13 Things to do in Birmingham in November

Compiled by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

13 Things to do in Birmingham in November

With the calendar soon to be just one more page, there’s a whole lot of November to get through.

Haroon Mirza – reality is somehow what we expect it to be (30th November-24th February)

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Via the Ikon Gallery website: Ikon presents the most comprehensive exhibition of work by Haroon Mirza in the UK to date. The survey includes past works and new, previously unseen pieces, filling Ikon’s exhibition spaces with moving imagery, sculptural installation and electronic sound.

Haroon Mirza, The National Apavilion of Then and Now, 2011. Installation view at Venice Biennale 2011. Courtesy hrm199 and Lisson Gallery. Photographer Kiki Triantafyllou.
Haroon Mirza, The National Apavilion of Then and Now, 2011. Installation view at Venice Biennale 2011. Courtesy hrm199 and Lisson Gallery. Photographer Kiki Triantafyllou.

Discover more here: ikon-gallery.org/event/haroon-mirza

Discovery Day (3rd November)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP

Head backstage at the Birmingham Rep with their Discovery Day as they celebrate the arrival of the Wizard of Oz.

Discovery Day
Discovery Day

Find out more here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/discovery-day-1

The Full Monty (5th-10th November)

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB

Down on their luck after their industry has been closed in 90s Sheffield, a group of friends see The Chippendales have been to their city making big bucks by getting their kit off. Gary Lucy, James Redmond, Kai Owen, Louis Emerick, Andrew Dunn and Joe Gill hit the Birmingham stage with this uplifting play jam packed with music hits.

Get your kits on at: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/the-full-monty-2018

SHOUT Festival – SHOUT 18 (8th-18th November)

Venues across central Birmingham.

The festival of queer arts and culture returns for 2018 featuring The Ginger Snapped with Rupaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon at Birmingham Hippodrome.

The Ginger Snapped
The Ginger Snapped

See the full line up at: shoutfestival.co.uk

Classic Motor Show 2018 (9th-11th November)

The NEC, North Avenue, Birmingham B40 1NT

Not content with taking up all of the original five halls of The NEC, which itself is no mean feat, The Classic Motor Show will also be filling hall 8 this November. This is the biggest classic car show in the UK and its must be a logistic puzzle to park over 3,000 classic and vintage cars into the huge halls.

Classic Motor Show 2018
Classic Motor Show 2018

Get tickets here: necclassicmotorshow.com

Love wine (10th November)

Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, Birmingham B2 4JQ

Join the wine experts and over 30 wine exhibitors for the annual Love Wine Festival which returns to the Burlington on New Street, Birmingham. Look out for the special masterclasses on arrival.

Book tickets to Love Wine 2018 here: lovewinefest.co.uk/love-wine-birmingham-2018

Improv Comedy with Box of Frogs (11th November)

The Glee Club, The Arcadian, 70 Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD

“high-octane improvised comedy nonsense” as Box of Frogs returns to The Glee Club at Arcadian, I presume they won’t be dressed in Frog outfits but you never know.

Box of Frogs
Box of Frogs

Book tickets here: glee.co.uk/performer/improv-comedy-with-box-of-frogs

Women Power Protest (10th November-31st March 2019)

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

Via BMAG website: Marking a century since the first women won the right to vote, ‘Women Power Protest’ brings together modern and contemporary artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s to celebrate female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work.

Superimposed Forms, Jessica Dismorr, 1938 © Birmingham Museums Trust
Superimposed Forms, Jessica Dismorr, 1938 © Birmingham Museums Trust

Find out more about this FREE exhibition here: birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/women-power-protest

SOLD OUT: Joe Lycett: I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett (12th and 27th November)

Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

I think I’d be a bad influence on Joe Lycett, he writes to correct injustice with everyone from traffic wardens to local government in his own unique style.

Both of his dates at Symphony Hall are SOLD OUT! Good thing he’s got a book out too. But more about that next week.

Wonder why you didn’t buy tickets sooner here: thsh.co.uk/event/joe-lycett-im-about-to-lose-control-and-i-think-joe-lycett

Rock of Ages (13th-17th November)

The Alexandra, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS

Back brush your hair, and fire up the wind machine as this 80s inspired jukebox musical with Danielle Hope, Sam Ferriday, Kevin Kennedy and Zoe Birkett blasts into Birmingham. First performed in 2005, Rock of Ages features hits such as The Final Countdown and We Built this City.

Head over to the website for more: atgtickets.com/shows/rock-of-ages/alexandra-theatre-birmingham

Rudolf (17th November-31st December)

MAC Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH

Via Emily for MAC “Rudolf has just crash-landed in a brand new place. There are lots of amazing different animals in this new land that she’s never seen before. However, our little Rudi just can’t shake the feeling that she should be somewhere else, on some kind of big snowy adventure. But can she remember the really important thing she has to do?”

Check out this 60 minute Pins and Needles and Midlands Arts Centre original co-production until New Years Eve.


Find tickets here: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/rudolf

Pinocchio (17th November-30th December)

The Old Rep Theatre, 45 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY

The classic tale of lonely toymaker and puppet carving comes to this delightful Birmingham venue. Preview shows from 17th-19th November with BSL (British Sign Language) performances on 23rd November and 28th December plus a relaxed performance on Saturday 15th December at 1pm.


Book your seats here: oldreptheatre.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast (24th November-2nd December)

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

From the Old Joint Stock Theatre website:

Brace yourself for 90 minutes of boundless energy and musical mayhem as Fat Rascal Theatre explore whether fairy tales really can come true, even when the princess doesn’t quite fit the slipper. Join us for our brand new, gender-swapped musical parody of Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast from Fat Rascal Theatre
Beauty and the Beast from Fat Rascal Theatre

Book tickets here: oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/beauty-and-the-beast

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