INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL BIRMINGHAM RETURNS

HippodromeFollowing one of its most successful years ever, hard on the heels of Phantom, Lion King and War Horse, Birmingham Hippodrome has announced great new productions on sale now for 2014.

April/May 2014 sees the return of one of the UK’s biggest dance events International Dance Festival Birmingham, co-produced for the fourth time by partners Birmingham Hippodrome and DanceXchange.  IDFB’s growing reputation for bringing together dancers and choregraphers from around the globe is enhanced even further with dance superstar Sylvie Guillem, Hip Hop festival Breakin’ Convention, and Canadian company Kidd Pivott making their Hippodrome debut.

IDFB performances will also be part of the spring programme at Town Hall Symphony Hall, the Patrick Centre, the Crescent Theatre, the Rep, at Warwick Arts Centre and in outdoor spaces across Birmingham.   Details of the 2014 Festival and an excellent archive of 2008, 2010 and 2012 can be found at  HYPERLINK “http://www.idfb.co.uk” idfb.co.uk

In November, a major highlight of the year will be the Mariinsky Theatre production of The Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner conducted by world famous Maestro Valery Gergiev – the only UK date in 2014.  Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung are now on sale as a four-opera package with direct debit payments spread over 5 monthly instalments, and more information is available at  HYPERLINK “http://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/TheRing” birminghamhippodrome.com/TheRing

New work from resident ballet company, Birmingham Royal Ballet includes the Birmingham premiere of David Bintley’s much anticipated new production of The Prince of the Pagodas originally created for the National Ballet of Japan with music by Benjamin Britten and designs by War Horse’s Rae Smith.

In addition, audiences can enjoy the West End hit Wicked (a perfect summer holiday theatre treat for all the family), Matthew Bourne’s award-winning interpretation of the much loved Swan Lake, and the return of the National Theatre with the hilarious and acclaimed comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.  

The Hippodrome has also announced the return of BBC Radio 4’s ‘antidote to panel games’ I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue hosted by Jack Dee; another opportunity to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in September; Bill Kenwright’s acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers; and one of the best rock n’ roll musicals of all time Buddy.

Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive Birmingham Hippodrome said: “As well as the outstanding performances on one of the best stages in the world, Birmingham Hippodrome is now increasingly recognised for its Creative Programmes – all part of what we’re calling Hippodrome Plus.   

Hippodrome Plus encompasses all of our OUTDOOR EVENTS (including the recent Summer In Southside which saw thousands enjoy free live performances); our CREATIVE LEARNING programme for schools and colleges across the region; and our ACCESS projects which will soon include our first Relaxed Performance for children on the autistic spectrum or with learning difficulties at Pantomime in January.”