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Bev on song at party for Hippodrome.

Byline: Report by Megan Archer megan.archer@mnamedia.co.uk

SOUL singer Beverley Knight was among stars celebrating 120 years of Birmingham Hippodrome at a sparkling event.

Hosted by Hippodrome panto favourite Matt Slack, the special anniversary evening reflected on the heritage of the theatre, showcased its talent and revealed ambitious plans for the future. There were celebrity guests, stunning performances and free-flowing fizz.

Taking their seats on the world-famous Hippodrome stage, guests tucked in to a three course meal, and were treated to performances from principle cast members of Wicked, Six The Musical and The Phantom of the Opera.

BBC's Satnam Rana hosted a lively Q&A session with chief executive Fiona Allan and Glenn Howells, chairman of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust - to discuss their vision for the future of the Hippodrome.

And Wolverhampton's Beverley Knight performed Memory from Cats, Shoulda Woulda Coulda before closing the party with Whitney Houston's, I'm Every Woman. There followed an after party in the venue's Patrick Studio. Hippodrome chief executive Fiona Allan said: "Our Gala was a fantastic celebration showcasing all we have to offer, from our talented Zoo Nation Young Company to the cast of our first community musical West Side Story and the best in West-End talent like Phantom of the Opera, arriving here in 2020. We want the Hippodrome to reflect a city and region as young and diverse as ours is. We're now open all day and are proud to be a public space in the city."

The gala was a highlight of a yearlong programme of events planned to celebrate 120 years of Birmingham Hippodrome.

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