Friends and guests have the time of their lives at Dirty Dancing workshop!

Forget about the recent cold spell, the heat was definitely turned up when members of the cast of the very popular musical Dirty  Dancing gave a one off special workshop for over 40 Friends, guests and dance students.

The workshop, which took place in one of the DanceXchange studios, was hosted by the show’s producer Karl Sydow who gave a short presentation before welcoming Glenn Wilkinson (Choreographer), and dancers Lisa Welham and Albey Brookes.

Glenn took the group through their paces dancing to familiar tunes from the production and bringing in some of the famous moves from this much loved show – including a few very brave lifts!   And,  to quote a line from the popular song,  they had the time of their lives ! 

The workshop comes just two months before the much anticipated welcome return of Dirty Dancing at Birmingham Hippodrome on 30 April.  So don’t put baby in the corner  book your tickets now! #BHDirtyDancing

Take a look at our slideshow from the day and if you want to take advantage of more opportunities like this why not become a Hippodrome Friend.   Find out more here

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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.

Business takes to the Dirty Dancefloor in Support of Stage Appeal

Corporate Development Manager, Judith Greenburgh (@hippmuminbrum) talks about raising money for the Stage Appeal through dance…

Judith Greenburgh

Judith Greenburgh

Here at Birmingham Hippodrome we are very fortunate in terms of the high level of support and goodwill we receive from the city and region’s corporate sector. This month was no exception as together with Hippodrome Trustees, 20 willing participants signed up for a Dirty Dancing Master Class raising £2,500 towards the £1 million Stage Appeal.

Taking place in one of our dance studios, the three hour workshop was led by former West End performers Shona Lindsay and Steven Pritchett who put the team through a vocal warm up, song, choreography and dialogue training to produce two of the classic scenes from the iconic show. 

Casting saw BBC’s Joanne Malin in the role of Baby learning the mambo, with the immortal lines ‘No-one puts Baby in the corner’ uttered by Ben Lawrance of Baker Tilly.  Chris Loughran, Deloitte, was a masterful Dr Jake Houseman and Lloyds’ Andrew Connors played Kellerman’s rogue waiter, Robbie.

Workshop Participants

Workshop Participants

I’m delighted that the Corporate Dirty Dancing Master Class was such a success.  It was fantastic to see what can be achieved in such a short space of time under the guidance of workshop leader Shona Lindsay.  The Birmingham business community certainly has hidden theatrical talent.  Everyone was sporting, whether singing, dancing or acting and we have raised a terrific sum of money towards the £1 million Stage Appeal at the same time.

 You can see a great short video taken at the Master class HERE.

Such was the positive feedback from the Master Class participants that the Development team is considering planning future corporate workshops in 2013.  If you and your business would like to take up one of the more unusual network challenges you are likely to be presented with, team-build or simply raise funds for the theatre, make sure you keep you an eye out in our mailings for details of the next event!

See you all soon, Judith.