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J’AIME DECEMBER 2021

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W H AT ’ S O N<br />

What’s On this festive season<br />

AWAY FROM THE SLAPSTICK FUN OF PANTO, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER<br />

EVENTS AROUND THE MIDLANDS TO KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED THIS MONTH<br />

WHAT: THE NUTCRACKER<br />

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME<br />

WHEN: UNTIL <strong>DECEMBER</strong> 11<br />

After 30 years, Sir Peter Wright’s legendary production of The Nutcracker will be undergoing<br />

a major renovation. It will return, refreshed and revitalised, to Birmingham Hippodrome’s<br />

stage in November 2022, allowing Birmingham Royal Ballet the unique opportunity to<br />

present a special adaptation of their London production on their home stage in Birmingham<br />

this year.<br />

The show opens on a wintry soundscape; the Dickensian tones of Simon Callow as<br />

Drosselmeyer echo across the auditorium as he introduces the enchanting tale to our<br />

captivated audiences. Tchaikovsky’s soaring score and the 60-strong Royal Ballet Sinfonia<br />

take centre stage in this unique production that brings the orchestra out from the pit and<br />

onto a platform raised above the stage.<br />

And, of course, in front of all of this we see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s company of worldclass<br />

dancers as they beautifully tell this most nostalgic of stories, taking Clara on the ultimate<br />

Christmas journey through a fantastical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the<br />

kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets are priced from £25. For more details visit<br />

www.birminghamhippodrome.com<br />

WHAT: A CHRISTMAS CAROL<br />

WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK STUDIO<br />

WHEN: <strong>DECEMBER</strong> 11 TO 24<br />

Ebenezer Scrooge is the meanest, most miserable man in London. He only cares for one thing<br />

– money. Of all the people and things Scrooge dislikes, he hates Christmas most of all.<br />

One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-tocome,<br />

who attempt to show him the error of his ways and teach him to become a better man.<br />

Following their hugely popular productions of Round the Horne and Hancock’s Half Hour,<br />

Apollo Theatre Company returns to Lichfield Garrick with this brand new adaptation<br />

of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, a charming and beautiful story guaranteed to<br />

entertain the whole family.<br />

Tickets are priced at £20. For more details visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com<br />

WHAT: THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE<br />

WHERE: THE REP, BIRMINGHAM<br />

WHEN: UNTIL JANUARY 1<br />

When The Play What I Wrote opened in London’s West End, originally directed by Kenneth<br />

Branagh, every single review was a rave, every show a sell-out and it won every major theatre<br />

award. The Sunday Times called it “a triumph” and The Observer said “audiences weep with<br />

laughter”. Now a brand new production directed by The Rep’s Artistic Director Sean Foley<br />

and co-written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and, of course, Eddie Braben will be bringing<br />

sunshine to Birmingham this Christmas.<br />

‘Thom’ has written a play, an epic set in the French Revolution called ‘A Tight Squeeze for<br />

the Scarlet Pimple’. ‘Dennis’, on the other hand, wants to continue with their double act.<br />

He believes that if they perform a tribute to Morecambe and Wise, Thom’s confidence will<br />

be restored and the double act will go on. But first Dennis needs to persuade a guest star to<br />

appear in the play what Thom wrote…<br />

With a mystery guest star at every performance, this “recklessly, tear-inducingly funny show”<br />

(The Guardian) is “a loving celebration of comic genius which is itself touched with comic<br />

genius” (Daily Telegraph).<br />

Tickets are priced from £10. For more details visit www.birmingham-rep.co.uk<br />

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