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What’s on this January in Warks & the West Mids?

Trashy film clubs, Strictly stars, awesome bands and plenty at the theatre, dahling - all of this and more in Warwickshire and the West Midlands this month. Lucky us!

THEATRE

On 28 Jan a celebration of all things Whitney Houston will take place at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre. The award-winning production of Queen of the Night includes three decades of Whitney hits and a stand-out line up of musicians. Get ready to sing your heart out.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit School of Rock opens at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre from 31 Jan to 5 Feb – and a decidedly righteous time it is, too.

Yes, Christmas is over but you’ve got until 30 Jan to catch this panto with Jason Donovan. He makes his pantomime debut as the Evil Ringmaster in the Birmingham Hippodrome’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears. With sets and costumes straight from the London Palladium, it promises to be a good one.

MUSIC

Punk rock band Idles are coming to Birmingham’s O2 Academy for what promises to be a raucous night on 22 Jan. This gig was rescheduled from last May and since then they’ve continued to go strength to strength, recently releasing 4th album Crawler. If you struggle to get tickets (they’re pretty in demand) then head to the afterparty with lead singer Joe Talbot at the Castle and Falcon.

At Cov’s HMV Empire The Wombats are playing on 8 Jan (and yay, it’s a Saturday). They’ve sold more than 1million albums worldwide and are best known for hits Kill The Director and Let’s Dance to Joy Division – oh, now you know who I’m talking about!

COMEDY

Comedy superstar John Bishop is at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on 21 Jan with brand new stand up show Right Here, Right Now. It’s his 8th tour and includes dates across Australia and Europe, along with right here on our patch.

Fargo Village is holding another Trash Film Club and on 22 Jan it’s the turn of Samurai Cop. There’ll be a running commentary by two comperes and streetfood and drinks available. If you haven’t been to Fargo yet here’s why we love it.

Mark Watson will be heading to Bilston Town Hall, near Wolverhampton, on 22 Jan for his This Can’t Be It tour. You may know him best from Mock The Week, QI and Would I Lie To You, but his stand up show will focus on life and laughs.

DANCE

Missing Strictly already? Catch the show live at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena Arena from the 20-23 Jan. Expect a number of celebs and their partner’s from this year’s show and live music from the singers and band.

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