ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, CATS, Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE and More SEt for Birmingham Hippodrome's 2013-14 Season
Birmingham Hippodrome has announced details of a spectacular new season of outstanding live entertainment. The 2013/14 season features a host of new productions, an outdoor event transforming the Southside district, and the return of a much-loved favourite with priority booking for Hippodrome Friends.
Stuart Griffiths, Birmingham Hippodrome's Chief Executive said: "We are proud to present a programme filled with such a wide range of the highest quality ballet, dance, opera, musicals and drama. New to this season is the brand new production of Fiddler On The Roof starring Paul Michael Glaser; the award-winning Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece Evita starring Marti Pellow; and a new musical based on the massive hit TV series, Happy Days.
"We're delighted to bring you the first preview of International Dance Festival Birmingham which returns next spring for the fourth time. Hippodrome main stage highlights include a new work from Sylvie Guillem; from Argentina, we present M¡longa by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Geneva based Alias Dance Company will perform the hypnotic Sideways Rain; and Hip Hop lovers can also look forward to the ever popular Breakin' Convention. Full festival programming will be announced later this year."
Hippodrome residents Birmingham Royal Ballet return with the popular Still Life at the Penguin Cafe and their Christmas favourite The Nutcracker. Director David Bintley's new production of The Prince of the Pagodas set to Benjamin Britten's only commissioned ballet score received acclaim at its world premiere in Japan in 2011, with spectacular and imaginative costumes by War Horse designer Rae Smith. February sees its first performance in Birmingham.
All of Welsh National Opera's repertoire can be experienced live in Birmingham, and the company returns to the Hippodrome stage for an epic 2013/14 season of world-class performances. Autumn season highlights include Donizetti's rarely-heard The Tudors, an exciting operatic trilogy depicting thrilling political and private incidents from the lives of our Tudor monarchs.
War Horse: Only Remembered, a special concert taking place during the run of The National Theatre's production, is a chance to hear author of the original book Michael Morpurgo reading live extracts from his best-selling novel. John Tams and Barry Coope will accompany him with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the production. For one night, as part of the first ever Family Arts Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome's Patrick Centre studio will be transformed into World War One trenches for a special Sleepover inspired by War Horse. Organised by the theatre's Creative Learning team, the event will commemorate the songs, stories and art of The Great War with practical activities for families with children over 8 years.
With War Horse almost sold out this autumn, the Hippodrome's link with The National Theatre continues in 2014. With laugh-out-loud performances, satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners, Richard Bean's award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors (based on Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters) has now been enjoyed by over 1 million people worldwide.
Following the success of the outdoor Summer in Southside performances for families, Birmingham Hippodrome presents Illuminate, a three-day event transforming parts of our Southside neighbourhood into a FREE light spectacular. Take in the darker autumn evenings with interactive street projections from Shanghai, live dance performances, and the extraordinary Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition - these brightly coloured, greater-than-life-size figures were originally created for the Beijing Olympics!