Birmingham Stage Company

A New Year

1 January 2006

2005 was the most prolific and in many ways succcessful year in the BSC's history. We staged six shows including four world premieres and one British premiere. Two of our
shows went to Malta and three shows are currently playing as I write: they will be joined by a fourth show in mid-January. The biggest show currently running is THE JUNGLE BOOK and tomorrow night we're taking the cast for their New Year dinner.

I never expected THE JUNGLE BOOK to do as well as it has, but it is without doubt the most popular show we've ever staged. There is something very powerful about this story which captivates the audience in a unique way. Watching a young boy go through so much, learning so much and finding a way through his difficulties, succeeds in drawing you into an adventure of the soul: combined with BB Cooper's new music and Barb Jungr's lyrics, it's also an adventure of the heart.
The problem now is to start thinking about what we're going to do in 2007. I've been mulling this for some time and already have one idea. When I have five I will begin to plan!

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