13 things to do in October in Birmingham

Compiled by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

13 things to do in October in Birmingham

Find a broomstick and sweep away those cobwebs from your autumn wardrobe. Halloween is coming! But Before all that.. There is…

Birmingham Literature Festival (4th-14th October)

Across seven locations in Birmingham.

This years Birmingham Literature Festival sees Alexei Sayle and Caitlin Moran plus BBC Radio 4’s show Any Questions? arrive in our city, there’s fiction surgeries, book launches and even a section aimed at young writers ages 8-17.

Discover the full programme here: birminghamliteraturefestival.org

Birmingham Comedy Festival (5th-14th October)

In and Around Birmingham

Joanna Lumley, Rich Hall’s Hoedown and Robin Ince are among the names coming to this years Birmingham Comedy Festival. But never mind those. Regular #BrumHour tweeter, Mrs Barbara Nice will be hosting Barbara Nice’s Raffle at Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio. 

It's a festival... Made of Comedy!
It’s a festival… Made of Comedy!

Look out for events including Brunch and Laughter (Birmingham) Meets Comedy Brunch (London) at Mama Roux, All You Need Is LSD at Birmingham REP, Parlour Games at Old Joint Stock Theatre. 

Get your laughing gear over to bhamcomfest.co.uk

War Horse (10th October-3rd November)

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World WarMichael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel is beautifully brought to life by the National Theatre, as part of large of a UK and Ireland tour. It tells the story of Joey, a horse sent into the war.

Book your tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/war-horse

Dracula (11th-20th October)

Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham B18 6AD

Via the Blue Orange Theatre website: “Bram Stoker’s immortal novel has been adapted into numerous film and stage adaptations. This version, first presented at the Blue Orange Theatre in 2012 combines all the intricacies and intrigue of the original with a fast and exiting thrill ride.”


Book tickets here: blueorangetheatre.co.uk/project/dracula

Motown The Musical (11th October-3rd November)

The Alexandra (formerly New Alexandra Theatre), Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS.

Charting the history of Motown and the life of Berry Gordy III, and featuring a jam packed list of Motown songs, Motown the Musical sets of on its UK and Ireland tour beginning in Birmingham.

Get your groove on here: atgtickets.com/shows/motown-the-musical/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham

The Messiah (18th-27th October)

Birmingham Rep, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP

Via the Birmingham Rep website: A travelling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer arrive by camel in the ancient town of Birmingham to masterfully enact the greatest story ever told. Written and Directed by Patrick Barlow.

Book tickets here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/the-messiah

Destination Star Trek: Birmingham (19th-21st October)

The NEC, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

The Official Star Trek European Convention beams back in to Birmingham for the 2nd time featuring cast and crew from all your favourite tv shows and the movies including Captains, William Shatner, Jason Isaacs and Kate Mulgrew plus Nichelle Nichols, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, Alexander Siddig, Armin Shimerman and Rene Auberjonois.

Many cast members from Star Trek: Discovery have recently been announced as attending including Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz and Mary Wiseman.

Destination Star Trek Birmingham
Destination Star Trek Birmingham

Hitch a ride here: destinationstartrek.com

Shakespeare Schools Festival (23rd-25th October)

The Old Rep, 45 Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY

Imagine being an adult and discovering you had acted on the stage where Shakespeare was first performed in modern clothing. Shakespeare Schools Festival features four abridged versions of Shakespeare’s biggest plays each night.

Shakespeare Schools Festival
Shakespeare Schools Festival

Any tickets not sold to parents of pupils will go on sale on Monday 8th October, 10am: oldreptheatre.co.uk/ShakespeareSchoolsFestival

War of the Worlds (24th-27th October)

The Old Joint Stock Theatre, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5NY

Via the website of the Town Pub of the Year 2019 (Good Pub Guide): The critically acclaimed sell-out production returns to the Old Joint Stock Theatre this Halloween. Vividly reimagined for the post-truth era, H.G. Well’s masterpiece is chillingly transformed; questioning what we can trust and who we believe in a world where reality and fiction blur.

War of the Worlds

Get your tickets here: oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/war-of-the-worlds

Birmingham Improv Festival (26th October-3rd November)

Blue Orange Theatre and Birmingham Rep

Beginning with Jumprov, the UK’s first ethnically diverse improvisational theatre company right through to Showstopper! The Improvised Musical on 3rd November and featuring all manner of improv along the way, Birmingham Improv Festival is even bigger for 2018.

Birmingham Improv Festival

Full line up and tickets here: birminghamimprovfestival.com

Little Geeks (27th October-3rd November)

mac birmingham (Midlands Arts Centre), Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH

From the mac birmingham website: Little Geeks is our brand new, home-grown digital festival, taking over mac this October half term.

Little Geeks
Little Geeks

Find out more here: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/little-geeks-smart-play-zone

Miss Moneypenny’s Halloween Proms (27th October)

Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

From THSH Birmingham website: Miss Moneypenny’s return with a specially choreographed spooktacular show especially for Halloween. Following their acclaimed sell out show last November this fancy dress show will be fabulously freaky.

To compliment the orchestra there will be a show like no other with lighting and special effects and a full troop of dancers and performers plus lots of surprises.

Miss Moneypenny's Halloween Proms

Book tickets here: thsh.co.uk/event/miss-moneypennys-halloween-proms

Fighting for our Heritage (Until 2nd December)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH

From Birmingham Museums website: The exhibition tells the story of boxing in the city from the early 1900s to the present day, including the characters and establishments across Birmingham that played a pivotal role in the sport’s development, and the heritage and history of boxing in all Birmingham’s communities.

Fighting for our Heritage

Find out more here: birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/fighting-for-our-heritage

This isn’t a sponsored post. The events on this list are made up from those who follow, network and share about #BrumHour directly. To be considered for a future list please contact dave@brumhour.com