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New gallery dedicated to Staffordshire Hoard

A new space dedicated to the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard is to open at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in…

CBSO announces season of artist debuts and UK premieres

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 2014-15 Symphony Hall concert season with a series of artist debuts…

Arts organisations commission culture survey

A major online survey to assess what culture means to people in their everyday lives takes place on 25 October. Entitled 24 Hour…

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…
until Sat 15 Nov

Interactive audio exhibition which sees sculptor Rob Olins and his team transform the foyer at The REP into an audio gallery where visitors can hear audio collages of Birmingham's rich musical…

Centenary Square, Broad St, Birmingham
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until Sat 06 Sep

Brand new theatrical experience where the audience is the author! Funny, scary, sad and uplifting, this is a play for everyone who has been in love - or still is.

4 Temple Row West, Birmingham
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until Sun 07 Sep

A mixed media exhibition by local artists. Free admission to the exhibition, normal admission charges apply to the museum.

Maple Rd, Bournville
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until Thu 04 Sep

(94 mins) Helmut is an avuncular, if aloof figure, driving through the Patagonian wastes of Argentina in 1960. In appearance, he’s not unlike Dr Zhivago, although his grasp of Spanish is marked by a strong German…

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
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Wed 03 Sep - Sun 07 Sep

2014 line-up includes; Lauryn Hill (opening concert), Busta Rhymes, Barrington Levy, DJ Premier, Buraka Som Sistema, Horace Andy, Jah Shaka, Goldie, Moodymann, David Rodigan, Digital Mystikz, Michael Prophet & Dub…

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Wed 03 Sep

Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy.

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Wed 03 Sep

Celebrate Matthew Boulton 286th birthday in style with talks, storytelling and children's crafts throughout the day.

Handsworth, Birmingham
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Wed 03 Sep

An introductory talk by the site's bat expert, followed by a walk around the ruins with a bat detectors to see what you can find.

Alwold Rd, Weoley Castle, Birmingham
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Wed 03 Sep
106 High Street, King's Heath, Birmingham
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Wed 03 Sep
17 York Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham
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Wed 03 Sep

Liverpool's PurpleCoat Productions present their award-winning take on Shakespeare's bittersweet comedy.

Sheepcote Street, Birmingham
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On General Release From Wed 03 Sep

(94 mins) Having directed Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal in the surprisingly funny Bad Teacher (2011), Jake Kasdan now teams them in another carnal romp. This time they play a married couple whose private sex tape ends…

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Tue 19 May 2015 - Sat 30 May 2015
35/37 Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent
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Tue 07 Jul 2015 - Sat 01 Aug 2015

Brian Conley stars in the Greatest Show On Earth in Cameron Mackintosh's blockbuster musical.

Hurst Street, Birmingham
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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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Tue 16 Sep

Australian musical comedy act

Hurst St, 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 05 Sep

(112 mins)  Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, this is the much anticipated adaptation of the 2010 novel by Richard C. Morais. Although set across a mere hundred feet of boulevard in…

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Fri 19 Sep - Thu 23 Oct

The last time that Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper played a couple, they ensnared an Oscar nomination apiece (for Silver Linings Playbook), for which Ms Lawrence walked off with the main prize. Here, Cooper plays…

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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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