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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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New Version Of Brass Music Miner Drama
The well-loved tale of a brass band in a mining community is making a comeback on stage with a new version of Brassed Off.

Brassed off, Jeffrey holland, Wolverhampton grand theatre,
Jeffrey Holland stars in the new production of Brassed Off


Adapted from the 1996 film of the same name starring Ewan McGregor, Brassed Off runs at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Wednesday 23 August to Saturday 2 September.

The show stars Jeffrey Holland, who became famous as Spike in TV show Hi-de-Hi. He plays Danny, the ex-miner and veteran conductor of Grimley Band. Directing the show is Gareth Tudor Price, formerly Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre.

There's plenty of music alongside the drama including the William Tell Overture, Death and Glory, Danny Boy, Land of Hope and Glory and Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is producing the show as it's first full-scale theatrical show done in-house in almost 40 years. It will include the City of Wolverhampton Brass Band playing live on stage as the colliery brass band faced with troubles following the closure of their local pit.

Brassed off, Wolverhampton grand theatre
Brass music and pit troubles in the heartwarming drama


Set in 1994 and based on a true story , the plot follows Danny's lifelong ambition to lead Grimley Colliery Band to the National Brass Band Competition at the Royal Albert Hall - and it looks like it might finally happen.

But with the future of Grimley pit facing closure, things looks bleak as the town is thrown into conflict. It coincides with Flugelhorn player Gloria arriving in town and bringing with her a renewed sense of hope and a touch of romance.

Brassed off, Wolverhampton grand theatre
Brassed Off has been produced by Wolverhampton Grand Theatre


Brassed Off is written by Paul Allen and adapted from the screenplay by Mark Herman. It was first performed at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield in March 1998.

Brassed Off
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Wednesday 23 August Saturday 2 September, 2017
Tickets cost from 15.50 and are available from the Box Office by calling 01902 429212 or online at the Grand Theatre website.

It will also be shown at Eastbourne Theatres from Tuesday 12 September to Saturday 16 September. See the theatre website.
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Why? See new version of heartwarming drama with brass music
When: August 23 - September 2
Where: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Cost: From 15.50
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