New Season Preview: Birmingham Hippodrome

by Dave Massey featuring content via Birmingham Hippodrome

New Season Preview: Birmingham Hippodrome

In October 2019 Birmingham Hippodrome turns 120 years old, It first opened for five weeks as The Tower of Varieties in 1899 before becoming Tivoli Theatre of Varieties in says Hidden Hippodrome here.

But before turning 120 years old there’s all of this to look forward to:

Matilda The Musical (Until 8th September)

#BrumHour’s Julie Wallis and I loved this Roald Dahl tale or bad education and smart kids. You can read more about #BrumHour’s blog of this fantastic production here:

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Featuring the songs of Oscar winner A.R Rahman, composer of Slumdog Millionaire the Taj Express rolls into town.

Shankar is a young composer who sets of to discover his life path in music, following in the steps of his idol A.R. Rahman and the world of Bollywood soundtracks.

See the trailer here:

Take your seats for the Taj Express here:

Dara O Briain – Voice of Reason (16th-17th September)

Kevin Bridges – Brand New (19-22 September)

There’s a week of big name comedy on one of the biggest stages in the United Kingdom as Dara O Briain and Kevin Bridges fill the stage with their own unique brands of humour.

Dara O Briain
Dara O Briain

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Get tickets to see Kevin Bridges here:

Birmingham based Rosie Kay  likes to challenge, using dance, movement, light and some tech added into the mixture, from delighting a global audience demonstrating what #Brum means to the world at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony to taking Birmingham volunteers to form a war torn city in Woyzeck at Birmingham Rep. And that’s just in 2018. See how MK Ultra can challenge you.

Rosie Kay MK Ultra

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War Horse (10th October-3rd November)

Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and delivers the story of Joey a horse sold to the cavalry an shipped off to france. This is a big National Theatre production in Birmingham for over three weeks.

See War Horse here:

For one night only, (at the Patrick Studio anyway) Kings Heath’s very own housewife superstar, Mrs Barbara Nice, finds her way to the stage as part of Birmingham Comedy Festival. She’s probably discovered her house price is about to go up with the arrival of a train line to Northfield (And Birmingham New Street Station) so she’s having a raffle. A ticket will get you a (Complementary) raffle ticket too and if you are really lucky/unlucky a prize!

Barbara Nice's Raffle
Barbara Nice’s Raffle

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The Full Monty (5th-10th November)

This production contains strong language and adult themes.” Which is rather exciting isn’t it?

The Full Monty

Gary Lucy (Hollyoaks), Andrew Dunn (dinnerladies/Corrie) Louis Emerick (Brookside/Corrie), Joe Gill (Emmerdale), Kai Owen (Who has also been in Hollyoaks too, but is bed known for being in all four series of Torchwood), and James Redmond (ALSO from Hollyoaks) all strut across the Birmingham Hippodrome stage to demonstrate that being on the dole after the closure of the local steelworks can possibly be musical. I can only presume they say “Pal” rather a lot whilst wearing towels.–

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WNO (14th-17th November and 6th-9th March)

WNO (Welsh National Opera) returns for a week of autumn productions. La traviata (14th and 16th November), a retelling of Cinderella: La Cenerentola (15th November), and War & Peace (17th November).

WNO La traviata
WNO La traviata

Then the spring brings: Un ballo in maschera – A masked ball (6th March), The Magic Flute (7th and 9th March) and Roberto Devereux (8th March).

The Nutcracker (23rd November-13th December)

A huge feature in the Birmingham Hippodrome calendar for over 25 years Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production Sir Peter Wright is seen as one of the best. See the video below:

Book your tickets to The Nutcracker here:

Also from Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham HippodromeLa Fille mal gardee – The Poorly Guarded Girl (26th-29th September), Fire & Fury (3rd-6th October), Beauty and the Beast (19th February-2nd March), [Un]leashed (12th-15th June), and Hobson’s Choice (19th-22nd June).

From the team behind The Snow Dragon which came to Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome in late 2017, Emily Brown and the Thing is mainly played by actors but they become puppets at certain points in the storytelling.

Treat your kids to Emily brown and the Thing:

#BrumPanto: Peter Pan (19th December-27th January)

Jaymi Hensley is Peter Pan with Jimmy Osmond as Hook, Brum Panto’s own Matt Slack as Smee, Meera Syal as the magical mermaid, featuring Sascha Williams and the Timbuktu Tumblers take the second star to the right and straight on until morning.

Peter Pan Cast 2018-19
Peter Pan Cast 2018-19

Head to neverland:

Breaking convention, flipping tradition on its head, Sir Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed version of Swan Lake has won many awards and fans across the globe.

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Kinky Boots (11th-23rd March)

“Ladies and Gentleman and those who have yet to make up their mind” Kinky Boots is on its way to Birmingham.

Featuring lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth and based on a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots first premiered as a musical in 2012 in Chicago. It tells the story of Charlie Price and drag queen Lola who create a line of high heeled boots to save a shoe factory that Charlie has inherited. See the trailer below:

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At the end of the day you’re another day older, which is a cheery thought. An absolute steam train of a show Les Miserables returns to Birmingham Hippodrome over Easter 2019. There’s new staging for this new tour and it is the first time in 10 year there has been a national tour. See Killian Donnelly talk about his role as Jean Valjean here:

Tickets are on sale here:

From Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, Calendar Girls The Musical is based on the film Calendar Girls which itself is based on a true story. Look out for further casting details on the Hippodrome website later this year.

Calendar Girls The Musical

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Annie (23rd July-11th August)

It’s a hard knock life in New York City when you are a kid in the 1930s depression. Especially for an orphan, but Annie doesn’t mind. She’s a survivor and she’s got a dog.


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