From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent, Birmingham and the region's theatres know how to pull a crowd.
Half a million people agree; Birmingham’s flagship theatre is the nation’s favourite too. More seats are sold at the Birmingham Hippodrome than by any other British theatre each year including the West End. The dazzling 2,000-seat work of art regularly welcomes the cream of British musicals and the UK’s biggest, most spectacular pantos.
Just down the road, The New Alexandra Theatre, is an exquisite Edwardian auditorium staging a rich mix of drama, musicals, concerts and comedy. One of the country’s favourite venues for touring companies.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre aims to provide culture and entertainment for everyone with its exciting and diverse programme. It creates entirely new plays, working with the writers, directors and actors to bring many world premieres to the stage. A registered charity, every year The REP’s programme includes something specifically for children and families, and also tours several shows that highlight Birmingham as a city of contemporary culture nationwide.
The REP Theatre Company is performing at different venues across the city this year while the theatre in Centenary Square is refurbished as part of the development of the spectacular new REP/Library of Birmingham. The REP will return to the theatre in September, when it will also be celebrating its 100th birthday.
The Blue Orange Theatre is primarily a fringe-professional producing theatre and the majority of the plays performed are their own productions which include a mix of established work and new writing pieces. The theatre offers an intimate theatre with an emphasis on quality and accessibility.
They also host and promote various other arts activities such as poetry, acoustic music, comedy etc. They provide drama training by offering a number of different classes including beginners, youth and performance combat. They also host local school and educational establishments who use our facilities to help educate their students in the skills of producing, directing and acting.
Fifteen minutes to the west, The Public in West Bromwich is an exciting creative community and cultural space which showcases a variety of theatrical performances throughout the year from local amateur dramatic groups to touring shows.
Solihull Arts Complex, just twenty minutes in the other direction, showcases a mix of professional touring shows and musicals in its 336-seater theatre. The gallery space there also houses a regular programme of local and regional contemporary art exhibitions.
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