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Kerry Ellis-backed school finds home at Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre

Kerry Ellis in Cats at the London Palladium. Photo: Alessandro Pinna Kerry Ellis in Cats at the London Palladium. The star has lent her support to the new Midlands Academy of Musical Theatre. Photo: Alessandro Pinna
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A new musical theatre school in Birmingham that opens in September will be based in the city’s Blue Orange Theatre, it has been announced.

As previously reported by The Stage, the Midlands Academy of Musical Theatre is backed by West End performers including Kerry Ellis.

It has a long-term aim to have its own studios, but in its first year it will be based in the Blue Orange Theatre, which offers rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms and a cafe, alongside the 110-seat theatre space.

James Williams, who founded the school, explained: “Our faculty all appreciate that being based in a venue that produces great work, tours nationally and has a strong love for new writing is a brilliant partner at the start of our exciting journey.”

Guest teacher Dayle Hodge, who is currently starring in Jersey Boys, said it was important that students “know how a theatre works and understand every aspect of the industry”.

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