Midlands

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

Reviews

Cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pamela Raith Photography

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare (Curve Young Company and Community production at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

The original London cast, Helen Murray

The Play That Goes Wrong

Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields (Mischief Theatre at Festival Theatre, Malvern).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Wormold (Charles Davies) tricks Michael Onslow's security chief in a drinking game, Creative Cow

Our Man in Havana

Clive Francis after Graham Greene (Creative Cow at Festival Theatre, Malvern).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Sheila Wendice (Anna Mitcham) and Max Halliday (Chris Sheridan),

Dial M For Murder

Frederick Knott (Tabs Productions and Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Year 13 in Explosionpolka, Andy Ross

Summer Variations

(Elmhurst Ballet School at Elmhurst Studio Theatre, Edgbaston, Birmingham).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

You knew they would eventually, didn't you? Phillip Edgerley as Mr Knightly and Bethan Nash as Emma, Mark Douet, Production Exchange

Emma

Jane Austen adapted by Tim Luscombe (The Production Exchange at Festival Theatre, Malvern).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Temporary release for the prisoners, Matthew Williams-Ellis, LFO

Fidelio

Beethoven (Longborough Festival Opera at Longborough, Gloucestershire).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

David Troughton as Titus, Helen Maybanks, RSC

Titus Andronicus

William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Grace Carter (Miranda) and Stephen Beckett (Prospero),

The Tempest

William Shakespeare (Stafford Festival Shakespeare at Stafford Castle).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

News

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 21 August.

Steve Orme, 20 August 2017

Theatre Chipping Norton to tour Sherlock première

The Theatre Chipping Norton is to tour the world première of Toby Hulse’s Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles, a “deeply daft theatrical explosion for adults and family audiences”.

Steve Orme, 17 August 2017

Wolverhampton produces first show in 40 years

Gareth Tudor Price will direct Brassed Off, a co-production between Wolverhampton Grand and talking Scarlet—the first in-house production at the Grand for 40 years.

Steve Orme, 17 August 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 14 August.

Steve Orme, 13 August 2017

Leicester celebrates with South Asia festival

The city of Leicester is to mark the 70th anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence with six days of arts and culture in Night of Festivals South Asia.

Steve Orme, 12 August 2017

Stafford pays tribute to Robert Hardy

Theatre bosses have paid tribute to Robert Hardy who performed in the first Stafford Festival Shakespeare production and who has died aged 91.

Steve Orme, 08 August 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 7 August.

Steve Orme, 06 August 2017

Pitmen Painters and Treasure Island at New Vic

Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters and a new adaptation of Treasure Island are among the highlights of the autumn and winter 2017 season at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre.

Steve Orme, 04 August 2017

Cast revealed for Rules for Living in Northampton

Jane Booker, Jolyon Coy, Ed Hughes, Carlyss Peer, Laura Rogers and Paul Shelley have been cast in the regional première of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, an English Touring Theatre, Northampton Royal and Derngate and Rose Theatre Kingston production.

Steve Orme, 02 August 2017

Improbable’s convention to be “most accessible ever”

Northampton’s Royal and Derngate, The Core at Corby Cube and London's New Diorama Theatre have formed a partnership with Improbable whose 13th annual “unconventional convention” Devoted and Disgruntled will be “its most accessible ever”.

Steve Orme, 30 July 2017

Drama rules in Northampton autumn season

A “wide-ranging” programme of drama and dance is on the cards at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate through the autumn to Christmas and beyond.

Steve Orme, 30 July 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 31 July.

Steve Orme, 30 July 2017

Davis to play Scrooge in RSC Christmas Carol

Phil Davis will play Ebenezer Scrooge in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of A Christmas Carol, a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s festive tale by David Edgar.

Steve Orme, 28 July 2017

Two teenagers needed for Northampton production

Northampton’s Royal and Derngate is looking for two girls to take part in its production of Rules for Living, with auditions being held on Wednesday 2 August.

Steve Orme, 26 July 2017

Rebecca joins cast of Mansfield Palace panto

Rebecca Wheatley is to play Vegetable Fairy and Craig Ansell will be Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk at Mansfield Palace Theatre at Christmas 2017.

Steve Orme, 23 July 2017

World premières as Fierce returns to Birmingham

Five world premières and 12 UK premières featuring artists from ten countries will make up the international festival of performance Fierce in Birmingham in October 2017.

Steve Orme, 23 July 2017

Haydn Gwynne back at RSC in Coriolanus

Haydn Gwynne will return to the Royal Shakespeare Company after 11 years to play Volumnia in Coriolanus, the final production in the RSC’s Rome season.

Steve Orme, 23 July 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 24 July.

Steve Orme, 23 July 2017