Birmingham Hippodrome braves curse to launch 2015 blockbuster season

Shrek (London cast). Photo Helen Maybanks
Shrek (London cast). Photo Helen Maybanks

Birmingham Hippodrome’s new season has been announced and the theatre has named NEXT year’s panto before we’ve even faced this year’s turkey dinner.

Christmas at Birmingham Hippodrome is always a festive delight for all the family.

This year there’s Jack and the Beanstalk starring ‘Loose Woman’ Jane McDonald, Blue’s Duncan James, Chris Gascoyne from Coronation Street, plus the return of last year’s comedy trio Gary Wilmot, Paul Zerdin, and Matt Slack, and featuring spectacular 3D effects.

Early in the new year, the Hippodrome risks a Victorian curse by staging the supernatural thriller, The Frozen Scream.

Rula Lenska, Christopher Green, Sarah Waters 20140909-IMG_3463_X

The new commission, based on a classic murder-mystery novel, stars stage and screen actress Rula Lenska.

Shrek is set to win hearts when the West End musical visits in March.

Birmingham Royal Ballet enjoy their 25th Anniversary season with a world premiere of new ballet The King Dances.

And, for ballet fans, Matthew Bourne returns with his award-winning ballet Edward Scissorhands.

2015 with Welsh National Opera includes three new productions. Chorus! stars opera favourite Lesley Garrett; Debussy’s sensuous Pelléas and Mélisande; and Peter Pan.

Further highlights include the return of the Olivier Award-winning smash hit tap dance spectacle Top Hat; the ever popular Dirty Dancing; the National Theatre’s stage play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; and the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!

Gareth Bailey in Dirty Dancing

The summer sees the arrival of the bigtop musical, Barnum, with Birmingham favourite Brian Conley, followed in August by the sensational West End musical The Bodyguard starring X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.

Further ahead, tickets are now on sale for this autumn’s brand new production of Cole Porter’s classic, multi award-winning musical-comedy, Anything Goes starring Shaun Williamson and Kate Anthony.

And fans of Strictly Come Dancing favourite Craig Revel Horwood will find him starring in Annie as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.

Stuart Griffiths, chief executive of Birmingham Hippodrome said:
“The year ahead features a wide variety of world class performances.

“Ballet and opera classics sit alongside exciting new productions from BRB and WNO, and fans of the West End are spoilt for choice as we welcome hit shows including Top Hat, Shrek, Dirty Dancing, the National Theatre’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Barnum and The Bodyguard.

“We’re also particularly excited to be bringing two very different dramas to our Patrick Centre studio. We present The Frozen Scream, a brand new commission co-written by Christopher Green and award-winning novelist Sarah Waters.

“Later in the year, we welcome the multi-award winning actress Charlie Brooks in Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing.

“Lastly, I’m thrilled to announce that tickets are newly on sale for our 2015/16 pantomime Aladdin. Everyone here looks forward to welcoming new and regular audiences for a great year of thrilling live performances.”

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