Raising the curtain on a new season…

It’s that time again…the lights go down, the audience quieten and the curtain raises on a brand-new season here at Birmingham Hippodrome!

Slava's Snow Show

Slava’s Snow Show

This Winter a flurry of fantastic productions will be taking to the stage including Blood Brothers, Mariinsky Theatre’s epic Ring Cycle and a literal snow storm in the auditorium during Slava’s Snow Show. Grupo Corpo will be raising the temperature with hypnotic dance from Brazil whilst Birmingham Royal Ballet return with their ever-popular production of The Nutcracker and Britain’s biggest Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk bursts into life over Christmas!

Something extraordinary will also be taking to the stage this Winter as The Frozen Scream takes over our Patrick Centre with a chilling tale and theatre experience – don’t miss it! Plus, we bring the Southside district alive with unique video art installations in the FREE event, About Town.

In the new year we welcome back Matthew Bourne with his beautiful and haunting production of Edward Scissorhands, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Welsh National Opera return with brand-new seasons, the big, bright and beautiful Shrek – The Musical takes ogre Birmingham and Barnum rolls into town starring Brian Conley!

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

Now the moment you have all been waiting for…NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED! We are delighted to welcome back the Olivier Award Winning musical Top Hat, a monster of a show for families – Dinosaur Zoo plus jaw-dropping circus, dance and performance from Cirque Eloize with Cirkopolis. The heart-racing Dirty Dancing will make a return due to popular demand next Spring, National Theatre’s multi-award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-Time plus a brand-new production of the all-time classic musical Oklahoma! We are also very excited to announce that next Summer we will welcome the West End smash-hit musical The Bodyguard featuring all the chart-topping hits of legendary Whitney Houston.

It’s sure to be a show-stopping season and tickets for all new shows are on sale to Birmingham Hippodrome Friends NOW! To find out more about becoming a Friend click here. 

Tickets go on general sale 10am Friday 12 Sep.

A new theatre experience…

Welsh National Opera Press Assistant, Sarah Harrington writes about her first live Opera experience…

Despite being an avid fan of the arts, my love had never quite branched into the opera sphere. I am not entirely sure why. I did naturally have preconceptions of what an opera production would be like. I generally assumed it would be incomprehensible and prestigious. I was also of the impression that an opera production would be void of narrative.

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

After starting my role as a press assistant with Welsh National Opera, I was actually pleased to discover I had the opportunity to watch the dress rehearsal of the new production, namely, The Fall of the House of Usher. I am always seeking opportunities to challenge any preconceptions I may have, as even I know my mind is capable of subconscious prejudice. I am pleased to say that I quickly came to reincarnate my preconceptions into misconceptions.

I thoroughly enjoyed the double bill of The Fall of the House of Usher. The opening scene instantly enticed me into the world of opera in a rather sinister manner. I found the narrative intriguing and fascinating and I was totally absorbed by the visuals. Reading the subtitles from the screen above proved to be really easy and was a surprisingly natural process. It failed to distract me from the pull of the music and the three-dimensional display that spectacularly invaded my periphery.

I could write all day about the music itself. It was entirely all encompassing and gripping. It allows for absolutely no distractions and almost consumed every fabric of my being. It was a wonderful two hours (give or take), in which no anxieties or worries were able to seep into my mind. It was during this opera experience in which I finally understood why it is that people come to see such productions. The escapism it allows for is utterly therapeutic and tantalizing to all the senses. Its dramatic intensity outweighed that of any other theatrical performance I’d ever witnessed.

After having been enlightened by a new art form I am truly looking forward to converting friends and family to the world of opera. I am also already mentally planning my next opera show. Will it be Nabucco or Moses and Aron? Can anyone recommend any other great operas, tailored to a newcomer such as myself?

Theatregoers aged between 16-23 can enjoy some of WNO’s spectacular performance for just £5 as part of our First Night scheme, for more info click here. 

Raising the curtain on a new season…

Drum roll please… we are very pleased to bring you details of a brand-new season here at Birmingham Hippodrome.

This Spring/Summer we have some great previously announced highlights coming your way including the return of International Dance Festival Birmingham, National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors, Opera and Ballet from our partners WNO and BRB, Buddy, Cape Town Opera’s Show Boat and, of course, smash-hit Musical Wicked. We also head into the Autumn with two additional blockbusters, CATS and Blood Brothers and this November we host the epic Wagner’s Ring Cycle presented by Mariinsky Theatre.

Now, time for the big reveal… new productions for 2014/15 include the Birmingham Hippodrome debut for comedian Jon Richardson, Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo, the return of the ever-popular Slava’s Snow Show and BRB’s The Nutcracker, Matthew Bourne’s fantastic re-telling of Edward Scissorhands and the arrival of the big, green, West End hit Shrek – The Musical.

We are also very excited to reveal that Gary Wilmot, Paul Zerdin and Matt Slack will all be returning after critical and audience acclaim in last years pantomime for another year here in Jack in the Beanstalk this December. Further star casting for this year’s spectacular pantomime will be announced very soon…

The new season is on sale to Friends NOW with general tickets on sale Fri 11 Apr at 10am. Tickets for Shrek – The Musical go on sale to Friends Tue 6 May, Groups Mon 12 May and general on sale Wed 14 May. For more info on becoming a Friend click here. 

Take a look at our New Season Trailer below…