Upcoming Productions

The next few weeks at The Crescent

Crescent Theatre Productions

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.

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.

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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Blakesley Hall6 & 7 Jul

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Blakesley Hall

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.

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

This Happy Breed6 - 13 Jul

This Happy Breed

“The ordinary people, like you and me, know something more than all the ... politicians put together.” (Act III Sc3)

If it’s Coward it must be beaded dresses, cigarette holders, crystal clear cocktails and sharp, witty epigrams. But not this time.

The play covers twenty years in the life of the lower middle-class Gibbons family – from Frank Gibbons’ return from the trenches in 1919 to 1939 as another World War looms. Set in their suburban house in Clapham, it chronicles the family’s births, weddings, scandals and deaths, commenting on the key social and political events of the period - leaving little doubt of Coward’s self-professed patriotism and his belief in “This Happy Breed”.

Visiting Companies

Macbeth27 - 30 Mar

All & Sundry

Macbeth

All & Sundry return to The Crescent stage with Shakespeare's classic tragedy of greed and ambition

4 - 6 Apr

Midland Theatre Ballet

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Music Hall Tavern 7 Apr

Music Hall Tavern

Music Hall Tavern

The UK’s premier comedy drag show is back for its 6th year with a brand new hilarious fabulous glamorous show for 2019 !
Whatever your age, come along and join Mrs T and the “girls” from MHT this Spring for a truly magnificent night of dazzling costumes, side splitting laughter and a cast of unique characters singing and dancing all night long.
A feel-good night that will not only entertain and amuse you, but will leave you with unforgettable memories of the funniest night out of the year!

Starring the sensational Paul Carroll as Mrs T, Lee Sanderson as Peggy Lee and featuring the Showcase International Dancers.

13 Apr

The Book Of Genesis

Genesis in Concert

Celebrate the early songs of the influential progressive rock band Genesis with leading UK tribute band The Book of Genesis, who faithfully recreate the 1970s era complete with period musical instruments, fabulous costumes, an animated slide show, and atmospheric synchronised lighting in a packed 3-hour show.

Wildvixen's Legends Challenge Extravaganza! 20 Apr

Wildvixen Burlesque

Wildvixen's Legends Challenge Extravaganza!

Now in it's 4th year, Wildvixen's Legends Challenge Extravaganza is a burlesque show with a twist!
A beautiful eclectic mix of Classic and Neo Burlesque styles, as well as Drag, Side Show and Musical influences celebrating the world of Burlesque and Cabaret!
Wildvixen's Legends Challenge is a fundraising event supporting the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum, Las Vegas and the living legends of the burlesque world.
Hosted by Dis Charge and starring; MisSa Blue, Lou Safire, Lilly Snatchdragon, Demi Noire, Dis Charge and Ophelia Wilde, Trixie Blue, Coco Devile, Pinkie T'Boo, Cleopantha, Smashlyn Monroe, Fifi La Roux and Wildvixen

The Elvis Presley Songbook22 Apr

MHM Entertainment

The Elvis Presley Songbook

Join award winning* vocalist Richard Griffin for a night of songs from The Elvis Presley Songbook.
Covering the legendary career of The King, Richard also delves into the other artists (Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Simon and Garfunkel) whose material Elvis loved to perform.
*2017 LUX International Events singer of the Year

Swan Lake25 Apr

Ballet Theatre UK

Swan Lake

Swan Lake remains as one of the most enduring, moving and irreplaceable classical ballets due to its fantastical plot filled with romance, sorcery, and betrayal. Join Ballet Theatre UK with their spectacular new production of this timeless classic. This immortal tale tells of a princess held captive as a swan by the spell of an evil magician, a spell that can only be broken if a prince swears true love to her. Featuring new choreography by Artistic Director Christopher Moore and over 120 new costumes and stunning sets this production promises to provide you with a new look at the classic tale and leave you with a new love for Swan Lake.

Painting Clouds26 - 28 Apr

Lilli Lehmann

Painting Clouds

Imagine this: Your life is more or less perfect.
Until you find yourself at the wrong place, at the wrong time.
And you crash. Hard.
Suddenly, everything changes. You mistrust others.
The guilty party plays innocent and no one believes you.

What would you do?


M. is in hospital, recovering from a terrifying incident. It isn’t until we meet B., whom M. recognizes as the one who caused the incident that we see M.’s hopelessness turning into boiling rage. Especially, when no one believes M., the hate becomes all-consuming.

Will you stay in the dark, or triumph over your deepest, darkest fear?
And can you trust M.’s perception of the events? Or should you make up your own mind about what happened?


“Painting Clouds” will challenge your perception of different cultures and questions over how fear brings out the worst in us.


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