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Writing competition winners Lauren Bull (13) and William Bezzant are treated to a meet and greet at the Library of Birmingham with cast from the musical Wicked.

Writers have Wicked time with star cast

Two lucky young writers were plucked from numerous entries to the Wicked Young Writers Award competition.

John Partridge, Gok Wan and Stephanie Beacham

All-star line-up to provide panto fun

From television royalty Stephanie Beacham playing the Evil Queen to rising star Danielle Hope as Snow White, Birmingham Hippodrome’s production promises to be “the Palladium of pantomimes.”

Taha Elamin

Taha in a royal role

Taha Elamin, aged eight, auditioned for the job in June and after a six-hour long audition he was offered a year-long contract with the Disney group.

Stars from Birmingham Hippodrome's Phantom of the Opera have been helping Solihull students prepare to stage their own

STARS of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera visited Solihull School as pupils prepared to stage their own version of the hit musical.

The Phantom of the Opera's 25th Anniversary Tour arrives in Birmingham next week

ANDREW Lloyd’s Webber’s phenomenally successful show, The Phantom of the Opera, takes its 25th Anniversary Tour to Birmingham next week.

Bintley's ballet Aladdin a triumph at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Aladdin, Birmingham Hippodrome

Age UK Solihull marks 30th anniversary

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A HUNDRED elderly people die from the cold in Solihull each year, the chairman of the local Age UK branch has revealed.

'Mr Pantomime' Ian Sandy, from Acocks Green, dies aged just 48

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STARS of stage and screen have been paying tribute to an Acocks Green theatre stalwart who has died aged just 48.

Brian Conley triumphs in Robinson Crusoe at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, B’ham Hippodrome

From dinner lady to West End star, X Factor's Niki Evans life has changed a lot in five years

FROM dinner lady to West End star, Chelmsley Wood’s Niki Evans has gone a long way since making it to the X Factor finals in 2007.

Dirty Dancing at Birmingham Hippodrome.

FANS of the cult classic won’t be disappointed by this sexy and sizzling adaptation for the stage.

THERE isn’t a girl alive who hasn’t seen Dirty Dancing, well except for the lead in the sell-out stage version which opened in Birmingham this week.

Based on the cult 1987 film, 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman discovers a lot more than dance moves when she meets sexy dance instructor Johnny Castle, originally played by Patrick Swayze, at a 1960s summer camp in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

A LIFE-size ship sails into Birmingham next week for one of the biggest outdoor performances ever seen in the West Midlands.

Dancers and aerialists will perform in and around an enormous vessel in the centre of Birmingham’s Victoria Square, accompanied by a choir, live music and original film projections from the award-winning Logela Multimedia.

CHILDREN from across the Midlands are due to perform alongside West End stars in musical The King and I.

Ramon Tikaram and Josefina Gabrielle star as the king of Siam and British governess Anna who cares for his many children in the legendary musical which features famous hits which as ‘Shall We Dance’, ‘I Whistle A Happy Tune’, and ‘Getting To Know You’.

Oliver! delights at Birmingham Hippodrome

Oliver! Birmingham Hippodrome.

Basil Brush visits Solihull family

BOOM, Boom! The nation’s favourite fox Basil Brush recently paid a special visit to Solihull youngster Henry Balthazor.

WIN Solihull News tickets to see Calendar Girls at the Birmingham Hippodrome!

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WIN Solihull News tickets to see Calendar Girls at the Birmingham Hippodrome!

Here come the cheeky girls!

SELL-OUT show Calendar Girls returns to Birmingham next month for its farewell tour.

Fairytale fun for families

AFTER weeks of eager anticipation, Cinderella has begun its run at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Kathryn happy with a fairytale theatre return

KATHRYN Rooney is delighted to slip on the crystal slippers and star in Britain’s biggest pantomime - for the second year running.

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