23rd Mar, 2017

Sheridan Smith taking to Birmingham Hippodrome stage

Ian Hughes 9th Jan, 2017

SHERIDAN Smith will be taking to the stage of Birmingham Hippodrome in one of many West End hits heading to the city this year.

The Oliver Award-winning star will be stepping back into the shoes of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl – which shot Barbara Streisand to global fame 50 years ago.

The musical – featuring classic songs such as People and Don’t Rain On My Parade – has already won huge acclaim during its West End run.

The year ahead will also see other West End hits heading to the Hippodrome – including Billy Elliot, La Cage aux Folles, Grease, The Addams Family, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Miss Saigon, Hairspray, Crazy For You and the Olivier Award-winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

And there will be dance for all tastes, including Matthew Bourne, Shobana Jeyasingh, the return of Milonga and Dance: Sampled, U-Dance National Festival, Carlos Acosta; and Birmingham Royal Ballet bring back The Nutcracker, together with Coppelia, and Three Short Story Ballets.

Welsh National Opera also offer a trio – Madam Butterfly, Die Fledermaus, and Der Rosenkavalier.

Hippodome artistic director Fiona Allen said: “We always get the biggest names in West End shows and we’re delighted to welcome Sheridan Smith back for her highly-praised role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. A huge hit on Broadway, The Addams Family is on it first UK tour. I can’t wait to see how it is staged – creepy and kooky works for me! Another first time UK Tour is the inspirational story of singer-songwriter Carole King, Beautiful.

“Spring 2017 sees the return of our hugely popular taster event Dance: Sampled. We had so much fantastic feedback after last time, we’ve brought it back with new acts and dance throughout the building with a line-up of international and local dance talent. We also welcome back internationally celebrated choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with Milonga, a fascinating exploration of Argentine Tango with a 21st century twist. And there’s a return visit by international dance icon Carlos Acosta, who launches his brand new company – Acosta Danza – for their first ever UK tour with some ballet and contemporary plus a guest appearance from Carlos himself.

“Summer in Southside and B-side Hip-Hop Festival were both huge for us in 2016 so it’s great to be presenting these free events again as we grow our national reputation as a producer and commissioner of major outdoor festivals and events.”

Visitbirminghamhippodrome.com for tickets and further details.