Behind the scenes from the comfort of your desktop…

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

Over the coming two weeks join us for two exclusive live streamed events for a peek behind the red curtain at two fascinating events:

Tue 7 May, 8.45pm aprox. – Sutra Post-Show Talk
Join us live from the main auditorium after the curtain comes down on the stunning dance production Sutra as we stream a live feed of a chat with the cast and creatives of the award-winning production.

Wed 15 May, 12.45pm aprox. – High Society Cast Warm-Up
It’s a usual day-by-day ritual of any performer that the audience never get’s to see. Join us as we stream live from the stage as the cast of the ‘swell’ musical, High Society warm-up their bodies and vocal chords before curtain up of the matinee performance.

More info will be posted on the day of the event but simply follow us on Facebook and Twitter where a live link will appear at the time of broadcast.

I hope to see you in cyberspace!

In conversation with Daniel Boys…

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

You probably recognise Daniel Boys from BBC’s Any Dream Will Do where young men from the length and breadth of the country fought it out in a battle of brawn and baritone. However, Daniel has also been a leading man in a number of West End musicals including fronting a chorus of perverse puppets in Avenue Q for two and a half years.

Now he leads a major UK tour of the brand-new production of High Society which arrives in Birmingham from 14 May. A few days ago Daniel took time out between shows to have a quick chat over the phone about his career and the show, here’s a snapshot of our ramblings…

Firstly, can you tell us how you became an actor?

“I always wanted to be a performer since my parents took me to London to see Starlight Express. Even as a child I knew I wanted to get up on stage and sing. I studied at Guildford School of Acting and then actually left early to join the UK tour of Rent the Musical – we came to Birmingham with that one too!”

…and in the meantime, what was the worst job you have ever had to do?

“Way back in about 2004, I was doing some promotional work for an agency where you worked on behalf of different companies promoting their products. There was one particular job where I had to dress up as Elvis and promote the new Kingsmill range!”

What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?

daniel 2“There are several, but obviously the Joseph programme was a big thing for me, my career and helped it no end. It was an incredible experience and one I feel incredibly lucky to have done. A job highlight has to be Avenue Q; I did it for two and a half years in the West End and I loved every second of it.”

People can be critical of TV talent shows like Any Dream Will Do – do you think they still have a place in recruiting performers?

“Yes, definitely; I know people can be critical but I think the public have got it right every time.  Also the winners, and the majority of contestants, tend to be professionals so it’s not like they are just getting random people off the street. To me, they are encouraging a new generation of theatre-goers, which can only be a good thing, as well as creating new theatre stars.”

So if you weren’t performing on stage, what do you think you would be doing as your day job?

“It would definitely be something to do with animals, I’m such an animal lover it’s ridiculous! I love dogs, so maybe working in a dog rescue centre. I would love to be a vet but I don’t think I’m intelligent enough.”

Maybe a zoo keeper?

“Yes!”

A singing zoo keeper!?

“Yeh, I could sing the animals to sleep or something…”

Daniel and the cast of High Society arrive in Birmingham from 14 -19 May.

Click here for more info & tickets.

Join us for a night of film, food and glamour…

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This May our Circle Restaurant will team up the UK’s oldest working cinema, The Electric Birmingham  for a unique evening of old Hollywood glamour.

Circle Restaurant

Circle Restaurant

As part of The Electric’s popular Film Food Club, this special event will run on two evenings – Sunday 12 & Monday 13 May 2013 celebrating the arrival of the brand-new stage production of High Society which plays at Birmingham Hippodrome Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 May 2013.

The sophisticated evening of Hollywood glamour will begin with an overture of fine canapés and a glass of prosecco amongst the art-deco settings of The Electric Cinema followed by a screening of the classic 1956 MGM Musical film, High Society starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra.

As the houselights of the plush cinema setting rise, guests will then be invited to head over to Birmingham Hippodrome’s Circle Restaurant for an A La Carte two course meal. The Circle Restaurant provides a theatrical setting for fine dining located within the main theatre building and just a stone’s throw away from the main auditorium.

The Electric Cinema

The Electric Cinema

Choice of main course includes a slow cooked blade of beef, free range chicken breast with casoulet of Toulouse sausage or a wild mushroom & spinach tian.   The evening will conclude with a champagne themed dessert, plus a talk by Birmingham Hippodrome’s award winning Head Chef, Chris Bratt-Rose.

Tickets cost £38 for standard seats and £45 for The Electric’s exclusive sofa seats. Ticket price includes the exclusive film screening, canapés, two course meal and a glass of bubbly on arrival. Visit www.theelectric.co.uk to book, click here for more information and to book online or call 0121 643 7879.

So come and join us for a “swell party”!