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Search is on for the urban dance superstars of the future

An X-Factor-style dance-off competition for street dance groups is on the lookout for the Midlands’ top urban dance…

Share your NIA memories!

Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena is asking the general public to share their memories of the venue during its…

Festival Of Imagineers Makes Its Debut

Visionaries from the world of design, technology and engineering this month come together for a day of performance and activities…

Were You Ska'd For Life?

Three Minute Heroes, the smash-hit 2 Tone musical is to make its long awaited return to Coventry for three weeks this autumn…

The Bodyguard on its way to Wolverhampton

Thea Sharrock's hit production The Bodyguard is to stop off in Wolverhampton as part of its first national tour. Based…
until Sat 11 Oct

Featuring handmade textural ceramics, described by Usha as ‘3D paintings’ and inspired by the Canadian Rockies and Australia.

4 Brook St, St Paul's, Birmingham
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until Sat 06 Sep

An eclectic mix of work by accomplished artists.

4 Brook St, St Paul's, Birmingham
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until Wed 27 Aug

Hanna-Barbera’s 1969 animated creation has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent times, with new television series and even a couple of big-screen movie versions ensuring brand new generations of admirers…

Station St, Birmingham, West Midlands
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until Sun 31 Aug

(87 mins) Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. Michael O'Hara, against his better judgement, joins the crew of Arthur…

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
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Wed 27 Aug
Paradise Place, Birmingham
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Wed 27 Aug - Sun 31 Aug

2014 line-up includes; Caribou, Darkside, Roy Ayers, Jon Hopkins, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald Present Boderland, Underground Resistance Present Timeline, Gilles Peterson, Metro Area,…

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Wed 27 Aug
17 York Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham
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Wed 27 Aug
Westbourne Rd, Edgebaston, Birmingham
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Wed 27 Aug

Drop-in events for creative types.

Trinity Road, Aston, , Birmingham,
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Wed 27 Aug

(127 mins) Review: Soon there’ll be few iconic hard men left in Hollywood who haven’t served a stint with The Expendables. Here, Mad Max, Indiana Jones and Zorro join the testosterone-pumped throng of…

181 Broad Street, Birmingham
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Wed 27 Aug

(102 mins) Like When Harry Met Sally, What If - based on the play Cigars and Toothpaste - is a romantic comedy about a platonic heterosexual relationship. When medical school drop-out Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) falls…

181 Broad Street, Birmingham
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Wed 27 Aug

Review: Lucy is not a happy bunny. She’s been hijacked as a drug mule in Taipei and the sachet sown into her gut has burst. Containing a powerful synthetic mash-up of CPH4, a natural molecule produced in small…

181 Broad Street, Birmingham
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Wed 24 Sep - Sat 11 Oct

Acclaimed West End drama based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo.

35/37 Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent
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Wed 05 Nov
Bickenhill Rd, Birmingham
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Thu 11 Dec

Eagerly anticipated concert from the acclaimed tenor and West End star.

Bickenhill Rd, Birmingham
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Fri 07 Nov - Sun 09 Nov

John's brand new show SUPERSONIC will be smashing through comedy MACH 3. Get ready for a comic boom of guffaws all the way from Plymouth to Glasgow via Dublin and back again.  

King Edward Rd, Birmingham
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On General Release From Fri 01 Aug

(86 mins) Review: Considering how the bar of animation has been elevated in recent years, it’s always bit of a shock to encounter a mutant gene. No doubt attempting to evoke the spirit of the Looney Tunes and…

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On General Release From Fri 22 Aug

(102 mins) Review: For those who adore the dark, noir-ish sadism of Frank Miller’s comic books, this 3D adaptation will be the closest thing to a wet dream. For others, though, it might come as a damp squib. A…

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The 2 Tone Musical at The Belgrade
John Godber classic comes to Coventry
Peter James' crime thriller at The New Alexandra Theatre
Sian Phillips stars on Oscar Wilde's witty masterpiece
Harper Lee's American classic comes to Brum
The Mousetrap returns to Birmingham
Tony Award-winning musical in the Midlands
Dreamboats And Miniskirts at The New Alexandra Theatre
The best of soul in Wolverhampton
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