Here at Birmingham Hippodrome we have announced full details of a host of new productions now on sale. The new 2011/12 season at the UK’s most popular theatre features big star names, spectacular productions for all the family and a fantastic choice of large scale musicals. The huge range of great shows includes circus, clowning, ballroom and busking to visits by international companies from across the globe.
In particular, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to announce the return of International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) which will turn the City into one big dance venue for four weeks in the Spring of 2012. Co-produced by the theatre and its resident partner company DanceXchange, following the festival’s huge success in 2008 and 2010, IDFB 2012 will feature dance performances on the Hippodrome main stage, as well as other venues and public places across Birmingham and the region. Tickets are on sale for IDFB 2012 performances at Birmingham Hippodrome with full information being announced in November (www.idfb.co.uk).
New productions on sale include the ever popular Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, the world famous Stomp, a musical masterpiece in The King and I and some razzle dazzle with a brand new production of Wonderful Town starring Connie Fisher.
Since the last refurbishment of the Hippodrome stage in the early 1980s, more than 650 different productions have been presented at the theatre with regular heavy usage of the stage, six days a week, over 50 weeks a year. This usage is now taking its toll and the stage needs to be replaced. This essential replacement did not form part of the theatre’s award-winning redevelopment work in 2001. The theatre now needs to raise just over £1 million and is seeking donations from individuals, from grant-making trusts and from corporate supporters.
Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome said “We have a big task on our hands at the moment to ensure we maintain our position as one of the very best theatres in the UK and a stage for the best in the world. We will close briefly in the early autumn of 2012 for the rebuild to take place. As a registered charity receiving no public subsidy, our fundraising is already underway with big applications to grant-making trusts and corporate supporters. But members of the public can now get involved too. From organising a sponsored event to naming a seat, or simply making a donation when purchasing a ticket, we hope people will contribute to the Stage Appeal and help us to continue bringing the best companies and performers to this great theatre for future generations.”
To see our full listings of upcoming shows click here.