Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Rumpus Theatre Company presents a “spine-chilling” new play, Karen Henson’s The Red Room, based on a ghost story by H G Wells, in the Guildhall Theatre, Derby on Monday and Tuesday.

Robert Daws, Caroline Langrishe, Charlie Brooks, Leon Ockenden, Matthew Cottle and Sara Crowe appear in Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves which tours to Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Audiences at Stoke’s Regent Theatre should exclaim “what a feeling” when Flashdance the Musical visits from Monday until Saturday.

Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents Madama Butterfly at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday.

Danny Mac plays Joe Gillis and Ria Jones is Norma Desmond in the Leicester Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard which continues until Tuesday.

Drama students from the University of Nottingham stage a double bill of Escape for Dummies, created and directed by Josh Mallalieu and Laurence Cuthbert, and Wrecked, a devised work directed by Chris Trueman, in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Conor McPherson’s “chilling, modern classic” The Weir is on tour to mark its 20th anniversary year and visits Cheltenham Everyman from Tuesday until Saturday.

Maggie Bain performs Manfred Karge’s one-woman play Man to Man, the true story of a woman forced to adopt the identity of her dead husband in order to survive in Nazi Germany, in the Studio at Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Saturday.

The debut UK tour of Dreaming the Night Field from “the UK’s leading contemporary storytelling company” Adverse Camber, which tells “Wales’ greatest story”, is at mac Birmingham on Wednesday.

2Faced Dance Company performs Outlands, a new triple bill of contemporary dance from “some of the best up-and-coming female choreographers”, Hemabharathy Palani and Ronita Mookerji from India and Emma Jayne Park from the UK, at Deda, Derby on Wednesday and mac Birmingham on Friday.

Hip-hop dance company ZooNation re-imagines The Wizard of Oz as Groove On Down the Road in the Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday until Friday.

Inspired by the true story of William Freeman, a black man who was put on trial in 19th century New York, whose case was the first in America to use insanity as a defence, Freeman is a Strictly Arts Theatre presentation in the B2 auditorium at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs a triple bill, Penguin Cafe Mixed Programme, featuring “joyous dancing, ragtime music and animals sheltering from a storm”, at Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday until Saturday.

Kevin Fegan’s new play Bess, which looks at the life of Bess of Hardwick, “the commoner queen”, a one-woman show which mixes theatre with film and features Michelle Todd in the title role, can be seen at the Guildhall, Derby from Thursday until Sunday.

Eight professional principal artists take leading roles alongside up to 100 young dancers in English Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky and Ballet Etudes, a one-act homage to classical ballet training, at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton on Friday and Saturday.

Imitating the Dog’s Nocturnes, a “multi-media twist on a ‘50s spy thriller, set during the height of the Cold War, asking important questions about truth and free will and about how we understand what’s real in this post-truth era”, is at mac Birmingham on Saturday.

Nottingham Playhouse continues to stage a “playful, truthful and occasionally disrespectful” take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a new comic adaptation by stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe until Saturday while in the Neville Studio Toby Campion’s play Wreck about a young man thrust into the most desperate of circumstances also continues until Saturday.

Jane Booker, Jolyon Coy, Ed Hughes, Carlyss Peer, Laura Rogers and Paul Shelley feature in the regional première of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, an English Touring Theatre, Northampton Royal and Derngate and Rose Theatre Kingston production, which continues on the Northampton Royal stage until Saturday.

Robert Powell and Liza Goddard take an “affectionate and nostalgic romp through the first 100 or so years of cinema” in Silver Screen at Lichfield Garrick on Sunday.

A “fantastic new line-up of smash hits spanning the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, plus side-splitting comic sketches” are on offer in “the UK’s premier rock ‘n’ roll production” That'll Be The Day at Buxton Opera House on Sunday.

Belinda Lang and Oliver Cotton feature in Tom Kempinski’s Duet For One which continues at Birmingham REP until Saturday 7 October.

A new production of Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 7 October.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard’s new devised piece Kingdom Come, part of the RSC’s Mischief Festival, continues in The Other Place until Saturday 30 September; in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Sope Dirisu plays the title role in Coriolanus which continues until Saturday 14 October; and in the Swan Theatre, Christopher Marlowe’s dark tale of sacrifice and passion, Dido, Queen of Carthage, continues until Saturday 28 October.