Autumn Theatre News Update

As the nights close in, it seems a good time to look forward to the theatre programme for next year, which is beginning to take shape. Venues are gradually publishing their 2019 season and we’ve already got a few shows lined up.

At the end of January, we’ll be at Malvern with Blood Brothers. The emotionally-charged story and songs inevitably bring the audience to its feet, which is just what we need in the mid-winter gloom.

Art is our February outing – again in Malvern. The play has won Olivier, Tony, Moliere and every other major theatre award, and has been packing in audiences worldwide for more than twenty years. This production offers us an all-star cast with BAFTA-nominated Nigel Havers, Olivier Award-winning Denis Lawson and British Comedy Award-winning Stephen Tompkinson. Have a look at this review for the current production.

We have a complete change for March – the English Youth Ballet is performing Giselle at the Stoke Regent, with international principal dancers. The booking form for this event will be sent out towards the end of November. For ballet lovers, it’s a delightful opportunity to see something other than Nutcracker, Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty!

April is already sold-out (and over-subscribed) as we had to book early for Les Misérables at Birmingham Hippodrome.

We’re very enthusiastic about the next two shows:

  • we have the world première of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the Birmingham Rep. in June, marking the 25th anniversary of the novel’s original publication. It is, to quote the Rep, “an extraordinary tale of human fragility at a time of war”, in which “we discover how enemies forced together must learn to co-exist, and that all kinds of love can blossom in unimaginable circumstances.” As if that wasn’t enough – this is the first time we’ll have been to the Rep since last year’s adventure when we managed to get through the heavy snow to see the excellent production of “The Winslow Boy” – albeit with only half of those who had tickets able to come and join the coach. Due to the Rep’s confusion over whether the play would go ahead, they decided to refund the cost of the theatre tickets to those who didn’t attend. So, for those of you who had booked but didn’t make it, we’ll be able to refund you the cost of your theatre ticket (ie the amount that you paid to the STCG, excluding the cost of the coach), once we confirm the booking with the Rep.

  • the final event arranged to date, at the end of next August, is Measure for Measure at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. Though Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, it remains astonishingly resonant today: when a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Who can claim that that isn’t a burning issue today, despite the passing of some 400 years?! Gregory Doran directs this new production and – an added bonus – we have managed to get seats in the stalls and circle for this event. Our regular Stratford fans will know that usually the only seats available for groups are in the Upper Circle. We hope that this ‘coup’ will also tempt those who would like to come but have found the seating not to their taste, to sign up for this play. Watch out for the booking form, which will be sent out in January.

As always, details of upcoming events can be found here. It’s always worth checking to see what’s coming up – for both theatre and concerts – as events are listed as soon as they are arranged.

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