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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Must See Shows This Autumn | East Midlands


My diary is currently packed with amazing performances I'm going to be watching until the end of the year across the East&West Midlands Culture and I'm so excited to be immersed in such an exciting time for my blog to be able to experience it all.

I read a similar post recently about shows within another region and I thought it was such a good idea to showcase some of the performances coming up. I really hope by doing this that it will encourage more people to get themselves to these shows too! Being in the theatre is such an exciting and overwhelming experience so I would definitely love to hear that more of you are going to the theatre.

I will leave information of each individual theatre mentioned in this at the bottom of this post if you fancy going ahead and booking some tickets, I know you will be tempted!

Million Dollar Quartet
14-24 Sept, Curve Theatre, Leicester
24-29 Oct, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham


It's pretty exciting when a musical is touring to two venues within your region, leaving plenty of opportunity to go and see it. With the success of it in the West End, Las Vegas and Broadway Million Dollar Quartet is obviously something we should all be seeing. The hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.


Bringing together that legendary night, 4 December 1956 along with a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog and many more. Don't miss your opportunity to discover a true story that made rock'n'roll history (plus I'm sure it'll have you dancing and singing along!)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
23 - 24 Sept, Birmingham Hippodrome


After a 5 year absence from the UK, the amazing dancers of Ailey are back again with incredible work to share. There is a range of different repertoire over the two days, which include some of Ailey's classics as well as new works by some of today's most acclaimed choreographers. On Friday we will experience the movement and music of Cuba with Open Door and sizzling Argentinian tango re-imagined in Piazzolla Caldera. For the Saturday performances, experience the use of hip-hop as a celebration of life in Exodus, find peace, solace and freedom in Four Corners and be swept away in a dreamlike duet in After the Rain Pas de Deux. 

For the finale of all performances, experience the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world, beloved crowd-pleaser Revelations. 

This performance would be perfect for any dance enthusiasts, dance students or teachers or those who wish to experience Dance in all it's glory with this iconic dance company. It's definitely one you wouldn't want to miss!

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
30 Sept - 22 Oct, Derby Theatre, Derby


With Halloween just around the corner there is a definite film that comes to mind, Sweeney Todd. I am so excited that Stephen Sondheim's multi-award-winning musical will be arriving at Derby Theatre in a co-production with Mercury Theatre, Colchester. 

This production takes place in 19th-century London where we are introduced to the successful and prosperous Fleet Street barber, Sweeney Todd. As he welcomes his clients to his barber's chair, little do they know that soon they will be catapulted into a cellar below, their throats cut from his barber blades. Whilst next door, Mrs Lovett is busy serving up her succulent meat pies, but will Sweeney Todd be pulled away from his lust for blood?

This production will most definitely leave you on the edge of your seat and Derby Theatre are also offering behind the scenes opportunities for this production so I would definitely give them a go!

The Importance of Being Earnest
06-29 Oct, Curve Theatre, Leicester

In a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre a fresh, contemporary spin on Oscar Wilde's classic play, The Importance of Being Earnest is making it's way to Curve Theatre's main stage.

We are introduced to Jack Worthing and his best mate Algernon Moncrieff hope to marry the society's most eligible ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Bur the lads' courtship of the woman is far from straight forward. This play is regarded as one of the finest comedies in the English language, and this contemporary feel on the play promises to include Wilde's trademark razor-sharp wit and is a brilliant adventure of the hypocrisies of a society where what we see on the outside is very much different to what lies beneath. Staring BAFTA and Golden Glode nominee Cathy Tyson and local talent Sharan Phull to name a few of their exciting cast this play will give a stylish new look, delightful twists and turns.. as well as a nanny with a dubious story about a handbag! 

Blood Brothers The Musical
10-22 Oct, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham


Blood Brothers is without a doubt one of the most legendary musicals out there. Taking on the story of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with faithful consequences.

This musical has multi awards to it name as well as surpassing 10,000 performances in London's West End. It is one of the three musicals to have ever achieved that milestone so it's clear it's not a performance you should ever miss. With it's emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True it will pull you in all the right directions with this performance. I haven't seen it since college so I really can't wait to see it again and relive such a powerful production all over again. 

BalletBoyz : Life
24-25 Oct, Curve Theatre, Leicester


If your a fan of watching live dance performances then look no further than Curve Theatre who have so much exciting dance coming to their theatre during Autumn and Winter this year! Starting with the wonderful BalletBoyz and their new piece entitled Life. 

Life will be performed by an all-male company of ten incredible dancers and this performance will feature two works by internationally acclaimed choreographers: Rabbit by Pontus Lidberg and Fiction by Javier de Frutos. 
Life is a powerful and provocative look at life and death presented in the inimitable BalletBoyz style. You will not be disappointed by these men talent's! I love their work and they continue to provide work which is inventive, vivid and memorable.

Vamos Cuba! 
01-05 Nov, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham


In collaboration with Sadlers Wells, Birmingham Hippodrome will take you to the vibrant, energetic atmosphere of Cuban life. After the smash-hit dance sensation of Havana Rakatan comes this brand new production, Vamous Cuba! choreographed by acclaimed Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra. 

The show is set within the crazy chaos of Havana airport, where families are parted, lovers reunited, and time flies when you're having fun. Experience the joys and vibrancy of Cuban life with all the passion and humour that embodies the Cuban spirit.

If your a fan of Strictly Come Dancing then you'll love watching the modern dance styles we've come to know through that show, the salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaton with a live band led by Julito Padron, a DJ and a cast of the hottest, energetic dancers that Cuba has to offer!

Akram Khan : Until the Lions 
03-05 Nov, Curve Theatre, Leicester

Following on from a residency back in July 2015 at Curve, award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan will return with his brand new, full-length production, Until the Lions. Using partial adaption of poet Karthika Nair's book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabhrata, an original reworking of the epic Mahabharata, Khan will use Asian traditional dance kathak and contemporary dance styles to tell the tale of Amba. A princess abducted on her wedding and stripped of her honour, who invokes the gods to seek revenge.
Bringing together some of the original dancers from his acclaimed solo DESH, Khan wants to explore the notion and the physical expression of gender through this dance production. This work is set to be one of Khan's most startling and spectacular works to date, he will perform alongside two of his company dancers as well as four musicians.  

James Wilton Dance: Leviathan
12 Nov, Curve Theatre, Leicester


Another dance piece that will be great to see at the Curve Theatre this Autumn is Leviathan by award-winning choreographer James Wilton as he re-imagines Herman Melville's seminal novel, Moby Dick in this new piece. Featuring a cast of 7 dances and Wilton's trademark mixture of athletic dance movement, martial arts, capoeira and partner work, Leviathan will have you on the edge your seat.

Leviathan is Man versus Nature: be careful what you fish for. 


There's so many good performances out there for you to check out as the weather starts to get cooler and the theatre is a perfect evening out. I have used blurbs from the theatre's mentioned websites in the help to form this blog post and include all the best information to hopefully encourage you to see these performances!

Head over to the theatre's Twitter accounts below to hear more about their performances and any offers available to you!


thanks for reading,

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