Written by Jessica Muxlow 

As lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted and a sense of ‘normality’ returns, one of the key entertainment sectors is anticipating a successful return. One of the often forgotten industries within the hospitality sector - theatre and live performance has felt the turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic alongside the wider hospitality industry itself.

 Live theatre has had curtains down and stage doors locked since the 16th of March 2020. Both professional and amateur companies have missed out on a year of performing and sharing stories old and new. Many shows were postponed to later dates in 2020, then later into 2021. This has sadly meant that as a city we have missed out on several touring shows that have been unable to reschedule, such as Phantom of The Opera that was scheduled to be performed in the summer of 2020.

As a city, Birmingham is lucky to host a multitude of performance venues utilised by a variety of entertainers. Lovers of theatre can look forward to an array of performers and shows in the coming months, including the return of The Birmingham Royal Ballet at the REP, running from the 12 June 2021. In addition to this, the Birmingham Hippodrome reopens with VanGogh Live from the 25 May, an exhibition shown previously in October before it’s premature closure due to the second wave of COVID-19 and resulting restrictions.

Image: Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre


We can also look forward to the arrival of the highly anticipated shows such as SIX: The Musical at the Birmingham Hippodrome, arriving in mid-September. This show has been an international hit, based on the six wives of Henry VIII retelling their stories with a pop princess twist! Tickets are still available, however limited availability is advertised. If you want to avoid losing your head, visit The Birmingham Hippodrome Website and order now.

As exciting as the arrival of professional performances can be, it is important for us to remember the local amateur companies comprised of our family members, friends, neighbours, and colleagues. Birmingham is proud to host a multitude of amateur companies in Birmingham, including CLOC Musical Theatre Company, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company, Tudor Musical Comedy Society, and Birmingham Youth Theatre. Companies such as these are keen to be back treading the boards in the coming months, however they need the support of the public to carry on as societies.

Singing, dancing, and acting have been greatly missed pastimes over the last year. Especially as these activities are ideal as an outlet for reducing the stress and anxiety of everyday life. If you have been looking for a creative outlet, or perhaps a new hobby to make the most of our newfound freedom, all of the above companies are advertising for new members. For a full list of amateur dramatic companies based in and across Birmingham please click here.  

Hopefully, Birmingham’s theatrical culture and the businesses, individuals and charities connected to them will return to their former glory. When planning your trips out, gifts to loved ones and treats for the family please do not forget the theatreland and entertainers based across Birmingham.

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