Room on the Broom flies in to Town Hall this August

£11.50 *

Following a nomination for best entertainment and family show at the 2013 Olivier Awards, Room on the Broom swoops in to Town Hall Birmingham for a week of performances this August (Tuesday 6 – Sunday 11). The magical adventure, adapted from the best-selling book by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, follows the tale of a witch and her adventures. Featuring catchy songs, bundles of laughs and plenty of scary fun, theatre group Tall Stories present a rip-roaring ride on a truly magnificent broom.

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop of the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

Room on the Broom is one of two Julia Donaldson shows at Town Hall this year: a brand new production of What the Ladybird Heard will take place at Christmas

Also this summer, families can explore the world of Julia Donaldson at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where new exhibition ‘A Squash and a Squeeze – Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson’ (20 July – 3 November), allows visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Donaldson’s stories. For a limited time, ticket-holders to A Squash and a Squeeze will be able to claim a 15% discount+ on performances of Room on the Broom and What the Ladybird Heard.

Room on the Broom is at Town Hall Birmingham from Tuesday 6 – Sunday 11 August 2013 (various times). Tickets are available in person from Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Offices, over the phone on 0121 780 3333, or online from What the Ladybird Heard will be at Town Hall from Friday 20 December 2013 – Friday 10 January 2014.



Listings information

Tuesday 6 – Sunday 11 August 2013, various times, Town Hall Birmingham

Full list of performance dates/times
6th August – 1.30pm & 4pm
7th – 11th August – 11am & 1.30pm daily

Friday 20 December 2013 – Friday 10 January 2014, various times, Town Hall Birmingham

About ‘A Squash and a Squeeze – Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson’

20th July – 3rd November 2013, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH
Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10.30am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 12.30pm – 5pm
This is a charged exhibition. See the website for details.

Enter the world of stories, rhythm and rhyme this summer at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery as it plays host to an exhibition of the books of beloved author and 2013 Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson.

Find out how Julia wrote modern classics such as The Gruffalo, What the Ladybird Heard and The Troll. Sing-a-long to her songs on Julia’s Jukebox and step inside the A Squash and a Squeeze house. Visitors can also see original artwork by many of Julia’s illustrators and read behind-the-scenes letters between Julia and her most famous illustrator, Axel Scheffler, showing how characters such as The Gruffalo’s Child was developed.

‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ is a touring exhibition from Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. It is supported by Scholastic, Macmillan and Alison Green books. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is part of Birmingham Museums Trust. This will be a charged exhibition, please see the website for details:

The Birmingham Museums Trust is the largest museums service in the UK to go to Trust status. The new family of museums includes Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle.

+Ticket-holders to A Squash and a Squeeze will be able to claim a 15% discount on all full price tickets to Room on the Broom, as well as a selection of performances of What the Ladybird Heard (Town Hall, Dec 2013 – Jan 2014). Available in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Offices, or over the telephone on 0121 780 3333, only. Some restrictions apply. Ticket offer available from Saturday 20 July – Sunday 11 August 2013.

More children’s shows at Town Hall

Tuesday 29 October, 11.30am & 2pm, Town Hall Birmingham

Wednesday 30 October, 11am & 1.30pm, Town Hall Birmingham

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Funded by Birmingham City Council
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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Issued 22 July 2013