Today, I’ve got a guest post from the lovely people at the Birmingham Hippodrome. If you live in the Midlands, check out some of the fab looking shows they have coming up and plan in a trip to Birmingham to catch one of them. If it were me, I’d be booking up for Beauty & The Beast – it sounds magical…
We’re over halfway through the year, and it seems like the weeks are flying by. Before we know what has happened, it’ll be Christmas and we’ll be welcoming 2015 with fireworks and Jools Holland. However, before we break out the Christmas tree and decorations once more, we have the rest of summer and autumn to look forward to. Make the most out of the rest of 2014 by incorporating some nights out into the coming weeks. Perhaps a city break or two wouldn’t go amiss, either?
Head to Birmingham for a couple of days and you’ll be able to enjoy a range of attractions, sights, shopping and nightlife opportunities. Not only that, but Birmingham is home to the Hippodrome, which has a busy and exciting schedule over the next few months. Organise a hotel for the night (you can book here if you’re looking for accommodation that won’t break the bank) and take a look at what’s coming up at the Hippodrome between now and the end of the year.
The summer run of this sell-out show can be found at the Hippodrome between now and 6th September. This spellbinding, award-winning show has stepped away from the West End and stepped its ruby slippers into the West Midlands for a few bedazzling weeks in the heart of Birmingham.
Unlike the original Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Wicked is based on a series of books by Gregory Maguire, who reimagined the original storyline to help readers (and now audiences) everywhere delve deeper into the past of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West. Not all is what it seems, and this mesmerising show will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the life of Elphaba, telling you more about why she became wicked.
As one of the longest-running shows on the West End and Broadway, Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s timeless classic is recognisable anywhere. It paws its way onto the Hippodrome stage between 9th and 27th September for what promises to be a sell-out run. From the incredible musical score to the fantastic costumes and sets, Cats is nothing short of legendary. Don’t pass up the chance to see it, if you can help it.
Beauty and the Beast
The Birmingham Royal Ballet previously produced the smashing Cinderella, and they return with the enchanting gothic fairytale Beauty and the Beast between 30th September and 4th October.
A story of twins, separated at birth, Blood Brothers – written by Willy Russell – has received much critical acclaim and often has audiences up on their feet at the end of it. Be ready with your standing ovation at the Hippodrome, where it takes up residence between 13th and 25th October.
The Royal Ballet returns, hot on the heels of their production of Beauty and the Beast, with their production of Tchaikovsky’s festive ballet, The Nutcracker. It’s at the Hippodrome between 28th November and 13th December.
The Hippodrome is home to some sensational shows between now and the end of the year – take the opportunity to enjoy one, or more, for a cultural evening to remember.
• Thanks so much to The Hippodrome for this guest post – if you go catch a show, come back and let me know what you thought of it.