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Top 10 Theatre Shows Coming to Birmingham Summer 2015

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Musicals from The Bodyguard to Oklahoma and Judy Garland
Some of the biggest theatre blockbusters of the moment are heading to Birmingham from May until the end of summer 2015.

Whether it's musicals, love stories or scintillating drama, there is something to suit every theatre lover in the coming months. So, here's a round-up of whats-on in Birmingham's theatreland for families, children and culture lovers.

1. Dirty Dancing - Birmingham Hippodrome
April 30 - May 23

With unforgettable lines like 'Nobody puts Baby in the corner!' and iconic dance routines including in the water, this love story has proved as successful on stage as is did on the silver screen.

Dirty Dancing
The cult classic Dirty Dancing heads to Birmingham Hippodrome.


This big budget dance show sees teenager Baby and dancer Johnny find love at a holiday camp one summer. There's also the memorable soundtrack including Hungry Eyes and I've Had The Time Of My Life.

Packed with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing and costumes, it's one of the hit West End musicals coming to Birmingham this summer.

Tickets cost from 20 to 59.50 and are available from the Birmingham Hippodrome website. The age guidance on this show is aged 12 and over.

2. Rebecca - Malvern Festival Theatre
May 4 - 9

Daphne Du Maurier's thrilling tale is brought to life with this exciting new acclaimed production by Kneehigh Theatre Company.

Rebecca, top shows in Birmingham, The Rep
Mystery and romance are enticing in Rebecca


This psychological thriller combines mystery, whirlwind romance and one of the creepiest villains you will ever meet in the form of sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers.

Award winning director Emma Rise is behind this production, which follows Maxim de Winter who returns home to Manderley with his new young bride soon after the mysterious death of his first wife.

Surrounded by memories of the glamorous first wife Rebecca, the new Mrs De Winter is consumed by jealousy and sets out to uncover the secrets of the house, which leads to a dramatic finale.

Tickets cost from 17.36 to 31.92 from Malvern Theatres website.

3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical - New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
May 5 - 16

Heading to Birmingham after success in London's West End, this is a glitzy, beautifully choreographed show with a well known cast.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, top shows
Big budget shows like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are on their way to Birmingham theatreland.


The show is based on the legendary 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Leading the cast in this production as Lawrence is Michael Praed, famous for playing Robin Hood in the 1990s TV series Robin of Sherwood. He is joined by ex-Hear'Say singer Noel Sullivan as Freddy, Carley Stenson as Christine and Mark Benton as Andre.

Following two conmen in the decadent world of the French Riviera, we see Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson go head to head to win the affections of millionairess Christine Colgate in the con of their lives, with plenty of laughs and songs along the way.

Tickets cost from 21.90 to 53.40 and are available from the New Alexandra Theatre website.

4. The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice - The Rep, Birmingham
May 15 - 30

The charming tale of shy Little Voice and her singing talent comes to Birmingham's The Rep Theatre.

Little Voice
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice comes to Birmingham


Little Voice spends her days alone in her bedroom escaping from her overbearing mother into the extraordinary voices of Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe.

When local talent agent Ray Say, the latest boyfriend of her mother, overhears her, he comes up with a plan to exploit Little Voice's talents.

Tickets cost from 7 - 35 from The Rep website.

5. Judy - The Songbook Of Judy Garland - New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
May 21 - 23

Judy Garland's dazzling songbook will be brought to life at this UK premiere.

Judy - The Songbook
Judy Garland's famous songs feature in a new theatre show


The show, which is under the creative directorship of Strictly Come Dancing's former judge Arlene Phillips, even stars Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft along with special guests Ray Quinn, Louise Dearman, and Judy's dancers, The Boyfriends.

Highlighting the legendary life and career of Garland, this show is created in arrangement with the Judy Garland Estate, and is the only officially recognised Judy Garland show in the world today.

It takes the audience on a magical musical journey through the songs that made Judy a legend in showbusiness history. There will also be never before seen film highlights and interviews with the iconic singer.

Tickets cost from 12.90 to 38.90 and are available from the New Alexandra Theatre website.

6.The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time - Birmingham Hippodrome
May 26 - June 6

The National Theatre's multi award-winning production based on Mark Haddon's best-selling book makes its Birmingham debut this summer.

Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night-Time, Theatre tour, Birmingham Hippodrome
Joshua Jenkins in The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night-Time


Revolving around 15-year-old Christopher Boone, the story follows the teenager as he tries to solve the mystery of who murdered Mrs Shears' dead dog, Wellington.

It's a charming tale into Christopher's mind as although he has an extraordinary brain, he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life and has never even ventured alone beyond the end of his road.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design and is simultaneously running at the Gielgud Theatre in London and on Broadway as well as on this tour.

Tickets cost from 17.50 to 42.50 and are available from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

7. Oklahoma - Birmingham Hippodrome
June 30 - July 4

Yeehaw! Rodgers & Hammerstein's original feel good musical Oklahoma is a show to get your toes tapping.

Oklahoma1
Get your dancing shoes on for Oklahoma


With barn dances and cowboys galore, the story follows Curly and Laurey as they find love on the pioneer trail and features classic songs from Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' to I'm Just a Girl Who Cain't Say No and Surrey With a Fringe on Top.

This latest production by Music & Lyrics Limited and Royal & Derngate Northampton stars Belinda Lang as Aunt Eller and Gary Wilmot as Ali Hakim.

Tickets cost 18 - 40 and are available from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

A Captioned Performance takes place on July 2 at 7.30pm; a Signed Performance on July 3 at 7.30pm; and Audio Described Performances on July 4 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

8. Barnum - Birmingham Hippodrome
July 7 - August 1

Colourful characters and scenery makes Barnum a spectacular feast for the eyes in the latest musical from Cameron Mackintosh that stars personality Brian Conley.

Barnum UK theatre tour Brian Conley Cameron Macintosh Birmingham Hippodrome
Theatre tricks and tales in the spectacular show Barnum


Conley plays circus owner Phineas T Barnum, America's Greatest Showman. The musical follows his life and marriage to Chairy while also giving an insight into his dreams and imagination.

The story leads up to when Barnum teams up with J A Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey's Circus - the Greatest Show on Earth and has a score including Come Follow The Band, The Colours Of My Life and There Is A Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute.

Tickets cost from 19.50 to 48.50 and are available from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

9. The Bodyguard - Birmingham Hippodrome
August 5 - 29

It's a glitzy show of big sets, big costumes and big hits as pop star Alexandra Burke takes on the role made famous by Whitney Houston in the film of the same name.

The Bodyguard, UK Tour, Birmingham Hippodrome, Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke will star in evening performances of The Bodyguard


The Bodyguard takes the audience on a journey of love, suspense and mystery as pop superstar Rachel Marron relies on hunky former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer to protect her from a stalker.

Glamorous sets, shimmering costumes and popular pop hits by Whitney Houston make this is a must-see show for those who adore Whitney or musicals.

Tickets cost 18.00 to 49.50 and are available from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

10. Love Me Tender - New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
August 24 - 29

You are set to be all shook up by this new musical featuring the songbook of Elvis Presley.

Love Me Tender1
Musical Love Me Tender is a sure-fire hit with Elvis Presley fans


Singer Mica Paris stars in this fun, romantic musical inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley.

Set In small town 1950s America, a guitar-playing, hip-swivelling stranger rides his motorbike into town and grabs the attention of tomboy mechanic Natalie.

The soundtrack features 25 of Elvis' best-loved songs and has been created by the producers of theatre shows Hairspray, West Side Story and The Rocky Horror Show.

Mica Paris1
Mica Paris sings Presley classics in Love Me Tender


Tickets cost from 17.90 to 50.90 and are available from the New Alexandra Theatre website.
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Why? Musicals, drama and action for theatre lovers
When: April to August 2015
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Where: Various theatres across Birmingham and the West Midlands
Cost: From 17.90
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