It may not be London’s West End, but the range of theatres, comedy clubs and the UK’s oldest working cinema make Birmingham an ideal place to catch the latest touring production or some live entertainment.
If you are heading to Birmingham for a day or two, try and incorporate a visit to one of the popular theatres in the area. Combine that with budget accommodation from Travelodge and you can enjoy your evenings in this Midlands metropolis without over-stretching your finances. With plenty of nightlife opportunities too, don’t think that it’s bedtime after curtain call – you could easily pop to one of the nearby bars or clubs to dance the night away!
From the UK’s busiest theatre, the Hippodrome, to the New Alexandra Theatre and the Old Rep Theatre down the road, if you’re hoping to catch a stage performance, you’re in the right place. Meanwhile, the Electric Cinema nearby is the oldest working cinema in the UK, showing many of the new releases as well as some vintage classics.
Check out some of the incredible shows coming up during June and July for your enjoyment. The diversity of what’s on offer is superb and should appeal to anyone visiting the city, whatever their interests.
The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s adaptation of the comedic ballet, Coppelia, can be found at the Hippodrome between the 4th and 8th of June, while the classic tale of Giselle is being presented between the 19th and 22nd of June. As two of the most celebrated ballet classics, you can enjoy the beautiful music and choreography in style.
Once Giselle has run its course, the worldwide musical smash hit, The Lion King, arrives at the Hippodrome and will be enthralling audiences between the end of June and the end of September. If you never had the chance to catch it at the West End (or if you did and you want to see it again!), the incredible costumes, breathtaking scenes and spellbinding music is ready to beguile you in Birmingham.
Located on Station Street, the New Alexandra theatre has plenty of treats in store throughout the summer. From the highly acclaimed Shaolin Warriors on the 14th June to the Broadway classic, Carousel, between the 16th and 20th of July, there’s something for everyone; even the kids, with Dora the Explorer on the 5th to 7th July. Let’s not forget the comedic delights in store, including Jason Manford (4th & 5th September) and Roy Chubby Brown (27th September).
Fancy the chance to appreciate some top amateur talent? Home of the Birmingham Stage Company and playing host to plenty of other am dram societies, the Old Rep is presenting plenty of musicals, plays and dramas over the coming months, including Twelfth Night (6th July) as part of the Youth REP Festival, Horrible Histories Ruthless Romans (8th to 19th October) and The Constant Wife, between the 13th and 15th of June.
Whether you choose to head for the theatre, or you prefer an evening of comedy or the latest movies, you can be sure that Birmingham’s Theatreland has a plethora of options. Take advantage of the budget accommodation from Travelodge and enjoy a city break in the Midlands this summer.