Midlands

The latest news, features and reviews from theatre, opera and dance in Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Staffordshire, Buxton and throughout the midlands.

Reviews

Murder on the Capitol, Helen Maybanks, RSC

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Flaminia Cinque (Mrs Pearce), Raphael Sowole (Colonel Pickering), Natalie Gavin (Eliza Doolittle), Alex Beckett (Henry Higgins), Manuel Harlan

Pygmalion

George Bernard Shaw (Headlong, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Cast of What the Butler Saw, Catherine Ashmore

What the Butler Saw

Joe Orton (Curve Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Katie Leung as the ghost of Dou Yi, with her heart sold for surgery after her death, Ikin Yum, RSC

Snow in Midsummer

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (Royal Shakespeare Company at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Trevor Fox (Amédée) and Josie Lawrence (Madeleine),

Amédée (Or How To Get Rid Of It)

Eugene Ionesco freely adapted by Sean Foley (Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company at The Studio, Birmingham REP).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Antony Eden (Mark) and Liza Goddard (Betty) in A Passionate Woman, Antony Thompson, Thousand Word Media

A Passionate Woman

Kay Mellor (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Vicky McClure (Sandra) and Aisling Loftus (Joan), Robert Day

Touched

Stephen Lowe (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Jon Robyns (Robbie) and cast of The Wedding Singer , Darren Bell

The Wedding Singer

Music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Tim Herlihy, book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy (Dan Looney in association with Paulden Hall Productions, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Tom O'Connell Productions and Tim Lawson at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Christian Edwards as Cyrano, Nobby Clark

Cyrano

Edmond Rostand, adapted by Deborah McAndrew (Northern Broadsides at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

News

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 27 March.

Steve Orme, 26 March 2017

Quentin and Addy in The Hypocrite in Stratford

Caroline Quentin joins the cast of Richard Bean’s “riotous” new comedy The Hypocrite which is to open in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, Stratford after a run at Hull Truck.

Steve Orme, 25 March 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 20 March.

Steve Orme, 19 March 2017

New work festival returns to Derby Theatre

A festival of “fresh and exciting theatre” as well as a number of touring productions are among the highlights at Derby Theatre during summer 2017.

Steve Orme, 18 March 2017

Milton Keynes College connects with Extremism

Ten performing arts students from Milton Keynes College will perform Anders Lustgarten’s play Extremism as part of National Theatre Connections—a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.

Steve Orme, 18 March 2017

Winnie and Wilbur to cast a spell at Birmingham REP

The adventures of Winnie the witch and her black cat Wilbur, the best-selling picture books by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul, are to be brought to the stage in a new family show at Birmingham REP.

Steve Orme, 18 March 2017

Panel unwraps Pinter at Derby Theatre

A symposium about Harold Pinter and his work, Unwrap Pinter, is to be held at Derby Theatre which is staging the playwright’s dark comedy Betrayal.

Steve Orme, 18 March 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 13 March.

Steve Orme, 12 March 2017

Tam children needed for Miss Saigon in Leicester

Cameron Mackintosh is looking for boys or girls to play the role of Tam when his new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Miss Saigon runs at Curve in Leicester.

Steve Orme, 11 March 2017

Top American talent at Leicester dance festival

The UK debut of Philadelphia ballet company Philadanco and the return of New York dance company Urban Bush Women are two of the highlights of the Leicester annual festival Let’s Dance International Frontiers.

Steve Orme, 11 March 2017

Birmingham REP goes dotty for dalmatians

Debbie Isitt, writer and director of the Nativity! films, has adapted Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians which will be the Christmas 2017 production at Birmingham REP.

Steve Orme, 11 March 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 6 March.

Steve Orme, 05 March 2017

Belgrade bellows Bring on the Bollywood

A new “Bollywood dance-theatre extravaganza”, Bring On The Bollywood, is to go on a UK tour starting at the Belgrade, Coventry.

Steve Orme, 05 March 2017

Hip hop festival returns to Birmingham

Some of the “biggest names in local and international hip hop talent” will take to the streets of Southside, Birmingham for the second B-Side Hip Hop Festival.

Steve Orme, 05 March 2017

RSC to première Vice Versa, “ripped off from Plautus”

Casting has been announced for Phil Porter’s farce Vice Versa (or the Decline and Fall of General Braggadocio at the hands of his canny servant Dexter and Terence the monkey) which the Royal Shakespeare Company will première at the Swan Theatre, Stratford.

Steve Orme, 05 March 2017