Birmingham Hippodrome has announced star names for two spectacular shows in its autumn 2021 season.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical will star Strictly Come Dancing legend Kevin Clifton and run for one week only in October...

Sister Act will star Jennifer Saunders and run for two weeks in November.

Chris Sudworth, Director of Artistic Programme at Birmingham Hippodrome, said: “We are delighted to share the phenomenal casting news for two brilliant shows next autumn. We know our audiences have missed the joy of a big musical in our auditorium as much as we have this year. Both productions are guaranteed to lift everyone’s spirits.”

Strictly Ballroom The Musical had been due to visit Birmingham Hippodrome in May 2021. Starring Kevin Clifton and directed by Craig Revel Horwood, the show tells the story of Scott Hastings, a talented, arrogant and rebellious young ballroom dancer. When Scott’s radical dance moves see him fall out of favour with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner with no moves at all. Inspired by one another, the unlikely pair gather the courage to defy both convention and their families, discovering along the way that, to be winners, their steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom.    

Commenting on the show, Kevin Clifton said: “I’m really delighted that the Strictly Ballroom tour has been rescheduled for autumn 2021. It’s my all-time favourite film and Scott Hastings is my dream role, so I can’t wait to bring this musical to theatres across the UK next year.  In the meantime, please stay safe and keep well, everyone.”

Jennifer Saunders will take on the role of Mother Superior in Sister Act, joining the previously announced Brenda Edwards as Deloris. 

Based on the iconic movie, the show is being promoted as 'a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music'. It tells the story of disco diva Delores, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody, she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found - a convent!  Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices - and unexpectedly also rediscovers her own.

Sister Act shows at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 13 November 2021.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical shows from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 October 2021.

Sister Act is on sale now and Strictly Ballroom The Musical is on sale to Birmingham Hippodrome Friends on Thursday 3 December at midday and on general sale on Friday 4 December at 10am. Tickets can be booked by visiting www.birminghamhippodrome.com or by calling 0844 338 5000*