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Strictly Come Dancing, Arenacross, 36 Crazyfists, Andy Zaltzman and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

By Rebecca Stanley | Best of | Published:

From the start of the Strictly tour kicking off in Birmingham, to rock concerts, ballet shows, comedy gigs and more - there are loads of top events taking place this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire.

What's on this weekend

FRIDAY

Strictly Come Dancing Live - Arena Birmingham

Strictly Come Dancing Live

The Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour is waltzing back on the road this weekend.

The 2018 tour will see Strictly Champion Ore Oduba as this year’s host. He will be joined on stage by Strictly Judges Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, alongside many of the celebrities and professional dancers from the highly anticipated 15th Strictly Come Dancing BBC One TV series.

The couples that will be donning their dancing shoes for the show are Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec, Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez, Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton, Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova, Joe McFadden and Katya Jones, Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice as well as Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse.

Tickets start from £40.45.

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An Evening Of Music and Dance With Birmingham Royal Ballet - Symphony Hall - Birmingham

Ballet Sinfonia

Birmingham Royal Ballet's acclaimed orchestra the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Principal Conductor Paul Murphy will be joined on stage by Director David Bintley and world-class dancers from the Company, for an evening of music and dance.

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The show will feature work from ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Hobson’s Choice, La Fille mal gardée and more.

Tickets start from £10.

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Jake Henry - Pizza Express Live - BrindleyPlace, Birmingham

Jake Henry

Multi-instrumentalist soul singer Jake Henry will entertain fans at BrindleyPlace's Pizza Express this weekend.

Joined with his band of Birmingham session players, he will be performing tracks from their latest album One of the Good Guys.

Tickets cost £12.

For more information, click here

Andy Zaltzman - Glee Club - Birmingham

Andy Zaltzman

Stand-up comedian, broadcaster and author Andy Zaltzman is bringing his brand new tour to Birmingham this weekend.

The interactive show gives audience members the chance to have issues they care about satirised by Zaltzman.

Audience members are invited to submit a satirico-query to satirisethis@satiristforhire.com, including the date of the show you’ll be attending, plus details of the issue/person/concept/thing you would like addressed.

Tickets cost £12.

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The Wicked Wizard of Fizzog - Oakengates Theatre - Telford

The Wicked Wizard of Fizzog

Black Country comedy troupe The Fizzogs are taking on the multi-award winning musical in Telford this weekend.

The parody follows two young witches whose friendship turns sour, just as an unsuspecting young girl called Dorothy. She is caught in the middle of their ongoing feud while trying to find her way from with the help of some new friends.

Tickets cost £16.

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Gallowglass - Grand Theatre - Wolverhampton

Ruth Rendell's Gallowglass

The world premiere stage adaptation of Ruth Rendell's Gallowglass is coming to Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre.

When Joe is snatched from the path of a London tube train by Sandor, the mysterious Sandor makes it clear that Joe's life now belongs to him. Sandor begins to tell him a cryptic tale and teaches Joe that he is a gallowglass, the servant of a chief.

Some years earlier, Sandor had taken part in the kidnapping of a former model, Nina. He now plans to kidnap her again from her heavily guarded residence so that they can live together.

Tickets start from £14.50.

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Cinderella - Birmingham Hippodrome

Audience Reactions to Cinderella

This weekend is your last chance to catch Birmingham Hippodrome's panto Cinderella.

The classic tale stars Wolverhampton's Beverley Knight, Strictly's Danny Mac, Matt Slack, Suzanne Shaw, The Grumbleweeds and Ceri Dupree.

For more information, or to book, click here

SATURDAY

The Arenacross Tour - Genting Arena - Birmingham

Arenacross

High-speed entertainment is on the menu at the Genting Arena this Saturday, with the Power Maxed Arenacross Tour.

With racing, 'freestyle' motorcross and lights, lasers and pyrotechics, this is set to be lively show for all ages.

Doors open at 6pm for a 7.30pm start.

For more information, or to book tickets, click here

36 Crazyfists - O2 Academy 2 - Birmingham

36 Crazyfists

Alternative metallers 36 Crazyfists will entertain fans at the O2 Academy 2 this weekend.

Formed in Alaska and later based in Oregon, the American band's name comes from the Jackie Chan film Jackie Chan and the 36 Crazy Fists.

Fans can expect hits such as Slit Wrist Theory, Bloodwork and At The End Of August.

Support will come from All Hail The Yeti, The 68 and Failure Is An Option.

For more information, or to book tickets, click here

Wolverhampton Songwriters’ Country Nights: Emma Swindells and more - Bantock House - Wolverhampton

Emma Swindells

Wolverhampton country singer Emma Swindells will perform alongside her band at the city's Songwriters’ Country Nights for fans in her hometown this weekend.

She won the UK Horizon Award at the 2017 British Country Music Association Awards.

Three other acts will also perform on the night.

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To Kill A King - Castle and Falcon - Birmingham

To Kill A King

London-based rockers To Kill A King will play Castle and Falcon in Birmingham this Saturday.

The band has been compared to The National, Grizzly Bear and Frightened Rabbit.

See what we made of their new album here

For more information, or to book, click here

Message In A Bottle - Oakengates Theatre - Telford

message in a bottle new version oct 2017

Police fans can enjoy a tribute to the band at Telford's Oakengates Theatre.

Expect all the hits such as Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message In A Bottle, Walking On The Moon, Can't Stand Losing and more.

For more information, or to book tickets, click here

Gallowglass - Grand Theatre - Wolverhampton

Ruth Rendell's Gallowglass

When Sandor snatched Little Joe from the path of a London tube train, he was quick to make clear the terms of the rescue: "I saved your life", he told the homeless youngster. "So your life belongs to me now".

Cast stars Paul Opacic (of Bad Girls, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks), Karen Drury (of Brookside), Richard Walsh (of London's Burning) and more.

For more information, or to book, click here

Cinderella - Birmingham Hippodrome

Cinderella Trailer

This weekend is your last chance to catch Birmingham Hippodrome's panto Cinderella.

The classic tale stars Wolverhampton's Beverley Knight, Strictly's Danny Mac, Matt Slack, Suzanne Shaw, The Grumbleweeds and Ceri Dupree.

For more information, or to book, click here

SUNDAY

Black Dyke Band In Concert - Symphony Hall - Birmingham

Black Dyke Band

World-famous brass performers the Black Dyke Band returns to the Symphony Hall this Sunday.

This band has more than 160 years of history behind them.

For more information, or to book tickets, click here

A Viennese Strauss Gala - Grand Theatre - Wolverhampton

Viennese Strauss Gala

Join Fritz the waiter in his little café in old Vienna as he recalls the great composers and celebrities he and his family have served over the generations.

Alongside the 33-piece British Philharmonic Orchestra, Fritz recalls the glories of Strauss, Lehar and Viennese Operetta all in his distinctly Viennese style.

For more information, or to book tickets, click here

Cinderella - Birmingham Hippodrome

Cinderella. Photo by: Paul Coltas

This weekend is your last chance to catch Birmingham Hippodrome's panto Cinderella.

The classic tale stars Wolverhampton's Beverley Knight, Strictly's Danny Mac, Matt Slack, Suzanne Shaw, The Grumbleweeds and Ceri Dupree.

For more information, or to book, click here

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_native

Entertainment journalist for Native Monster, Express & Star & Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@nativemonster.co.uk

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