our main stage.  If you’ve never been to our 200-seat Patrick Centre studio, see it brought to life with a fantastic new performance season.  Alongside resident partners DanceXChange and Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Hippodrome will now be bringing many more public performances to the Patrick Centre for audiences to enjoy including jaw-dropping hip-hop, graceful ballet, Asian dance styles, youth productions and contemporary works-in-progress. There’s also some risqué cabaret, interactive drama and magical family favourites, including a new Christmas production of The Snow Dragon to look forward to.

“Outdoors, in our neighbourhood streets and squares, we’ll be escaping to the countryside with Summer in Southside in June and welcoming back the Birmingham Weekender Festival in September with a free outdoor performance like no other.”

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Ticket Sales, Gift Vouchers & Memberships: 0844 338 5000*
Select your own seat online: birminghamhippodrome.com
Groups & Schools Hotline: 0844 338 7000*
Restaurant reservations:

0844 338 9000*

 

*0844 calls cost 4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Prices and discounts subject to change, 5% transaction charge applies (excluding cash sales in person), postage from £1.

 

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April 2017

Media Enquiries:

Laura Smith, Head of Communications, Birmingham Hippodrome
0121 689 3069

laurasmith@birminghamhippodrome.com

Kate Evans, Communications Executive, Birmingham Hippodrome

0121 689 3065

kateevans@birminghamhippodrome.com

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