Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Lyngo Theatre reimagines Homer’s epic poem in a show featuring puppetry, cinema and live theatre, There and Back Again: An Odyssey, in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Monday.

Barcelona company Atresbandes “takes a wild ride through vastly different, seemingly unconnected worlds, where everyday situations take unexpected turns into the absurd and intimate” in All In in the Foyle Studio at mac Birmingham on Monday.

“Celebrating the very best songs from the shows we all know and love”, Mad About the Musicals visits Lichfield Garrick on Monday.

Aditi Mangaldas, whose creations have garnered her international attention as a key contemporary Kathak creator in India, blends traditional Kathak with contemporary dance forms in Inter_rupted at Birmingham Hippodrome on Monday.

A musical play adapted by David Wood and based on Judith Kerr’s book The Tiger who Came to Tea is on the menu at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on Monday and Tuesday.

Tall Stories stages The Snow Dragon, with “toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs”, at Derby Theatre on Monday and Tuesday.

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents three classics, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Monday, The Nutcracker on Tuesday and Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev on Wednesday.

Lizzy Watts takes the title role in the National Theatre tour of Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at Curve, Leicester from Monday until Saturday.

The “international smash hit musical comedy” Hairspray makes its way to Buxton Opera House from Monday until Saturday.

The second Birmingham Improv Festival, featuring 21 shows and six workshops from 24 companies, runs at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from Monday until Sunday.

Using puppets, music and physical performance, The Ding Foundation’s Wild Life is a “feast for the senses and the mind” in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday.

A cross between The Office and an Australian-style cage fight, Cockfight is a “darkly humorous and surprisingly tender piece of dance theatre” at Nottingham Playhouse 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 Malvern Theatres on the edge of their seats from Tuesday until Saturday.

Caroline Flack makes her stage debut as Irene alongside fellow Strictly Come Dancing favourite Tom Chambers as Bobby in the Watermill Theatre, Newbury tour of Crazy For You at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday.

Getting Better Slowly is the “funny, moving, honest and inspiring story” of Adam Pownall’s recovery from Guillain Barré Syndrome which can be seen at mac Birmingham on Wednesday and Thursday.

As part of Leicester Curve’s Inside Out Festival 2017, Jess Green presents Burning Books, a “powerful and humorous look at an education system buckling under government cuts and targets”, from Wednesday until Saturday, and Sheep Soup Productions stages the “comic and stirring contemporary musical” The Leftovers from Thursday until Saturday.

“Spectacular street-dance and breathtaking circus” combine in Metta Theatre’s Jungle Book by Poppy Burton-Morgan after Rudyard Kipling at Derby Theatre from Wednesday until Saturday.

New Perspectives’ tour of Richard Bean’s Harvest can be seen at Geddington Village Hall, Northamptonshire on Wednesday, Ecton Village Hall, Northamptonshire on Friday and Highbank Community Centre, Clifton, Nottingham on Sunday.

The family favourite Milkshake! Live is served up at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday.

A “spine-chilling” new play by Karen Henson based on a ghost story by H G Wells, The Red Room by Rumpus Productions tours to the Rose Theatre, Kidderminster on Thursday and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Friday.

“The UK’s leading full mask theatre company” Vamos performs Finding Joy at Lichfield Garrick on Thursday and Friday.

Delightful by Olivia Winteringham, an exploration of love, grief and how the state of our minds can affect how we remember our past, has its première in The Door at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday.

Bilimankhwe International Theatre presents a pared-down production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Friday.

Comedian, actor and writer Ruby Wax performs her new show about mental health Frazzled at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday while in the Met Studio James Hyland stages his own adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, also on Friday.

Follow Sherlock Holmes and his incomparable sidekick Dr Jane Watson on their journey from the streets of London to the Devonshire moors as they attempt to solve the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles, a Northern Rep production at the Old Rep, Birmingham on Friday and Saturday.

A portrayal of becoming a man and the responsibility that goes with it, Big Foot by Joseph Barnes-Phillips can be seen in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Saturday.

A new production of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker continues on the Northampton Royal stage until Saturday.

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 and the world première of the “gently touching” comedy A Brief History of Women which both continue until Saturday.

Story Pocket Theatre searches for the Holy Grail in Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Saturday and in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Sunday.

An international hit show for all the family, Tap Factory dances into the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Sunday.

Children’s TV legends Dick and Dom are unleashed at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre in Dick and Dom Live on Sunday.

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.

Daniel Boys, Sarah Earnshaw and Simon Lipkin are among the cast of the world première of the Birmingham REP production of Debbie Isitt’s Nativity! The Musical which continues until Saturday 12 November.