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Theatre Shows Coming To Birmingham - Jan to March 2015

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Comedies from Shrek to East Is East and Jeeves and Wooster
Some of the best comedy shows on the theatre circuit are the highlight of early 2015 in Birmingham.

Monty Python's Spamalot, Brit favourite East Is East, Shrek the Musical and Jeeves and Wooster are among the funnies set to keep you laughing through to the spring.

Shrek, Birmingham Hippodrome, best theatre shows
Shrek is one of the Birmingham theatre highlights

There's also glitz and glamour in store with Strictly Come Dancing Live and Top Hat plus much more.

Here's the round up of the theatre and drama in and around Birmingham from January to March 2015.

East is East

Following on from the spectacular success of the British film, the stage version of comedy East is East heads to the city with a stunning cast.

East is East starring Jane Horrocks

Award-winning Jane Horrocks leads the pack and is joined by the author of the story, Ayub Khan Din, playing the head of the mixed race marriage household, George.

Funny yet also terribly sad in places, this tale follows Pakistani chip-shop owner George Genghis" Khan as he tries but fails to make his children have a strict Muslim upbringing in 1970s Britain.

Journey through arranged marriages, parka coats, love and inter-racial Britain as East meets West in Salford.

East is East
New Alexandra Theatre
January 14-17
Ticket prices: 10 - 25 from the ATG theatre website.

Strictly Come Dancing Live

Be prepared to 'keep dancing' with a host of celebrities from the current line-up.

Get swept away by the dancing with Strictly Come Dancing the Live Show

There will be the usual panto-style antics with the judges, plus plenty of dancing and sparkle. And if that wasn't enough, the audience get to vote and determine the winners on the night.

Strictly Come Dancing Live
Birmingham NIA
January 16-18
Tickets cost 73.83, 51.33 or 40.08 from the NIA website or by calling 0844 338 8000

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

As if a panto wasn't fun enough, this show adds even more farce to the proceedings as a team of inept actors put on a hilarious show that fails in epic proportions.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Malvern Theatres, Birmingham Rep Theatre
A farce of epic proportions in Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Laugh until your belly aches with comedy that relies on impressive perfect timing.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Malvern Theatres - January 19-24
Birmingham Rep Theatre - January 27 - February 1
Tickets 12.50 28.50 from Malvern Theatres website or The Rep website.

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Part sci-fi, part Shakespeare but totally rock'n'roll, this comedy musical is out of this world.

Return to the Forbidden Planet, Birmingham, New Alexandra Theatre
Out of this world antics in Return To The Forbidden Planet

It's been 25 years since it was first launched on stage and this anniversary tour hopes to refresh memories as well as attract a new generation of fans.

The storyline transports Shakespeare's The Tempest play into a futuristic outer space setting and combines it with a soundtrack of rock n' roll classics from Heard It Through The Grapevine to Young Girl, Good Vibrations and Gloria.

Return to the Forbidden Planet
New Alexandra Theatre
January 26-31
Tickets cost from 12 are available from the ATG Theatre Website.

Monty Python's Spamalot

There's an all-star line-up of Joe Pasquale, Todd Carty and Bonnie Langford as this eccentric, multi-award winning comedy musical stops off at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre.

Spamalot,, Birmingham, New Alexandra Theatre, Monty Python
Award-winning comedy musical Spamalot

Direct from three years in the West End, the show is on tour featuring Joe Pasquale, who reprises the role of King Arthur alongside Bonnie Langford as The Lady of The Lake while Todd Carty plays Patsy.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the comical version of events surrounding King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The musical has showgirls, killer rabbits and is written by Eric Idle.

Monty Python's Spamalot
New Alexandra Theatre
February 2-7
Tickets cost 13.40 - 39.40 from the ATG Theatre Website.

Calamity Jane

Yee-ha, whip crack away with this fun, frolicking musical.

Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Jodie Prenger stars as Calamity Jane

Jodie Prenger takes on the title role in this Wild West tale of love, friendship and being happy in your own skin as a tomboy. There are also an array of songs including Secret Love that have made it a popular musical.

Calamity Jane
New Alexandra Theatre
February 17-22
Tickets cost 17.90 to 38.40 and are available from the ATG Theatre Website.

History Boys

One of Alan Bennett's most famous plays, The History Boys, brings humour, youth and the playwright's sharp wit to Birmingham.

History Boys
Go back to school with The History Boys at New Alexandra Theatre

The play sees a maverick English teacher at odds with a young and shrewd supply teacher in a 1980s school. Surrounded by a headmaster obsessed with results, will the teacher's casual approach to teaching end up being his downfall?

Full of vibrant characters, it's a lively comedy that helped make household names of James Corden, Dominic Cooper and Russell Tovey.

History Boys
New Alexandra Theatre
February 23 - 28
Tickets cost 11.90 to 29.90 from the ATG Ticket Website.

Top Hat

Let's face the music and enjoy some of the most elegant and impressive dance routines ever created.

Top Hat, Birmingham Hippodrome, musicals, top theatre in Birmingham 2015
Glamour galore in Top Hat at Birmingham Hippodrome

This famous Irving Berlin musical recreates the film starring Fred Astaire but is as much about the songs as the dance sequences.

Featuring songs including Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, Let's Face the Music & Dance and Puttin' on the Ritz, this show scooped three Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costumes, as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out. As an added bonus it features 200 extremely glamorous costumes!

Top Hat
Birmingham Hippodrome
March 10-21
Tickets cost 19 to 45 and are available from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.


This Olivier Award-winning comedy by Tom Stoppard has been described as one of the greatest plays of the last century.

Arcadia, Tom Stoppard, theatre, Birmingham, New Alexandra Theatre
Arcadia is a critically acclaimed play

It is set in a stately home in 19th Century rural Derbyshire where secret desires and professional rivalries take hold.

Thomasina, a talented pupil, makes a startling discovery well ahead of her time, whilst in the present day, academics Hannah And Bernard attempt to piece together the fragments of truth that tell her story.

New Alexandra Theatre
March 23-28
Tickets cost 12.40 to 28.40 from the ATG Theatre Ticket Website.

Derren Brown - Miracle

Will you be able to see how he does it? No-one has yet. The master of psychological illusion Derren Brown returns to Birmingham to perform unexpected and unfathomable magic tricks.

Derren Brown, Birmingham, New Alexandra Theatre
Derren Brown plays games with your mind in his new show in Birmingham

He has already clinched two Olivier Awards and his last show Infamous was universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. This time around, he's trying to persuade the audience that he can create miracles.

Derren Brown
New Alexandra Theatre
March 30 - April 11
Tickets cost 39.90 from the ATG Theatre Ticket website.

Jeeves and Wooster

PG Wodehouse's iconic pair are brought to life under the directorship of Sean Foley and starring comedian Robert Webb as the hapless Bertie Wooster.

Jeeves and Wooster, Malvern Theatres, Robert Webb
Robert Webb stars in Jeeves and Wooster at Malvern Theatres

It has already won Best New Comedy in the 2014 Olivier Awards and features a cavalcade of Wodehouse favourites including Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Basset, Sir Watkin Bassett, Dahlia Travers, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates.

Jeeves and Wooster
Malvern Theatres
March 30 - April 4
Tickets cost 10 to 22.50 from the Malvern Theatres website.

Shrek The Musical

Monstrous feel-good fun with Shrek and friends as the vibrant show comes to Birmingham Hippodrome in time for Easter.

A monster of a tale comes to Birmingham Hippodrome

Shrek the Musical has taken London's West End by storm and now it tours the country bringing the antics of Princess Fiona, Donkey and of course Shrek to the fore.

Shrek The Musical
Birmingham Hippodrome
March 31 - April 26.
Tickets cost 20 to 42.50 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.
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Why? See great theatre shows on tour
When: From January to April
Phone: 0121 689 3064 - Birmingham Hippodrome
Where: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Hippodrome and Malvern Theatres
Cost: From 10
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