The next few weeks at The Crescent
Crescent Theatre Productions
Henry IV is dead; the wild, undisciplined Hal has been crowned Henry V. Shakespeare’s epic History tells how the young Henry now takes on the burden of kingship – to overcome domestic treachery, invade France, defeat the French at Agincourt and woo Princess Katherine to unite the two countries through marriage.
A lively evening of acoustic music of all types and styles including folk, pop, jazz, rock 'n' roll, soul and even light classical.
When Ginny goes to the home of her much older lover to end their relationship and to retrieve some compromising letters, she is secretly followed by her current partner, Greg, who believes she is going to visit her parents! The outcome in this classic early Ayckbourn is a comedy of mistaken identity and failing relationships; hilarious but with a typically darker streak.
This sparkling adaptation of Dickens’ popular Christmas story relates Scrooge’s encounter with the spirits. The old miser comes to realise there is more to life than being mean and miserable and that a kind heart and a little generosity makes the world a happier place for everyone.
Come together this December with The Crescent's Christmas collaboration - The Wassail in the splendour of Highbury Hall; an evening of festive fun, Christmas comedy and seasonal song.
Begin your Christmas celebrations in the best way possible way with the Crescent's ever-popular Wassail - a show with enough Christmas spirit to last all year!
Nick Dear’s 2011 adaptation of Mary Shelly’s classic novel is a thrilling, deeply disturbing gothic tale.
Cast out into a hostile world, meeting cruelty wherever he goes, Frankenstein’s creature – childlike in innocence, grotesque in form – learns the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase and finally, how to lie. A moving exploration of scientific responsibility and of the very nature of good and evil.
Edmundson’s compelling drama deals with an episode in the early life of Mary Shelley. Exploring her meeting and elopement, aged 16, with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the consequences for her dysfunctional family – particularly her father, radical philosopher William Goodwin. The play examines key issues of early 19th century society and provides a context for her writing of the remarkable 'Frankenstein'.
Black International Film Festival
2016 BIFF Finalist Film Nathan East: For The Record, by Chris Gero
Chris Gero gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential bass players in modern music recording his debut solo album last year. See the story behind some of the most well-recognised bass hooks across pop, funk, soul and jazz genres. His long-awaited solo album spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on smoothjazz.com.
For The Record also chronicles Nathan's three decade plus career from when he hit the road age 16 with Barry White, his session and touring work across musical genres and membership in the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay. The film features interviews with many of the musicians he's worked with including Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Don Was and more.
BIFF Short Film Collection
A Mother's Journey, Sade Adeniran
Gracie, Matthew J. Morgan
From Noya, Daniel Anderson
Birmingham Songwriting Circle
Founded by Singer-Songwriter Dan Whitehouse in 2010, The Birmingham Songwriting Circle are a group of songwriters that meet weekly to share ideas, skills and experiences. 'Circle on The Road' is a celebration of the group's work, featuring songs from past and present members. Expect an eclectic mix of musical genres, an entertaining array of performers, and a vast landscape of content from the usual love, loss, & lust to a celebration of Birmingham's people and places.
Black Internatonal Film Festival
Art Imitating Life… In All It’s Colours - Black International Film Festival Shorts Collection
A collection of the 2016 Selected UK and International Short Films, covering the rich tapestry of modern life, featuring:
One Word by Caleb Shaffer)
JUS SOLI by Somebody Nobody
Prey by Sunny King
Ugly, by LeRon Lee
Cleo’s Choice, Duaine Roberts
There will also be a special screening of Cleo’s Choice by local filmmaker, Duaine Roberts.
A theatre director enlists the help of a former friend, turned famous actress, to mentor a young actress with trust issues. Featuring Georgia Neath, Joanna Gay and Nathan Hector.
Black International Film Festival
Everything But A Man, Nnegest Likke - Black International Festival Finalist
10th Black International Film Festival opens with finalist Everything But A Man, by Nnegest Likke
A successful career woman has a life-changing romance with a mysterious man from another culture whose radical lifestyle differences challenge her perspective on love, relationships and what it means to be a "strong" woman. Starring Monica Calhoun, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Camille Winbush.
Knife Crime, Theo Johnson
There will also be a special screening of a short film Knife Crime by local actor and filmmaker, Theo Johnson.
A shocking and educational thriller, taking a look at a real life situation with a dramatic twist. Featuring Lorna Laidlaw, Theo Johnson, David Whitely and April Hudson.
Tinlin, an acoustic duo of brothers Alex and Rolf Tinlin who have gained a great reputation for vocal harmonies and song writing. Reviewers have compared them to Simon & Garfunkel, Crowded House and Turin Brakes. Tinlin have supported a number of music greats, including Paul Carrack, The Zombies, and The Strawbs.
Tinlin's latest album, 'Strangely Blue' (produced by Tom Toomey of the Zombies) is gaining some positive and supportive reviews. Click on the link below to see Tinlin playing the title track from their latest album.
Due to circumstances beyond their control the original support The Empty Can have had to withdraw. However, stepping in at the last minute to support Tinlin are Ashland, a fabulous acoustic duo. Ashland are a Midlands based duo and we look forward to welcoming them to the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. For more about Ashland please visit their website using the link below.
F & B Productions
Celebrate Halloween by joining us for a screening of F.W. Murnau's classic silent film "Nosferatu", starring the extraordinary Max Schrek as Graf Orlok. The Black Country Guitar Quartet (BCGQ) will perform a live, original musical score, composed by Mark Willetts. If you like dressing up, feel free to arrive in your favourite Halloween costume, vampires particularly welcome. This will be a unique experience which will live long in the memory so don't miss out
Nu-folk in a dazzling variety of styles.
Soundboard are a multi-instrumental acoustic trio whose music is entirely original and dazzlingly varied. Their songs and instrumentals feature guitar, violin, viola, oud, banjo, bass and accordion, bringing in influences from European, African and Celtic traditions; from lyrical ballads through gypsy jazz to delta blues.
The Arcadians return to The Crescent to celebrate their 45th anniversary after their hugely successful production of 'Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street'.
'Music of the Night' is a celebration of musical theatre and features showstoppers from 'Les Miserables', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Grease', 'Phantom of the Opera' and many more. From toe-tappers to tearjerkers this is a show that has something for everyone!