With so many fantastic theatres on offer right here in the city of Birmingham, there’s no need to travel to the West End. Whether you’re keen on musicals, West End shows, comedies or a smaller independent production; you’ll find them all on offer at one of the many theatres. Check out our top picks below.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB

A 1,900-seat theatre, founded in 1902, the Birmingham Hippodrome (pictured above) is home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet and a variety of other performances including musicals, pantomime and opera.

Every summer the theatre becomes the temporary home to a touring West End show offering you and your date the chance to experience the best in theatre without the hassle of travelling to the West End. Along with the more traditional theatre and ballet, the hippodrome also features a selection of comedy shows and dance companies, providing a varied calendar that is sure to satisfy every taste.

A champagne and canapés service adds an extra level of sophistication to a date at the theatre; alternatively the Circle restaurant situated within the theatre offers relaxed dining with menus varying based on the show and an extensive wine list to provide a fantastic theatre date experience.

The Rep

Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP

Celebrating its centenary last year, The Rep theatre has long since established itself as one of the leading theatres in Birmingham.

The rep offers a range of performances including musicals, dramas and comedy nights along with a host of original productions that start life at ‘The Door’ studio, situated within The Rep.

With a capacity of over 1,000 The Rep is still able to maintain an intimate feel as well as ensuring that every seat has a good view of the stage, resulting in an unspoilt performance for all.

We recommend taking advantage of the Centenary Bar and Brasserie to enjoy a pre-theatre meal and enjoy views over Centenary Square. The menu consists of authentic British food and is accompanied by a drinks menu offering a selection of well-priced wines.

New Alexandra Theatre

Station Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS

The New Alexandra Theatre has been a mainstay of Birmingham since 1902 and gained popular praise, even being called ‘The People’s Theatre’ at one time.

Now home to a variety of performances including Sing-a-long Grease, West Side Story and a host of other musicals, comedies and drama; it’s a theatre that offers a good mixture of shows that appeal to a wide audience.

The theatre has also partnered with The Mailbox to offer some special meal options, meaning you and your date can enjoy an exclusive afternoon tea or treat yourself to a meal before the show.

The Old Joint Stock Theatre

4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY

This hidden gem is a 105-seat theatre located above the Old Joint Stock Pub, which offers a variety of productions in an intimate setting.

Founded in 2006 the theatre is home to the Old Joint Stock Theatre Company, whose aim is to produce a number of performances throughout the year, meaning there’s always something innovative and fresh to go and see.

The pub situated underneath the theatre offers a selection of famous pub classics including a range of speciality pies and beer battered fish and chips. There’s also a host of real ales on tap along with an extensive wine list making it a great choice for a meal and theatre date.