Your chance to see a dance superstar in the UK for the last time

Next month we roll out the red carpet to welcome back  dance superstar Sylvie Guillem who will perform on our stage for the very last time in the UK.

Ms Guillem will be performing Life in Progress on 8 and 9 September and tickets are in great demand for these last two performances.

We’ve  listened, and watched, two rare interviews recently recorded and we’d like to share them with you.

You can listen to Sylvie Guillem talking about her career on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. (transmitted on Monday 10 August).

And you can watch a rare interview with Ms Guillem on BBC iplayer presented by Deborah Bull writer, presenter and Creative Director of the Royal Opera House.

These performances will be a major highlight in our theatre calendar – don’t miss your chance to see her!

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Birmingham Hippodrome’s Corporate Development Manager Judith Greenburgh blogs about the successful Leading Ladies events which she started 3 years ago.

We’re talking Hollywood in the Development team –  proper vintage Hollywood glamour: pearls, boas, furs, top hats and tap dancing. No, we’re not day-dreaming, just preparing for the next Leading Ladies event at Top Hat on Tue 17 Mar.

It’s a special, anniversary occasion as this is the show that launched Leading Ladies in 2011. Three years down the line, with three fantastic sponsors, a group of core members, and a growing list of over 100 participating companies, Leading Ladies has become one of the most popular (and glamorous) networks of its kind in the city.

We still aim to mix business with show business, offering networking that is original and fun. Our unique calendar of events helps guests to develop valuable cross-sector business relationships and provide an innovative setting in which to entertain clients.  And we love to profile local businesses through our prize draw.

Since its launch Leading Ladies has raised nearly £30,000.  This funding  has contributed to the  successful  £1m Stage Appeal, the fabulous Curtain Raiser project with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company and  the Relaxed Performance at pantomime.  The money has also helped  benefit people of all ages, who would not normally experience live theatre, through our Hippodrome Plus projects.

When I see the reaction on our guests’ faces to the surprise cast appearance, hear the gasp when they realise that the table decorations are actually edible, swing brollies, wear sparkly trilbies or snaffle popcorn, I know that the showbiz nerves are all worthwhile! Confused?  Take a look at our Gallery of Images

Our event at Top Hat will be no exception.  BBC presenter Joanne Malin has kindly agreed to return to host the evening.  I’m just wondering if she will be swept off her feet again like the last time this show came to town ……..!

To find out more about Leading Ladies and book one of the final, remaining places at the next event, give me a call on 0121 689 3082.

Lastly I want to take this opportunity of thanking each and every Leading Lady for their generous support over the years – you really do make a difference.

Pictures below from the recent Edward Scissorhands Leading Ladies event attended by dancers from the production.

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We host our first-ever Tweet Seats!

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

In what is thought to be a first for a West Midlands theatre, we are very excited to announce that on the evening of Tuesday 28 October we will host our first ever ‘Tweet Seats’. Our selected ‘Tweeters’ will be bringing you live updates during the performance of Brazilian dance company, Grupo Corpo from a specially designated area of the auditorium – follow the updates as they happen with hashtag #BHgrupo!

Our invited Tweet Seat members will be sharing their immediate reactions as they see the show live in front of their eyes. The great thing about this idea is that spectators can share their thoughts as the show happens without having to wait until curtain down.

Get following our specially selected Tweet Seat reps NOW!
What’s On Magazine – @whatsonbrum
Birmingham reporters Polaroids and Polar Bears – @brumpolarbears
City newsletter IChoose Birmingham – @ICHOOSEmag
xpress and Star’s Andrew Turton – @Aturton_star
Heart FM’s Steve Denyer – @steve_denyer
First Night Blogger Heather Kincaid – @heather_lj
and of course, @brumhippodrome

Tweet Seat members will be sat in a specially designated area of the auditorium which will not affect other audience members enjoyment of the production. They will also be provided with light-limiting Tweet Seat Boxes to eliminate any light in the auditorium from mobile devices. Other than those invited and sat in the specific area of the auditorium, the remainder of the audience are asked to observe the standard theatre policy of strictly no use of mobile phones during the performance.

Join the conversation from 7.30pm tomorrow night as the curtain goes up – #BHgrupo