NATIVITY! to return to Birmingham REP

Published: 28 February 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Simon Lipkin (Mr Poppy), Daniel Boys (Mr Maddens) and the children of St Bernadette’s in the 2017 production Credit: Richard Davenport

NATIVITY! The Musical, which had its world première at Birmingham REP in 2017 is to return as the REP’s Christmas 2020 production.

Debbie Isitt’s show will feature in the first full season under the REP’s new artistic director Sean Foley.

NATIVITY! The Musical centres on the fictional St Bernadette’s School where every child has one Christmas wish: to star in a nativity. Enter teacher Mr Maddens and his loveable assistant Mr Poppy who decide to stage a musical version. They deal with “hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true”.

Foley said, “we’re especially delighted to welcome back Debbie Isitt’s spectacular and heart-warming hit show to her home city of Birmingham. Christmas is a special time for families to come together and NATIVITY! The Musical provides the perfect theatre treat for all ages.”

Since its première at the REP, the production has been seen by more than one million people during a UK tour and three London runs.

NATIVITY! The Musical will run at the REP from Tuesday 17 November until Sunday 3 January 2021.