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.

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…



Raising the curtain on 2014…

We want to wish all of our Birmingham Hippodrome Blog readers a very Happy New Year!

All of us here at the theatre can’t wait for a jam-packed 2014 full of dance, comedy, opera and plenty of musicals…

Dance highlights of the season are set to include the annual return of Matthew Bourne with his infamous retelling of Swan Lake, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s premiere of The Prince of the Pagodas PLUS the very exciting arrival of IDFB 2014 featuring international dance at it’s best including the return of ballet star Sylvie Guillem and New Adventures & RE:Bourne’s stunning Lord of the Flies.

Opera also takes centre stage in 2014 as WNO return with sensational seasons of both classic and contemporary performance as well as the arrival of the Mariinsky Theatre with a truly landmark event, Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle.

Plenty of laughs are sure to be had with the arrival of comedian Russell Brand and the live stage show of BBC Radio’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue plus the National Theatre’s five-star hit One Man, Two Guvnors.

Finally, some of the world’s most beloved and famous musicals come to Birmingham including a new production Fiddler on the Roof, 12,000 litres of water at every performance of Singin’ in the Rain,  two of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biggest hits Evita & Cats, the new musical Happy Days, Buddy,  the return of Blood Brothers and not forgetting the huge West End hit, Wicked which flies in for the summer.

What shows are you most looking forward to this year…?

To get a full insight into what’s on offer at the theatre throughout 2014 tune into our lastest Stagecast hosted by Heart FM’s Ed James where you can win yourself a VIP night at the sensational Singin’ in the Rain…