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Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 5HD
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - The Musical

From the Top Theatre Company present:

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - based on the popular 1988 MGM film

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels takes you to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated,suave with a good dash of mischief, a hysterical comedy that features a delightfully jazzy score.

Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress, Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep you laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

Wed 11 May

£14–£16

Thu 12 May

£14–£16

Fri 13 May

£14–£16

Sat 14 May

£14–£16

Frozen 2

Frozen II
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • U
  • Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff

Elsa (Menzel) and Anna (Bell) head off on a dangerous journey after Elsa hears voices calling her to a distant land. The plot is less involving than the character interaction, but Olaf (Gad) is the comedic highlight and while it may be less compelling than the original, it's got all the ingredients for a hit.

Tue 28 Dec

£5–£7

Grease The Musical

Script Youth MTC is delighted to be preforming this musical, Since its electric Broadway and West End debut in the early 1970's, GREASE has remained one of the world's most popular and enduring musicals. Funny, frank and featuring the hit songs "Greased Lightnin'," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're The One That I Want," and "Summer Nights," GREASE follows the journey of Danny and Sandy, alongside the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies, as they navigate high school to the unforgettable rock n' roll soundtrack that defined generations. 

The School editions is family friendly and suitable for all ages.

Wed 6 Jul

£14.50–£144.50

Thu 7 Jul

£14.50–£144.50

Fri 8 Jul

£14.50–£144.50

Sat 9 Jul

£14.50–£144.50

Handbagged

by Moira Buffini

The Queen's weekly meetings with Mrs Thatcher.  Satirical and serious.

What happened between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher during their weekly meetings? Moira Buffini takes an amusing look at the contrasting outlooks and values of these two singular women. There are elements of bold comedy and some caricature; also moments of pathos in reactions to the death of Mountbatten and the Grand Hotel bombing.

Tue 22 Feb

£9–£12

Thu 24 Feb

£12

Fri 25 Feb

£9–£12

Sat 26 Feb

£9–£12

Tue 1 Mar

£9–£12

Thu 3 Mar

£9–£12

Fri 4 Mar

£9–£12

Sat 5 Mar

£9–£12

Handbagged

by Moira Buffini

The Queen's weekly meetings with Mrs Thatcher.  Satirical and serious.

What happened between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher during their weekly meetings? Moira Buffini takes an amusing look at the contrasting outlooks and values of these two singular women. There are elements of bold comedy and some caricature; also moments of pathos in reactions to the death of Mountbatten and the Grand Hotel bombing.

Important Information:

Although the lockdown has been lifted, we have decided to make a couple of evenings available with distanced seating to help you feel safe. These are Distanced Wednesdays where each Wednesday will be booked and allocated as they were when we were able to open between lockdowns.

Bookings are for general admission and seating will be allocated when bookings close two days before the event. This is so that we can continue to maintain distancing for those of you who would prefer this. This has been reduced but there will still be at least one empty seat around your party.

You will also be asked to login for test and trace, and are kindly requested to wear face coverings while moving around the theatre.

The coffee shop and bar will be open but there will be extra seating in the front foyer and the upper foyer will also be in use to allow people to spread out more.

Wed 23 Feb

£9–£12

Wed 2 Mar

£9–£12

House Guest

by Francis Durbridge

Robert and Stella learn that their son has been kidnapped - not for ransom, but to force them to allow one of the kidnappers to remain in their house. Two other men, supposedly police officers, arrive and reveal that one of the kidnappers has been murdered. Soon, however, it is clear that these two are far from what they seem as is much else in this tense, twisting, exciting thriller.

Wed 1 Dec

£12

Wed 8 Dec

£12

How the Other Half Loves

by Alan Ayckbourn

Three couples. Affairs. Suspicions. Jealousies. Possibly Ayckbourn's funniest play.

Frank and Fiona are posh; Bob and Teresa are socially a notch below them; William wants to better himself and Mary is humble and nervous. Teresa suspects Bob of having an affair, which he is; William suspects Mary of having an affair which she isn't; Frank does not suspect Fiona is having an affair which she is. Full of Ayckbourn's wit and ingenious staging; confusion and misunderstandings abound.

Tue 18 Jan

£9–£12

Thu 20 Jan

£9–£12

Fri 21 Jan

£9–£12

Sat 22 Jan

£9–£12

Tue 25 Jan

£9–£12

Thu 27 Jan

£9–£12

Fri 28 Jan

£9–£12

Sat 29 Jan

£9–£12

How the Other Half Loves

by Alan Ayckbourn

Three couples. Affairs. Suspicions. Jealousies. Possibly Ayckbourn's funniest play.

Frank and Fiona are posh; Bob and Teresa are socially a notch below them; William wants to better himself and Mary is humble and nervous. Teresa suspects Bob of having an affair, which he is; William suspects Mary of having an affair which she isn't; Frank does not suspect Fiona is having an affair which she is. Full of Ayckbourn's wit and ingenious staging; confusion and misunderstandings abound.

Important Information:

Although the lockdown has been lifted, we have decided to make a couple of evenings available with distanced seating to help you feel safe. These are Distanced Wednesdays where each Wednesday will be booked and allocated as they were when we were able to open between lockdowns.

Bookings are for general admission and seating will be allocated when bookings close two days before the event. This is so that we can continue to maintain distancing for those of you who would prefer this. This has been reduced but there will still be at least one empty seat around your party.

You will also be asked to login for test and trace, and are kindly requested to wear face coverings while moving around the theatre.

The coffee shop and bar will be open but there will be extra seating in the front foyer and the upper foyer will also be in use to allow people to spread out more.

Wed 19 Jan

£12

Wed 26 Jan

£12

I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake
  • 2016
  • UK / France
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

Newly widowed Newcastle joiner Daniel (Johns) has worked all his life, but when his doctor tells him that his heart condition means he can't work, the welfare system disagrees. Familiar territory for Loach and screenwriter Laverty but despite unapologetic heartstring-tugging, the subject – the system's intrinsic cruelty and unfairness – is sadly more relevant than ever.

Sat 12 Feb

£5–£7

Macbeth

Macbeth
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 1h 53min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Justin Kurzel
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis

Australian director Kurzel significantly trims Shakespeare's drama, placing the emphasis on brutal, bloody conflict and primal energy. The cast is impressive but Fassbender's warrior king has all the fury and impact of Pacino in his prime; all in all, an adaptation of raw, haunting power.

Sun 10 Apr

£5–£7

My Left Foot

My Left Foot
  • 1989
  • 1h 43min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jim Sheridan
  • Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan

Daniel Day-Lewis won his first Oscar for his performance as Christy Brown, a man born with cerebral palsy into a working-class Irish family who became a writer and artist despite only being able to control his left foot.

Sat 7 May

£5–£7

Nomadland

Nomadland
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Chloé Zhao
  • Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie, Bob Wells

Chloé Zhao's Oscar-winning drama starring Frances McDormand, which follows a women who begins living as a modern day nomad across western United States after losing her job in the Great Recession.

Sat 16 Jul

£5–£7

Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen

Jane Austen's sparkling satire on fashionable manners and Gothic horror. Catherine Morland is taken to Bath by the Allens, meets the gushing and profuse Isabella and they quickly become friends, frightening themselves reading 'The Mysteries of Udolpho'. When the Tilneys invite her to stay at Northanger Abbey, Catherine can scarcely contain her excitement.

Tue 7 Jun

£9–£12

Thu 9 Jun

£9–£12

Fri 10 Jun

£9–£12

Sat 11 Jun

£9–£12

Tue 14 Jun

£9–£12

Thu 16 Jun

£9–£12

Fri 17 Jun

£9–£12

Sat 18 Jun

£9–£12

Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen

Jane Austen's sparkling satire on fashionable manners and Gothic horror. Catherine Morland is taken to Bath by the Allens, meets the gushing and profuse Isabella and they quickly become friends, frightening themselves reading 'The Mysteries of Udolpho'. When the Tilneys invite her to stay at Northanger Abbey, Catherine can scarcely contain her excitement.

Important Information:

Although the lockdown has been lifted, we have decided to make a couple of evenings available with distanced seating to help you feel safe. These are Distanced Wednesdays where each Wednesday will be booked and allocated as they were when we were able to open between lockdowns.

Bookings are for general admission and seating will be allocated when bookings close two days before the event. This is so that we can continue to maintain distancing for those of you who would prefer this. This has been reduced but there will still be at least one empty seat around your party.

You will also be asked to login for test and trace, and are kindly requested to wear face coverings while moving around the theatre.

The coffee shop and bar will be open but there will be extra seating in the front foyer and the upper foyer will also be in use to allow people to spread out more.

Wed 8 Jun

£9–£12

Wed 15 Jun

£9–£12

Passion Play

by Peter Nichols

Classic eighties play. Gripping emotional drama about infidelity and betrayal.

Eleanor and James have been married for 25 years. Apparently, they have lived happily enough during that time, faithful to each other until James learns that one of Eleanor's 'girlfriends' thinks him attractive and he is tempted. An affair begins but Eleanor discovers his betrayal through another friend, Agnes. We see into the minds and inner conflicts of James and Eleanor through their alter egos Jim and Nell.

Tue 5 Apr

£9–£12

Thu 7 Apr

£9–£12

Fri 8 Apr

£9–£12

Sat 9 Apr

£9–£12

Tue 12 Apr

£9–£12

Thu 14 Apr

£9–£12

Fri 15 Apr

£9–£12

Sat 16 Apr

£9–£12

Passion Play

by Peter Nichols

Classic eighties play. Gripping emotional drama about infidelity and betrayal

Eleanor and James have been married for 25 years. Apparently, they have lived happily enough during that time, faithful to each other until James learns that one of Eleanor's 'girlfriends' thinks him attractive and he is tempted. An affair begins but Eleanor discovers his betrayal through another friend, Agnes. We see into the minds and inner conflicts of James and Eleanor through their alter egos Jim and Nell.

Important Information:

Although the lockdown has been lifted, we have decided to make a couple of evenings available with distanced seating to help you feel safe. These are Distanced Wednesdays where each Wednesday will be booked and allocated as they were when we were able to open between lockdowns.

Bookings are for general admission and seating will be allocated when bookings close two days before the event. This is so that we can continue to maintain distancing for those of you who would prefer this. This has been reduced but there will still be at least one empty seat around your party.

You will also be asked to login for test and trace, and are kindly requested to wear face coverings while moving around the theatre.

The coffee shop and bar will be open but there will be extra seating in the front foyer and the upper foyer will also be in use to allow people to spread out more.

Wed 6 Apr

£12

Wed 13 Apr

£12

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • 2019
  • France
  • 2h 2min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Céline Sciamma
  • Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adele Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Héloïse (Haenel) and Marianne (Merlant) are lovers in 18th century Brittany, who negotiate their romance after La Comtesse (Golino) leaves them with the maid Sophie (Bajrami). Scintillating, slow-burn period drama with affection and a sharp edge, gracefully handling the women’s flirtation and passion and beautifully depicting the bond between the three women.

Sat 25 Jun

£5–£7

Shrek The Musical "New Dates"

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek" And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

Wed 15 Dec

£13.50–£135

Thu 16 Dec

£13.50–£135

Fri 17 Dec

£13.50–£135

Sat 18 Dec

£13.50–£135

Sold out

Wind River

Wind River
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Taylor Sheridan
  • Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille

Cory Lambert (Renner) is a wildlife officer used to tracking predators, who teams up with rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Olsen) to solve a murder in Wind River Indian Reservation. For all the sensitive handling of Native American issues, the dialogue is hokey, the Olsen character is underwritten and there’s too much focus on Renner’s character.

Sat 19 Mar

£5–£7

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