Midlands productions

Steve Orme

The 40th anniversary production of Mike Leigh’s comedy Abigail’s Party featuring Amanda Abbington as Beverly is at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Theatre Ad Infinitum takes the epic tale of a Mexican woman’s fight for justice, Bucket List, to The Door at Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Thursday while in the Studio a new play by Mike Kenny based on the best-selling picture books created by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul, Winnie and Wilbur, continues until Saturday.

Northern Ballet is at Derby Theatre with Goldilocks and the Three Bears, one of its Short Ballets for Small People, on Tuesday and at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Saturday.

Million Dollar Quartet, which tells the story of how Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins made history when they came together the only time and which features Peter Duncan as record producer Sam Phillips, should leave audiences at Northampton’s Derngate all shook up from Tuesday until Saturday.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Leicester Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith tour Sam Holcroft’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday while in the B2 auditorium the life of William John Cavendish Scott-Bentinck, the fifth Duke of Portland—an eccentric English aristocrat whose imagination and curiosity knew no bounds—is remembered in The Underground Man, adapted by Nick Wood from Mick Jackson’s Booker-shortlisted novel, on Friday and Saturday.

Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, Sunny Afternoon tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the band’s rise to stardom at Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec celebrate the talent of Fred Astaire in Remembering Fred in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Wednesday.

Stage2 Youth Theatre goes back to school with John Godber’s Teechers at the Crescent Studio Theatre, Birmingham from Wednesday until Saturday.

English Touring Opera is at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre with Tosca by Puccini on Wednesday and Saturday and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience on Thursday and Friday.

“World champion acrobats and 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers” will be directed by Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham from Wednesday until Sunday.

Based on The Who’s 1969 concept album Tommy written by Pete Townshend, a New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Ramps on the Moon co-production, visits Nottingham Playhouse from Wednesday until Saturday 29 April.

A new musical is created from scratch each evening at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham when Showstopper: The Improvised Musical serves up a song-and-dance act from Thursday until Saturday.

Hapless vacuum cleaner salesman Jim Wormold gets sucked into a dirty world of espionage and double agents in Clive Francis’s adaptation of Graham Green’s Our Man in Havana at Buxton Opera House from Thursday until Saturday.

The tour of Mamma Mia! stops off at the Regent Theatre, Stoke from Tuesday until Saturday 29 April.

A “play for today, told by the voices of yesterday” that tells a “fascinating” story of life in Birmingham over 200 years through the voices of people who lived in the Jewellery Quarter, The Other Side is a Theatre Birmingham presentation in St Paul’s Church, the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham from Friday until Sunday.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre urges children and grown-ups to “grab their hunting gear and prepare for the stupendous stage adaptation” of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt from Friday until Sunday.

The First Bite Festival—a binannual festival of new theatre—moves to mac Birmingham on Saturday, with regional theatre companies showing work in progress, testing new material and looking for feedback to help them develop their shows.

Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole’s show Letters to Windsor House which looks at the UK housing crisis delivers in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Saturday.

Swansea City Opera visits Mansfield Palace Theatre with Delibes’ Lakmé, set in India during the Raj of the 1880s, on Sunday.

Lewis Smallman from West Bromwich shares the role of Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical which continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 6 May.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, the Rome season is underway in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with Julius Caesar which continues until Saturday 9 September and Antony and Cleopatra which continues until Thursday 7 September, while in the Swan Theatre Richard Bean’s new comedy The Hypocrite featuring Caroline Quentin and Mark Addy continues until Saturday 29 April.