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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 Sun 24 Aug

Family workshop.

Centenary Square,
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until Sun 24 Aug

Family workshop.

Centenary Square,
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until Sat 23 Aug

2014 line-up includes; Goldfrapp, Russell Watson, Australian Pink Floyd, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jools Holland with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Melanie C, Marc Almond and many more...

2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
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until Sat 23 Aug

Amateur production of the hit rock'n'roll musical.

Station St, Birmingham, West Midlands
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until Sat 23 Aug

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s beloved show is a sweeping, uplifting, epic saga that’s thrilled audiences throughout the world. When the…

Sheepcote Street, Birmingham
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until Sun 24 Aug

A great family friendly festival promises four days of fun, with a large kids area, masses of workshops, woodland antics, crazy carnivals, roaming theatrics and everyone in fancy dress. 2014 line-up includes; Mulatu…

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until Mon 25 Aug

2014 line-up includes; Richard Thompson, Seth Lakeman, Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy with The Gift Band, Lau, Michael McColdrick and John McCusker, Bootleg Beatles, The Chipolatas, Dick Gaughan, Georgia Ruth, John Smith,…

, Thame
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until Sun 24 Aug

2014 line-up includes; Lloyd Cole, Idlewild, Eddi Reader, The South, Chris Wood, Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Turin Brakes, CoCo and the Butterflies, Gren Bartley, John Langan, Caravan Of Thieves, Aimee…

Langton Matravers, Swanage
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until Sat 23 Aug

With Andrew Stanley plus comic tbc

Hurst St, Birmingham
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On General Release From Thu 21 Aug

(117 mins) Review: Any German-Canadian co-production with Simon Pegg set in China and Africa has to be different. It’s unfortunate, then, that it compares so unfavourably with last year’s The Secret Life of…

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On General Release From Thu 21 Aug

(111 mins) Review: As lo-fi Scottish musicals go, God Help the Girl is pretty lo on energy. Directed by Stuart Murdoch - lead singer and songwriter for Belle and Sebastian - it aims to be sweet and quirky but comes off…

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until Sat 23 Aug
3 - 5 St Paul's Square, Birmingham
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Theatre

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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Music

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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Comedy

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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Film

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
Tantalising entertainment at The New Alexandra Theatre
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
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