Midlands

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

Reviews

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

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

The Tempest

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

Herod lustfully eyes-up Salome, Isaac James, RSC

Salome

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

Filippo Di Vilio (Shmuel), Matthew Koon (Bruno), Emma Kauldhar

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Choreographed by Daniel de Andrade, based on the novel by John Boyne (Northern Ballet at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Kammy Darweish (George Khan), Deven Modha (Maneer), Raj Bajaj (Saleem), Sabrina Sandhu (Meenah) and Omar Malik (Tariq), Pamela Raith

East Is East

Ayub Khan Din (Nottingham Playhouse and Northern Stage at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

End of the road - Willy returns from another unsuccessful trip, Manuel Harlan

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller (Royal & Derngate, Northampton at Festival Theatre, Malvern).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Felix Hayes with Byron Mondahl and Jon Trenchard, Pete Le May, RSC

Vice Versa

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

William Grint as Tommy (centre), given voice by Julian Capolei and Matthew Jacobs Morgan, Mike Kwasniak

The Who's Tommy

Music and lyrics by Pete Townsend, additional music & lyrics by John Entwistle & Keith Moon (The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich in co-production with Ramps on the Moon at Birmingham Repertory Theatre).
Reviewer: G.D.Mills

Ashley Shaw (Victoria Page), Johan Perrson

The Red Shoes

Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, music by Bernard Herrmann (New Adventures at Curve Theatre, Leicester).
Reviewer: Sally Jack

Back: David Gilbrook (Jack) and Sarah Wynne Kordas (Ruth). Front: David Martin (Nick), Emma Vickery (Jane), Susan Earnshaw (Clare) and John Goodrum (George),

Two and Two Make Sex

Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon (Tabs Productions at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

The cast of My Country; a work in progress, Sarah Lee

My Country; a work in progress

In the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy (National Theatre at Birmingham Repertory Theatre).
Reviewer: G.D.Mills

Shaun Williamson and Sue Holderness in Out Of Order, Darren Bell

Out Of Order

Ray Cooney (Tom O'Connell Productions at Malvern Theatres).
Reviewer: G.D.Mills

A Judgement In Stone, Mark Yeoman

A Judgement In Stone

Novel by Ruth Rendell, adapted by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard (The Classic Thriller Theatre Company at Malvern Theatres).
Reviewer: G.D.Mills

News

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 26 June.

Steve Orme, 25 June 2017

New beach show can be seen in three caravans

Stories told by holidaymakers, residents and daytrippers to the seaside are featured in a new show, Life’s a Beach, which can be seen in three caravans in Lincolnshire and the Black Country.

Steve Orme, 24 June 2017

RSC images now available online to the public

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s image archive which includes production photos spanning more than 80 years is being made available to the public online for the first time.

Steve Orme, 24 June 2017

Miss Saigon opens UK tour at Leicester’s Curve

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon which has a company of 60 is to start a UK tour at Leicester’s Curve theatre.

Steve Orme, 24 June 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 19 June.

Steve Orme, 18 June 2017

Stafford Castle tempts fate with open-air Tempest

Staffordshire’s summer showpiece event Stafford Festival Shakespeare is to present what is believed to be the Bard’s final solo play, The Tempest, in the grounds of Stafford Castle.

Steve Orme, 17 June 2017

Northampton Town tells tales of The Twelfth Player

Groups of up to four people will be able to experience the stories of three generations of Northampton football fans in a site-specific performance at Northampton Town’s Sixfields stadium.

Steve Orme, 17 June 2017

Around the World in 80 Days returns to New Vic

Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic is bringing its production of Around The World In 80 Days back to its in-the-round stage before it goes on a national tour.

Steve Orme, 17 June 2017

Northampton scheme delivers drama to patients

A scheme to get mental health patients involved in dance and drama has begun at St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northampton, the “largest mental health facility in UK”.

Steve Orme, 17 June 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 12 June.

Steve Orme, 11 June 2017

Derby Theatre’s great expectations for autumn 2017

A new adaptation of a Charles Dickens’s classic, two festive shows suitable for the family and a number of touring productions are highlights of the 2017 autumn and winter season at Derby Theatre.

Steve Orme, 11 June 2017

Midlands theatres to commission new work

A group of theatres is to commission two new pieces of work, one with an artist or company from the East Midlands and the other from anywhere else in the UK.

Steve Orme, 11 June 2017

Kite Runner to open new Nottingham Playhouse season

Nottingham Playhouse’s autumn and winter season of work on its main stage begins with the return of Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner.

Steve Orme, 11 June 2017

Chung to play Dido in RSC Marlowe production

Chipo Chung is to take the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dido, Queen of Carthage, Christopher Marlowe’s dark tale of sacrifice and passion.

Steve Orme, 11 June 2017

Wagner opera revival is highlight of Longborough

A revival of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, which was presented only two years ago, and three new productions will be the attractions of Longborough Festival Opera 2017.

Steve Orme, 04 June 2017

New perspective on Rudkin monologue at BFI

New Perspectives Theatre Company is to host a world première reading of David Rudkin's Where There Is No More Sea at London’s BFI Southbank.

Steve Orme, 04 June 2017

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 5 June.

Steve Orme, 04 June 2017