Blackwell & Barnt Green Theatre Group
Blackwell & Barnt Green Theatre Group has been in existence for over 40 years and only of late has any vacancies for new members.
The group makes five or six visits a year, usually to Malvern or Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Membership includes reduced ticket fees and coach travel to the selected venue from the crossroads at Blackwell Post Office.
More details on 0791 273 3226 or 0797 100 7604.
Mr Grimwhip’s Sandwiches: a Post-Truth Courtroom Comedy With Serious Bits
Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents Mr Grimwhip’s Sandwiches: a Post-Truth Courtroom Comedy With Serious Bits, from Thurs May 11 to Sat May 13 in Alvechurch Village Hall.
When poor Clare Swann is apparently murdered by an exploding sandwich, suspicion falls on quiet newcomer Oscar Banicki.
Now, he stands accused in a rather unusual court of law, presided over by a decidedly eccentric judge.
Written by Dave Howard and presented through a series of flashbacks combined with scenes set in the court, this is a comedy drama with a difference.
Not only will this show feature an unusual traverse staging, it will also provide the opportunity for some of the audience to act as jurors. Guilty or innocent? You decide!
Three in a Row
The next production by The Rowney Green Players is Three in a Row, which consists of three one-act plays.
The production runs from Nov 24 – 26 at Rowney Green Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. and performances starts at 8pm.
The Good, the Bad and the Panto!
Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents The Good, the Bad and the Panto! at Alvechurch Village Hall from Thurs Nov 24 to Sat Nov 26 at 7.30pm, plus Sat matinee at 2.30pm.
Come along for all the usual panto fun, not to mention the now-legendary panto bags!
The Ghost Train
Rubery Drama Group will perform Arnold Ridley’s play, The Ghost Train, at the Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane, Rubery from October 20–22.
Tickets are £7 (£6 conc) and can be obtained from either 0121 453 8733 or 0121 445 2323. Doors open 7pm, curtain up 7.30pm.
The group meets every Wednesday at the Beacon Church Centre, 7.30 for 7.45pm.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
All & Sundry, the Bromsgrove theatre group, presents Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Artrix on Sep 17 and 18 (7.30pm), and at Redditch’s Palace Theatre on Sep 22, 23 and 24 (7.45pm). Suitable for age 14+.
Remembering Battle of the Somme
An evening to commemorate the Centenary of the Somme will take place at the Beacon Church Centre on Thurs June 30, hosted by Rubery Drama Group as part of the Bromsgrove Festival.
Part of the nationwide commemorations of the Battle of the Somme, the evening includes:
* Excerpts from The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan, performed by Rubery Drama Group
* Music by Rubery Youth Marching Band
* Songs from WWI by Rubery Community Choir
* Act of Commemoration
Oliver! at Artrix
Bromsgrove Operatic Society performs Oliver! The Musical at Artrix from Tues June 14 to Sat June 18, featuring local children.
Youth, vigour and experience come together to provide a great musical treat – a chance to see a modern classic musical on your doorstep!
Evening performances take place at 7.30pm, and there’s a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets from £13–£15 (children £10), available from http://www.artrix.co.uk, the box office on 01527 577330, or pop into Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ.
There’s free parking right by door, and a warm welcome. More info at http://www.bromsgroveoperaticsociety.org.uk
A dramatic night
Alvechurch Dramatic Society holds a New Members’ Night on Tuesday June 21 in Alvechurch Village Hall, from 8pm.
The evening is a great opportunity for anyone who is 18 or over and might be interested in joining the Society to find out more about what the group does and how they might get involved.
Whether you are interested in acting, directing, working backstage, on sound and lighting, with props and wardrobe, or helping out with publicity or front of house, all are welcome.
This informal night will include a chance to read of part of the Society’s forthcoming pantomime.
Blackadder comes to town
All & Sundry, the Bromsgrove amateur theatre company, presents Blackadder at Artrix from June 7–11, directed by Andrew Corcoran and covering three episodes of the popular TV series by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.
Nightly performances at 7.30pm plus 2.30pm matinee on June 11.
Tickets £15 (£13 conc) plus £1.50 booking fee per transaction, available from http://www.artrix.co.uk or the Artrix box office – ring 01527 577330 or call in at School Drive, Bromsgrove B61 1AX.
The Origin of Species
A night of high-quality musical comedy theatre is on offer at St Andrews Parish Centre, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green B45 8NR on Saturday April 16.
The Origin of Species is an uproarious musical-comedy solo show telling of Charles Darwin’s discovery of the secrets of evolution. It’s packed with fascinating facts, terrible puns, brilliant physical comedy and witty original songs about everything from boring barnacles to the perils of marrying your cousin.
Performed by Tangram Theatre (www.tangramtheatre.co.uk), the 70-minute show is suitable for adults and older children (11+). Bar open from 6.45pm and during the interval.
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 (adult) and £8.50 (Senior: 65+ or Junior: 11 to under-18). Family ticket (2 adults + 2 juniors) £34.50.
Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime
Alvechurch Dramatic Society present Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime from Thurs April 21 to Sat April 23 in Alvechurch Village Hall, with all performances at 7.30pm.
In the comedy by David Tristram, madcap humour, clever wordplay and general silliness abound as Drake and the hapless Sergeant Plod attempt to unravel a plot with more twists in it than, well, a really twisty thing.
Evening with prize-winning poet
Art & Literature
WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Elaine Feinstein, prize-winning poet, novelist and translator and biographer of Pushkin and Ted Hughes, at Artrix’s Studio on Sun April 24 at 7.30pm.
Tickets £15 and are available from Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk, or WORDS on 0121 445 3485.
More info at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Comedy theatre at its best comes to the Lickey Hills when Kevin Tomlinson brings his Kepow Theatre Company’s production, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, to The Trinity Centre, Old Birmingham Road, Lickey on Saturday March 5 at 7.30pm.
Kevin stars in this completely improvised show which will involve the audience in the action right from the start.
The event is organised by Lickey Hills Community Theatre, a joint project between Cofton Hackett and Lickey & Blackwell Parish Councils in conjunction with the Shindig/Live and Local programme of professional live performances held in community venues across Worcestershire.
Tickets cost £10 (standard), £9 (over 60) and £8 (under 16) and are available on 0121 447 7455 or 0121 445 2607 (Cofton Hackett) or 0121 445 2802 (Lickey & Blackwell).
Hilarious story of five women
Rowney Green Players present Curtain Up by Peter Quilter – an hilarious story of five women who are drawn together by a shared inheritance, with laughs aplenty and some poignant moments too.
The play runs from Wednesday April 6 to Saturday April 9 at Rowney Green Village Hall, with performances starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets £8 (£7.50 concessions) from Sue on 0121 445 1562.
Farcical tale of money trouble
Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents Tons of Money, a farce by Will Evans and Valentine, at Alvechurch Village Hall from Thurs Nov 26 to Sat Nov 28.
Tons of Money is the precursor to the famous Aldwych farces; first performed at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1922, it was adapted and updated by Alan Ayckbourn in 1986.
It’s the hilarious story of Aubrey, a debt-ridden inventor who inherits a fortune, which is to revert on his death to his cousin George.
However, Aubrey and his wife realise that the money is destined to end up in the hands of his creditors. As Cousin George is thought to have died abroad, they have the brilliant idea of Aubrey “dying” so that he can resurrect himself as his cousin and avoid paying his debts.
Needless to say things do not go quite as planned, with complications including a dotty aunt, scheming servants, an amorous widow and at least two unexpected visitors.
All performances take place at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 (£6 conc), available from Alvechurch Post Office or by phoning 07984 570763.
All & Sundry’s family panto
Bromsgrove theatre group All & Sundry presents Dick Whittington, a traditional family pantomime with lots of fun, laughter and audience participation, at Bromsgrove’s Artrix.
Directed by Alison Berrisford and featuring the Stage Door Dance Academy, the panto is on from Dec 13–15 and 17–20; evening performances 7pm, matinees 2pm (Sat and both Sundays).
Tickets start at £14 (£13 conc); family tickets and block bookings available.
Tickets and more details from http://www.artrix.co.uk, on 01527 577330 or in person at Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ.
Of Mice and Men
Bromsgrove theatre group All & Sundry presents Of Mice and Men at the Palace Theatre in Redditch from Tues Oct 13 to Thurs Oct 15 (Tues 10am & 1pm, Wed 10am & 7.15pm, Thur 1pm & 7.15pm).
Set against the backdrop of the American Great Depression, John Steinbeck’s masterpiece tells the story of two outsiders in search of the American Dream.
George and his simple-minded friend Lennie hatch a plan to leave their life of poverty behind and make a fresh start, but trigger a tragic chain of events.
Tickets £12.75*, £10.75* (conc) & £7 (booking fee N/A) (school rate during 10am & 1pm shows) *inclusive of booking fee 75p per ticket up to a maximum of £3.
Ticket offer: Buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free (not available for student rates). Offer only available for telephone/in person bookings.
To book, call the box office on 01527 65203 or go to http://www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/
Bromsgrove theatre group All & Sundry presents John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow, at the Palace Theatre in Redditch from Sept 24–26.
Taking place in the theatre’s “Room Upstairs”, the story follows the incredible adventures of handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache, as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and devastatingly beautiful women.
This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.
All performances start at 7.45pm. Tickets £10.75* (£9.75* conc) *All tickets subject to 75p booking fee up to a max of £3.
Basil is back!
Bromsgrove theatre group All & Sundry invites you to its next production, the hilarious Fawlty Towers Part 3, which takes place between Wednesday June 23 and Saturday June 28 at Artrix in Bromsgrove.
Just when you thought it was safe to book a hotel room in Torquay, Basil is back with three more hilarious episodes from the brilliant original TV series, presented exactly as scripted!
Still regarded as an iconic classic many years after the original broadcasts and very much loved by all, Basil’s frenetic and eccentric antics along with Sybil, Manuel, Polly and their guests will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter.
All performances commence at 7.30pm with convenient and free parking adjacent to the theatre.
Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01527 577330 or at http://www.artrix.co.uk
Tribute to the Bard
WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, welcomes Michael Pennington to Artrix on Sunday July 19 at 7.30pm with Sweet William, a solo tribute to the Bard.
Pennington is one of our great Shakespearean actors as well as an internationally-renowned director, scholar and writer. Don’t miss his remarkable story!
Play celebrates 100 years of WI
Mikron Theatre Company presents Raising Agents: 100 Years of the Women’s Institute on Weds May 27 at the Trinity Centre (Lickey Village Hall) at 7.30pm.
Rubery Drama Group presents Outside Edge
Rubery Drama Group presents the play Outside Edge by Richard Harris from Thurs April 30 to Sat May 2, at the Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane, Rubery.
The play concerns an amateur team’s cricket match on a summer’s day in the early 1980s. Roger, the captain, has enough trouble assembling a team to play against British Railways Maintenance Division Yeading East, but these complications pall before those occurring among the team’s various wives and girlfriends.
Even Roger’s wife, champion tea-maker Miriam, rebels against his authority and uncovers his unfortunate peccadillo in Dorking.
Tickets are available from 0121 453 8733 or 0121 445 2323 and are £6 (£5.50 conc).
The group usually meets every Wednesday, 7.30 for 7.45pm, at the same venue.
Ladykillers take to stage
Bromsgrove amateur theatre group All & Sundry presents The Ladykillers, adapted by Graham Lineham for the stage from the film of the same name, at Redditch’s Palace Theatre from March 18–21.
The Ladykillers is a black comedy surrounding Mrs Wilberforce, who likes to report suspicious behaviour to the police. Unaware of her reputation, dapper thief Professor Marcus rents rooms in the elderly widow’s home for himself and his band of cohorts.
Posing as a string quintet, the thieves pull off a bank robbery but slip up in front of the old woman as they try to escape. Agreed that they need to murder her, the bumbling crooks end up double-crossing each other and slowly killing themselves off!
Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets £12.25 (£11.25 concessions) are available from the box office or at http://www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk
Rowney Green Players present Holiday Snap on November 19, 20, 21 and 22, all at 7.30pm in Rowney Green Village Hall.
The play is set in a Portuguese time-share villa that has been double-booked.
Mistaken identity and a whiff of illicit affairs amongst the sun, sea and sand combine to create a funny and entertaining farce. The shenanigans will have you laughing throughout.
Tickets £8 or £7.50 (conc) – enquiries to Sue Walker on 07977 254519 or 0121 445 1562.
Summer of fun for youngsters at Artrix
Children & Families
Bromsgrove’s Artrix is offering plenty to do during the holidays with its Summer Family Fun Festival for youngsters aged four to 18.
There are two full-week Stage Schools for young performers, during which they will devise and rehearse a show to perform. Rock School is from July 28 to August 1, and Magic of Musicals is August 11–15. If you book the first Stage School, you can get the second one half price.
Children aged 6-11 can join Club Creative, a lively holiday club between Aug 4 and 8. There will be Sweetie Day, Jungle Day, Wonderland Day, Adventure Abroad Day and Time Machine Day and children can come for a day or the full week! Support with fees is available – please contact the venue for more details.
There are also Family Fun Fridays on August 1, 8 and 15 between 10.30am and 3pm. Bring a picnic and drop in for free craft activities, a free bouncy castle, face painting and different free events and performances each week. On Friday Aug 8, 2Faced Dance will perform on the patio.
There are lots of workshops to try out, from paper craft and pottery, urban dance and free running to graffiti art, DJ-ing, textiles and junk instrument making. Young performers can show off in the free Talent Show from 2.30–3.30pm on Friday Aug 15 – just call 01527 577330 to book your slot!
On August 1 at 2.30pm, StoryBox Theatre present their delightful puppet show The Steadfast Tin Soldier whilst “Hugless Douglas”, a bear in need of a hug, visits with Blunderbus Theatre at 2pm on August 8.
Films for a younger audience this summer include Maleficent, Legends of Oz, Postman Pat: The Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Certain screenings are specifically accessible to disabled or special needs audiences.
Full details of all these events and activities can be found on the Artrix website: www.artrix.co.uk and by calling the Box Office on 01527 577330.
Play commemorates First World War
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Rubery Drama Group will perform Peter Whelan’s play The Accrington Pals from Weds April 30 to Sat May 3, at The Beacon Church Centre in Rubery.
The Weds performance is an extra to the usual three-night run and proceeds will go to various charities.
The play tells of the pals’ battalion recruitment in 1914 and its subsequent near-destruction at the Somme on July 1, 1916 – and how their wives, sweethearts, families and friends coped at this time.
It is directed by Rev Ian Ring, a drama group member, minister of the Beacon Church and manager of the Community for Reconciliation retreat house at Barnes Close, Bromsgrove.
Several Rubery men who fell in the conflict are remembered on the church’s pulpit, including a great-uncle of a drama group member.
This promises to be an evening of both laughter and tears as everyone remembers not only those who lost their lives but also the fortitude and courage of the women left behind.
Performances start at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets from group members or on 0121 453 8733 (Dave and Kay) or 0121 445 2323 (Bob and Angela).
Comedy in Rowney Green
Rowney Green Players will perform the comedy Holiday Snap at Rowney Green Village Hall on Wed April 23, Fri April 25 and Sat April 26.
All shows start 7.30pm. Interval refreshments. Tickets £7.50/£7, available on 0121 445 1562.
Further info at http://www.rowneygreenplayers.co.uk
Opera company revives classic musical
Tinkers Farm Opera will perform exotic musical Kismet at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham from Tues May 6 to Sat May 10.
Kismet was a sensation on Broadway and London’s West End in the mid-50s and but more recently has been neglected.
TFO decided that the musical with hits like This is My Beloved, Stranger in Paradise and Baubles, Bangles and Beads, set to Borodin’s fabulous music, should be revived without further delay.
The company has a top class line-up of principals, an enthusiastic chorus and dancers from the Woodland School of Dance and Halesowen College dance department. With exotic sets and colourful middle-Eastern costumes, the show promises to provide a spectacular evening’s entertainment.
Kismet is directed by Janet Phillips who, in recent years, has produced much acclaimed works like Carmen, The Grand Duke and Night in Venice while the musical direction is under the baton of distinguished Latvian conductor Edgars Cuzinskis.
The Vicar of Dibley
All & Sundry, the Bromsgrove theatrical group, presents The Vicar of Dibley at the Palace Theatre, Redditch from March 19 – 22.
More info and bookings via http://www.alland sundry.org
Mother Goose at Artrix
All & Sundry, the Bromsgrove theatrical group, presents its annual pantomime, Mother Goose, at Bromsgrove’s Artrix from Dec 18–22.
Mother Goose is desperate to recover her youthful looks and ends up parting with Priscilla, her beloved Goose, in order to achieve her selfish aims. But, racked with guilt, she decides to put things right and rescue Priscilla from the clutches of Demon Night and his idiot henchmen, Biff and Bash.
Meanwhile Demon Night has kidnapped Jack’s girlfriend Jill and has taken her to his castle. Jack sets out to rescue her, accompanied by Mother Goose and his brother Silly Billy, and in the background is Demon Night’s nemesis Fairy Day.
They eventually catch up with Demon Night in the Cloud Kingdom of King and Queen Gander, where he is finally defeated.
Performances start at 7pm with matinees on both the Sat and Sun. Prices start at £13 (concessions and family tickets available), all with free parking!
Tickets are available from the box office on 01527 577320 or online at http://www.artrix.co.uk
More info about the group at http://www.allandsundry.org
Dick Barton Special Agent
Rubery Drama Group presents Dick Barton Special Agent by Phil Willmott on Thurs Oct 24, Fri Oct 25 and Sat Oct 26, at the Beacon Church Centre.
Tickets cost £6 (concessions £5.50), and are available from Bob Sawyer on 0121 445 2323 or Dave Morris on 0121 453 8733.
The group meets every Weds, 7.30 for 7.45pm, at the same venue.
Rowney Green Players mark 90 years
Rowney Green Players, the amateur dramatic society based at Rowney Green Village Hall, are celebrating their 90th anniversary this year.
To commemorate this achievement they are putting on a variety show – All About Tonight – to be performed over three nights in November: Saturday 23, Friday 29 and Saturday 30.
All performances start at 7.30pm (bar open from 6.45pm), and tickets cost £10.
Rowney Green Players will be donating profits to the West Midlands Central Accident, Resuscitation and Emergency (CARE) Team, headed by local resident Sir Keith Porter.
This is a voluntary organisation of generous doctors and nurses who respond to incidents within the West Midlands area. The team provides specialist immediate care and advanced techniques.
Please come and celebrate with Rowney Green Players, have loads of laughs and help a worthwhile local charity.
The group’s variety shows are legendary and very popular, and All About Tonight will be no exception – so book your tickets for a special night of cheeky comedy and live music.
For tickets call 0121 445 1562 or 0121 447 7209, or visit http://www.rowneygreenplayers.co.uk
All & Sundry’s city performance
All & Sundry, the Bromsgrove theatrical group, presents Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan, from Sept 24–28 at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham.
More details at http://www.allandsundry.org
Alice in Wonderland
Small&sundry, the youth division of Bromsgrove theatre group All & Sundry, presents an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland on July 6 and 7 at Rowney Green Peace Hall.
For further information call 0121 445 4065 or visit www.allandsundry.org
Are You Being Served?
All & Sundry, the Bromsgrove theatrical group, presents Are You Being Served? on June 20 at Rowney Green Peace Hall and June 25–29 at Artrix, Bromsgrove.
More details at http://www.allandsundry.org
Facing the Music
Part of Bromsgrove Festival, Facing the Music takes place on Friday May 3 at Artrix at 7.45pm.
Starring Patricia Routledge in conversation with Edward Seckersen.
Patricia speaks on her life in musical theatre on both sides of the Atlantic. She is better known as an actress but was also trained as a singer, and the evening is illustrated with rare recordings.
Bookings may be made by post to Bromsgrove Festival Office, The Oaks, Rowney Green, Alvechurch B48 7QR, via answer phone to 07824 859572
Messages can also be left on answer phone on 01527 876504
Tickets are available at the Artrix box office either in person, by telephone (01527 577330) or at http://www.artrix.co.uk
Patrons and subscribers will be given priority
Further details may be found at http://www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk
For further information call 01527 878326
Have a Wilde time with Dramatic Society
Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde at Alvechurch Village Hall on April 25, 26 and 27, all at 7.30pm.
For the first time in the group’s 65-year history, they will perform Wilde’s classic ‘trivial comedy for serious people’.
“How we’ve managed to miss out on this comedy masterpiece for all these years is anyone’s guess, but we’re happy to be rectifying the situation!” says Chris Davies.
The play follows the misadventures of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who must deal with the Gorgon that is Lady Bracknell as they court their sweethearts Gwendolen and Cecily, both of whom seem to think they are engaged to someone named Ernest…
“The first act is ingenious, the second beautiful, the third abominably clever”, said Wilde himself with characteristic modesty.
Featuring all of his famous wit, farcical comedy and sparkling dialogue – plus some cucumber sandwiches and a very well known handbag – the show has deservedly won its place among the classics!
Tickets £6 (£5 conc), available from Alvechurch Post Office, The Joshua Tree, or on 0121 447 7071.
Astwood Bank Operatic Society presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers at the Palace Theatre, Redditch, from Tues March 5 to Sat March 9 (7.30pm nightly plus a 2.30pm Sat matinee).
The show is directed by Steve Skinner with Tom Porter as musical director. The talented cast includes David Steele as Marco, Ian Walton as Giuseppe, Michael Hawkins as Don Alhambra and Melanie Hart as the Duchess.
ABOS also welcomes back Janna Mutton (as Giannetta), Helen Hastings (Casilda) and Mandy Goddard (Tessa), plus newcomer David Coulson as the Duke.
The Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Torp come to Venice in search of the heir to the throne of Barataria, inconveniently mislaid at birth but betrothed to their daughter.
Two candidates are gondoliers, by nature republicans, but far more interested in parties than politics and already just married! It needs the help of an old nursemaid to untangle the knots.
Dance a Cachuca, Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes and When a Merry Maiden Marries are just some of the popular songs in this operetta.
The Gondoliers will be the best in theatrical entertainment with orchestra, full chorus, costumes scenery and wonderful music– not to be missed!
Tickets £13 (£12 conc) from 01527 63319 or the box office on 01527 65203.
Tale of the Red Dragon
M.A.D.S present The Tale of the Red Dragon, a pantomime, at Mappleborough Green Village Hall on Dec 7 and 8.
Doors open 7pm, show begins 7.30.
Tickets from John Crumpton on 01527 528626 (concessions for families and children).
Bar and free parking.
A Night in Venice
Tinkers Farm Opera presents an updated version of Johann Strauss’ A Night in Venice at Birmingham’s Crescent Theatre from Tues Oct 30 to Sat Nov 3.
This forgotten gem is full of favourite Strauss tunes, including the Radetsky March, Thunder and Lightning Polka, and Roses from the South, and abounds in waltzes, marches and chorus scenes punctuated with humour.
The original plot has been updated to modern-day Italy, with a Prime Minister holding one of his notorious parties during Venice’s famous Carnival… satirising the Berlusconi regime, it involves mistaken identity, seduction and scandal.
Tinkers Farm Opera will have a strong cast including two professional performers – Richard Lloyd-Owen and John Clay – with known Birmingham performers Rose Rowley, Susan Bushby, Diane Geater, Julian Bissell and Geoff Evans. The production team is made up of director Janet Phillips and musical director Peter Bushby.
Tickets cost £14 (£12 concessions) and £7 for children throughout the week. To book, call 01384 373670 or 0121 643 5858, or visit http://www.crescent-theatre.co.uk
Annie Get Your Gun
Bromsgrove Operatic Society proudly presents Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun at Artrix (Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ) from May 14–19.
This magnificent Broadway show is based on a captivating true story. Annie Oakley, an outspoken, happy country girl and sharpshooter, becomes the star of a Wild West show, falling for Rifleman Frank Butler in the process.
The production promises to be a spectacle full of colour and vibrancy, enhanced by music from one of the incomparable Irving Berlin’s most memorable scores, including Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly, The Girl That I Marry, You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun, They Say It’s Wonderful, My Defences Are Down, Anything You Can Do and There’s No Business Like Show Business.
An exhilarating show for the whole family. Tickets £12 (Mon), £13 (Tues-Wed), £14 (Thurs-Sat) available from http://www.artrix-tickets.co.uk or the box office on 01527 577330.
Whitehall farce promises lots of laughs
Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents Look No Hans, the hilarious Whitehall farce by John Chapman and Michael Pertwee, from April 26–28 in Alvechurch Village Hall.
Set in Berlin in the 1960s, the play introduces the inept Peter Fisher who runs a British car dealership trying to sell cars to the Germans.
Cadwallader, a British Security agent, wishes to use Peter’s flat for a top secret operation – but Fisher’s wife, girlfriend and a visiting stripper add to the confusion. Will anyone lose their trousers before the curtains close?
Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6 (£5 concessions) and are available from the Post Office or The Joshua Tree in Alvechurch, or by calling 0121 447 7071.
Let them entertain you
Rowney Green Players present variety show Let Us Entertain You at Rowney Green Village Hall at 7.30pm on April 27 and 28.
With cabaret-style seating and a bar, the evening builds on the sell-out success of last year’s event. A combination of well-known and original comedy sketches with some songs thrown in, all washed down with a drink or two, will give you and your friends a memorable evening of laughter.
Dragon’s Den and Countdown are just two of the popular TV programmes that receive a comedy makeover from the Players.
Tickets £8 (no concessions) on 0121 445 1562. Bar open from 6.45pm.
Rubery Drama Group, celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year, presents Pools Paradise, a farce by Philip King, at the Beacon Church Centre on Whetty Lane on April 26, 27 and 28.
This is the group’s 116th production and was last performed by them in 1965 – four members of the original cast are still active in the group.
Set in the mid-60s, it concerns the vicar of a village church who disapproves of gambling, but his wife looks set to share in a large football pools win…
Performances start at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) and tickets are available on the door or in advance by calling 0121 445 2323.
The group meets every Weds, 7.30 for 7.45pm, at Beacon Church Centre.
Top dance production at Artrix
Earthfall Dance bring their award-winning production of At Swim Two Boys to Artrix on March 15 at 8pm.
The play, staged entirely in water and set against the backdrop of the Easter Rising in Ireland, coincides with the 10th anniversary of the source novel by Jamie O’Neill.
In addition, Earthfall will be running an evening workshop for beginners age 16+ or those with some movement experience in the studio on March 8, 5.30–7pm.
There is a special combined price of £20 (£17 conc) for the workshop and the performance. Tickets cost £14 (£12) for the performance only, or £10 for the workshop only.
To book, visit http://www.artrix.co.uk or call 01527 577330.
Mappleborough Green Amateur Dramatic Society (M.A.D.S) presents its second performance of The Scatterbrained Scarecrow of Oz at Tanworth-in-Arden Village Hall from Feb 16–18.
Tickets cost £3.50 for children and £7 for adults, and are available from John Pearson on 01564 742726.
Pirates at the Palace
Astwood Bank Operatic Society will perform the hilarious Broadway version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at the Palace Theatre in Redditch from March 6–10.
This version combines the words and lyrics of the original with exciting new musical arrangements and completely over-the-top characters. And as 2012 is a leap year, this is the most appropriate of shows as the leap year theme is very much to the fore.
Performances will take place at 7.30pm, plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50 for evening performances and £11 for the matinee, and are available from the Society’s hotline: 01527 546569 (until Feb 19) and the theatre box office: 01527 65203.
So whether you are a seasoned Gilbert & Sullivan fan or just love musical comedy, don’t miss this wonderfully colourful production with a full orchestra, costumed characters, scenery and vibrant singing – guaranteed fun for all the family.
Arsenic & Old Lace
All & Sundry presents farcical black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace at the Palace Theatre in Redditch from March 28–31 (suitable for age 12+).
Evening performances 7.30pm; Sat matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £11/£10 (Tues, Weds,Thurs eve and Sat mat) or £12/£11 (Fri and Sat eve). Buy one get one free on Weds and matinee.
Tickets from the Palace box office on 01527 65203; more info at http://www.allandsundry.org
Begin your Christmas with a visit to Oz
Mappleborough Green Amateur Dramatic Society (M.A.D.S) presents The Scatterbrained Scarecrow of Oz on December 1, 2 and 3 at Mappleborough Green Village Hall (B80 7BT).
In this sequel to The Wizard of Oz, by Alfred Bradley, Dorothy and Toto return to Oz to help Queen Scarecrow find her brains which have been stolen by the Wicked Witch. Assisted by her old friends the Tinman and the Lion, she travels to the Witch’s castle, overcoming many hazards on the way and meeting many new characters on the journey.
This wonderful play for children of all ages involves music and special effects.The production is directed by Robert Wilkes with Charlotte Fitohelt, Margaret Lee, John Perrins and Jules Caulwell and Mary Field in principal roles.
The Thursday performance will begin early – at 7pm – to accommodate youngsters, with the Friday and Saturday shows taking place at 7.30pm. There will be a bar on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets cost £7 for adults (all days) and £3.50 for children on Fri and Sat, while children’s tickets are £3 on Thurs. Group tickets are available for Thurs only, costing £30 based on 10 children and 1 adult.
For tickets contact John Crumpton on 01527 528626, or buy on the door – and begin your Christmas with a visit to the magical time!
Hilarious spoof of murder mystery genre
Alvechurch Dramatic Society will perform Murdered to Death, by Peter Gordon, at the end of November. This hilarious spoof of the Agatha Christie genre is set in a country manor house in the 1930s, with an assembled cast of characters guaranteed to delight.
The play introduces the inept and bungling Inspector Pratt, who battles against the odds and his own incompetence to solve the murder of the house’s owner.
It soon becomes clear that the murderer isn’t finished yet, but will the miscreant be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom, or will the audience die laughing first?
The play runs from Thurs Nov 24 to Sat Nov 26 in Alvechurch Village Hall, with all performances at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £6 (£5 concessions) from Alvechurch Post Office or The Joshua Tree in Alvechurch or by calling 0121 447 7071.
Week of Disney-themed activities
Local theatre school The Star Project is offering a fabulous week of fun for children during half-term this autumn – a Disney Performance and Activity Week!
Running from Monday October 24 to Friday October 28 at the Barnt Green Parish Centre, the programme is open to children aged from four to 12 years old and of all abilities.
Participants will explore the world of Disney in a fun-filled week of games, activities and musical theatre, leading to a Cabaret performance for parents and families on the Friday evening.
The activities include learning Disney songs and dances, arts and crafts such as “make your own Disney character”, a fashion show, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and a Neverland Treasure Hunt.
Sessions run from 10am–3pm daily except Friday, when it’s 12noon–6pm. The cost is just £99 per child, and places are limited so make sure you book now to avoid disappointment!
Half term fun
The Lounge in Alvechurch has organised a special half term event on Weds Oct 26, taking place at the Baptist Church Hall.
From 10am–4pm, youngsters aged 11–15 can take part in a Drama Workshop with Jestaminute Community Theatre, at a cost of just £5 per child.
Please call 0121 445 5512 for more information or to book a place (limited availability).
Chase Me, Comrade
Rowney Green Players present the Ray Cooney farce Chase Me, Comrade at Redditch’s Palace Theatre, from Weds Oct 19 - Sat Oct 22 (all performances 7.30pm)
The year is 1964. A Russian male ballet dancer has defected to the west and has hot-footed it from performing Swan Lake with beautiful dancer Alicia to hide with her friends in the country.
Complications set in at once: the house where he is concealed belongs to a naval commander whose duty it would be to hand him over to the authorities. So the commander’s daughter Nancy and her fiancé get involved in a hilarious game of hide and seek in which everybody is pretending to be everybody else.
This play is a delicious, crazy farce so come and feast on a riot of fun – you won’t be disappointed. Tickets £11.50/£10.50 from the box office on 01527 66203.
Cat on the Fiddle
Mappleborough Green Amateur Dramatic Society (MADS) present Cat on the Fiddle at Mappleborough Green Village Hall (B80 7BT) on July 8 and 9 at 7.30pm.
This very funny farce is the story of a young newlywed couple who get involved with a jewel theft and Italian gangsters. When the husband invites his Italian pen friend to visit, “Mario” turns out to be “Maria” – causing all kinds of problems.
Tickets £7 (children half-price) on 01527 528626. MADS can assure you of an evening of laughter and fun!
Rubery Drama Group
Rubery Drama Group meets every Wednesday, 7.30 for 7.45pm, at Beacon Church Centre in Rubery.
Further details on 0121 445 2323.
Nights at the Opera
Welsh National Opera presents two very different tales of passion at Birmingham Hippodrome from June 8–11.
Turandot is on Jun 8 and 10, as WNO’s Music Director Lothar Koenigs conducts a spectacular production of Puccini’s final opera. Set in the 20th century, this interpretation creates a portrait of a society where those who fail in their quest for love pay with their lives.
Così fan tutte is on Jun 9 and 11, as director Benjamin Davis invites the audience to pack up their buckets and spades and head off to the 1950s British seaside in his first new production for the Company.
All performances 7.15pm. Tickets from £15, available on 0844 338 5000 or at http://www.birminghamhippodrometickets.com
The Fairies are landing!
Bromsgrove Operatic Society, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s fanciful comedy Iolanthe at Artrix from Mon May 9 to Sat May 14.
Tickets £9 Mon, £11 Tues, Wed & Thurs, and £13 Fri and Sat. Book on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix-tIckets.co.uk
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