Theatre is back, and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited. Being in a theatre is one of my favourite places in the world, mainly because it enables me two switch my mind off for a couple of hours and immerse myself within an incredible story; it’s escapism in its purest form.
And while there may only be four months left of the year – I know, it’s flown by – there are still an array of fantastic shows coming to some of the region’s biggest theatres. From award-winning musicals to family fun pantos, here are 18 of the biggest shows I recommend you catch before they’re gone!
*Featured image credit Tristam Kenton
Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Birmingham Hippodrome | August 30 – September 4
Grab your glitter, wigs and heals, Priscilla Queen is strutting its way onto the stage Birmingham Hippodrome from August 30 to September 4. With a jam-packed jukebox of hit songs including Hot Stuff, It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive and many more, this sassy and glamorous hit musical will be sure to inject some glitz into your day, whatever the weather. With a star-studded cast, this show would be the perfect reintroduction to the theatre. You can grab tickets and find out more details by clicking here.
SIX | Birmingham Hippodrome | September 14 – 18
With five Olivier Award nominations under its belt, SIX is rapidly making a name for itself as one of the biggest must-see shows. Heading to the Hippodrome this September, SIX follows the story of the six wives of Henry VIII, who each tell their own story of royal heartbreak. But this historical tale is not what you think; packed with girl power, it’s no wonder previous audiences have been losing their heads over this smash-hit musical. You can grab your tickets and find out more information by clicking here.
Heathers | The Alexandra | September 21 – 25
Winner of Best New Musical at the 2019 WhatsOnStage Awards, West End hit musical Heathers is currently travelling up and down the country on its first ever tour, arriving at The Alexandra on September 21 – 25.
A show that’s been on my must-see list since it made its London debut, Heathers follows the story of Veronica Sawyer, a student at Westfield High, who dreams of becoming more than just a nobody. But when she meets the Heathers, her dreams begin to become a reality. Yet when she meets JD, she learns that maybe being a nobody is better than being a somebody. Grab your tickets for Heathers at The Alexandra here.
The Rocky Horror Show | The Alexandra | September 17 – October 2
An absolute cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show is heading back to The Alexandra this September. Starring 2016 Strictly Come Dancing champion, Ore Oduba, Rocky Horror Picture show has amassed a huge following with its rude humour, colourful sets, catchy songs and frankly bonkers storyline.
While it might not be suitable for younger audiences, Richard O’Brien’s is filled with humorous moments that make it one of the most iconic touring shows that you must experience at least once – trust me. You can find out more and grab tickets by clicking here.
School of Rock | Wolverhampton Grand | September 21 – 25
I love this movie, it’s one of my favourites, so I’m excited that the stage adaptation of School of Rock is making its way to Wolverhampton Grand this September.
Yet another smash-hit musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock will make its Midlands premiere next month, with local actor Jake Sharp taking on the leading role as everyone’s favourite fake supply teacher and wanna-be rock God, Dewey Finn. And, having previously performed the role in the West End show, you know you’re in for a treat!
You can catch the Olivier Award-winning show at the Grand from September 21 – 25. Click here to book your tickets now!
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie | Wolverhampton Grand | October 5 – 9
The West End shows just keep on coming this year, as Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is next up on the list. Based on a true story, this feel-good show starring Layton Williams and Shane Richie is heading to Wolverhampton Grand from October 5 – 9.
A true celebration of love, friendship and happiness, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows the story of 16-year-old Jamie, who doesn’t quite in, but know’s he’s destined to be a sensation. With the support of his family and friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice and bullying to enable him to step from the darkness into the spotlight. What are you waiting for? Click here to book your tickets!
Dirty Dancing | The Alexandra | October 12 – 16
Fans of the film won’t want to miss Dirty Dancing when the hit show returns to The Alexandra this October. Telling the classic story of Baby and Johnny, this stage show is packed will all the hits from the movie, plus show-stopping dance routines, a watermelon and that iconic lift. You can find out more and book tickets by clicking here.
Hairspray | Wolverhampton Grand | October 19 – 23
You heard it here first – the smash-hit West End musical, Hairspray, is heading to Wolverhampton Grand this October – it’s also heading to Birmingham Hippodrome September 27 – October 2.
Having broken box office records, you’ll be swung into the 60s, where everyone’s grooving to a new sound. It’s here that we encounter racy Turnblad, who has big hair, a big heart, and big dreams to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Fun-filled and an ultimately feel-good show, Hairspray is packed with colour, an uplifting story and toe-tapping songs that you’ll be singing all the way home. Get your tickets by clicking here.
Chicago | Wolverhampton Grand | October 25 – 30
It’s time to paint the town red, Chicago‘s heading to town – and you won’t want to miss it. With a star-studded cast including Faye Brookes, Sinitta, and star of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Divina De Campo, Chicago is one of the most dazzling shows you’ll ever see on stage.
Returning to the Grand for one week only this October, the multi-award-winning show is filled with glitz, glamour, adultery and heartbreak. Following the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her husband after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid prison, she hires one of the slickest lawyers to make her hit the headlines for all the right reasons.
Featuring hits including Cell Block Tango, All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle, this is a show that you won’t wan to miss. Get your tickets now!
The Play That Goes Wrong | Birmingham Hippodrome | October 26 – October 30
Brought to the stage by the genius Mischief, the hit show, The Play That Goes Wrong is returning to Birmingham Hippodrome for what is sure to be another hilarious run. The Cornley Drama Society is putting on a 1920s murder mystery show, but chances are that the run isn’t going to go as smooth as expected.
Now in its seventh year, The Play That Goes Wrong has been hailed by critics across the globe as one of the funniest shows that’s guaranteed to having you laughing from beginning to end, with the accident-prone cast battling hilarious challenges to make it to the end of their show. Coming to the Hippodrome this October, get your tickets now by clicking here.
Grease | The Alexandra | November 2 – 6
Grease is the word at The Alexandra this November, as the stage version of the hit musical is returning to Birmingham. Step into Rydell High for senior year as Danny and Sandy are surprisingly reunited after a summer romance. Featuring all the hits that you know and love, Grease is at The Alexandra for one week only, so book your tickets now if you don’t want to miss it!
Blood Brothers | Birmingham Hippodrome | November 2 – 30
Willy Russell’s award-winning musical, Blood Brothers, is heading back to Birmingham Hippodrome. With critical acclaim, this musical is one that pulls on the heartstrings as it tells the story of two twin brothers who were separated at birth. Growing up, they lead completely different lives, but when their paths unexpectedly cross, will the truth finally come out the way that their mother hoped.
Blood Brothers runs at the Hippodrome from November 2 – 30. Click here to get tickets.
Bedknobs & Broomsticks | The Alexandra | November 12 – 14
Bringing the magic of Disney to the stage, Bedknobs and Broomsticks the Musical is embarking on a UK tour that’s heading to The Alexandra from November 12 – 14.
Featuring the classic story that we all know and love, plus original songs from the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), the show will also include new material from by Neil Bartram, brought to life in the theatre by Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison. Click here to get tickets now!
Cinderella | Wolverhampton Grand | December 4 – January 9
2020 left us with a big pantomime-filled hole in our lives, so I’m so excited for panto season this year. It all kicks off with Cinderella at Wolverhampton Grand, which runs from December 4 to January 9.
Starring AJ & Curtis Pritchard as Prince Charming and Dandini, CBeebies’ Evie Pickerill as Cinderella and Five Star’s Denise Pearson as the Fairy Godmother, this classic fairytale will come to life on stage, providing a really fun night (or day) out for all of the family to enjoy.
Filled with dazzling choreography, plenty of magic, tickets are on sale now. Just click here to book yours.
Goldilocks and The Three Bears | Birmingham Hippodrome | December 18 – January 30
Birmingham’s pantomime is back, and this year it’s set to be bigger and better that ever before. Goldilocks and the Three Bears will run at the Hippodrome from December 18 – January 30, with a star-studded cast including family favourite, Matt Slack and Jason Donovan, who’s set to make his panto debut at The Evil Ringmaster.
As one of the biggest pantomimes outside of London, audiences members can expect dazzling sets and costumes straight from the London Palladium, as well as show-stopping choreography, plenty of slapstick humour and tones of surprises. The perfect show to round off the year with, tickets are on sale now. Click here to get yours!