Midlands

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

Reviews

Patrice Naiambana (Davies), Iona Firouzabadi

The Caretaker

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

Laurence Fox as Henry and Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Annie, Edmond Terakopian, Bath Theatre Royal

The Real Thing

Tom Stoppard (Theatre Royal, Bath at Festival Theatre, Malvern).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Rebecca Mendoza (Tracy Turnblad), Darren Bell

Hairspray, The Broadway Musical

Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman, based on the film by John Waters (Mark Goucher, Matthew Gale, and Laurence Myers at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Cate Hamer (Fran), John McArdle (Bob), Kirsty Oswald (Rosie), Manuel Harlan

Things I Know to be True

Andrew Bovell (Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Caroline Loncq and Sean Chapman as Kate and Joe Keller, Robert Day

All My Sons

Arthur Miller (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Nicole Car (Mimì), Catherine Ashmore, ROH

La Bohème

Puccini (Royal Opera House at Regal cinema, Evesham, and other venues).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Will Richards (injured runner), Callum Goulden (John), Vinay Lad (Peter), Millie Turner (Roberta), Katherine Carlton (Phyllis), Mark Dawson Photography

The Railway Children

Adapted by Dave Simpson from the novel by E Nesbit (Exeter Northcott Theatre at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Geoffrey Breton (Pip) and Robert Beck (Magwitch), Robert Day

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens, adapted by Neil Bartlett (Derby Theatre at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Female cast of Pink Sari Revolution, Pamela Raith Photography

Pink Sari Revolution

Based on the book by Amana Fontanella-Khan, adapted by Purva Naresh (Curve, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with English Touring Theatre at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Danny Mac (Joe Gillies), Ria Jones (Norma Desmond), Adam Pearce (Max Von Meyerling), Manuel Harlan

Sunset Boulevard

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, based on the film by Billy Wilder (Curve in association with Michael Harrison and David Ian at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Chipo Chung (Dido) and Sandy Grierson (Aeneas), Topher McGrillis, RSC

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Christopher Marlowe (Royal Shakespeare Company at Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

James Corrigan (Aufidius) fights Sope Dirisu (Coriolanus), Helen Maybanks, RSC

Coriolanus

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

Terri Dwyer (Mrs Zant) and Mark Homer (Stephen Rayburn),

The Ghost's Touch!

John Goodrum, based on the story by Wilkie Collins (Rumpus Theatre Company at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Billie Piper as Her, Young Vic, Johan Persson

Yerma

Simon Stone after Federico Garcia Lorca (Young Vic Theatre (NT live) at Regal, Evesham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

News

Midlands productions

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

Steve Orme, 22 October 2017

Regulars return for Nottingham panto Cinderella

Nottingham Playhouse panto regulars John Elkington and Rebecca Little will take to the stage for the theatre’s 2017 panto Cinderella, written and directed as usual by Kenneth Alan Taylor.

Steve Orme, 21 October 2017

Derby Theatre scoops award and £150,000

Derby Theatre cleaned up at the UK Theatre Awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, being awarded the Clothworkers’ Theatre Award which comes with £150,000.

Steve Orme, 17 October 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 16 October.

Steve Orme, 15 October 2017

Birmingham REP programme mirrors “stormy age”

Birmingham REP’s artistic director Roxana Silbert has announced a programme for spring and summer 2018 which “mirrors and examines the stormy age in which we live”.

Steve Orme, 14 October 2017

Plum role for Sara in Nottingham’s Cherry Orchard

Sara Stewart, currently playing Susie Parks in the BBC1 thriller Doctor Foster, will play Ranevskaya in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Giles Croft’s final production as artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse.

Steve Orme, 14 October 2017

Woodeson up for gong for Northampton production

Nicholas Woodeson has been nominated in the UK Theatre Awards 2017 for best performance in a play for the Northampton Royal and Derngate production of Death of a Salesman.

Steve Orme, 11 October 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 9 October.

Steve Orme, 08 October 2017

China factory breaks out with new McAndrew play

Stoke company Claybody Theatre is to transform the city’s home of bone china, the Spode Works, back to the 1950s for its latest production: the site-specific play Dirty Laundry.

Steve Orme, 07 October 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 2 October.

Steve Orme, 01 October 2017

Day-long showcase of new work in Bite Size Festival

A new take on Ovid’s Minotaur and a jukebox musical featuring the songs of John Bon Jovi are among the varied shows on offer at the 2017 Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry.

Steve Orme, 30 September 2017

Penford reveals first season at Nottingham Playhouse

Adam Penford has announced that his first season since becoming artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse will include Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III featuring Mark Gatiss.

Steve Orme, 26 September 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 25 September.

Steve Orme, 24 September 2017