Birmingham Hippodrome have announced a brand new Autumn Season of thrilling theatre, jaw-dropping dance and hilarious comedy.
Newly revealed Main Stage highlights begin with a magical mystery tour, courtesy of highly-acclaimed choreographer, Mark Morris and Pepperland. Spirit of Bollywood is a celebration of the glitz and glamour of Indian cinema.
A new stage adaptation of much-loved children’s book and TV series The Worst Witch takes to the stage along with the return of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a new production of crowd favourite Grease and acclaimed family musical, Doctor Dolittle, returns to the stage.
Birmingham Hippodrome will also present its first co-production with Leicester Curve, with The Color Purple, a moving new production based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the classic hit movie and the Tony Award-winning production on Broadway.
Away from the Main Stage, the Patrick Studio continues to present a season of family-friendly shows, daring dance spectacle and plays which aim to challenge, question and raise debate. Fiona Allan, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome, said:
“Returning to our stage this year, almost exactly to the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War One, is the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse. The production will be the anchor around which we have programmed a number of commemorative experiences, inviting audiences to a number of free special events and happenings.
"On 11 November itself, we will present Homecomings – a free series of poignant performances at New Street Station and throughout October, visitors to the Hippodrome can try the virtual reality experience Empire Soldiers, a unique contemporary way of experiencing stories from our past.
"A sure sign of Christmas coming around again is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker followed by all the swashbuckling adventure, magic and fairy dust of our panto, Peter Pan. For smaller children, our Christmas offer Emily Brown and the Thing, in the intimate setting of the Patrick Studio, is a wonderful musical adventure for the whole family.
“One of the highlights of our 120th birthday year will surely be Birmingham Hippodrome’s first major co-production of a musical, The Color Purple. I’m sure that this new production of the moving musical will be one of the season’s must-see shows."
There’s even more to explore and enjoy now at the Hippodrome, with the building being open from 10am between Monday and Saturday. You can visit the new coffee bar on level 2 and check out the visual arts spaces, eat in the Circle Restaurant or see a free performance or two on alternate Fridays.
For more information, or to book tickets, you can visit the theatre in person or head online to birminghamhippodrome.com.