Bringing in the big shows from the West End, this is the place to catch dazzling theatre performances, ballet shows and opera
If there’s a massive West End production looking to come to the second city, you can be sure its destination will be the Birmingham Hippodrome. Situated by the Arcadian Centre on the cusp of Birmingham’s gay village, the Hippodrome has made a name for itself as the home of spectacular productions along the Lion King/Wicked side of things, offering considerable stage space and state-of-the-art technology to accommodate leaping lions and warbling witches.
The Hippodrome has come a long way from its beginnings as a variety theatre in the early 1900s, building strong links with Welsh National Opera over the years and acting as home to the globally acclaimed Birmingham Royal Ballet. The latter has also helped to nurture the building’s own DanceXchange studios, which intermittently play host to some of the finest dance companies in the world – most notably during the annual International Dance Festival. The Hippodrome also does brisk business with its annual Christmas panto – one of the highest grossing in the UK.
The theatre’s Circle restaurant has made great pains recently to be seen as a fine dining destination in its own right, as well as the ideal place for a pre-show meal (pains that have undoubtedly paid off). You might also see cast members gather for a tipple or two in the Hippodrome’s StageSide bar, just over the road from the stage door in Thorp Street.
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Welsh National Opera: Der Rosenkavalier
Olivia Fuchs directs Strauss's opera about the Marschallin, who comes to terms with the onward passage of time as her young lover falls for another, starring Rebecca Evans as the Marschallin. Sung in German with English and Welsh surtitles.Classical and opera Saturday July 1 2017
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Teenager Christopher, who has Asperger's syndrome, tries to solve the mystery of his neighbour's dead dog but he is ill-prepared for the stresses of the noisy and chaotic outside world in Simon Stephens' Olivier Award-winning adaptation of the novel by...Drama Tuesday July 4 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017
Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: The Red Shoes
Bourne's magical reworking of the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The production recalls the golden age of Hollywood, set to a score by Bernard Herrmann, which has been newly arranged by Terry...Modern Wednesday July 19 2017 - Saturday July 22 2017
Boublil and Schonberg's powerful musical based on Puccini's Madame Butterfly, following the doomed romance between Chris, an American GI and Kim, a Vietnamese bar girl, set shortly before the fall of Saigon and the subsequent end of the Vietnam war.Musicals Wednesday July 26 2017 - Saturday September 23 2017