March’s Must-Sees in the Midlands

The evenings are getting lighter and the sun brighter which can only mean Spring has sprung!

This month is jam-packed with marvellous events all across the Midlands for you to get your culture fix.

We’ve chosen our top picks below!

The Phantom of the Opera
until 21st March @ Curve, Leicester

The Brilliant Original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s The Phantom of the Opera is embarking on a major UK and Ireland tour. Now in its 34th phenomenal year in the West End, The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history.

KISSTORY Presents The Blast Off! Tour
3rd March @ Nottingham Arena
12th March @ Birmingham, Resorts World Arena

This year a very special, one-of-a-kind tour is coming to arenas across Ireland and the UK in February and March. With a huge all-star line-up, The Blast Off Tour! features live performances from top US artists Nelly, Salt N Pepa, Shaggy, Mya and Blu Cantrell.

Ask Me Anything
3rd – 4th March @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Ask Me Anything is an immersive theatrical experience set in their 90s and 00s teenage bedrooms. Featuring original live music and cutting-edge digital artistry, it explores what different generations can learn from each other.

Ammar Duffus (Conor) and the ensemble of A Monster Calls UK Tour. Photo credit Manuel Harlan.

A Monster Calls
3rd  – 7th March @ Belgrade Theatre

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought vividly to life in the Olivier Award-winning production by visionary director Sally Cookson.

DMU Pride: The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me
3rd  – 4th March @ Curve, Leicester

A bittersweet and darkly comic tale of political campaigns, coercive abuse and steam trains. The MP, Aunty Mandy & Me explores power and manipulation through a queer voice from the #MeToo movement.

The Book of Mormon
4th –28th March @ Birmingham Hippodrome

The Book of Mormon is the outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez, co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen, follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
6th March @ Birmingham, Symphony Hall
7th march @  Royal Concert Hall nottingham

Jimmy’s brand-new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo.

Jax Jones
6th March @ Rock City, Nottingham
12th March @ O2 Institute Birmingham

Ivor Novello, Grammy and two-time BRIT Award nominated producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist, Jax Jones, will bring the party to cities across the UK as he heads out on tour in support of his new album, Snacks.

Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Poet in Da Corner
6th & 7th march @ Curve, Leicester
10th – 14th March @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre
19th – 21st March @ Nottingham Playhouse

In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy In Da Corner by her best friend SS Vyper.

Darren Styles
7th March @ The Mill, Digbeth

. Whether you’re watching one of his electrifying DJ sets or listening to one of his many groundbreaking productions, it’s clear that Darren Styles is a true master of his art. With over 25 years experience in a cut throat industry under his belt, Darren has truly stood the test of time and continued to evolve into an artist that means as much today as when he first burst onto the scene.

James Arthur
7th March @ Arena Birmingham

Ahead of his highly anticipated sold out theatre dates, James Arthur has announced a nationwide UK and Ireland arena tour for March 2020, making a stop at Arena Birmingham 7 March 2020.

Simon Brodkin
8th March @ The Y Theatre, Leicester

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself!

Iain Stirling Failing Upwards
8th March @ Nottingham Playhouse

Iain Stirling is taking his “extremely funny” comedy back on the road for his biggest ever nationwide tour, following his 2018 sell-out smash U OK HUN? x.

Ghetts
8th March @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
13th March @ O2 Institute Birmingham

Hot on the heels of his Ivor Novello nomination, today East London rapper and Grime veteran Ghetts announces his biggest headline tour to date

Like There’s No Tomorrow
9th – 14th March @ Belgrade Theatre

The latest mobile phone. A new dress for the party. A second car. When a mysterious crack appears through the middle of Maru’s hometown, someone has to sit up and take notice.

Augmented
9th – 11th March @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre

From going deaf in her 20s to being activated/switched on as a real-life ‘cyborg’, Sophie Woolley’s brand new play is a personal story of the joy and conflict of becoming ‘hearing’ again after years of total deafness.

Michael Kiwanuka
10th March @ De Montfort Hall

In support of his stunning third album, KIWANUKA, Michael is heading out on the road.

IVO GRAHAM
10th March @ Glee Club Birmingham

The time for faff is over: has Big Daddy Graham got the skillz (anecdotes/banter/topical asides) to pay da billz (gas/water/electric)? More hilariously anxious blather from one of the most hilariously anxious blatherers in the business.

Once
10th – 14th March @ Belgrade Theatre

Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, you will meet (and never forget) two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician — who find each other unexpectedly and fall in love.

ENTER STAGE WRITE
11TH MARCH @ Birmingham Hippodrome

An X Factor style writing event showcasing West Midlands acting talent, the top five playwrights will see their work brought to life in front of a panel of industry heavy-weights. Accompanied by a comedy compere, the evening opens with a surprise celebrity singer with an uplifting tune and ends with the Hip-Hop Dance company ‘Let’s Make It Happen.’

Garrett Millerick
12th March @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre

In the last twelve months my wife has resolutely refused to nearly die, so it’s going to be missing the emotional impact of last year. There’s nothing I can do about that, I’ve tried. I messed with the brakes on her car, put stuff in her food, no dice. But then again, it’s 2019, everyone is depressed and anxious, the planet is dying, and Boris Johnson is Prime Minister. So that’s probably dark enough to be getting on with.

DELUXE
12TH – 14TH MARCH @ Curve, Leicester

Thrilling audiences and critics worldwide by blending both energetic and graceful dance with stunning music and film, Deluxe inspires audiences far and wide with its unique and unmistakable style.

Tori Kelly
13th March @ O2 Institute Birmingham

Award-winning singer, Tori Kelly, gives her new album, Inspired By True Events, the live treatment as she brings its soulful sounds to the UK on a headline tour.

IDOL – JAMAL GERALD
13TH – 14TH MARCH @ MAC Birmingham

A daring and unapologetic examination of religion, pop culture and Black representation.

Lucy Porter: Be Prepared
14th March @ The Y Theatre, Leicester

At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.

Gabrielle Aplin
14th March @ Rock City, Nottingham

Gabrielle Aplin has announced the release of her forthcoming third album Dear Happy, due for release on January 17th. Alongside this, she will be heading out on tour in March 2020, including a stop here at Rock City!

TWIN ATLANTIC
15TH March @ O2 Academy Leicester

Following a blistering main stage performance at Reading & Leeds Festival, Twin Atlantic are making a full live return with an intimate spring tour. The live shows will be in celebration of the band’s scorching, charged-up fourth album, POWER.

 

What’s in a name
16th – 21st March @ Curve, Leicester

You are invited to take a seat at the table for a riotously funny evening that questions whether a person’s name truly reflects who they are.

Blood Brothers
17th – 21st March @ Belgrade Theatre

Willy Russell’s legendary musical tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.

Curtains
17th – 21st March @ Leicester Haymarket Theatre

Its murder putting on a musical – literally! Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, has been murdered on stage on opening night! The entire cast and crew are suspects…

Crongton Knights
17th  – 21st March @ Derby Theatre

Life isn’t easy on the Crongton Estate and for McKay and his mates it’s all about keeping their heads down but when a friend finds herself in trouble, they set out on a mission that goes further than any of them imagined.

Russell Kane – The Fast and the Curious
21st March @ Loughborough Town Hall

He’s back. The keenly awaited brand-new tour show is here. Packing more energy than a Duracell factory, Russell’s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life – once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us, see more stuff, and get more done.

MCM Comic Con
21st & 22nd March @ NEC Birmingham

MCM Comic Con is back for 2020 and cooler than ever! Whether you’re a fan of comic books, cosplay, video games, anime, movies, books, or anything else – MCM Birmingham is waiting for you.

GRACE CARTER
22ND MARCH @ O2 Institute Birmingham

After a year of self-discovery, hard work and plenty of fun, Grace Carter is continuing her ascent to the top with her biggest headline tour to date. The tour follows the release of intimate single, ‘Fired Up’ and a stint supporting Lewis Capaldi, further confirming the contemporary R&B singer as a burgeoning talent.

Mamma Mia!
24th March – 4th April  @ Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.

I Think We Are Alone
24th – 28th March @ Curve, Leicester

I Think We Are Alone is a bittersweet and funny take on our ache to connect with those voices we need to hear again, those arms we need to feel around us and those faces we need to see again. It is about letting go and holding on to what we love the most.

Smash Hit Musical SIX Comes To Birmingham Hippodrome in 2020.

Six
24th –  29th March @ Theatre Royal, Nottingham

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.

The High Table
25th March – 9th April @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre

An epic family drama played out between the heavens and earth, The High Table is the hilarious and heart-breaking debut play from Temi Wilkey.

DX – Mariposa
27TH & 28th March @ Birmingham Hippodrome                                   

Under the neon lights of a Caribbean port, a local rent boy and a foreign sailor fall in love in choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra’s reimagining of Puccini’s seminal opera, Madame Butterfly.

Blossoms
10th March @ Rock City, nottingham
27th March @ O2 Birmingham Academy

One of Britain’s favourite indie bands, Blossoms, are kicking off the new year with the release of their highly anticipated third album, Foolish Loving Spaces, and an extensive headline tour to welcome the new songs into the world.

Chris Ramsey
27th March @ De Montfort Hall, leicester

Critically acclaimed comedian Chris Ramsey is hitting the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour in 2020.

                                                                                                      

KOJEY RADICAL
28TH MARCH @ O2 Institute Birmingham

Genre-defying East London rapper, Kojey Radical, is set for his biggest tour to date off the back of his exemplary new project, Cashmere Tears. A powerful collection of songs, it won him accolades across the board and cemented himself as an artist completely in his own lane.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
28th March @ Haymarket Theatre, Leicester

A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. These incredible performers are guaranteed to impress as they create shows packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – it’s just all made up on the spot!

Table Manners With Jessie Ware
28th March @ Birmingham, Town Hall

The award winning, smash hit podcast Table Manners will be embarking on a debut live UK tour in March 2020.  Jessie and her mum Lennie will be kicking off the tour in Birmingham on the 28th March.

Drunk Women Solving Crime
28th March @ Birmingham, Town Hall

One of the most talked about and chart-topping comedy podcasts of the past year, it’s a true crime podcast with a twist…of lime. Join writer/comedian hosts Hannah George, Catie Wilkins and Taylor Glenn as they welcome top guests from comedians to crime writers to test out their drunk detective skills.

DANE BAPTISTE
21st March @ Derby Theatre
29TH March @ Glee Club Birmingham

Dane is now a Grown Ass Black Man. Too old to be concerned with chicken or trainers. Too young to be considered a peer of Trevor McDonald. Has he got a chip on his shoulder? Yes. A chocolate one.

Circa Waves
31st March @ O2 Academy Leicester

Less than a year since the release of their third studio album, What’s It Like Over There? and indie quartet, Circa Waves, are going full steam ahead with their fourth full-length, Sad Happy.

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