Nativity! the Musical at Birmingham Rep

Nativity! The Musical is at Birmingham Rep to until Sunday 12th November when it heads off to tour Southend On Sea, Sheffield, Manchester, Plymouth, London and Leeds.

Nativity! The Musical
Nativity! The Musical

#BrumHour Dave and roving reporter Julie Wallis were invited along to the press night! Julie said her hands were throbbing from all the over zealous clapping. Which is a very good sign indeed. Personally I LOVED Nativity! The Musical but Julie and I had an arm wrestle for who was going write this and she clearly won. Obviously!

by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63

Nativity! the Musical at Birmingham Rep

Based on the 2009 film Nativity! The Musical is written directed by Debbie Isitt who directed  the film Nativity!

Primary school teacher Mr. Maddens is in charge of the school nativity production for failing school Saint Bernadette’s. His class room assistant Mr. Poppy thinks Hollywood is coming to film the show and before long all of Coventry is hailing Mr. Maddens as a local hero, so to try to keep up the pretence Mr. Maddens flies to Hollywood to ask his ex girlfriend Jennifer if she can bring a big producer to see the show.

Local ‘posh’ school Oakmoor are in direct competition with Saint Bernadette’s for the coveted five star review from the local paper, something Saint Bernadette’s has never acquired having got minus two stars the last time they did a school nativity play.

Nativity! The Musical photo by Richard Davenport
Nativity! The Musical photo by Richard Davenport

This stage performance is an absolutely heartwarming delight. The cast are all adorable, the sets are magical, the music is uplifting and the end product is even greater than the sum of its parts and treats the audience to a nativity that is beyond enchanting.

Mr. Maddens is played by Daniel Boys, both his singing and acting are great and he was a very believable primary school teacher. Jennifer Lore played by Sarah Earnshaw has a a beautiful voice which dominates the stage when she sings. Eternal man-child Mr. Poppy is played by Simon Lipkin. He really has nailed it when it comes to playing his part. I found him to be decidedly more lovable and believable than the character in the movie. He was incredibly funny and completely lovable.

Nativity The MusicalPhoto Credit: The Other Richard
Simon Lipkin ‘Mr Poppy’. Photo by Richard Davenport

Head of Saint Bernadettes Mrs. Bevan is played by Jemma Churchill and again has made her character feel very real. She very much put me in mind of every headmistress I have ever met. As a firm but fair head she was lovely but then her real personality comes through, such as when she is at the mayors ball or when she is addressing the parents at the old Coventry Cathedral you really warm to her.

I was intrigued as to how the old Coventry Cathedral could be realistically represented on stage, and I was not at all disappointed. The stage sets for the entire production are charming ,fairly low key and very festive with some amazing lighting and clever imagery!

Nativity! The Musical photo by Richard Davenport
Nativity! The Musical photo by Richard Davenport

The songs in this include Dear Father Christmas, Nazareth, Very First Day Of School and of course Sparkle And Shine. I did say this production was literally brilliant and my heart melted at the end. The children are the stars of this and they all performed wonderfully. They were all just so cute and loveable. I certainly came out feeling very festive having laughed and cried at various parts. The children singing Dear Father Christmas whilst in their beds bought a tear to my eye. Everything that Mr. Poppy did made me laugh and finally Cracker the dog, played by Pepper made everyone go ahhh. I really did clap until my hands were tingling, I loved this show and judging from the standing ovation and huge applause so did everyone in attendance.

This is a family friendly show for the entire family to lose themselves in, take your family along to see Nativity! The musical and get that early festive feeling.The Musical will definitely get you feeling very festive as well as warming the cockles of your heart.

Nativity! The Musical is at Birmingham Rep until Sunday 12th November birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/nativity-the-musical.html

Nativity! The Musical Photo by The Other Richard (not typing error)
Nativity! The Musical Photo by The Other Richard (not typing error)

Julie Wallis and Dave Massey were invited to see Nativity! The Musical by Birmingham Rep. We rode reindeer home. They weren’t sponsored. This isn’t a sponsored post.

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