Upcoming Productions

The next few weeks at The Crescent

Crescent Theatre Productions

The 39 Steps8 - 15 Sep

The 39 Steps

In 1915 John Buchan’s tale of treachery, spies, dastardly deeds and survival at all odds was published. In 1935 Alfred Hitchcock directed his film adaptation that moves rapidly from music hall, misty London streets, the Highlands of Scotland, and ultimately to the mysterious Thirty Nine Steps themselves via suspenseful train journeys, all manner of daring-do and a cast of thousands. In 2005 Patrick Barlow presented his rewrite using only a cast of four and a few suitcases. Ingenious, breathtakingly energetic, side-splittingly funny, it is a brilliant opening to The Crescent’s new season.

One Man Two Guvnors22 - 29 Sep

One Man Two Guvnors

Richard Bean’s hilarious adaptation of Carlo Goldini’s 18th century play is set in Brighton, 1963.

Bumbling Francis Henshall, sacked from a skiffle-band and permanently hungry, becomes separately employed by two men: Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and the ‘privately educated’ criminal, Stanley Stubbers. Francis is desperate that neither master should know about the other!

Larger-than-life characters create sub-plots verging on the absurd, as confusion is piled on confusion in this fast-paced spectacle of slap-stick, songs and brilliant one-liners!

Breaking The Code6 - 13 Oct

Breaking The Code

Moving back and forth in time, Whitemore’s play charts the life of the brilliant young mathematician, Alan Turing. His work at Bletchley Park in breaking the German ‘Enigma Code’ indisputably changed the course of the Second World War; after the war his pioneering work on computer science continued - earning him the title of ‘The Father of Modern Computing’.

The play intertwines key moments of Turing’s work with episodes in his private life – a life suddenly made humiliatingly public. Having made little attempt to disguise his sexuality, Turing was convicted on the criminal charge of ‘gross indecency’.

A compassionate, amusing and ultimately tragic play!

Romeo and Juliet3 - 10 Nov

Romeo and Juliet

A chance encounter between two young people from warring families leads first to love, then to murder and suicide. Romeo is in love with Rosaline and Juliet is promised to Paris but when they meet at a party their lives, and those of the people around them, change course with tragic consequences.

Set over four days in the heat of an Italian summer, this fast-paced, contemporary production brings Shakespeare's famous love story vividly to the stage.

Alice In Wonderland4 - 15 Dec

Alice In Wonderland

After tumbling down a dark rabbit hole chasing after an anxious rabbit with a pocket watch, young Alice begins an adventure in which she discovers the weird and magical world of Wonderland. Things will surely become “curiouser and curiouser!” for Alice as she tries to make her way through this upside down world, assisted (and sometimes threatened!) by a host of colourful and strange characters.

Join The Crescent Theatre this winter as we take you on a journey that will thrill, fright and work your imagination upside down and backwards. The only thing you have to remember is that ‘we’re all mad here!’.

A Christmas Wassail 2018 @ Highbury Hall10 & 11 Dec

A Christmas Wassail 2018 @ Highbury Hall

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.

A Christmas Wassail 2018 @ Hartlebury Castle15 Dec

A Christmas Wassail 2018 @ Hartlebury Castle

Come together this December with The Crescent's Christmas collaboration - The Wassail in the splendour of Hartlebury Castle; an evening of festive fun, Christmas comedy and seasonal song.

A Christmas Wassail 201816 - 18 Dec

A Christmas Wassail 2018

Begin your Christmas celebrations in the best way possible with the Crescent's ever-popular Wassail - a show with enough Christmas spirit to last all year!

Visiting Companies

Snow White & The Seven Ugly B*****ds!25 Aug

Cattle Productions Ltd

Snow White & The Seven Ugly B*****ds!

Dickey, this pantomime’s cheeky chappy, fancies getting in Snow White’s knickers! But she won’t let him have his way because he isn’t a prince! Join Cattle Productions for some rude, crude, fun and frolics, as Dickey enrols in Prince School in a bid to get his girl! Add some horrible dwarfs, an ugly old evil queen, and a couple of scantily dressed girls for no reason, in the adult panto that everyone’s talking about!

Bright Young Things30 - 31 Aug

National Youth Ballet

Bright Young Things

Inspired by the lives of extraordinary girls and boys, this mixed programme, celebrates the power of imagination and being bold, with ambition and flair.

National Youth Ballet’s programme features two pieces of classical repertoire with five fresh new commissions created for the young company by emerging choreographers.

Brilliant existing works feature Antony Dowson’s, 1950’s inspired classic Bright Young Things and Janet Kinson’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Alongside these will be ambitious new works including Jo Meredith’s ‘Finding Your Voice’, which is set in the 1920’s and follows the life of original “It Girl” Clara Bow; mathematician Ada Lovelace inspires Louise Bennett’s ballet Ada; WATUSI, is a bold new work from Scottish Ballet choreographer in residence Sophie Laplane and Matt Nicholson’s Another Night’s Dream, is a modern twist of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy. For the Junior Company, choreographer Emily Jane Boyle’s narrative ballet The Red Balloon follows Pascal’s life changing journey as he discovers the red balloon has a mind of it’s own.

Live at Hot Water Special1 Sep

Hot Water Comedy Club

Live at Hot Water Special

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER HOT WATER COMEDY CLUB IS COMING TO BIRMINGHAM!!!

This Show will feature some of the acts that have had the most views from the regular live recorded shows.

This show features acts that have had a combined 20 million+ views over the past 6 months.

TICKETS WILL GO VERY FAST FOR THIS SHOW

3 Sep

JC Live Lounge

A Tribute to John Coltrane

John Coltrane was born on September 23rd, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina.
During the 1940's and 50's, he continued to develop his craft as a saxophonist and composer, working with famous musicians/bandleaders Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Coltrane turned the Jazz world on its head with technically marvellous, innovative playing that was thrillingly dense and fluid in its understanding of the genre; his virtuosity and vision could be heard on the now revered albums Giant Steps, My Favourite Things and A Long Supreme, among others.

In autumn 1960, Coltrane led a group that included pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Steve Davis and drummer Elvin Jones to create My Favourite Things (1961).

With its title track and additional standards "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye", "Summertime" and "But Not for Me", the enduring album was also heralded for Coltrane's performance on the soprano sax.

10 Sep

Iona Fyfe

Iona Fyfe and Cameron Nixon

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.
Cameron Nixon is a Scots Singer and Fiddler from Peterculter, Aberdeen.
Combining their rich voices in harmony with fiddle and piano, Iona and Cameron tap into their mutual passion and love of their shared North East Scots Tradition.

The George Michael Story 15 Sep

The George Michael Story

The George Michael Story

Welcome to 'The George Michael Story' with live shows at venues across the UK in 2018.
Performing George Michael's hits in chronological order, from 'Young Guns' in 1982, 'Careless Whisper' in 1984 to 'Fantasy' in 2017, including the re-release of 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down'.
The George Michael Story tells in detail the career of George and his 100 million record selling history.

The show starts with a very young George Michael moving through the Wham days and into the Grammy winning 'Faith' album.
After the interval, a more mature George Michael will take us through the later hits, and touches on some of the more emotional and heartfelt songs.
A full live band with video screens support the story and show video footage of George and interviews with the man himself.

A fun and emotional night culminating with a medley of George Michael's greatest and most loved songs for everyone to dance & sing along to. A musical journey of George's biggest hits celebrating his life and generosity, with 5% of the profits being donated to George Michael's Charities!

Boys 22 Sep

University of Durham as represented by Lion Theatre Company and Fourth Wall Theatre

Boys

It's a matter of days before Benny, Mack, Timp and Cam have to move out of their student flat. The boys find mess piling up around them as they step out into an unwelcoming world and they start to wonder if there's any point in getting older.

Before that though, there's going to be one hell of a party. It's hot. There'll be girls. Predict a riot.

Ladies of Jazz24 Sep

Annette Gregory

Ladies of Jazz

Following on from her successful ‘Ella’ tour, Annette will captivate you with The Ladies Of Jazz. Bringing her rich, deep delicate phrasing to songs sung by legends like Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Antia O’day. Enchanting you with some hidden gems from the likes of June Christie and Chris Conner.
Annette and her band will be performing some of the best loved jazz favourites, Cry Me River, My Baby Just Cares For Me & What A Difference A Day Made Highlighting moments in their careers, Annette will take you through the changing land scape and influence of some of the wonderful female vocalist of Jazz.


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