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Derren Brown and 11 other unmissable things to see in Birmingham this week

Shrek, Frozen on ice and Nicki Minaj are among the acts coming to the city

Stuck for ideas on what to do this week? Well look no further as we have a handy guide on the biggest shows in the city from Disney on Ice and Shrek for the kids to Derren Brown and street food for the adults.

Derren Brown

March 30 - April 11

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

0844 871 3011, www.atgtickets.co.uk/birmingham

The master of psychological illusion is back to mess with our minds. He mostly stops in venues for a week, but as the Alex is one of his favourite places, he’s here for a fortnight. He should really be burned as a witch, as the show, called Miracle, is bound to get audiences shaking their heads and saying “How on earth did he do that?”

Seamus Ryan Derren Brown
Derren Brown

Shrek The Musical

March 31 - April 26

Birmingham Hippodrome

0844 338 5000, www.birminghamhippodrome.com

I’m A Believer that this will be shrektacular. Watch as Shrek the ogre and Donkey come to life and leave the Swamp to rescue Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing dragon. Add the evil Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a gingerbread biscuit with attitude and you’ve got a fun, colourful musical comedy.

Pictures from the Birmingham Hippodrome of the musical Shrek.
Shrek The Musical

Beautiful Thing

March 30 - April 11

Birmingham Hippodrome

0844 338 5000, www.birminghamhippodrome.com

EastEnders’ Charlie Brooks plays a more likeable character than nasty Janine in this poignant comedy from Jonathan Harvey. She is Sandra, mum to troubled teen Jamie who fancies his next door neighbour Ste. Can he open up about his sexuality?

Find out more about Charlie and her gay boyfriend here.

Charlie Brooks plays Sandra in Beautiful Thing

Disney on Ice: Magical Ice Festival

April 1-5

Genting Arena

0844 338 8000, www.theticketfactory.com

Mickey and Minnie Mouse take to the ice along with princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle. But the Disney characters everyone will be waiting for are Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven from Frozen, as they journey up the North Mountains in a story full of action, adventure and magic.

Anna and Elsa in Disney On Ice
Anna and Elsa in Disney On Ice

Junior Simpson

April 1

The Comedy Junction, Sutton Coldfield

07985 006651, www.comedyjunction.co.uk

This comedy night with a packed bill is to raise money for the Help Harry Help Others charity, in memory of Harry Moseley and helping children with cancer.

Junior Simpson is joined by Freddie Farrell, Joe Rowntree, Nick Clarke, Gareth Berliner, Hannah Silvester, Albert Smith, Paul Nightingale and Karen Bayley. And if none of them make you laugh, check your pulse.

Street Food INC

April 2-6

Brindleyplace, Birmingham

0121 244 8080, www.facebook.com/events/1401414280166176/

The Easter weekend sees Central Square in Brindleyplace being taken over by the free event from Street Food INC. As well as a Street Food Market, CircusMASH will entertain the crowds with their stunts and there will also be performances from Drum Together Brum. Also, try to guess the ingredients in Pip’s Hot Sauce New Mystery Sauce Challenge.

Charli XCX

April 2

The Institute, Birmingham

0121 643 0428, theinstitutebirmingham.com

Charli, aka 22-year-old Charlotte Aitchison from Bishop’s Stortford, is a pop phenomenon and singer songwriter, having hits like Fancy with Iggy Azalea and Boom Clap. Her second studio album is called Sucker.

Charli XCX

Jonathan Coe

April 2

Library of Birmingham

0121 245 4455, www.birmingham-box.co.uk

Birmingham author Coe returns to his home city, where he set his novel The Rotters’ Club. He has always been interested in the relationship between music and the spoken word, so his readings in the library are accompanied by pianist Danny Manners and flautist Theo Travis. Coe will also be in conversation with Stuart Maconie.

Swim Deep

April 2

The Oobleck at Alfie Bird’s, Custard Factory, Birmingham

0121 270 6665, www.facebook.com/theoobleck

Brummie band Swim Deep performed at the opening weekend of Alfie Bird’s last year, and now the indie popsters return with new tracks from their second album. The gig may be sold out but check the box office for returns.

Swim Deep
Birmingham indie group Swim Deep

The Complete History of Comedy

April 2

Solihull Arts Complex

0121 704 6962, www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk

The Reduced Shakespeare Company, known for whipping through classical works in a couple of hours, now turn their attention to the vast world of comedy. Their latest abridged piece covers what has made us laugh through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin.

Nicki Minaj

April 3

Barclaycard Arena

0844 338 8000, www.theticketfactory.com

Rap queen Nicki Minaj is embarking on her Pinkprint Tour, featuring special guest Trey Songz. She says: “It’s been way too long since I’ve seen my European Barbz! I can’t wait to get back and party with all of you. We have more than a few surprises in store.”

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj

Romesh Ranganathan

April 3-4

Glee Club, Birmingham

0871 472 0400, www.glee.co.uk/birmingham

You’ll have seen cynical comic star Romesh on TV shows like Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo. Now the former maths teacher is on the bill on Friday and Saturday nights, along with Matt Richardson, Ivo Graham and Ian Coppinger.

 

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