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What does it take for a woman to make it in a man’s world? 

Meet Vy, a talented songwriter looking to make it big in the 1940s Harlem scene. She quickly learns from her uncle Jester that women will never be taken seriously in a man’s world. But, like many a strong hero, she refuses to accept defeat. Through her gender fluid cunning, she meets club owner The Duke and sensational nightclub singer Lady Liv and is swept up in a syncopated symphony of melodies, mistaken identities and romance. Who will come out on top? 

Play On! is set in the jazz scene of New York’s Cotton Club. This stylish retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong (A Kind of People, Royal Court; All My Sons, Talawa and Royal Exchange) fuses the thrilling music of Duke Ellington with street dance choreography. Prepare to be wowed by this musical spectacular that will have your toes tapping and hands clapping along with the timeless soundtrack.

Produced by Talawa Theatre Company and The Belgrade Theatre

 

Co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Wiltshire Creative

Price

Tickets from £18

Prices and discounts subject to change

Where?

Main Stage

Performances

Performances

Mon 4 Nov — Sun 10 Nov
  • Wed
    6 Nov
    7:30pm
    From: £18
  • Thu
    7 Nov
    1:00pm
    Schools
  • Thu
    7 Nov
    7:30pm
    From: £20
    Captioned

    Captioned

    Similar to television subtitling – if you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing you can watch the script unfold on a display board near the stage at this performance. Book by phone to get the best seats for your needs.

  • Fri
    8 Nov
    7:30pm
    From: £20
    BSL Interpreted

    BSL Interpreted

    A signer, placed at the side of the stage, communicates the script and sounds of the show visually with gestures and facial expressions using British Sign Language. Book by phone to get the best seats for your needs.

  • Sat
    9 Nov
    2:00pm
    From: £20
    Audio Described

    Audio Described

    If you are blind or partially sighted, listen to a live description of all the action with a discreet headset at this performance. Book by phone to get the best seats for your needs.

  • Sat
    9 Nov
    7:30pm
    From: £30
Discounts & Concessions

CONCESSIONS

We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome.

FRIENDS

£10 off all performances, Price Bands A – D (limited availability)

CONCESSIONS FOR UNDER 18s, 65+, FULL-TIME STUDENTS & CLAIMANTS

£3 off Price Band A, £4 off B – D, all performances (limited availability).

GROUPS

Price band A – D, all performances
6+ tickets – Save £4 per ticket
20+ tickets – Save £5 per ticket plus 1 FREE ticket
35+ tickets – Save £6 per ticket plus 1 FREE ticket

Call our dedicated Group Sales Team on 0844 338 7000 for more information and to book now!

CLICK HERE for further information on Group Bookings

EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENTS (Under 18)

Thu 7 Nov 1pm
Parties of 10 or more pay £22 per ticket plus 1 FREE ticket for teacher/supervising adult for every 10 booked (2 free tickets for SEN bookings). Free ice lolly per ticket (excl. free adult places)
CLICK HERE for further information on School Bookings

For school bookings, please call Group Sales on 0844 338 7000* for more information and to book now!

CONCESSIONS FOR PATRONS WITH DISABILITIES

£5 off tickets to all performances
2 for 1 tickets where carer or companion required to all performances

CLICK HERE for more information on our Access Performances

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable. Additional discounts may be offered from time to time.

Food & Drink

The Circle Lounge

Our newly refurbished, stylish space is the perfect place for pre-show dining. Join us for Afternoon Tea or in the evening for a menu of sharing platters, small plates and sweet treats all inspired by the Mediterranean.

The Proscenium Lounge

Add some VIP sparkle to your Hippodrome experience with a Diamond or Champagne package in our luxurious lounge.

The Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open before the show and during the interval for hot and cold drinks, snacks or a quick and tasty bite to eat.

The Kiosks

You’ll find kiosks in the foyers selling a range of confectionery, Marshfield ice creams (which can also be pre-ordered) and chilled soft drinks as well as the current show programme.

Accessible Performances

We strive to provide access for all

For dates of audio-described, captioned or British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances, please see below. These vary from show to show.

If you would like to book for any accessible performance, please make sure you are signed up to our access registration scheme here. Once registered, you will be able to book seats online, see only relevant seats and information based on your needs – plus choose any relevant discounts. If you would prefer not to book online, you can speak to our friendly access advisors on 0121 689 1060.

  • BSL Interpreted: Fri 8 Nov, 7.30pm
  • Captioned: Thu 7 Nov, 7.30pm
  • Audio Described: Sat 9 Nov, 2pm

Concessions for patrons with disabilities

£5 off tickets to all performances
2 for 1 tickets where carer or companion required to all performances

Further information

Information about our access registration scheme here
About our accessible performances here
About our accessible facilities here

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