Midlands

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

Reviews

Bob Cratchit (Gerard Carey) with Tiny Tim (Che Grant) and company, Manuel Harlan, RSC

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, adapted by David Edgar (Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Cicero (Richard McCabe) addresses the Senate, Ikin Yum, RSC

Imperium I and II

Robert Harris, adapted by Mike Poulton (Royal Shakespeare Company at Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

The cast of Peter Pan, Robert Day

Peter Pan

J M Barrie, adapted by Mike Kenny (Derby Theatre at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Jasper Britton (Scrooge), Karen Mann (Marley), Pamela Raith

Scrooge The Musical

Book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse (Made at Curve in association with Michael Harrison and David Ian at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Malvolio (Adrian Edmondson) hoodwinked by Sir Andrew (Michael Cochrane), Fabia (Sarah Twomey)  and Sir Toby (John Hodgkinson), Fabia (Sarah Twomey), Manuel Harlan, RSC

Twelfth Night

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

Angela Clerkin (The Good Daughter), Sheila Burnett

The Secret Keeper

Angela Clerkin (ClerkinWorks and Ovalhouse at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Duet for One (Belinda Lang and Oliver Cotton), Robert Day

Duet for One

Tom Kempinski (Malvern Festival Theatre).
Reviewer: G.D.Mills

Kenneth Alan Taylor (Firs), Sara Stewart (Madame Ranevskaya) and John Elkington (Lopakhin), Robert Day

The Cherry Orchard

Anton Chekhov in a version by Simon Stephens (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Make it a large one - Billy (David Benson) obliges HRH (Harriet Thorpe), Roy Tan

A Princess Undone

Richard Stirling (Entico at Festival Theatre, Malvern).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Karen Henson as Jenny Gray,

The Red Room

Karen Hanson, based on a ghost story by H G Wells (Rumpus Theatre Company at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

The Leftovers, Supplied by Curve Theatre, Leicester

The Leftovers

Book by Nic Harvey, music and lyrics by Nic Harvey and Rob Green (Sheep Soup at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Lizzy Watts (Hedda Gabler), Adam Best (Brack), Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Hedda Gabler

Henrik Ibsen, new version by Patrick Marber (National Theatre at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Last Resort, 2Magpies Theatre

Last Resort

Tom Barnes and Eve Parmiter (2Magpies Theatre at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Patrice Naiambana (Davies), Iona Firouzabadi

The Caretaker

Harold Pinter (Royal and Derngate and Bristol Old Vic at Royal and Derngate, Northampton).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

News

Agatha Christie and E M Forster for Northampton

Agatha Christie’s Love From a Stranger, E M Forster’s A Passage to India, a musical of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant and the first stage adaptation of Touching the Void: home-grown productions for 2018 at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate.

Steve Orme, 15 December 2017

Joan to play Duchess of Malfi in Stratford

Joan Iyiola will play the title role in John Webster’s tragedy The Duchess of Malfi as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s spring and summer 2018 season.

Steve Orme, 15 December 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 11 December.

Steve Orme, 10 December 2017

Advanced drama course in Malvern

Malvern Theatres is offering an advanced course in drama and performance for professional theatre.

Steve Orme, 09 December 2017

Global 18-month programme for New Perspectives

Nottingham-based touring company New Perspectives will take stories from rural Nigeria, modern Mumbai and the 1960s English countryside to village halls and theatres across the UK.

Steve Orme, 09 December 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 4 December.

Steve Orme, 03 December 2017

#JeSuis première from Aakash Odedra

The European première of Aakash Odedra’s #JeSuis will take place at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome in February 2018.

Vera Liber, 02 December 2017

Aladdin makes a wish in Northampton

Paul Nicholas, Jaymi Hensley, Sheila Ferguson and Kev Orkian are among the cast of Aladdin at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate.

Steve Orme, 01 December 2017

Stafford rocks to Robin Hood panto

Three late-night, adults-only performances of the rock ‘n’ roll panto Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood are to be staged at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.

Steve Orme, 01 December 2017

Gwen enchants in Derby’s Beauty and the Beast

Derby-born actress Gwen Taylor takes the role of the Enchantress in Beauty and the Beast at Derby Arena—the first panto to be produced at the venue by Little Wolf Entertainment.

Steve Orme, 01 December 2017

Midlands productions

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

Steve Orme, 26 November 2017

John goes from Cherry Orchard to ugly sister

Nottingham Playhouse panto regular John Elkington—who was Lopakhin in the theatre’s The Cherry Orchard—dons his frocks as ugly sister Bella in the Playhouse 2017 panto.

Steve Orme, 25 November 2017

Northampton’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book

Jessica Swale’s new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book will be staged at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Kipling’s birth.

Steve Orme, 25 November 2017

New tale of Dalmatians story in Birmingham

Birmingham REP associate director Tessa Walker will take the lead when she directs Debbie Isitt’s adaptation of Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Steve Orme, 25 November 2017

Edgar adapts A Christmas Carol for the RSC

David Edgar’s first work for the Royal Shakespeare Company in six years is a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Steve Orme, 25 November 2017

Belgrade awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre has become one of only a handful of theatres across the UK to be awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status, recognising its commitment to becoming a welcoming and safe place.

Steve Orme, 25 November 2017

Midlands productions

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

Steve Orme, 19 November 2017

Biggest panto Peter Pan just got bigger

The “world’s biggest pantomime”, Peter Pan—An Awfully BIG Arena Adventure, has added extra performances in both Birmingham and London.

Steve Orme, 18 November 2017

RSC hunts for new young theatre photographers

The Royal Shakespeare Company has opened a photography competition for 16- to 25-year-olds, with the winners commissioned to take rehearsal photos for its spring 2018 season.

Steve Orme, 18 November 2017

Full Ring cycle announced for Longborough

Longborough Festival Opera has announced plans to develop a new Wagner’s Ring cycle, starting in 2019 and culminating in the full cycle in 2023.

Steve Orme, 18 November 2017