Nativity! The Musical returns to Birmingham Reperatory Theatre for 2020/21

Following its world premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2017, the theatre is delighted to announce that Debbie Isitt’s hit productionNATIVITY! The Musical will return to its home stage for the 2020/21 Christmas season.

NATIVITY! The Musical will open on Tuesday 17 November 2020 for a spectacular seven-week run until Sunday 3 January 2021. It will feature in the first full season under The REP’s new Artistic Director, double Olivier Award-winner Sean Foley.

NATIVITY! The Musical centres around the fictional St Bernadette’s School where every child has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity. Enter teacher Mr Maddens and his loveable assistant Mr Poppy as they decide to stage a musical version. Follow this feel-good production as they deal with hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

Sean Foley, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director said

We are especially delighted to welcome back Debbie Isitt’s spectacular and heart-warming hit show to her home city of Birmingham. Christmas is a special time for families to come together and NATIVITY! The Musical provides the perfect theatre treat for all ages.

Since its world premiere at The REP, the production has been seen by over one million people during an acclaimed UK tour and three successful London runs.


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Adapted for the stage by Birmingham-born Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films, it features a host of memorable sing-a-long hits from the movies including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star and a whole host of new songs.

The NATIVITY! film series is one of the most popular UK Christmas film franchises of recent years. Written and directed by the Bafta Award-winning writer and director Debbie Isitt and produced by Nick Jones, NATIVITY!, NATIVITY 2 DANGER IN THE MANGER!, NATIVITY 3 DUDE WHERE’S MY DONKEY?! and NATIVITY ROCKS! have all gone on to reach top box office positions on theatrical release and sold nearly 2 million DVDs, capturing the hearts and minds of families all over the UK.

Priority booking for The REP’s members is now open. General booking opens on 3 March at 11am.

Full casting to be announced soon.

NATIVITY! The Musical is presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Jamie Wilson. Book by Debbie Isitt with music by Debbie Isitt and Nicky Ager. Based on the film Nativity!, written and direct by Debbie Isitt and produced by Nick Jones. Choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer.