At Birmingham Hippodrome we are increasingly creating and producing our own homegrown shows.
This is a very exciting direction for the organisation, in particular creating work that speaks to our city and region.
Some of these productions are created in partnership with other arts organisations, companies, funders and producers, while some are fully created from scratch solely by Birmingham Hippodrome.
West Side Story
As a centrepiece of our 120th birthday celebrations, Birmingham Hippodrome presented its first home-grown youth production for the main stage in August 2019.
We brought together a high profile creative team and discovered exceptional young talent from across the West Midlands following an open audition call out.
The creative team comprised Matthew Hawksworth (Director/Choreographer), Paul Murphy (Musical Director), Al Parkinson (Designer), David Howe (Lighting Designer), Rachel Baynton (Costume Designer), Brady Mould (Assistant Musical Director) and Ruth Seager (Assistant Choreographer)...
The Color Purple
Directed by Tinuke Craig, The Color Purple is our first co-production with the Curve in Leicester and was presented on our main stage in July 2019.
The production opened to five star reviews and was nominated for Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2019 and Best Regional Production at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2019.
Danielle Fiamanya, who played Nettie, won The Stage Debut Award 2019 for Best Actress in a Musical
Based on true stories and performed by the armed forces community, Reparation Island premiered in our Patrick Studio in June 2019.
Renowned Playwright and Poet, Kevin Fegan, was commissioned to gather stories from the armed forces community and to write this bold and inventive new play. The creative team included Christopher Elmer-Gorry as Director, Slick as Lighting Designer, Adrienne Quartly as Sound Designer and Rachel Baynton as Set and Costume Designer.
Bravo 22 Company is an award-winning recovery through the arts programme, successfully organising regional projects for the Armed Forces community. Reparation Island was made possible by The Royal British Legion and The Drive Project, in association with Birmingham Hippodrome....