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Theatre Land Birmingham

Matt Connelly


February 24, 2020
Birmingham is an important cultural centre for theatre in the UK and has been for many years. The tradition started as early as the 1740’s and is still going strong today. In this week’s blog discover current and upcoming Birmingham musicals, plays, operas, pantomimes, stand-up comedy, concerts and more - there’s an introduction to each theatre and a link to their websites for full listings of what’s on right now and in the coming months.

The Alexandra Birmingham

The New Alexandra Theatre, commonly known as the Alex, is onStation Street in the centre of Birmingham. The theatre currently seats 1,371and hosts a busy programme of touring drama, West End shows and stand-upcomedy.

The Alexandra was built in 1901 by William Coutts and throughout its long history, has become home to first class entertainment. In2018, the venue underwent an extensive refurbishment and reverted to its original name, The Alexandra. The theatre is a valuable contributor to culture within Birmingham and the West Midlands, presenting top-class musicals, drama,comedy and more.

New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre

The Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre is located on Hurst Streetin the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham. It is best known as the home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome also hosts a variety of other performances including visiting opera and ballet companies, touring West Endshows, pantomime and drama. Every summer, the Hippodrome usually houses a major West End touring show, in the past staging Starlight Express, Chitty ChittyBang Bang, Cats and Mary Poppins.

Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Hippodrome Theatre
Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Hippodrome Theatre

The Crescent Theatre

The Crescent Theatre is located just off Broad Street inBrindley Place in Birmingham. The Crescent Theatre is a small, amateur theatre and houses The Crescent Theatre Company which began life in Birmingham in 1932.The theatre stages a wide range of drama and music productions from itsin-house team and visiting acting companies. The theatre has a 300+ seat mainhouse, 100+ seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and a spacious bar.

The Town Hall

The Town Hall is Birmingham’s most iconic historic building. For more than 180 years, the Town Hall has been a hub of civic and cultural life in Birmingham. From classical to comedy to rock to pop, it’s now one of the city’s most versatile venues having featured artists such as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and many more.

Interior of Birmingham Town Hall
Interior of Birmingham Town Hall

Blue Orange Theatre - Birmingham

The Blue Orange Theatre is located on Great Hampton Street in Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter. The venue is a thriving independent theatre and was refurbished in 2011. The venue houses a 100 seat theatre space with comfortable seating, a rehearsal studio and a spacious bar.


Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, or The Rep as it is commonly known, is a theatre based on Broad Street in Birmingham, next to The Library of Birmingham. It is the longest-established of Britain's repertory theatre companies. But what is a repertory theatre? A repertory theatre is one that has a resident acting company that keeps a repertory, or selection, of plays that are always ready for performance, often presenting a different one each night of the week, complemented by the preparation and rehearsal of new plays. The original Rep was established in 1913 but moved to its new purpose built location on Broad Street in 1971.

If there’s only one thing you do today – book yourself tickets to one of the excellent productions currently on in the great city of Birmingham.

Matt Connelly

Sales Director of Warm Welcome Homestays - passionate about Birmingham and a long track record of working with students.

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