The newly announced season at Birmingham Hippodrome includes West End musical, the best in international opera and ballet, a brand new commission for the festive season, plus, arguably, the world’s biggest pantomime with an all-star cast.
New productions now on sale include: The Frozen Scream, a chilling tale in the Patrick Centre studio co-written by the Olivier Award-winning Christopher Green and one of the UK’s best-selling novelists Sarah Waters.
There is the return of Top Hat; the spectacular Dinosaur Zoo; Edward Scissorhands; Shrek the Musical; the return of the internationally acclaimed Canadian circus theatre company Cirque Éloize; the ever popular heart-pounding Dirty Dancing; the National Theatre’s astounding stage play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; the original feel-good musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!; and the sensational West End musical The Bodyguard.
Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome said: “Our 2014/15 autumn/winter season provides theatre-goers of all ages with another varied season of world class musicals, dance, opera and ballet.
“We are particularly delighted to be celebrating Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 25th Anniversary with a re-creation by award-winning choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne of the ground-breaking Miracle in the Gorbals, and the return of their Christmas favourite The Nutcracker.
“Opportunities to stage the entire Ring Cycle, Wagner’s famed operatic quest, are rare indeed.
“So to have maestro Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Opera here for four nights in November – their only UK dates for the cycle – is a major coup for the city.
“Following the recent success of both War Horse and One Man Two Guvnors, we’re delighted to continue our strong relationship with the National Theatre who bring us their award-winning stage play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
“It’s also a welcome return from the award-winning producers of High Society and Fiddler on the Roof who tour their latest production of the musical classic Oklahoma!
“This season we’re delighted to present two new experiences. We’re excited to be working with Wales Millennium Centre to bring new audiences The Frozen Scream, a major commission for the new year period in our Patrick Centre studio.
“And About Town sees us working with Ikon in their 50th anniversary year for the first time to present video art by major artists in various locations in urban spaces across our Southside neighbourhood.
“Nearly a quarter of our ticket-buying patrons are helping to fund these Hippodrome Plus projects through small donations with their ticket purchases – we’re hugely grateful for this important support.
“Finally we are proud of our long-standing relationship with top West End producer Michael Harrison who, this season, brings to Birmingham three outstanding productions: Barnum starring Brian Conley (with Sir Cameron Mackintosh); the acclaimed West End musical The Bodyguard; and the world’s biggest pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk which he also directs.”
Other highlights include Blood Brothers starring Maureen Nolan; the exhilarating Brazilian Dance company Grupo Corpo and the magical Slava’s Snowshow.
This year’s panto is Jack and the Beanstalk with an all-star cast featuring Jane McDonald, Duncan James and Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne.