Hate the cost of tickets/ travel & possibly a hotel?
Birmingham of course has some great theatres, The REP, The Old Rep, The Hippodrome, but there is a way to experience top notch National Theatre London's productions at a fraction of the cost, in Birmingham.
NT Live is a clever idea that broadcasts live theatre performances from the National Theatre, London, Southbank, directly to cinema screens in the UK. A simple idea that builds on previous showings, for example, Danny Boyle's theatre production of 'Frankenstein' that wowed critics in 2011.
You pop along to Birmingham's Cineworld, on Broad Street, buy your popcorn, sit in arguably comfier seats, experience a selection of London's National Theatre current season live, and then get home swiftly after. They even give you the interval, because it's a live broadcast. Gettit?
There's one live showing each of 3 future productions over the next few months; and it's a mixed bag to suit all. Fancy catching Julie Walters in a new play? 'The Last of the Haussmans' is billed as a dark comedy about an aging hippy matriarch and her brood. Or the stage reworking of that bestselling book, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', that you meant to read, a murder mystery with an adolescent detective whom has Asperger's syndrome. There's even a rarely produced Shakespeare play, 'Timon of Athens', planned.
Watching a live broadcast of theatre gives you additional benefits too. The camera zooms in to give you one of the best seats in the house, you actually forget that you're not in the theatre auditorium in London, and broadcasts promise behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with artists. Each performance has a British Board of Cinema classification, for example, 12A or 15, so bear this in mind for suitability for children.
These are an opportunity for a great experience in Birmingham that might just push you to see something new, and all for approximately £13.50 ticket.
Contact Birmingham Cineworld for tickets either in person on Broad Street, or online.