Upcoming Productions

The next few weeks at The Crescent

Crescent Theatre Productions

Di and Viv and Rose9 - 16 Feb

Di and Viv and Rose

Three young women, seemingly the most unlikely of friends, start life at a Northern university in 1983 sharing a house. Amelia Bullmore’s hilarious, joyously energetic yet heart-warming and thought-provoking play, traces their relationships over the following three decades as their lives take markedly different paths.

25 Feb & 10 Jun

Crescent Unplugged 18/19

A lively evening of acoustic music of all types and styles including folk, pop, jazz, rock 'n' roll, soul and even light classical.

20 - 23 Mar

Pronoun

“It’s a love story ... a romantic - comedy” (Evan Placey).

As childhood sweethearts, Isabella and Josh had planned to spend their lives together. But, in their final year at school, Isabella has now become a boy, Dean.

The play powerfully explores the impact on friends, family and others of Dean’s decision to undergo gender transition – and his quest to be not merely ‘tolerated’ but to be admired and cherished.

At a time when issues connected with transgender are becoming increasingly important, particularly to young people, the Crescent Youth Theatre is proud to present this important and challenging play .

Collaboration30 Mar - 6 Apr

Collaboration

This powerful play explores the relationship between the composer Richard Strauss, big, bold, intensely creative and prone to speak before thinking and his new librettist, Stephan Zweig, gentle, sensitive and highly diplomatic. The composer had a desperate need to work on a new opera and Zweig was his choice of librettist. There would be national celebrations and Goebbels would be in the audience at its premiere.
But … Zweig was a Jew.

His name had to be eliminated to avoid embarrassment to the National Socialist Party. How would Germany’s greatest living composer cope under increasing pressure from the ruling Nazi party? Would Zweig survive?

Collaboration speaks powerfully about friendship, loyalty, betrayal and sacrifice in the face of terrifying odds.

Constellations11 - 18 May

Constellations

“Every decision you’ve ever made and never made exists in an unimaginably vast ensemble of parallel universes” (Marianne).

In this witty, romantic comedy Roland, a bee-keeper, meets Marianne, a quantum physicist. In a succession of short scenes, skipping backwards and forwards in time, Payne explores ways in which their relationship might or might not develop, as he examines the notion that in a ‘multiverse’, at any given time, any number of different outcomes can co-exist.

Questioning the role of free will and chance, this is a compact, thought-provoking and ultimately very poignant play.

Monty Python's SPAMALOT1 - 8 Jun

Monty Python's SPAMALOT

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

A Midsummer Night's Dream8 - 15 Jun

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In Athens preparations are being made for the marriage of the Duke, Theseus, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Meanwhile, in a nearby enchanted forest, the feud between the Fairy King and Queen reaches a new crisis. Into their realm are drawn four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors – and comic mayhem ensues.

This is a hugely funny and heart-warming, modern dress production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved and most enduring comedies.

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens29 & 30 Jun

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

In Athens preparations are being made for the marriage of the Duke, Theseus, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Meanwhile, in a nearby enchanted forest, the feud between the Fairy King and Queen reaches a new crisis. Into their realm are drawn four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors – and comic mayhem ensues.

This is a hugely funny and heart-warming, modern dress production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved and most enduring comedies.

Visiting Companies

Mirrors and Makeup (The Musical) 16 Feb

Wheeler Street Young Entertainers & Entrepreneurs In Action

Mirrors and Makeup (The Musical)

Mirrors and Makeup is a musical theatrical production which before your very eyes, you witness the highs and lows of a vocal talent competition and; from a birds eye view the lives of young people and their peer group hoping to join the music and entertainment industry.

Jam packed with fun, laughter, young love and despair are never too far away and it is not long before the reality of competitiveness, lifestyle, identity and ruthlessness plays itself out in their lives...

Back in Our Day 'The Life & Times of The Dancing Grannies'22 Feb

Fizzogs Productions

Back in Our Day 'The Life & Times of The Dancing Grannies'

If you love the Dancing Grannies, then you are in for a treat! ‘Back In Our Day’ is an hilarious comedy charting the friendship of 3 remarkable Black Country women and how they met through their love of dance.

Get to know the real grannies and what makes them tick, follow their lives from the 1940’s through the decades to the present day from Pam’s People to Brit Pop. ‘Pushing the boundaries of decency whilst growing old disgracefully’ is their moto.

The Swinging '60s Show 23 Feb

The 3 Sixties

The Swinging '60s Show

From the magical sounds of American soul and its fantastic girl groups, to the British invasion of The Beatles, Kinks and The Rolling Stones, ‘The Swinging Sixties Show’ will take you on a visual & musical journey through the decade that became associated with iconic pop culture.

‘The Swinging Sixties Show’will transport you back to this incredible time as you witness the fantastic ‘Heatwaves’authentically recreate the timeless music of Soul & Motown girl group hits.

As the show gathers pace ‘The 3 Sixties’ provide the chance to experience the amazing music from the decade that brought us Beatlemania, Mods & Rockers & the Psychedelic ”Summer of love”.

24 Feb

Penny Appeal

American Sharia

2 Mar

The Carey Academy

Careyography

The Magic Flute 7 - 9 Mar

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Theatre Company

The Magic Flute

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire presents Mozart's late masterpiece, 'The Magic Flute', Sung in German with English Dialogue.
Premiered in 1791, just two months before the composer's untimely death, 'The Magic Flute' is a virtuosic display of Mozart as both musician and dramatist. From the stratospheric heights of the Queen of the Night famous aria to the profound depths of Saratro's, join Tamio and Pamina and a host of unlikely characters in a quest for redemption through love -
a quest which takes them through a broken landscape of betrayal, revenge and murder.

The Improlectuals11 Mar

The Improlectuals

The Improlectuals

The Improlectuals are an improv "super-group" made up of some of the finest improvisers from around the Midlands. They create completely new comedy sketches on the spot, based entirely on audience suggestions. Performances always feature Richard Baldwin (Wow Impro, Abbey Players) and Robert Lane (Foghorn Unscripted, Birmingham Rep, The Old Joint Stock Theatre) plus a rotating cast of talented improvisers

13 - 16 Mar

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Theatre Company

The Terror

Revolution with Eat its own Children

An exciting new physical theatre production.

‘The Terror’ is the name historians give to the darkest and most bloody part of the French Revolution, whose leaders were eventually murdered by their own followers: a pattern which has repeated across the centuries.
This production mixes film, music and live action, as characters and events from history crash into each other.


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