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China Plate and Birmingham Hippodrome are pleased to announce both the principal cast and the West Midlands based associate creative team for their new concert musical To The Streets!, an uplifting new musical by Roy Williams and Tim Sutton, based on an original idea by Christopher Haydon, inspired by the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott, a pivotal moment in the UK’s civil rights history.

It’s time for a party!  Lichfield Festival celebrates its 40th birthday with an 11-day event and, as always, there’s a lot on offer. 

It’s a chance to try something new, enjoy a picnic on the cathedral lawn, entertain the children, and generally soak up the festival vibe. 

Sean Foley, the Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep has today announced two new world premiere comedies to start the New Year ’23; live on stage for the very first time - Spitting Image Live: Featuring the Liar King (1 Feb-11 Mar 23) and The Way Old Friends Do (17 Feb-4 Mar 23), a new comedy set in Birmingham. Tickets are now on sale to members with general booking opening at 12pm, Thu 30 Jun.

Pop/rock outfit Deaf Havana have just released an incredibly heartfelt and honest song, in the form of Nevermind. The stripped-back track showcases the more vulnerable side of frontman James Veck-Gilodi’s song-writing prowess.

James explains of the track, “Nevermind is the second song we wrote for The Present is a Foreign Land and it is maybe my favourite on the record.

Birmingham’s largest carnival, second only to Notting Hill, is returning on June 26th this summer, after being cancelled for two years in a row due to Covid-19 restrictions. And Midlands-based engineering firm adi Group is delighted to be the headline sponsor for Harborne Jubilee Carnival 2022 in support of Heart Research UK Midlands, the carnival’s charity partner. 

Fantasy Forest, a popular family-friendly festival, returns to Gloucestershire on 16th – 17th July and offers a Sunday packed full of exciting entertainment, unique experiences, fantastic food and drink, live music and much more.

A highlight of Sunday 17th July will be an open-air concert by The Film Orchestra in the stunning grounds of Sudeley Castle.

Cast members of the world premiere musical, Playboy of the West Indies, currently playing at Birmingham Rep presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival, travelled to tropical climates this week without leaving the city.

Gleanne Purcell-Brown who plays Peggy, Durone Stokes who plays Ken, and Angela Wynter who plays the role of Mama Benin in the production headed to Birmingham’s famous Botanical Gardens for an exclusive photoshoot.

Taking inspiration from Babylon’s hanging gardens, originally built as a luscious sanctuary, the projects in the programme are both epic and reflective, working to create a brand new healing gardens right in the heart of the city. 

Healing Gardens of Bab are anchored by three exuberant moments of queer joy and solidarity, featuring large scale spectacles and outdoor artworks, pop-up performance, drag, pageantry and creative club nights with artists from countries including South Africa, Ghana, Canada, India and Australia.

Mabel has announced plans for second album ‘About Last Night…’, which will be released on Polydor Records on July 15th. The immersive project was teased last week with new track ‘Overthinking’ (ft. 24kGoldn), and features euphoric first single ‘Let Them Know’, ‘Good Luck’ & more to come.

Little Amal, the 3.5 metre puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian girl refugee that has become an international symbol of human rights, will visit the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon tomorrow (Wednesday 22 June) as part of World Refugee Week and to celebrate Midsummer.

Making a very welcome visit to Birmingham as part of nine UK dates and following the sad news of the passing of drummer Alan White last month, YES, one of the most innovative of all prog-rock bands and true legends of the genre, will bring their forthcoming tour to Symphony Hall on Friday 24 June. The show will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their iconic album Close to the Edge and will be dedicated to Alan White.