Theatreland is home to the UK’s busiest theatre, great comedy clubs, the UK’s oldest working cinema and more!


The hard-working Hippodrome, the UK’s busiest theatre, plays host to an incredible range of large touring productions, the finest comedy and music performances every year and is also home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Just down the road is the beautiful Alexandra Theatre, another must-stop for major touring productions. Whilst, home to the Birmingham Stage Company and bringing newly written works to the city, the Old Rep Theatre on Station Street is a Birmingham institution.

Electric Cinema- the oldest working cinema in the UKThe nearby Electric Cinema is the oldest operating cinema in the country and shows an envious programme of new releases, vintage classics and the best of world cinema in comfort and style. Discover what's on here.

For comedy lovers, the Glee Club hosts up-and-coming performers as well as stars of the stage.

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Black International Film Festival

Nov - music, live arts and education.

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Behind the Curtain

16-31 October - Unique Central and Eastern European film and new media festival

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SHOUT Festival

12-22 November - the best in queer culture

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Sporting highlights

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Art Galleries

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Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

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A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

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Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

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Vibrant streets

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