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Looking for a great night out? With world-class Birmingham theatres on Rotunda’s doorstep, here’s our pick of the best shows in 2024

Whether it’s having a good laugh at comedy fringe or watching the awe-inspiring talents of the world famous Birmingham Royal Ballet, we’re proud to be so well placed in a city with the likes of the Alex Theatre, the Hippodrome, the Rep and venues that truly embrace culture in all its forms. 

Birmingham’s theatre scene and even one of the finest concert halls on the globe are all within easy walking distance of our chic apartments, each one promising an impressive programme of touring companies, famous faces and new talent.

THE HIPPODROME

The Grande Dame of Birmingham’s theatre scene, originally opening as the Tower of Varieties and Circus in 1899. Today, it welcomes UK premieres, West End Musicals and top comedy acts as well as being home to the famous Birmingham Royal Ballet.

See what’s on and book tickets for Birmingham’s Crescent Theatre.

The entrance to Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre.
Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre, home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet

THE BIRMINGHAM REP

Founded more than a century ago by Sir Barry Jackson, The Rep has made a name for itself for its pioneering productions. Standing proud over Centenary Square, there’s three stages (The House, The Door and The Studio) where artistic talent is nurtured through new writing, directing and casting programmes.

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The beautiful exterior of The Birmingham Rep theatre on Birmingham's centenary square. Credit: Kris Askey
The beautiful exterior of The Birmingham Rep theatre on Birmingham’s centenary square. Credit: Kris Askey

THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE

Birmingham’s beloved Alex was built in 1901 and has since become home to first class entertainment. In 2018, the venue underwent an extensive refurbishment and reverted to its original name, The Alexandra. It’s renowned for staging first-rate musicals, drama and comedy.

See what’s on and book tickets for Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre.

Stage view of the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Credit-Jonathan Hipkiss
Stage view of the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Credit: Jonathan Hipkiss

SYMPHONY HALL

Located in Birmingham’s Centenary Square as part of the ICC complex, it’s widely considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the world. Home to resident orchestra. The CBSO, its classical programme is complemented by rock, pop, folk, country and jazz music, and stand-up comedy. The renowned acoustics have attracted virtually every established musical figure on the world stage.

See what’s on and book tickets for Birmigham’s Symphony Hall.

Inside Birmingham's famous Symphony Hall. Credit: Craig Holmes.
Inside Birmingham’s famous Symphony Hall. Credit: Craig Holmes.

THE CRESCENT

One of Birmingham’s oldest theatre companies, operating from a purpose built venue in Sheepcote Street, Brindleyplace. Run mostly by volunteers, it stages more than 15 productions a year in its 300-seat main house and 100-seat studio.

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THE OLD JOINT STOCK THEATRE

Built in 1862 in the heart of Birmingham city centre, it was originally designed as a library for the St Philip’s church across the road. Today, the Grade II listed building is a stunning pub with its own modern theatre. This 80-seat black box studio boasts a mix of in-house productions, co-productions and visiting companies. If you love fringe theatre you will love the experience at the Old Joint Stock Theatre.

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Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham - Exterior
The Old Joint Stock is a must visit for fringe theatre lovers.

THE OLD REP

Dedicated to training and nurturing emerging artists, the Old Rep, Station Street presents a year-round programme of theatre, dance, comedy, musicals and creative workshops. As Britain’s first purpose-built repertory theatre, it opened in 1913 as the original home of the Birmingham Repertory Company led by Sir Barry Jackson.

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THE MAC

First opened in 1962 in Birmingham’s popular Cannon Hill Park, this pioneering arts complex has a mission to make art an important part of people’s lives. It welcomes more than a million visits every year with a busy programme of theatre, independent cinema, visual arts exhibitions and special events

See what’s on and book tickets for the MAC Birmingham.

The beautiful open air theatre, one of MAC Birmingham's many creative spaces. Credit: Tom Bird
The beautiful open air theatre, one of MAC Birmingham’s many creative spaces. Credit: Tom Bird