Theatre has the power to stir up a multitude of emotions. It has the power to move you, wow you, give you goosebumps and fill you with joy.

We can’t wait for the day we can welcome back our amazing Birmingham Hippodrome audiences. Until then, we wanted to reminisce on some of your most uplifting memories in the theatre.

We read all your replies and narrowed them down to the top five…

5. The Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker

It’s not Christmas in Birmingham without Birmingham Royal Ballet’s stunning production of The Nutcracker. Sir Peter Wright’s iconic ballet is guaranteed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

So many of you told us that the moment the snow falls in the show, is a beautifully joyous moment – The Waltz of the Snowflakes is truly mesmerising.

4. You Can’t Stop the Beat in Hairspray

If there’s a song that is bound to get everyone on their feet, it’s this uplifting musical number from Hairspray.

You Can’t Stop The Beat is the final number in the show and it’s bursting with energy, happiness and colour as the whole cast join together to sing about the joy of dancing.


3. One Day More in Les Misérables

One Day More is an empowering musical number that ends act one of Les Mis. Featuring the whole cast, it is a moment charged with so much passion and power.

The harmonies and orchestration in this song are one of the reasons Les Mis is such a phenomenon – it is musical theatre at its best.


2. Mary Poppins flying over the audience

There are so many scenes in Disney’s production of Mary Poppins that bring sheer joy. Whether that’s the delight of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious or the spectacle of Bert tap dancing upside down on the ceiling.

It’s a show bursting with magic – but there is nothing more extraordinary than the moment when Mary Poppins flies into the audience at the end of the show.

1. Matt Slack in Pantomime

We are known for our spectacular pantomimes at Christmas time and we were overwhelmed with messages from our audiences saying how much happiness it brings to the city over the festive season.

However, it wouldn’t be pantomime in Birmingham without Matt Slack. So many of you expressed your love for Matt and how his hilarious performance in pantomime every year brings you the most happiness.