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WEEK AHEAD.

Byline: WITH ROZ LAWS

Thursday MATTHEW Bourne's Swan Lake flies in to the Birmingham Hippodrome for two weeks instead of the usual one, due to high ticket demand. It's a spectacular production, with Tchaikovsky's stirring music but a modern interpretation, jokes about the Royal family and an all-male ensemble of powerful swans.

Friday THE quirky double act The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, best known for their use of props and Stylophone compositions, are playing Birmingham's Highlight on a great bill which also includesTim Clark, Stefano Paolini, Stuart Mitchell and Jellybean Martinez.

Saturday STRICTLY Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke ventures on tour with his own show, but without usual partner Erin Boag who is pregnant. He performs a mix of singing and dancing at Birmingham's Symphony Hall, of classics like Anything Goes and Rhythm of Life, with Summer Strallen.

Sunday FLOPPY-haired singersongwriter-pianist Tom Odell has come a long way in a short time, and he's still only 23. He comes to Wolverhampton Civic Hall with a chart-topping debut album, Long Way Down, and the hit single Another Love. With support from Fryars and James Bay.

Monday DENISE Van Outen has turned to writing to produce her own one-woman musical, Some Girl I Used To Know, at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre. She plays a happily married woman who when away on business one night gets a Facebook poke from her first love, sparking old memories and new temptations.

Tuesday SIR Alan Ayckbourn comes to Warwick Arts Centre tonight to do an 'In Conversation With' talk, followed by his new play Arrivals and Departures. His 77th play revolves around a young female soldier and an older traffic warden, brought together in unusual circumstances.

Wednesday JACK Whitehall, the reigning King of Comedy as voted for by the public at the British Comedy Awards, comes to Wolverhampton Civic Hall with a Work In Progress show. That means it's not honed and some jokes might not even be funny, but the audience gets a sneak preview, in an intimate venue, of the arena tour he starts next month.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
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Date:Feb 6, 2014
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