Birmingham Hippodrome invests in producing new work for our stages and beyond.
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.
Take a look below at some of our recent projects:
Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders
Produced in association with Rambert, this major dance theatre event had its world premiere on our stage in September 2022.
Returning by popular demand in May 2023, Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders delves into the backstory of Tommy Shelby and is written by Steven Knight, the creator of the global hit television series.
The Color Purple
We worked with Curve in Leicester on a UK tour of our prize-winning 2019 co-production of The Color Purple.
The tour opened on our stage in September 2022 before heading to seven venues around the country, including The Lowry in Manchester, Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and Theatre Royal Plymouth...
To The Streets!
Presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival and in partnership with China Plate, we staged a concert version of an uplifting new musical, inspired by the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963.
With an explosive, feel-good score bursting with ska, calypso and rock ‘n’ roll, the show was performed in Handsworth Park, Birmingham, Windmill Hill, Coventry and West Park, Wolverhampton
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 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. ...