With The Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol currently delighting festive audiences, the Birmingham Town Hall offers an alternative way to enjoy Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic. 160 years ago, Dickens selected the Town Hall as the venue for the work’s first-ever public reading, and from Saturday December 21, actor Clive Francis drops by to recreate that occasion, embodying the story’s famous characters and speaking about the author’s relationship with Brum.
There’s a refreshing twist on the Christmas panto up at The Drum from Friday December 20, with Raggarella giving the Cinderella story a ragga spin. Reggae star Sparky Rugged takes on the handsome prince role, as the estimable Dee Jay Don.
There’s more festive cheer to be had down at Coventry’s Ego Performance Company from Thursday December 19, with Trevor Goose And His Dark Night Of Lights turning the tale of The Little Match Girl into a dysfunctional cabaret. Back in Brum, the Crescent Theatre hosts the Company Theatre School’s production of Pinocchio from Sunday December 22.
If you like your pre-Christmas entertainment distinctly less heart-warming, then head to the Custard Factory Theatre on Thursday December 19, where psychedelic cinema purveyors Outer Sight and Brum’s fine new record shop Milque & Muhle present a screening of Roman Polanski’s psychological thriller The Tenant.
And if you’re looking to escape the inevitable family arguments once all the gifts have been unwrapped and all the mince pies eaten, then the Blue Orange Theatre present a production of The Tale Of Robin Hood from Tuesday December 31.
That’s your lot from the Brum Notes arts desk for this year, so we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a bloomin’ fantastic New Year. And stay tuned to Brum Notes for the essential guide to the West Midlands’ most exciting and inspirational cultural fare throughout 2014. Happy holidays!