Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Birmingham Stage Company presents one of its Horrible Histories at Lichfield Garrick, The Best of Barmy Britain, on Monday and Tuesday.

Marc Camoletti’s comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner featuring Sara Crowe, Damian Williams, Ben Roddy, Stacey Victoria Bland, Claire Sundin and Pete Gallagher is served up at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Reform Theatre Company’s Hopeless Romantics tells the story of Al, a single man unlucky in love who asks a girl on work experience to pose as his girlfriend for the night, at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre on Tuesday.

The Young REP takes over the main stage at Birmingham REP with a new production of E R Braithwaite’s To Sir, With Love which continues until Tuesday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet stages a triple bill of Kenneth MacMillan’s Solitaire, Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos and Pineapple Poll, a Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired comic ballet, in the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bruce Guthrie’s new production of the rock musical Rent which is celebrating its 20th anniversary tours to Nottingham Playhouse from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Northern Broadsides and New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme production of Deborah McAndrew’s adaptation of Edmund Rostand’s romantic comedy Cyrano visits Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

Tabs Productions performs the Leslie Darbon and Richard Harris comedy Two and Two Make Sex at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield from Tuesday until Saturday.

The National Theatre production of Carol Ann Duffy’s My Country; A Work In Progress can be seen in the Studio at Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Saturday while on the main stage the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Ramps on the Moon presentation of The Who’s Tommy runs from Wednesday until Saturday 27 May.

Previews of The Twelfth Player, an interactive, audio-visual performance inspired by the most dramatic season in the history of Northampton Football Club, take place at the Sixfields Stadium on Wednesday, Friday and Tuesday 23 May.

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures performs The Red Shoes at Curve, Leicester from Tuesday until Saturday while students from De Montfort University stage Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange in promenade from Thursday until Saturday.

John Partridge plays Albin and Adrian Zmed is Georges in Bill Kenwright’s new version of the musical La Cage aux Folles at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday.

Rhodri Miles presents the life of the great Welsh actor Richard Burton in his own words, from his humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom, in Gwynne Edwards’s Burton at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre on Wednesday.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet gets a Mods and Rockers treatment from Oddsocks Productions which gives it a contemporary take when a national tour starts at Lichfield Garrick on Wednesday and Thursday.

Nottingham Playhouse’s ensemble performs Love and Information by Caryl Churchill in the Neville Studio at the theatre on Thursday and Friday.

Nottingham-based 2Magpies Theatre’s Ventoux, a restaging of the “dramatic” battle between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in the Tour de France 2000 on Mont Ventoux, cycles into Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Thursday and Friday and Lichfield Garrick on Saturday.

“International dance stars, award-winning rap artists and the biggest names in Birmingham’s home-grown, hip-hop talent” take to the streets of Southside, Birmingham in the B-Side Hip-Hop Festival from Friday until Sunday.

Full House Theatre uses “original toe-tapping music, laugh-out-loud characters, puppetry and even a little bit of magic” in The Elves and the Shoemaker at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Saturday.

Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, a co-production with Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Nottingham Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse, continues at Northampton Royal until Saturday.

Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday.

The Let's Dance International Frontiers festival continues at various venues in Leicester until Saturday.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Antony and Cleopatra continues until Thursday 7 September and Julius Caesar until Saturday 9 September while in the Swan Theatre Phil Porter’s new play Vice Versa (or the Decline and Fall of General Braggadocio at the hands of his canny servant Dexter and Terence the monkey) continues until Saturday 9 September (press night Thursday 18 May).