From the far-off mountains of Transylvania to the all-swinging streets of the Urban Jungle by way of the magical kingdom of Oz, you don’t need to travel very far to experience a world of family-friendly theatre on your doorstep this Summer at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Whether you’re head-over-heels for hip-hop, a sucker for a situational comedy, a first-time theatre goer or simply in the mood to try something new, our brand new season of family shows brings together high-energy spectacle, laugh-out-loud comedy and plenty of surprises along the way.

Kick-starting this Summer’s Patrick Centre programme, spectacular street-dance and breath-taking circus combine to bring Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st Century in Meta Theatre’s The Jungle Book, from 18-22 July.

Choreographed by Kendra J Horsburgh and featuring jaw-dropping tricks from an extraordinary cast of international performers, this high-energy collision of hip-hop dance and contemporary circus brings a new twist to the classic tale of Mowgli and friends. With a beat-loving Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skate-boarding Wolf crew, this heart-warming coming-of-age story will astonish and amaze everyone from 8 to 108.

For the youngest theatre-goers, Mimika Theatre bring their intimate and immersive production of Landscapes to The Patrick Centre from 9 – 12 August.

Set inside a beautiful white dome, this magical theatre experience suitable for ages 4-11 years ingeniously combines puppetry, original music and stunning visual effects to create a world which wonderfully captures the atmosphere, rhythms, sounds and movements of the natural world.

For a fang-tastic night out for the whole family, physical theatre company La Navet Bete will be sinking their teeth into the blood-curdling history of Transylvania’s most famous son in Dracula – The Bloody Truth from 15-16 Aug.

Join Professor Abraham Van Helsing on a life-changing theatrical journey through the sinister landscapes of 19th Century Transylvania to the charming sea side town of Whitby, as a company of amateur actors frantically attempt to stage a play telling the truth about vampires, how to spot them and how to deal with one if the situation arises. Early booking is strongly advised…it’s a matter of life and death!

Looking ahead to September, Zoonation – the UKs leading hip-hop dance company – make their first ever visit to Birmingham Hippodrome with their all-new adaptation of the critically-acclaimed Groove On Down The Road from 27 – 29 Sep.