Spoken Word / Talks in Birmingham

Spoken Word & Talks covers a whole host of thrilling artists that pass through our doors at The Glee Club Birmingham.

From best-selling book tours from authors such as Ella Mills; to BBC Music Awards & Lectures; viral poets such as Neil Hilborn; to captivating evenings with cultural greats such as John Cooper Clarke and the late Howard Marks.

Sun 4Aug

The Grade Cricketer Podcast (16+)Glee Club Birmingham

UK Ashes Tour 2019
Get your rig in to shape and your salad sorted, because the Grade Cricketer lads are heading to the UK for a very special run of LIVE performances to coincide with this summer’s Ashes series. With very special guests - Moustachioed fast bowling legend MERV HUGHES, and award winning writers GIDEON HAIGH and PETER LALOR.

All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID (see FAQs)

Advance price

  • £18.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 8:00 PM
  • Last entry 8:45 PM

More info

  • Seating type allocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 16+
Mon 16Sep

Redhanded with Suruthi & Hannah (16+)Glee Club Birmingham

Redhanded with Suruthi & Hannah – acclaimed true crime podcast.
All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID. (See FAQs)

Advance price

  • £17.50 Show Entry
  • £35.00 VIP Meet & Greet
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:30 PM
  • Last entry 8:15 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 16
Wed 18Sep

Bodyposipanda – Never Say Diet Club Live (14+)Glee Club Birmingham

Bodyposipanda – Never Say Diet Club Live

Ages 14+. All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID to gain entry. Under 16s must carry photo ID and be accompanied by an adult with a ticket to the show at all times (see FAQs)

Advance price

  • £20.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:00 PM
  • Last entry 7:45 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 14
Thu 26Sep

Adrian Goldberg's Talk Show - Pat Murphy (16+)Glee Club Birmingham

Broadcaster and journalist Adrian Goldberg brings his popular Talk Show podcast to the Glee, kicking off with BBC football and cricket reporter Pat Murphy.
All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID. (See FAQs)

Advance price

  • £10.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:45 PM
  • Last entry 8:15 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available no
  • Minimum age 16+
Sun 6Oct

Jay Rayner - My Last Supper (14+)Glee Club Birmingham

In this barnstorming new show, based on his new book, Rayner investigates our fascination with last suppers and tells the stories of the killer dishes that would end up on his table. Plus, he’ll get the audience to design their own last meal. My Last Supper follows the success of his sell out shows, My Dining Hell and The Ten Food Commandments.

Ages 14+. All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID to gain entry. Under 16s must carry photo ID and be accompanied by an adult with a ticket to the show at all times (see FAQs)

Advance price

  • £20.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 6:30 PM
  • Last entry 7:15 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 14
Wed 9Oct

Everything Is Terrible Live (14+)Glee Club Birmingham

Everything Is Terrible live – found footage collective.

Ages 14+. All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID to gain entry. Under 16s must carry photo ID and be accompanied by an adult with a ticket to the show at all times (see FAQs)

Advance price

  • £15.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:00 PM
  • Last entry 7:45 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 14
Thu 17Oct

Adrian Goldberg's Talk Show - Stephen Duffy (16+)Glee Club Birmingham

Broadcaster and journalist Adrian Goldberg returns with his popular Talk Show podcast, special guest Stephen Duffy.
All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID. (See FAQs)

Advance price

  • £10.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:45 PM
  • Last entry 8:15 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available no
  • Minimum age 16
Mon 4Nov

Alan McGee – An Evening With... (16+)Glee Club Birmingham

Alan McGee – An Evening With...
All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID. (See FAQs)

Advance price

  • £15.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:30 PM
  • Last entry 8:15 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 16
Mon 11Nov

Paul Harrison – Inside the Mind of The Serial Killer (18+) - CANCELLEDGlee Club Birmingham

This event has been cancelled. All tickets have been refunded.

Advance price

  • £20.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:00 PM
  • Last entry 7:45 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 18
Wed 13Nov

Top Flight Time Machine (16+)Glee Club Birmingham

Live Podcast Recording
Andy Dawson and Sam Delaney’s highly-acclaimed podcast is finally reimagined as a theatrical experience. This is no ordinary live recording of a podcast episode – Sam and Andy will be carrying out extreme physical movement, while the audience will experience similar emotional movement. This is it!
All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID. (See FAQs)

Advance price

  • £12.50 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 6:15 PM
  • Last entry 7:00 PM

More info

  • Seating type allocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 16
Tue 19Nov

The Dollop - Live Podcast (16+)Glee Club Birmingham

The Dollop Live: A live version of their weekly American history podcast hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Every week on their podcast, history buff and comedian Dave Anthony reads a story to his friend and comedian, Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about.
All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID. (See FAQs)

Advance price

  • £22.50 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:30 PM
  • Last entry 8:15 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 16
Sun 24Nov

The Receipts Uncut (18+)Glee Club Birmingham

The Receipts Podcast is hitting the road (Jack, and don't you come back no more, no more!) with their first ever LIVE show. With all the best bits of the ‘UK’s most hilarious’ podcast, The Receipts Podcast Uncut brings its trademark honesty and unaltered chat to a live audience, along with a whole array of new situations, issues and dilemmas. Expect frank conversations, tackled headfirst with wit and wisdom, live dilemmas, games and some audience participation. Basically, a great night out.
All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID. (See FAQs)

Advance price

  • £18.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 6:30 PM
  • Last entry 7:15 PM

More info

  • Seating type unallocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 18+
Help

Birmingham FAQs

Contact our box office on:

0871 472 0400 or email info@glee.co.uk.

Lines are open:

Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm
Sat: 12pm-7pm
Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Below are a collection of the most common FAQs, so please take a look here first!

MAKING A BOOKING

Do I have to book in advance?

We always recommend booking in advance, as many of our shows sell out nearer to the day. You can do this online, or by calling our box office by 5pm on the day of the show. The opening times and number are at the bottom of this page.

How Do I pay / reserve?

As with all of our shows, you can book immediately with a debit or credit card, with us taking full payment.

For some shows, as long as they are not sold out in advance, we will still have a limited number of spaces on the door. These are first come, first served so we recommend you arrive early to enquire about these. If we can get you in, we will but we don't recommend chancing it if you are a group of more than 4. Please note, tickets may be more expensive on the door.

Where are my tickets?

We are a ticketless venue, it's less hassle for you, and saves a few trees. Once you have booked you will receive an email confirmation of your booking. This is for your own records, there's no need to print it, but do read it through and make a note of the booking reference number (beginning with GL). Upon arriving at the club, we just need the name you booked under, this will gain you entry. If you are unaware of who in your party organised the group, please give a company name.

You can login to the MYGLEE section of the website at any time, to take a look at any current bookings you have with us. You can also amend your booking here.

How many tickets can i book?

Glee is a great night out, whether you are a solo comedy fan, a couple on the tiles or a group of 200. The capacity is the limit! If we’ve got the seats available, they’re yours for the taking.

Can I add extra tickets to my booking?

As long as we still have ticket availability for the show you require, then yes. Get in touch and we’ll take you through it, or go ahead and book those online, by logging in and adding to your original booking. As with all bookings we highly recommend doing this as soon as is possible to avoid any disappointment.

I need to book a group, do I have to pay for everyone?

Not unless you're feeling generous! We take lots of group bookings, and we want you all to be able to sit together and have things sorted before you visit.

With advance bookings, we do require full payment however, many customers like to make an initial booking ie, their ticket, and then get their pals to call and add on to their booking (with the pal paying for their own ticket). For this, you will need to let everyone know the name you booked under, so they can be linked to your group.

Alternatively, if everyone books separately, you can give us a call or an email with all the names, and we will link these together for you, to make sure you are all seated together. This needs to be done no later than 3pm on the day of the show.

And finally, if you have collected in the money for your group, no problem, just call us/go online and have your card handy to pay for the whole group.

As always with group bookings, we recommend you do this with enough time in advance to get you all booked in. You can book for any show in the future that is on sale, often months in advance.

Some people in my party aren’t coming now. Can we get their ticket money converted to drinks or food?

Sorry no. If you have any drop-outs, please get in touch with the box office and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Can I have a discount?

We offer discounts on some group, birthday, student and stag/hen bookings. Please contact the Box Office on 0871 472 0400 for further information. Alternatively, head to our Groups page and fill out the enquiry form.

Can we pick our seats?

For all allocated seating shows (all Main Room Comedy Shows), we write a unique seating-plan each night, so we allocate your seats on the day of the show. If you have booked as a couple or a party of people, you will be seated together. We don't know in advance exactly where you will be sat, but if you are a large group (10+), you are likely to be seated in the middle / towards the back of the auditorium.

If you have a seating request (for instance 'Not on the front row!'), please give us a call on 0871 472 0400 or email info@glee.co.uk so we can note it down for you. We can't 100% guarantee your request will be granted, but we will do our very best for you!

What's your age policy - do I need ID?

Our venue is obliged by local licensing to enforce a 'Challenge 25' policy, which means anyone who looks under 25 may be asked for ID to gain entry. If when asked you fail to produce legally acceptable ID you may be refused entry without refund.

All shows on the listings have an age restriction next to them, for your information. All weekend comedy shows and Christmas Comedy Specials are 18+.

For shows where the minimum entry age is lower than 18 we will list specific information on the show listings page. Under 16s must carry photo ID and be accompanied by an adult with a ticket to the show at all times.

Accepted forms of ID:

18+ shows - Passport / photo driving licence (provisional licences are accepted) / Prove it PASS card

16+ shows - Passport / Prove it PASS card

14+ shows - Passport / Prove it PASS card

Any customers who cannot provide government issued ID to prove they are over 18 (or over the minimum age specified if lower than 18) when requested to do so will not be permitted entry to the venue.

Please call the box office on 0871 472 0400 or email info@glee.co.uk if you are uncertain of our policy. Refunds will not be issued for incorrectly booked tickets.

food & drink

Is food served at the shows?

For all allocated-seating comedy shows in the Main Room yes, there will be food available. You can pre-order your food & drinks ahead of your visit for these shows by placing orders through MY GLEE before 5pm the day before your show. Alternatively, you can order food (and drinks) from the bar on the night, be sure to make a note of your table number, and take a look at the menu on your table.

For certain music gigs, and any shows in the Studio Room, no food will be available. The best way to check if we have food available for a certain show, is by clicking 'More Info' on the show in the online listings.

On a Thursday, Friday & Saturday night, we also serves hot Pieminister pies in our downstairs Glee Bar if you prefer a more casual bite before heading through to the show.

The Main Room and Studio Room also offer bar snacks including crisps, fresh popcorn and locally-made pork scratchings.

Can we pre-order drinks?

Certainly! You can do this yourself online through MY GLEE once your booking is in. Please note we can’t take pre-orders for drinks in our Studio Room.

I Have allergies, help!

Please click here to go to a full list of the allergens contained within our menu. If you would like to discuss anything further, please email info@glee.co.uk, or call us on 0871 472 0400.

Can we get a bar tab?

Sure. We know big groups can be difficult to buy drinks for, so we are happy to set up a pre-paid bar tab for you via invoice ahead of your visit. You can also set up a bar tab on the night of the show with a credit/debit card (we can’t accept American Express unfortunately), with optional limits. To do this, simply ask for the bar manager who will create and manage the tab for you.

GETTING IN / ACCESSIBILITY

I have a medical condition/disability that affects my visit. What should I do?

We will do our best to help and accommodate your needs in a respectful and if required, confidential manner.

Please see our accessibility page for full details.

What happens if i’m running late?

Arriving during the entry time window printed on your confirmation is a condition of booking. If you arrive after this time, entry is at the discretion of the management who will do all they can to accommodate you.

In this circumstance you may lose your original seat allocation, and may be offered alternative seating or standing room elsewhere in the venue. If you don't make it before the show begins you will be asked to wait until the first possible opportunity of getting you in without disturbing the show.

If a member of your party knows they will be late in advance, it's always useful for our box office to know this, so please give us a call.

Our ticket & enquiry lines are open up until doors opening (7pm), so if in doubt, give us a call - 0871 472 0400.

Can I Pay on the door?

We always recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, as many of our shows sell out. We may have some tickets to sell on the door, if you are prepared to make the journey to find out, please arrive and enquire at the Glee Bar. To find out if it is likely, see our show listings or call the box office on 0871 472 0400.

Paying on the door to join another party that has pre-booked:
We will do our best to accommodate you, but we can not guarantee you’ll get a seat with your pals if you’ve left it to the last. The majority of our seating is theatre style in rows and we only allocate the exact number of seats sold to a party in one group.

Where the show has not sold out, providing you turn up early enough we can usually sell you a ticket. However unless someone doesn't show up in a neighbouring party it’s pretty difficult to accommodate you with the rest of the group, so be prepared to sit separately.

What’s the layout?

If you are seeing a show in our Main Room, this auditorium is set out with tables in front of each row of seats. These rows extend backwards from the stage in a theatre style. If you are coming for one of our regular Thursday, Friday or Saturday night comedy shows, or an allocated seating Comedy Tour Show, your group will be allocated seats and tables together which are yours for the evening. Our lovely floor staff will show you to these seats when you arrive.

Some Main Room tour shows including Music, Cabaret & Burlesque, Spoken Word / Talks and some Comedy Tour Shows may be unreserved seating with no tables, or standing gigs. Please check the ‘More Info’ section next to all show listings to find out.

If you are attending a show in our Studio Room, seating is always unreserved so we suggest you arrive early if you want to be sat in a specific place or with a group of friends. Although there will be enough seats for the amount of attendees, they are taken on a first come basis.

Will I be asked for ID?

Our venue is obliged by local licensing to enforce a 'Challenge 25' policy, which means anyone who looks under 25 may be asked for ID to gain entry. If when asked you fail to produce legally acceptable ID you may be refused entry without refund.

All shows on the listings have an age restriction next to them, for your information. All weekend comedy shows and Christmas Comedy Specials are 18+.

For shows where the minimum entry age is lower than 18 we will list specific information on the show listings page. Under 16s must carry photo ID and be accompanied by an adult with a ticket to the show at all times.

Accepted forms of ID:

18+ shows - Passport / photo driving licence (provisional licences are accepted) / Prove it PASS card

16+ shows - Passport / Prove it PASS card

14+ shows - Passport / Prove it PASS card

Any customers who cannot provide government issued ID to prove they are over 18 (or over the minimum age specified if lower than 18) when requested to do so will not be permitted entry to the venue.

Please call the box office on 0871 472 0400 or email info@glee.co.uk if you are uncertain of our policy. Refunds will not be issued for incorrectly booked tickets.

Do I need my student ID?

If you have booked a student ticket type - we absolutely need to see your student ID!
Accepted forms of student ID are a validated ID on the UNIDAYS app or an official student card that has a photo and expiry date. If you can’t provide either of these, You can bring a printed and signed letter from your college / university on letter headed paper which must state that you are, or are about to be in full time education at the time of entry to that show, along with another form of valid photo ID.

If you don’t bring satisfactory ID, you will be charged the difference between the student price and the full price ticket on the door, this is not refundable should you find your card or ID at some point later.

Safety & Security - what do we do?

23 May 2017 - As venue operators, the tragedy in Manchester struck particularly close to our heart. To all those affected, we send our thoughts, condolences and a great deal of love. It goes without saying that the ongoing safety of our customers, staff and performers is of absolute paramount importance. So if you’re visiting one of our venues, please take a moment to read the below information.

Security
Our management and security teams regularly review procedure and protocol with all staff. As with every live event, all arrangements are in a continuous state of flux. There are lots of things that go on behind the scenes, so please be patient if things take a little longer than you’re used to.

Your visit
Our venues are monitored by CCTV at all times, but please can we ask for your help by arriving in good time, as we carry out security searches on entry.

Travel light
Please plan ahead and do your best to travel as lightly as possible. As well as cloakroom facilities being limited, searches are in place, and we really don’t want to slow you down getting in. So if you really, really need to bring a bag, please make sure that it’s small (less than laptop size or a small handbag).

Large bags (rucksacks / holdalls/ suitcases ) are not allowed in the auditorium, because:
A) They take to long to search properly, holding up entry for every one.
B) There is just no room for them in the auditoriums, most of our events have theatre style seating in rows.

Leaving these sort of items on the floor and aisles in a dimly lit auditorium would cause significant trip hazards for customers and staff, and in the event of an evacuation of the building could cause unnecessary casualties. If you bring them they must be deposited in our free cloakroom.

Contraband
Parties found bringing in food and drink without prior arrangement, or any dangerous or illegal weapons / substances onto our premises will be denied entry without refund, and the parties details passed on to the authorities.

Speak to us
If at any time you see or hear anything untoward, please speak to a member of our team – we’re here to help.

during your visit

How long do the shows last?

Our shows are live and generally unscripted, so we can't always predict with certainty when they will end. However, as a general guide our Comedy Carousel shows finish at approximately 10.15pm. Our weekend comedy shows finish at approximately 11 - 11.15pm. Our comedy tour shows tend to finish between 10 - 10.30pm. Our music shows have a curfew of 11pm, and generally finish around 10 - 10.30pm. For more specific details on specific touring shows, please contact the box office on the day.

Is there a disco after the show?

On Friday nights we have a late bar and music but sadly no dancefloor. On Saturday Nights you are welcome in The Glee Bar for our after-show party with a DJ.

is there a dress code?

No, wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Some clothes are advised. Some people like to dress up, others go for casual attire. All styles are welcome at The Glee.

If you want to wear fancy dress, go for it, we don't have a problem with you looking a bit silly. However, you will be asked to remove anything that gets in the way of other customers' enjoyment of the show (eg, massive hats, flashing lights, noisy items).

do you have a cloakroom?

We have a limited amount of cloakroom space in each venue. Please enquire with the staff on the night.

Why do you want me to switch my phone off?

The biggest reason is, we want you and everyone in the room to be able to enjoy the show, undisturbed. We've all scowled at someone in the cinema who's phone goes off at a crucial moment, it's the same for a live show.

We require you to turn it off completely, or set it to silent and put it away.

Other reasons:

  • We can't tell if customers are recording the show unless phones are turned off and put away, it's illegal to film a show, it is piracy.
  • Every time you check your phone or go to text, the phone screen lights up like a christmas tree and so does your face! This is distracting to the acts and those around and behind you.

This only applies during the show, you have plenty of time before, during intervals, and after the show to check & use your phone. If you need to use your phone whilst the show is on, please simply leave the auditorium to do so.

I have a complaint. What next?

If you have a complaint about food, drink or anything that is disrupting your experience, please query this with the staff on the night. If we know what's happening at the time, we will do all we can to quickly rectify this for you, and allow you to continue enjoying the evening.

If you would like to make a formal complaint after the event, or wish to send us some feedback, we welcome you to do so. Please contact our Box Office Manager jay@glee.co.uk with as much detail in writing as possible.

He will make sure this complaint is passed on to the managers involved. We respond in every instance in due course, once the matter has been investigated.

everything else

Can you recommend hotels / taxis / parking?

All of our venues are central and have good access to accommodation and transport.

Please take a look at our Find Us page for further practical details.

Alternatively, a quick internet search using the venue postcode will provide options. Birmingham: B5 4TD

The Line-up has changed, what’s happened?

Whilst we make every effort to keep line-ups as listed, line-ups may be subject to change on our mixed bill weekend comedy shows. Some acts are unable to play the venue after all, for reasons outside of our control. When this happens, we always replace them as soon as is possible, with another top-notch act.

If you are planning to see one specific act in a mixed bill show please contact the venue before booking and travelling to confirm the act is due to appear.

Is it funny?

Yes. Very! We book the best acts working on the UK & International circuit. These are fully-paid professionals, who know their comedy.

If you want to see who's booked in for the night of your show, head to the listings page and click on the performer's face or name to get a full bio with videos & links.

 

Booking fee?

The booking fee applies to every ticket.

We’re sorry about this. We charge a fraction of the fee that the big boys like Ticketmaster and See tickets do, and we also allow ticket transfers for most of our common shows, which none of our competitors do.

The transparency of our pricing is as important to us as it is to our customers, so we have a small and upfront booking fee that covers the cost to our business. This in turn allows us to staff our box office for all of your enquiries and ticket bookings, allows customers to book online, and to transfer tickets between shows.

Can i get a refund if i can’t make it?

At the point of booking you agreed that you would accept that your booking was non refundable. However bookings for all our regular weekend and Comedy Carousel shows are transferrable, using MYGLEE. Transfers are subject to a £2 per ticket fee and are transferrable up to 1pm on the day of the show.

The shows you can transfer your tickets into comprise the equivalent weekend or Comedy Carousel shows, or a cheaper night (eg Saturday transferred to Friday, or Friday to Thursday). Please note that bookings to live Music shows and Comedy Tour shows are not transferable or refundable once made.

If you need any assistance in this matter, please contact the box office for advice.

I’m organising a charity event, can you donate?

We are more than happy to donate pairs of tickets for use in charitable events. However, we will need proof that this is going to the named charity.

Please contact the box office at info@glee.co.uk or 0871 472 0400 with your enquiry. Please use this contact as opposed to social media messages.

Question not covered? No worries, get in touch with our friendly box office team, who will be glad to help.