Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Jodie Prenger is Shirley Valentine in Willy Russell’s play which visits Northampton Royal from Monday until Saturday while Richard Alston Dance Company takes to the Derngate auditorium on Thursday and Friday with a programme of three works: Carnaval, Chacony and a revival of Gypsy Mixture.

Peter Duncan plays Sam Phillips, the man who in 1956 brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time for a jam session, in Million Dollar Quartet which rocks the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham from Monday until Saturday.

Imagine If’s production of Francesca Joy’s new play You Forgot the Mince, performed by Francesca Joy, Ursula Mohan and Prince Plockey, tours to mac Birmingham on Tuesday.

Music Theatre Wales presents a new opera The Golden Dragon by Peter Eötvös, based on a play by Roland Schimmelpfennig, in the Studio at Birmingham REP on Tuesday.

Nottingham’s Theatre Royal which has been revamped over the summer reopens with the Watermill Theatre production of the celebration of Broadway musicals Crazy For You, featuring Derbyshire-born Tom Chambers, Caroline Flack and Charlotte Wakefield, from Tuesday until Saturday.

Jon Robyns, Ray Quinn, Cassie Compton and Ruth Madoc appear in a new production of Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy’s The Wedding Singer at Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday.

An “eerie tale of our time where the ghosts have found a new place to hide” and based on letters written by Lichfield poet Anna Seward, Letters to Emma is a Garrick Rep Company production at Lichfield Garrick from Tuesday until Saturday.

The story of Aladdin and his adventures is brought to life by David Bintley and Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday.

Dave Simpson’s adaptation of E Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children stops off at Curve, Leicester from Tuesday until Sunday.

Set in a factory during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, Factory Girls, adapted by Yangson Project, brings a piece of Korean history to the UK at Key Theatre, Peterborough on Wednesday.

Written by Nathan Lucky Wood and directed by Coventry’s Jennifer Davis, A Haunting is a Forethought Theatre production in the B2 auditorium at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The UK’s premier rock and roll production” That’ll Be the Day returns to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday.

Two actors perform multiple roles in Pentabus Theatre and Cheltenham Everyman’s comedy Wolves Are Coming For You by Joel Horwood in the Everyman Studio from Wednesday until Saturday.

Combining ballet, contemporary and African dance, Izindava will be presented by Tavaziva as part of Black History Month in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Thursday.

Blue Orange Arts stages Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from Thursday until Saturday 15 October.

Inspired by the true story of William Freeman, a black slave who was put on trial in 19th century New York, Freeman is a “stunning mix of high-energy physical theatre, acapella singing, humour and powerful drama” in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday.

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 the Guildhall Theatre, Derby on Friday.

A three-course dinner is part of B arts’ new show Forest of Dreams which can be seen at China Hall in the former Spode Works, Stoke from Friday until Saturday 3 November.

The world première of Pink Sari Revolution, a true story about a woman who created “one of the world’s greatest feminist movements”, continues at Leicester’s Curve until Saturday (press night Thursday).

Belinda Lang and Oliver Cotton feature in Tom Kempinski’s Duet For One which continues on the main stage at Birmingham REP until Saturday while in The Door a new play by Birmingham-born writer and performer Steven Camden, aka spoken-word artist Polarbear, I Knew You, also continues until Saturday.

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

Featuring 20 songs from Coventry artists including Frank Ifield, Vince Hill, Hazel O’Connor, The Specials, Terry Hall, King, The Primitives and The Enemy, Allan Pollock’s Godiva Rocks bursts onto the city’s Belgrade Theatre main stage from Saturday until Saturday 21 October.

Using “modern theatrical tools and the dance drama form of Yakshagana to create a contemporary narrative that raises questions about female representation and male ownership”, Akshayambara can be seen at mac Birmingham on Sunday.

Derby Theatre continues to stage Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations until Saturday 21 October.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, 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.