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“Great theater”

Birmingham Hippodrome
Ranked #3 of 285 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Birmingham Hippodrome is an independent, not-for-profit, registered charity. The unsubsidised Hurst Street based venue averages over 500,000 visits annually making it the most popular single auditorium in the UK. With no public revenue funding, it is home to Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange, presents all of Welsh National Opera's repertoire, welcomes the best in international dance, West End and Broadway musicals and is home to the world's biggest Pantomime. Birmingham Hippodrome is currently expanding its Creative Programme building on its successful work in schools and in the community, and with free outdoor performances. With partners including Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and private funders, the Hippodrome has recently enjoyed co-producing and producing new events including Six Summer Saturdays, International Dance Festival Birmingham, The Voyage (for the London 2012 Festival) and Summer in Southside.
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“Great theater”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Have been to this theater lots of times the most recent was to see blood brothers amazon show good price and good seats in stalls already booked to see show again in wolverhampton

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“New Ballet 'Aladdin'; excellent sets, costumes and technical expertise but where was the magic on 20 February 2013?”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

We travelled from Swindon, and stayed overnight, to see the new ballet, Aladdin, at the Birmingham Hippodrome, the home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The sets, costumes, lighting and effects were a credit to the brilliant talent and expertise behind them but the cool draught across the middle circle, where we had seats centre stage in Row D, made for a rather uncomfortable two and a half hours although the bitterly cold weather had been forecast and a little more heat might have been an improvement.

The corps be ballet, soloists and other roles were, as expected, superb and engaging in their execution and expression but, alas, the role of Aladdin itself, and the lack of 'choregraphy' for that role, did not provide Chi Cao with the opportunity to show his skills and talent as a Principal Ballet Dancer, albeit in the character of an 'innocent boy', and, frankly, there seemed to be little or no chemistry between he and Natasha Oughtred as the Princess. Almost at the very end of the Ballet we saw a fleeting glimpse of the true talent and ability of Chi Cao.

This lack of chemistry, and magic, turned what could have been an excellent visit to the Ballet into a rather disappointing experience for us.

Visited February 2013
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“Excellent facilities”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Went to see the ballet and it is such a lovely stage - large enough to do a full ballet.
We saw Aladdin with BRB - a new show - but I am sure it will be around for a long time.
Orchestra and scenery were fabulous
It must have been a full house but there are plenty of bars and toilets so it was not a problem

Visited February 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Good show, Inside Shame about location”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Definitely a great place to see live performance, but it is a shame that it is in a club area, where people get drunk, abusive and show lack of respect to elder people.

Visited February 2013
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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“Birthday ruined by hecklers”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Went to watch they very well reviewed Dirty Dancing on the 11th August. It was a reasonable show but nothing to right home about, but the evening was completely ruined by the constant heckling of women who had obviously been drinking for most of the afternoon. It was like going to a working men's club. The ushers interjected regularly but it continued for the whole performance. My wife did write to the theatre but was not even afforded the courtesy of a reply.

We will thing twice about using the venue again.

Paul Daly

Visited August 2012
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