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Malcolm, mirth and ..... Mozart

WE take a look at some of the shows set to be staged at Solihull Arts Complex in the first half of 2012.

WE take a look at some of the shows set to be staged at Solihull Arts Complex in the first half of 2012.

For the full line-up, pick up a programme from the Arts Complex or visit www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk. Tickets on 0121 704 6962.

l Theatre: In March, Malcolm Stent returns to the venue for the latest run of his stage show - Go and Play Up Your Own End.

Joining the production are fellow funnyman Don Maclean and The Duchess of Dudley herself Lizzie Wiggins.

As always the borough’s am-dram troupes are well represented, performing a selection of celebrated musicals.

Among them are Carousel (Knowle Operatic Society), Me and My Girl (Peterbrook Players) and Oklahoma! (Solihull On Stage).

And on June 11, Charles Dickens’ great great grandson Gerald will be visiting the venue to perform Nicholas Nickleby.

l Comedy & Variety: The Barnstormers Comedy Nights will continue to bring a collection of top comics up from the London circuit.

On March 1, stand-up Kevin Precious will be sharing with an audience some of the stories from his former life as a teacher.

With the Olympics visiting London this year, a new show explores the games’ unlikely origins in the small Shropshire village of Much Wenlock.

Set in 1850, Much Ado About Wenlock is a full-mask show, sprinting into Solihull on May 4.

l Music: West End star and former Tudor Grange School pupil Margaret Preece returns to the borough to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Also back for an encore is saxophonist and former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Julian Smith, performing his Valentine’s Day concert.

Rock band Ezio (March 9) Folk singer Maddy Prior (April 7), and jazz vocalist Stacey Kent (April 18) are among the other performers.

For classical fans, the Locrian Ensemble will perform Mozart by Candlelight - their love letter to one of the best composers of all.

 

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