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Original Seekers reunite.

Having reunited for a successful reunion tour in 1995 the original Seekers (as opposed to the New Seekers) are back together for their last-ever performances, billed as a Carnival of Hits 2000 (NEC, June 5). Although never particularly fashionable The Seekers were one of the biggest selling groups of the 60s, with a string of hit singles including I'll Never Find Another You, Someday (written by a pre-Garfunkel Paul Simon) and The Carnival Is Over. The group have sold more than 50 million records worldwide but this time it really looks as though the carnival is over. Until the next time?

One of the few tribute bands to have had a Top Ten hit Bjorn Again have been together almost as long as the real thing were and, for anyone who missed out on ABBA in their heyday, they don't come closer than this (Wolverhampton Civic, April 16). Take a chance on them.

If cookery is the new rock 'n' roll then superbrat chef Jamie Oliver is the embodiment as he takes to both the kitchen and his drumkit at the Alex on May 17.

Birmingham Alexandra Theatre 0870 607 7533: Doctor Dolittle (April 4-22), Dusty (May 2-6) Paul Daniels (May 14) Jamie Oliver (May 17).

Birmingham Repertory Theatre 0121 236 4455: Malcolm Stent (Apr 26-May 6) The Shakespeare Revue (May 9-13) Saint Joan (May 19-Jun 17) Carl Chinn (May 28) Present Laughter (Jun 23-Jul 22) The Door: My Dad's Corner Shop (Mar 29-Apr 8) Quaratine (Apr 27-May 20) The Gift (May 25-Jun 17).

Symphony Hall 0121 212 3333: Beethoven 2000 The Quartets (May 17 &19) CBSO with Joseph Swensen (Apr 5 & 8) CBSO with Marek Janowski and Heinz Holliger (Apr 11 & 13) CBSO with Sakari Oramo, Mary Plazas and Dietrich Henschel (Apr 19) CBSO with Sakari Oramo and Vadim Repin (Apr 27 & May 3) European Brass Band Championships (April 28-29) Nanci Griffith (May 2), CBSO (May 3) Orchestra of The Kirov Opera (May 5) CBSO with Sakari Oramo and Olli Mustonen (May 6, 9 & 11) Philharmonia Orchestra (May 7) Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (May10) Takacs Quartet - Beethoven 2000 (May 17, 19) Philadelphia Orchestra (May 18) Hank Marvin (May 20), Don Williams (May 24) Richard Goode (May 27).

Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 0121 440 3838: Planet Time (April 8 & 9) Once Upon A Time (Apr 5) New Chapters In Asian Dance (April 6) Uncontrollable Geese (Apr 7) The Year of the Monkey (Apr 8) Flook! (Apr 12) Picasso's Women (Apr 17-22). Exhibitions: Beastly Friends (Mar 26).

National Indoor Arena /The Academy 0121 200 2222: Willie Nelson (June 27), Chris Rea (Oct 18), Jools Holland (Nov 18).

NEC/Arena 0121 780 4133: Puff Daddy (Apr 4) Moody Blues (Apr 15) Michael Crawford (Apr 16) Simply Red (May 5) Steps (May 17-20) Best Disco In Town 3 (May 21) Shirley Bassey (May 28) Judith Durham - The Seekers (Jun 5) Santana (Jun 13) Tom Jones (Dec 1) Chris De Burgh (Dec 9) Five (Dec 18) Bootleg Beatles (Dec 22).

Ronnie Scott's, Broad Street, Birmingham 0121 643 4525: John Cale (April 9).

Solihull Arts Complex, Homer Road, Solihull 0121 704 6962: National Blood Service Collection Sessions (Apr 5, 18, 20 & 27) Crazy for You (Apr 4-8) Comedy Night with Chris Addison (Apr 7) The Card (Apr 10-15) Art Gallery - Open Library Hours (Apr 12-19) Concert by Dorridge Music School (Apr 17) Bananas in Pyjamas (Apr 18) The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Apr 19) Salsa Night (Apr 28) Le Grande Illusion (Apr 29).

Live and Local Events 01926 402173: Hound of the Baskervilles (Apr 1 at Cheswick Green Village Hall).

OUT OF TOWN

Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton 01902 321321: Macbeth: false memories (Apr 3 & 4) English Serenata (Apr 7) Nicholas Nickleby (Apr 11, 12 & 13).

Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton 01902 429212: The Royal Wolverhampton School 150th Anniversary Variety Performance (Apr 2) Passport to Pimlico (Apr 4-8) Gasping (Apr 10-15) Anything Goes (Apr 18-22) The New Adventures of the Chuckle Brothers (Apr 24) A Night At the Music Hall (Apr 25-29) Billy Fury - Halfway to Paradise (Apr 30) Les Liaisons Dangereuses (May 2-6) Gene Pitney (May 7) Annie (May10-20) The All New Adventures of Noddy (Jun 8-11) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jun 26- Jul 1).

Wolverhampton Civic Hall 01902 552121: Freddie Starr (April 5), Dusty (April 6), Bjorn Again (April 16), Primal Scream (April 18), Leftfield (May 18), The Bluetones (May 25), Harry Hill (Nov 9).

Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 01902 552121: Idlewild (April 5), King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys (Apr 7), Charlie Landsborough (Apr 8), Max Boyce (April 14), Raymond Froggatt (Apr 21).

Wolverhampton Little Civic 01902 552121: Steve Gibbons (April 13), Trevor Burton (June 15).

Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry 024 7652 4524: Wadaiko Yamato Drummers (Apr 19) Harlem Gospel Choir (Apr 27) The Beauty Queen of Leenane (May 2-6) Soweto String Quartet (May 5) Nanci Griffith (May 15) Spot's Birthday Party (May 16-20) Bjorn Again (May 18 & 19) Jamie Oliver (May 22).

The Belgrade, Coventry 02476 553055: Millennium Mysteries (Jul 18 - Aug 5).

Palace Theatre, Alcester Street, Redditch 01527 65203: Helen Shapiro (Apr 8) Gang Show (Apr 12-15) Magic - Queen Tribute (May 11) Summer Musical (May 31) The Searchers (Jun 16 & 17).

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Glos 01242 572573: English National Ballet (Apr 4-5) Edge of Day (Apr 2) Fascinating Aida (Apr 7 & 8) Dr Faustus (Apr 13-15) Spirit of the Dance (Apr 17-20) An Evening With Pam Ayres (Apr 22) The Sooteries (Apr 25 & 26) Jazz Festival (Apr 27-May 1) English Touring Opera (May 2-6).

Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Glos 01242 227979: Cheltenham Festival of Literature. (May 6 & 7).
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