The next few weeks at The Crescent
Crescent Theatre Productions
Christopher Hampton’s translation of Chekhov’s comedy masterfully captures the romantic and artistic conflicts of a group of artists, intellectuals, and socialites summering in the house and gardens of Pyotr Sorin’s Russian country estate.
Through biting and witty dialogue, the play tells the story of Konstantin Treplev, a young writer striving to create new theatrical forms, and his disapproving mother Arkadina, a famous actress. His mother’s closeness to her younger lover Boris Trigorin, a famous and well-loved novelist, only exacerbates Konstantin’s insecurities and feelings of inferiority.
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
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
“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 .
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.
11 - 18 May
“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.
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?
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.
Dudley Leisure Ltd
The Jersey Beats - Oh What A Nite! is known as one of the greatest tributes to 'Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons! Now on it's fourth UK tour, our talented quartet will be performing at The Crescent Theatre Birmingham
The show follows the outstanding career of Valli and the Seasons from the early days on the streets of New Jersey to the bands glittering stardom, with hit after hit coming from this show with songs including ‘Sherry’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Beggin’, ‘Rag Doll’, and many more!
Adding an original twist to the phenomenal ‘Jersey Boys’ theatre production, this four-piece powerhouse will take you through a nostalgic journey of the famous sights and sounds of ‘Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ - all hosted by comedy host, outrageous Leye D Johns and glamorous dancers ‘The Viva Showgirls to ensure a production like no other celebrating some of the greatest music of all time.
Dudley Leisure Ltd
Say thank you for the music at Viva Voulez Vous, a spectacular celebration of the songs of Europe's original pop four-piece ABBA. With all the hits you love to sing along to from their chart-topping careers this is ABBA but not as you 'Knowing me, Knowing you' know it.
This brand new show for 2018 has been produced by the Viva production team and is performed by the exceptionally talented singing and Dancing Queens of the Viva cast, join us as we 'Have a Dream' of the Swedish pop quartet that swept the globe. More than a tribute, this is a one of a kind experience.
So, take a chance take a chance (take a take a chance chance) and join us for Viva Voulez Vous!
Wheeler Street Young Entertainers & Entrepreneurs In Action
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...
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 3 Sixties
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”.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Theatre Company
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 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