Ideal for theatre lovers, families or those heading to an opera or ballet for the first time, these are the tickets that everyone is battling to get this year.
Blithe Spirit at Malvern Theatres 27 January - 1 February
Starring Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous fame, this famous comedy is in Malvern ahead of its stint in London's West End.
Blithe Spirit follows the story of Charles Condomine who is haunted by the ghost of his first wife after being summoned by eccentric medium Madame Arcati. There's ghostly goings-on as the first wife tries to sabotage his marriage to his second wife.
The Boy In The Dress at Royal Shakespeare Theatre January until 8 March
The RSC has adapted David Walliams' popular children's story for stage with musical help from Robbie Williams and his writing partner Guy Chambers to make this an energetic, fun and vivacious musical.
It's a feel-good colourful show that all ages will love with catchy songs. You can read a full review here.
The Boy In The Dress opened before Christmas but it will be easier to get tickets as its run continues in Stratford upon Avon into the new year and until 8 March. For more information, visit the RSC website here.
The Bodyguard at The Alexandra Theatre 21 January - 1 February
Alexandra Burke returns to play singing diva Rachel Marron, the role made famous by Whitney Houston, in the rom-com thriller musical.
While the story follows the film of the same name with bodyguard Frank Farmer hired to protect the singer from a death threat, the show has added extra Whitney songs to make it a crowd-pleaser. It means on top of 'I Will Always Love You' there's also 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' and 'One Moment In Time'.
History Boys at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
7 February - 22 February
Wolverhampton Grand has produced this version of History Boys, the acclaimed comedy by Alan Bennett.
Charting the classroom antics of an unruly bunch of sixth-form boys and their teachers, this production stars Ian Redford, from Coronation Street and EastEnders as Hector, Jeffrey Holland, of Hi-de-Hi! fame as Headmaster and Lee Comley as Irwin.
The Grand puts on its own production of History Boys
Each of the wives takes to the mic to compete over who was treated the worst. There's elements of female empowerment and having the chance to tell their own story in this cleverly multi-layered excellent show. It's hugely fun too.
Tartuffe by the RSC at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
20 Mar - 4 April
This must-see sensational version of the Moliere classic by The Royal Shakespeare Company scintillates with its contemporary update to Asian families in Birmingham.
It went down a storm at The RSC's Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon and now this cleverly adapted play returns with a stint at Birmingham Rep.
A scene from Tartuffe when it was first performed in 2018
Written by BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning writers, Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, who was behind scripts for TV shows The Office, Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No.42, it makes the historic play so much more relevant and hilarious for modern-day audiences.
It follows a conman who hides behind religion to dupe a Muslim businessman but can the day be saved by the hilarious Bosnian cleaner?
There is also a post-show discussion on 1 April. This was one of my highlights of the year when it was first performed in 2018 and you can read the full review of Tartuffe by the RSC here.
Find out more about the show and ticket at the Birmingham Rep website here.
Once at Malvern Theatres and Alexandra Theatre
Malvern - 23 March - 28 March
Alexandra - 1 June - 6 June
Described as part busked concert and part aching romance that feels both spontaneous and freshly minted, this musical is based on the cult Irish indie movie.
It's already won over audiences in Broadway and the West End and now heads out on tour making stop-offs across the Midlands in 2020.
Once is a love story about a part-time Dublin guitarist busker who falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician. As we follow their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways.
Find out more about tickets at Malvern Theatres website here or at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre website here.
Mariposa: a Transgender Tragedy at Patrick Studio
27 March - 28 March
Inspired by Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, DeNada Dance Theatre presents the new work by DanceXchange Artist in Residence Carlos Pons Guerra.
It's an operatic dance drama that transports Puccini's Orientalist libretto to post-revolution Cuba, where a hopeful rent boy is asked to sacrifice his gender in exchange for the love of a foreign sailor.
This world premiere is at Birmingham's Patrick Studio within Birmingham Hippodrome. Find out more at the DanceXchange website.
The Winter's Tale at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
28 March - 2 October
Directed by Erica Whyman, this new RSC production explores the corrosive effect of jealousy and the domestic violence it engenders and is expected to be emotionally intense.
Composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, the older sister of Fleabag writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge composes the score for the play after previously working with Whyman on Hecuba and The Seven Acts of Mercy.
So there will be plenty of attention paid to the music in this Shakespeare play as Waller-Bridge has become famous for creating scores for TV and film including Fleabag, Vita and Virginia and Vanity Fair.
Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp at The Old Rep Birmingham
Examining the relationship between Charlie Chaplin's experiences and creativity, this production shows how the star of silent films spun personal tragedy into universal comedy, in a psychological exploration of one of the world's most remarkable lives.
Critically-acclaimed Arrows & Traps theatre company is behind this show. The company also performs its version of Jekyll and Hyde at The Old Rep from 26 to 28 February.
Artistic Director at the RSC, Gregory Doran, explained: "The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays and one of his funniest. The action takes place in the Mediterranean port of Ephesus where two sets of identical twins separated since childhood are re-united, but not until a great deal of confusion ensues."
Mamma Mia at Birmingham Hippodrome
12 May - 30 May
The feel-good romantic musical featuring all those catchy Abba hits is back so get ready to venture off to a Greek island for a silly but lovable tale of a girl trying to trace her real father while her mum is given a second chance at love.
Curated by Carlos: Mixed Bill from Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome
10 June - 13 June
This will be acclaimed dancer Carlos Acosta's first programme as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet that features one of the greatest ballerinas of our time, Alessandra Ferri, dancing with Acosta in a new duet.
It brings together dancers, visual artists, writers and thinkers who inspire Acosta today along with showcasing Birmingham Royal Ballet's dancers' technique, virtuosity and versatility.
The show opens with the world premiere of the new duet danced by Ferri and Acosta. It has been created by Goyo Montero and set to music by Bach to form a new part of Montero's ballet Chacona.
The programme also includes New Cardin - the world premiere of work by Daniela Cardim, former dancer with Dutch National Ballet, and Emmy Award-winning composer Paul Englishby.
The show concludes with Balanchine's virtuosic Theme and Variations to music by Tchaikovsky, one of the most technically and musically complicated ballets.
Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote from Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome
19 June - 27 June
New Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet Carlos Acosta makes an impact with his version of the Cervantes-inspired comedy.
This will be the ballet's first UK performance outside London.
Based on Marius Petipa's virtuoso ballet with music by Ludwig Minkus, Don Quixote is a large scale production about the Knight that includes a mix of vibrant characters in an adventure of love and dreams.
The Phantom of the Opera tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as 'The Phantom' who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano, he lures her into his lair as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her.
But jealousy, madness and passions collide when The Phantom realises she is in love with another man.
The Phantom of the Opera set and costumes are unbelievablIy detailed and part of the reason this show has become a favourite around the world, winning over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards.
Find out more at the Birmingham Hippodrome website here.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
5 October - 10 October
Baz Luhrmann's romantic comedy has been transferred on to stage and will waltz its way around the country on a UK tour.
Wolverhampton hosts Strictly Ballroom The Musical in October and it's set to have plenty of razzle and dazzle as it is directed by Strictly Come Dancing judge and famed choreographer Craig Revel Horwood.
The show bringa together a cast of over 20 world class performers as it tells the story of rebellious young ballroom dancer Scott Hastings who must dance with a beginner after falling out of favour with the Australian Federation.
Craig Revel Horwood is part of the creative team behind Strictly Ballroom
There's plenty of comedy and romance along the way plus hit chart-topping songs from 'Time After Time' to 'Let's Dance',' I'm So Excited', 'Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps' and 'Love is in the Air'.
Find out more at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre website here.
Cinderella panto at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
5 December - 10 January, 2021
Comedian Aaron James will return for a second consecutive pantomime season in Wolverhampton to play Buttons in the theatre's own production of Cinderella.
Expect plenty of comedy impressions and slapstick humour.
Find out more about the show at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre website here.
Dreamgirls at The Alexandra Theatre
8 December - 2 January 2021
The big Christmas musical for the Alexandra is a spectacular showstopper with unbelievable vocals.
This dazzling multi-award winning show comes direct from the West End and features songs 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going', 'Listen', 'I Am Changing' and 'One Night Only'.
Following the story of girl band The Dreams – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – in the turbulent 1960's, it charts how the three talented young singers experience a rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business.
Musical blockbuster Dreamgirls is finally coming to Birmingham