Midlands productions

Steve Orme

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 Door at Birmingham REP on Monday and Tuesday.

Dame Siân Phillips, Derek Griffiths and Teddy Kempner take a front seat in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, a Theatre Royal Bath production, at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham from Monday until Saturday.

Brenda Edwards, Layton Williams, Norman Pace, Matt Rixon and Rebecca Mendoza let their hair down in Hairspray the Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday until Saturday.

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 The Courtyard, Hereford on Tuesday.

A new family musical inspired by a poem by Lewis Carroll and written by Annabel Wigoder, The Hunting of the Snark is at Malvern Theatres on Tuesday.

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 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The national tour of Frederick Knott’s psychological thriller Wait Until Dark featuring Jack Ellis, Oliver Mellor and Karina Jones should have audiences at Lichfield Garrick on the edge of their seats from Tuesday until Saturday.

After its première at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Wardrobe Ensemble will perform its Education, Education, Education at Northampton Royal and Derngate from Tuesday until Saturday.

Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s Things I Know To Be True, a “complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank”, tours to Curve, Leicester from Tuesday until Saturday.

The third piece of new theatre to be commissioned by Theatre Absolute as part of its Are We Where We Are? project, Rabiah Hussain’s Where I Live And What I Live For premières at the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

Nottingham’s Theatre Royal has a double treat for children with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’ Stick Man on Tuesday and Wednesday and Dinosaur World from Friday until Sunday.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough stages an Alan Ayckbourn double bill at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, a revival of the 1979 farce Taking Steps from Tuesday and the world première of the “gently touching” comedy A Brief History of Women from Thursday, both running until Saturday 28 October.

The world première of Pink Sari Revolution, a true story about an “incredible” woman Sampat Pal who created “one of the world’s greatest feminist movements”, produced by Coventry’s Belgrade in collaboration with Leicester’s Curve and West Yorkshire Playhouse, can be seen at the Belgrade from Wednesday until Saturday 21 October.

An “exposed gearbox of a political thriller“, Instructions for Border Crossing, written and performed by Daniel Bye, will feature a series of live interventions from the audience in the Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome on Friday.

A “riches-to-rags story becomes a hilarious, ripped-up musical in an outrageous performance by Seiiol Davies and the company” in How To Win Against History in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday.

Russian State Ballet and Opera House returns to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre to perform Tosca by Puccini on Friday.

Bilimankhwe International Theatre presents a pared-down production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at mac Birmingham on Saturday.

Blue Orange Arts continues to stage Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham until Saturday.

Dyad Productions presents a one-woman play, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

Chaos, mayhem and stupidity are expected to be in evidence when Three Half Pints present “their most ridiculous adventure yet”, The Three Musketeers, in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Sunday.

OperaUpClose makes its Mansfield Palace Theatre debut with Mozart’s The Magic Flute, re-invented “for an era of Trump and recessions, casting rays of light and love into the darkness”, on Sunday.

Nottingham Playhouse continues to present Arthur Miller’s “gripping and powerful” All My Sons until Saturday 21 October (press night Tuesday 10 October).

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 continues on the city’s Belgrade Theatre main stage until Saturday 21 October.

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.

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