Critical List: September Midlands Must-Sees
flashdance the musical
4th – 8th September @ belgrade theatre, coventry
Flashdance – The Musical returns to the UK for the first time since 2011 starring Strictly Come Dancingchampion Joanne Clifton as Alex Owens and A1 heart-throb and singer-songwriter Ben Adams as Nick Hurley.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.belgrade.co.uk/event/flashdance
8th September @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester
10th September @ Birmingham Rep
Critically acclaimed and award winning stand up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and stand up show on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place; Chris Ramsey brings his brand new 2018 live tour to venues this autumn following a sell-out spring run.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.demontforthall.co.uk/events/events.php/2018/1964/chris-ramsey-live-2018/ & www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/chris-ramsey.html
8th September @ new alexandra theatre, birmingham
Combining music with perfectly pitched observational comedy, Mo Gilligan is fast becoming not just a heavyweight social media influencer but a voice of his generation, perfectly representing the very modern future of British comedy.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.atgtickets.com/shows/mo-gilligan-aka-mo-the-comedian/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham
9th September @ curve theatre. leicester
Pop in and see Joe Lycett on his brand new stand-up tour, where he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and The Royal Variety Performance.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/joe-lycett/
12th – 22nd September @ birmingham rep
From Bruntwood Prize winner Anna Jordan, Pop Music is an emotionally contagious rollercoaster. A night at the theatre for anyone who’s ever been a dick on the dance floor.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/pop-music.html
5th – 8th september @ BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
13th & 14th September @ Nottingham Playhouse
Inspired by the first man in America to plead Insanity as his defence, award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts examine the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/freeman-2018/ &www.belgrade.co.uk/event/freeman-2018
NOTTINGHAM RUM & REGGAE FESTIVAL
Take a Rum journey around the world, hosted by Reggae Sound System, tasting rare and special craft rums from the West Indies, Cuba, South America & The United States
TICKETS & MORE INFO: WWW.RUMANDREGGAEFESTIVAL.COM
15th & 16th September @ New Alex, Birmingham
Mitchell Brunings, lead of the sell out musical One Love and previous Marley Reprised shows, returns to Birmingham with his full live band to perform Marley Reprised once more. A unique opportunity for a full evening of Bob Marley’s greatest hits, bringing the reggae star back to life with Mitchell’s authentic, soulful, almost identical voice.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.atgtickets.com/shows/marley-reprised/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/
15th-16th September @ Arena Birmingham
Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in 2002 and have released five studio albums. The band have won seven Brit Awards — winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. They also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.arenabham.co.uk/whats-on/arctic-monkeys
trailer park boys
17th September @ theatre royal nottingham
What’s supposed to be an intimate evening with the Trailer Park Boys quickly goes off the rails when, after escaping arrest for ‘a simple misunderstanding’, the boys realise they have limited time to party before the cops inevitably track them down. Under pressure to pack as much partying as possible into the evening, expect the boys to be at their drunkest, highest and greasiest for a hilarious night you’ll never forget!
TICKETS & MORE INFO: trch.co.uk/whats-on/trailer-park-boys/
HYMNS FOR ROBOTS
19th – 21ST September @ BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
In a small attic, packed in hundreds of cereal boxes, lies the life’s work of Delia Derbyshire – the unsung genius behind the Doctor Who theme tune and trailblazer of electronic music. Join Noctium as they explore this fascinating tale of the mother of modern music. Using strange sounds and weird wobbulations, Noctium brings you a sonic experience your ears won’t believe.
Hymns for Robots mixes Noctium’s unique heightened performance style with analogue and digital music to bring you an extraordinary life that was almost forgotten.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.belgrade.co.uk/event/hymns-for-robots-2018
20TH September @ BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
Join prominent queer artist Travis Alabanza for an intimate dinner of burgers, chips and drinks to discuss, reflect and document experiences of queer and transphobic public harassment.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: /www.belgrade.co.uk/event/tranz-talkz
Until 22nd September @ Nottingham Playhouse
Unlucky in both love and life, Charity Hope Valentine is a kind young woman who earns her keep dancing in the seedier bars of New York City.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/music/sweet-charity/
27th – 29th September
This year Derby Festé celebrates 250 years of Circus and kicks off on Thursday night as Bass’ Recreation ground is opened up as the venue for a fantastic, exciting and exhilarating circus ‘Now or Never’ by Circa Tsuica.
MORE INFO: www.derbyfeste.com
18th September @ Arena Birmingham
We gon’ party like it’s yo birthday! Huge news… Hip Hop Superstar 50 Cent will be hitting Arena Birmingham this September, to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of his debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.arenabham.co.uk/whats-on/50-cent
20th September @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
21st September @ Genting Arena, Birmingham
Kylie, who always raises the bar with her live performances, promises a brand-new extravaganza for this production which will be centred around her new album ‘Golden’, although of course her amazing back catalogue will be embraced.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.gentingarena.co.uk/whats-on/kylie
19th & 20th September @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.demontforthall.co.uk/events/events.php/2018/1892/dave-gorman
Rosie Kay – MK Ultra
20th & 21st September @ Birmingham Hippodrome
MK ULTRA explores the the rise of a strange, dark myth of our time. How, as millions of young people turn away from the established political systems, they are embracing bizarre conspiracies that they see hidden like a secret code in the culture and music that surrounds them.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/rosie-kay-mk-ultra/
21st – 22nd September @ Curve, Leicester
Following the huge success of Until the Lions, award-winning choreographer, dancer and Curve Associate Artist Akram Khan returns with his brand new production, XENOS. Marking his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece, Akram Khan takes to the stage alongside five world-class musicians.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/xenos/
22nd September @ New Alex, Birmingham
23rd September @ Curve, Leicester
BAFTA and Perrier award-winning comedian Dylan Moran embarks on his brand new tour – Dr Cosmos. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.atgtickets.com/shows/dylan-moran/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/
BIERKELLER BINGO – HARRY POTTER & THE ORDER OF THE BINGO BALLS
25TH September @ NOTTINGHAM BIERKELLER
Calling all wizards and witches, whether you are a pure blood, half-blood or mudblood; Nottingham Bierkeller invite you to a magical night where for one night only we transform Bierkeller into the grand great hall of Hogwarts for their best theme yet:
TICKETS & MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/2347833065242518/
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
25th – 29th September @ Theatre Royal Nottingham
Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with their latest West End smash hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: trch.co.uk/whats-on/comedy-bank-robbery
Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord
13th September @ Glee Club, Nottingham
25th September @ The Cookie, Leicester
26th September @ Glee Club, Birmingham
Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy Neighbour, Jamali Maddix is embarking on his first World Tour. He’ll be bringing brutally honest and unflinching material on the state of society along with personal tales from his travels around the world of hate and moral confrontation.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.jamalimaddix.com/
Memoirs of An Asian Football Casual
26th September – 6th October @ Curve, Leicester
Away from the racial tensions of 1980s British society and the pressure to stay true to his cultural roots at home, Rushey Mead teenager Riaz Khan, finds his place with Leicester City‘s infamous football hooligans, the Baby Squad.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/memoirs-of-an-asian-football-casual/
27th September @ arena birmingham
American superstar comic and award-winning actor Chris Tucker is delighted to announce he is returning to the UK. This tour will see the stand up bring his brand new live comedy show to Arena Birmingham this autumn.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.arenabham.co.uk/whats-on/chris-tucker
29th September @ Derby Theatre
Creators of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 hit Meet Fred, team up with clown supremos Spymonkey, to present an anarchic, slightly rude, hilarious slice of stupidity, with live music and unfeasibly large wigs.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: www.derbytheatre.co.uk/flop
25th September @ O2 Institute Birmingham
After a series of acclaimed single releases, including ‘Kiss’ and ‘The Tide’, goth-pop quartet, Pale Waves will play their biggest headline shows to date this autumn and prove why they’ve become the hottest band of 2018.
TICKETS & MORE INFO: academymusicgroup.com/o2institutebirmingham/events/1154216/pale-waves-tickets
beastwang/ warehouse leicester
28th September @ st john street, leicester
To celebrate #6YearsOfBeastwang , they’re throwing a warehouse event in Leicester which can only be described as another alluring line-up. With no chill anywhere on site, expect to go 0-100 to the jump up and rolling sounds of DNB, wobbling sounds of Bass House & Bassline and the soulful, 2-step, gun-finger sounds of UK Garage…