Midlands

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

Reviews

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

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 20 February.

Steve Orme, 19 February 2017

Classical Chinese drama gets new treatment at RSC

A contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous classical Chinese dramas, Snow in Midsummer is the first production in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Chinese translations project.

Steve Orme, 18 February 2017

Hippodrome raises funds for creative programme

More than £15,000 was raised by Birmingham Hippodrome for its creative programme during a week of fundraising alongside performances of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes.

Steve Orme, 18 February 2017

Catherine and Jack head cast of The Graduate

Catherine McCormack and Jack Monaghan lead the cast of Terry Johnson’s adaptation of The Graduate, a co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Leicester’s Curve.

Steve Orme, 18 February 2017

Midlands productions

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

Steve Orme, 12 February 2017

Vicky McClure, Aisling Loftus team up in Nottingham

Two Nottingham actresses, BAFTA Award winner Vicky McClure and Aisling Loftus, team up in the 40th anniversary revival of Stephen Lowe’s play Touched at Nottingham Playhouse.

Steve Orme, 11 February 2017

Derby Theatre learns about Educating Rita

Willy Russell’s uplifting story of self-discovery, Educating Rita, a co-production between Derby Theatre and Octagon Theatre Bolton, is to transfer to Derby for a three-week run.

Steve Orme, 11 February 2017

Liza Goddard is a passionate woman in Cheltenham

Liza Goddard plays a passionate, doting mother who finds it hard to accept that her son is leaving home in Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman which opens at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham before a short tour.

Steve Orme, 11 February 2017

Joe’s play about to bring magic to Nottingham

Joe Strickland spent years blending magic with theatre to produce an unusual show. Now he has updated it and Strangers: A Magic Play II is to be performed in Nottingham.

Steve Orme, 11 February 2017

Midlands productions

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

Steve Orme, 05 February 2017

Around the World in 80 Days returns to New Vic

The return of an old favourite, the celebration of a Staffordshire legend and a classic drama are included in the summer season at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre.

Steve Orme, 04 February 2017

Charities helped by Lichfield Garrick audiences

Donations collected during Lichfield Garrick’s festive performances totalled more than £8,000 which will be split equally between St Giles Hospice and the Garrick’s youth theatre.

Steve Orme, 04 February 2017

Cicero, Dickens and talent development at the RSC

A new adaptation of Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy, a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol and a talent development programme are among the highlights of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s winter 2017 season.

Steve Orme, 02 February 2017

Joe Orton exhibition to open in London

A new exhibition inspired by the life and work of Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), London on Sunday 5 February.

Steve Orme, 31 January 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 30 January.

Steve Orme, 29 January 2017

New Vic, Northern Broadsides new version of Cyrano

Northern Broadsides starts its 25th anniversary year by joining forces with Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre to stage Cyrano, a new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac.

Steve Orme, 28 January 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 23 January.

Steve Orme, 22 January 2017

Creative companies find room in The Big House

Organisations across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have come together in a £5 million support programme for creative and digital industries called The Big House.

Steve Orme, 21 January 2017