If you've seen recently on the blog you'll see that I shared with you some of the best Whats On in Leicester Summer 2017 as well as Derby Theatre's Autumn Season 2017 but there's also some pretty incredible stuff coming up in other cities in the Midlands, including Birmingham. 

Birmingham's art scene is thriving at the moment, with some of the best productions heading to some of their theatre's to sell out performances it'd be no surprise that I was pretty excited about writing up some of my favourites with you. 

BE Festival
Tues 4 - Sat 8 Jul, The REP, Birmingham 

This 4 day festival BE Festival takes place at The REP in Birmingham is a cross-pollinating and boundary smashing explosion of theatre, dance, circus, comedy, music, visual and performing arts that will take over The REP. Having already had a look at their 2017 programme it's set to be amazing with an opportunity every night to include an interval dinner that takes place on the main stage and after the main house performance there will be what is known as the 'BE Late'. This is an opportunity to see a selection of some great International and UK bands and DJs taking the festival into the wee hours of the morning. I'm excited to get involved within this festival and see what it has to offer, having not heard of it before! 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Tues 4 - Sat 8 Jul, Birmingham Hippodrome 

This drama is The National Theatre's internationally acclaimed production of The Curious of the Dog in the Night-Time, with 7 Olivier and 5 Tony Awards to their name it's not one to miss when it returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome this July. The story brings to life the best-selling novel from Mark Haddon . The story focuses on a fifteen year old named Christoper who has an extraordinary brain - exceptional at maths whilst ill-equipped to be able to interpret everyday life.

He has never ventured alone beyond the comforts of his home and the end of his road, he dislikes being touched and doesn't trust strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog, it takes him on a journey that will upturn his world for the first time.
Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
Wed 19 - Sat 22 Jul, Birmingham Hippodrome

The gorgeous production of The Red Shoes is making a return to Birmingham Hippodrome after a successful, sold out run at the theatre in February. The production has been a smash-hit during it's UK Tour, captivating the legendary Powell and Pressburger film with an added dose of Matthew Bourne to make it visually gorgeous!  The piece itself is very captivating, full of gorgeous dance technique and if your a big fan of watching live Dance then this is something not to be missed. 

Miss Saigon UK Tour
Weds 26 Jul - Sat 23 Sep, Birmingham Hippodrome 

If you don't get time to catch this when it's at the Curve Theatre in Leicester then you can always head on over to Birmingham Hippodrome who will be taking the musical for a considerable chunk of their Summer programme. If you don't know already the musical directed by Cameron Mackintosh was a smash hit in the West End and has won many awards, including 9 at the Whatsonstage Awards 2015. It's the one tour production that a lot of people are talking about! 

The epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, who was orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris. Their lives are being torn apart by the fall of Saigon. It contains some of the most powerful music and is really worth seeing how they bring such a smash hit to life in a touring production. 

Son of a Preacher Man
Tue 12 - Sat 16 Sep, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

This brand new musical will be heading to Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre during September with a nod to the greatest hits of Duty Springfield. Preacher Man is the swinging Soho joint where the kids used to dance the night away whilst the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts. That was however a long time ago and now all that remains are memories, the stories and myths until now. Three random strangers who are generations apart but all in a help with their hopeless love lies, are drawn to the site of the original venue. With a cast consisting of stars like Diana Vickers and Debra Stephenson, as well as choreography from Craig Revel Horwood i'd be excited to see how this one is performed! 

Birmingham  Weekender
Fri 22 - Sun 24 Sept, Birmingham City Centre

If your looking for something to get all of the family involved and see some incredible work that will bring Birmingham to live then get involved with the Birmingham Weekender, a free weekend festival coming to Birmingham City Centre. It's a great opportunity to see some of the major arts organisations set in the city's independent scene, plus invited international artists too! There's going to be lots of free performances, music, street theatre and plenty of opportunities for the whole family to join in. As the night dawns, the atmosphere will change into a drumming spectacular, late-night dance party and light show.

Bring It On The Musical 
Mon 25 - Sat 30 Sep, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

This Broadway Tony Award nominated production of the hit film, Bring It On is embarking on it's European premiere and first ever UK tour! The story will drive you straight into the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading meets high school politics and teenage romance. It's written by Musical genius Lin-Manuel Miranda whose had many successes in his productions, especially Hamilton so this exciting score, explosive choreography and breathtaking athleticism is going to be one to watch at the end of September! I loved this film growing up so I'm extremely excited in seeing it come to life on stage!

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Penguin Cafe Mixed Programme 
Wed 27 - Sat 30 Sep, Birmingham Hippodrome

Sometimes it's really good to try out something new at the theatre and watching more Ballet productions are that for me, Birmingham Royal Ballet are some of my favourites to watch! This mixed programme brings 3 performances together, Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto, MacMillan''s Elite Syncopations and the Penguin Cafe. There's a real sense of play with different dynamics through the mixed bill and I'm excited to see what it has to offer. The programme will feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia too! 

ZooNation's Groove On Down The Road 
Wed 27 - Fri 29 Sep, Birmingham Hippodrome

The UK's leading Hip-hop dance company ZooNation will re-imagine and present the well-loved story of The Wizard of Oz in this exciting dance production. They will set the story in a fantastical urban world, ZooNation's Groove On Down The Road will retell the story of Dorothy and her adventures with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on their journey to Oz, complete with ruby sneakers! This unique product will see the company creatives working alongside a select group of local young people from Wolverhampton and Birmingham, showcasing some great young talent amongst the local city. 

You can book your tickets and find out more about these shows and more through the individual venue's websites;

thanks for reading,