Midlands

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

Reviews

Ross Ericson (Jack), Grist to the Mill Productions

The Unknown Soldier

Ross Ericson (Grist to the Mill Productions Ltd at Upstairs at the Western, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Cast of COAL, Joe Armitage

COAL

Choreography by Gary Clarke and the performers (Gary Clarke Company at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

The charms of love: Cleopatra (Josette Simon) and Antony (Antony Byrne), Helen Maybanks, RSC

Antony and Cleopatra

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

Annabelle Terry as Isabella Thorpe and Eva Feiler as Catherine Morland,

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen, adapted by Tim Luscombe (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Cast of Fantastic Mr Fox, Manuel Harlan

Fantastic Mr Fox

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Sam Holcroft, music by Arthur Darvill, lyrics by Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel (Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

"Over-bosomed prune" - Sir John (Mark Addy) gleefully greets wife Lady Sarah (Caroline Quentin), Pete Le May, RSC

The Hypocrite

Richard Bean (RSC and Hull Truck Theatre at Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Cast of Rent, Matt Crockett

Rent

Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson (Robert Mackintosh and Idili Theatricals Ltd for Rent 20th Anniversary Production Ltd at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Polly Frame (Dr Victoria Frankenstein), Pamela Raith

Dr Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, adapted by Selma Dimitrijevic (Northern Stage and Greyscale at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

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

Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Emma) and Philip Correia (Jerry), Robert Day

Betrayal

Harold Pinter (Derby Theatre at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

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

News

Leicester festival welcomes Philadelphia dancers

Philadelphia-based dance company Philadanco is one of the attractions of Let’s Dance International Frontiers, a “dynamic” annual dance festival in Leicester.

Steve Orme, 23 April 2017

New co-producers for Derby LIVE panto

For the first time Little Wolf Entertainment will co-produce Derby LIVE’s panto and will present Beauty and the Beast at Derby Arena.

Steve Orme, 23 April 2017

Midlands productions

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

Steve Orme, 23 April 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 17 April.

Steve Orme, 16 April 2017

Top touring shows at Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome has announced a range of shows including War Horse, the RSC’s Matilda the Musical and Tim Firth’s The Band featuring the music of Take That.

Steve Orme, 15 April 2017

New plays in RSC Stratford Spring Mischief Festival

Two new plays exploring responsibility and endeavour in society and an opportunity to see works-in-progress in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place Spring Mischief Festival.

Steve Orme, 11 April 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 10 April.

Steve Orme, 09 April 2017

Kite Runner to return to Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse’s production of Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner is to return to Nottingham after two West End runs.

Steve Orme, 07 April 2017

Artist sees new perspective in Nottingham

One of Europe’s “most distinctive” performance artists will visit Nottingham to create and perform a new work in collaboration with New Perspectives Theatre Company.

Steve Orme, 07 April 2017

Opportunities for young dancers in Northamptonshire

Royal and Derngate and The Core at Corby Cube with Richard Alston Dance Company and Two Thirds Sky to enable dance artists and choreographers to work with young people in Northamptonshire.

Steve Orme, 07 April 2017

Pigott-Smith in Death of a Salesman in Northampton

Northampton Royal and Derngate’s Made in Northampton 2017 season gets underway with a touring revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman featuring Tim Pigott-Smith.

Steve Orme, 02 April 2017

Seven artists hoping to break through at Curve

Leicester’s Curve has unveiled the seven artists joining its Breakthrough programme for 2017, the theatre’s year-round development project for East Midlands artists.

Steve Orme, 02 April 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 3 April.

Steve Orme, 02 April 2017

Budding young actors’ chance to audition for ensemble

Young people aged between 18 and 25 in the East and West Midlands are being invited to audition for the Regional Young Actors Ensemble, a project to support anyone interested in pursuing a professional career in the theatre.

Steve Orme, 31 March 2017

Little role in giant Mansfield panto

Comedian Mark Little is to play Fleshcreep the giant’s henchman in Jack and the Beanstalk, the 2017 panto at Mansfield Palace Theatre.

Steve Orme, 31 March 2017

RSC Rome season to transfer to the Barbican

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome MMXVII season of four Shakespeare plays will transfer to London's Barbican straight after their run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

Steve Orme, 29 March 2017