From Broadway mega-hits to showcases of the city’s next generation of wondrous stage talent, take a look through our picks of Birmingham’s summer theatre highlights.

Hamilton | Birmingham Hippodrome | Tue 25 Jun - Sat 31 Aug

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-award-winning mega hit Hamilton is touring the UK for the very first time, including a ten-week season at Birmingham Hippodrome between June and August.

Telling the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man, the production features an acclaimed score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway.

Winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, 7 Olivier Awards, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, this simply is a must-see for any theatre buff.

South Side, Hippodrome Theatre, Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TB
Pretty Woman | The Alexandra | Tue 20 Aug - Sat 24 Aug

One of the most iconic cinematic love stories of all time has now been adapted for the stage in sublime musical style. After taking London’s West End by storm, the celebrated take on Pretty Woman comes to The Alexandra this August.

Featuring a showstopping rock score from Grammy winners Bryan Adams and Jum Valance, direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray) and the book by the original film’s director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, audiences are in the hands of a team of genuine creative powerhouses.

Suffolk, Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS
Love & Rebellion Festival | Birmingham Rep | Fri 5 Jul - Sun 21 Jul

Dedicated to showcasing the city’s most exciting up-and-coming talent, and following the success of last year’s Order & Chaos festival, Birmingham Repertory’s Young Rep companies are set to present a series of 15 performances, all tied together by a theme of unity in the face of adversity.

Productions will include everything from Wuthering Heights and Macbeth to Cyrano de Bergerac and Arabian Nights.

6 Centenary Sq, Birmingham B1 2EP
Red Velvet | The Crescent | Sat 13 Jul - Sat 20 Jul

After Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, collapses on stage whilst playing Othello, a young black American actor is asked to step into the role.  Meanwhile, the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery.

Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet reimagines the extraordinary true story of Ira Aldridge, who in the late nineteenth century built an incredible reputation on stages across London and Europe.

Eleven Brindley Place, Brindleyplace, Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles | The Blue Orange Theatre | Thu 25 Jul - Sat 27 Jul

Coming to The Blue Orange Theatre as part of Birmingham Fest, Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous tale, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is reworked as a wonderfully crafted one-man retelling.

Join as a treacherous web of receipt unfolds following the discovery of Lord Baskerville’s body

118 Great Hampton St, Birmingham B18 6AD
First Date | Old Joint Stock Theatre | Wed 7 Aug - Sun 25 Aug

The UK premiere of the award-winning Broadway musical First Date comes to the Old Joint Stock Theatre this August.

The story follows blind date first-timer Aaron, and seasoned dater, Casey, whose first meeting at a busy New York restaurant turns out to be a hilarious high-stakes dinner. The pair realise both of their inner critics have taken on life when fellow diners transform into supportive best friends, scorned exes and protective parents.

4 Temple Row W, Birmingham B2 5NY
Words:
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Sat 20 Jul 2024