Billy Ocean, The Manic Street Preachers, Rare Plant Fair and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

From comedy shows, rock concerts, amateur plays and even a rare plant fair – the West Midlands and Shropshire has a lot to offer this weekend as the bad weather starts to dissipate and summer begins to arrive.

Billy Ocean, The Manic Street Preachers, Rare Plant Fair and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

Manic Street Preachers will play the Genting Arena this weekend

FRIDAY

Shakespeare’s Will - Theatre on the Steps, Bridgnorth

Theatre on the Steps

Directed by Chris Eldon Lee and with Joanna Purslow adopting the role of Ann Hathaway, theatre production Shakespeare’s Will hits Theatre on the Steps.

The show follows the story of Hathaway, from her family life at home with the kids and how she copes as her husband leaves to seek success.

Tickets start from £10 with the show beginning at 8 pm.

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Jazzlines: Peacock Angell Band - Symphony Hall, Birmingham 

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Jazzlines provides free entertainment for all as part of a dynamic programme at Birmingham Town Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall funded by a grant donated by Arts Council England.

This show features the Peacock Angell Band, a melodic duo made up of Sid Peacock and Ruth Angell. The pair incorporate influences from nature, great poets, down-and-outs and the beautiful peacock itself to create heavily evocative pieces.

This event is completely free and the show begins at 5 pm.

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Billy Ocean - The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean is 'the biggest black recording artists Britain has ever produced' selling over 30 million records worldwide, and he's set to play The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton.

This show celebrates the 30th anniversary of his hit record Suddenly that featured hits such as 'Caribbean Queen' and 'Suddenly'.

Tickets range from £27.50 to £40.50 with the show starting at 8 pm.

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Oathbreaker - The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham

Oathbreaker

Surprise Your Dead Promotions presents Belgium's Oathbreaker, a blackened hardcore band, in the Rainbow Venues.

The band have played headline shows across the globe since their formation in 2008, and are currently in the process of recording their third studio album following the success of releases Mælstrøm and Eros|Anteros

Tickets are priced at £11 with the show starting at 7 pm.

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Livewire: The AC/DC Show - The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

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Livewire: The AC/DC Show

This unique six-man tribute spans the range of legendary rock band AC/DCs career, and will bring this show to The Slade Rooms this weekend.

This year marks AC/DCs fortieth year as a band, and Livewire will pay tribute to this covering the two eras of AC/DC: The first featuring vocals from Bon Scott and the second with the infamous Angus Young.

Tickets cost £16.50 with the show starting at 7 pm.

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SATURDAY

Night at the Musicals
Night at the Musicals will feature some of your favourite Broadway numbers

A Night at the Musicals - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

After two successful shows, A Night at the Musicals makes a triumphant return to raise money for the Salvation Army.

The show features numbers from your favourite Broadway musicals as well as a fresh comedic plot, tap dancing numbers and re-enactments of your favourite scenes from legendary musicals.

Tickets range from £12 to £14 with the show starting at 7.30 pm.

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Amped - The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

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Fresh from Amped Battle of the Bands, In Dismay will headline the Slade Rooms

Following the Amped Battle of the Bands, Wolverhampton's In Dismay will headline the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.

Support comes from Birmingham's Hope For Return, disco-metal act Dead Happy and Wolverhampton's own Façade.

Tickets cost £5.50 with doors open at 7 pm for an 8 pm start. 

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Museums at Night - Gorge Museum, Ironbridge

Museums at Night
The Museums at Night festival comes to Gorge Museum this weekend

As part of the Museums at Night festival incorporating the likes of the Black Country Museum and RAF Museum Cosford, visitors of the Gorge Museum in Ironbridge are welcomed for an evening of arts, culture and heritage.

The night will allow patrons of all ages to discover giant technological exhibits of Enginuity, including information about how to pull a 10 ton locomotive by hand and generate electricity from water. As well as this, there is also a small play area for children and a jam-packed gift shop.

This event is free and runs from 5.30 pm to 9 pm

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Hal Cruttenden - The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham

Hal Cruttenden.
Hal Cruttenden brings his hit show, Straight Outta Cruttenden, to the Rep Theatre

Host of Live at the Apollo and star of Radio 4, comedian Hal Cruttenden brings his live show Straight Outta Cruttenden to the Rep Theatre.

Cruttenden has appeared on the likes of Would I Lie To You?, The Great British Bake Off, Have I Got News For You and many more.

Tickets cost £16 with the show starting at 7.30 pm

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The Manic Street Preachers - Genting Arena, Birmingham

The Manic Street Preachers
The Manic Street Preachers will play their hit record Everything Must Go and more in full at the Genting Arena

Welsh legends The Manic Street Preachers will play the Genting Arena in Birmingham to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their hit record Everything Must Go.

Their set will encompass Everything Must Go in its entirety, followed by a selection of hit songs, rarities and a few brand new songs.

Tickets range from £40.80 to £54.14 with doors opening at 6 pm.

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SUNDAY

The Buttermarket
Phil Kelsall MBE celebrates his 50th appearance on the Wurlitzer Organ this weekend

Wurlitzer Organ Concert - The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury

Wurlitzer Organ Concert welcomes Phil Kelsall MBE of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom for his 50th appearance, playing the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

Kelsall has appeared on various television shows playing the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, such as on The Organist Entertains, Friday Night is Music Night and Strictly Come Dancing.

Tickets are priced at £6 and the show will run from 2.30 pm to 5 pm

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Alt/Indie All-Dayer - The Roadhouse, Birmingham

The Roadhouse
Enjoy a day of unsigned alt/indie acts from Birmingham and beyond at the Roadhouse

The Roadhouse presents a day of some of the best unsigned alternative and indie acts from Birmingham and beyond.

The day starts with The Undiscovered Country at 3.30 pm and ends with Indica Campbell at 9.55 pm with the likes of Reaside, Priests to Pilots, Rubio, Macadamia, Vamoosery and George Wilson inbetween.

Tickets are £4 and the event runs from 3.30 pm to approximately 10.35 pm. Doors open at 3 pm.

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Into the Woods - The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

The Barber Institute
Into The Woods at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts continues

The Barber Institute is proud to present a selection of natural artistic prints in their exhibition Into the Woods, running from February 12 to June 12.

The exhibition includes work from the likes of Jacob van Ruisdael, Theodore Rousseau and Samuel Palmer and is curate around one of the institutes longest-term loans, ‘Path Through a Dark Wooded Landscape’ by John Bernard Gilpin.

This event is free and is available to the public from 10 am to 5 pm

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Rare Plant Fair - Winterbourne House and Gardens, Birmingham

Winterbourne House
Purchase yourself a weird and wonderful plant from the Rare Plant Fair at Winterbourne House

A real treat for garden lovers everywhere, Winterbourne House and Gardens will play host to a Rare Plant Fair this weekend.

The fair offers a wide range of interesting and unusual plants for you to purchase along with experienced specialists to provide you with unique advice surrounding your choice.

Tickets are priced at Adults £5.45, Concessions £4.45 and Family tickets £16. the event will run from 11 am to 4 pm.

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Buddy Holly & The Cricketers - The Gatehouse, Stafford
Buddy Holly and the Cricketers
You won't believe it's not Buddy Holly himself! See Buddy Holly and the Cricketers this weekend
The longest Buddy Holly tribute act celebrates 23 years of touring across the globe, stopping off at the Gatehouse in Stafford on the way.

The boys have guested on BBC One's Saturday night live programme 'The One and Only', hosted by Graham Norton and have frequently been quoted to have the audience weak at the knees and dancing in the aisles.

Tickets cost £18.50 with the show starting at 7.30 pm

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