Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a programme of work “demonstrating the company’s internationally respected athletic power, emotional intensity and dynamic movement”, including Douglas Thorpe’s Beast, Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No by Aletta Collins and a new commission by company dancer Sandrine Monin and composer Roberto Rusconi Calyx, at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday.

Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner flies into the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play Rita, Sue and Bob Too tours to Northampton Royal from Tuesday until Saturday.

Harriet Thorpe plays Princess Margaret in Richard Stirling’s A Princess Undone at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Welsh National Opera is at Birmingham Hippodrome with Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina on Tuesday, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss on Wednesday and Saturday, From the House of the Dead by Janáček on Thursday and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on Friday.

New Perspectives’ tour of Richard Bean’s Harvest can be seen at St Peter's Church, Malvern, Worcestershire on Tuesday, Fulstow Village Hall, Lincolnshire on Thursday, Rutland County Museum, Oakham, Rutland on Friday, Enderby Civic Centre, Leicestershire on Saturday and Tutbury Village Hall, Staffordshire on Sunday.

Cushions to hide behind will not be provided when Blue Orange Arts performs two of Charles Dickens's chilling tales of the supernatural, The Signalman and The Haunted Man, at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday 11 November.

Inspired by the true story of William Freeman, a black man who was put on trial in 19th century New York in the first case in America to raise insanity as a defence, Freeman by Camilla Whitehill is a Strictly Arts Theatre Company presentation in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday.

James Hyland and Jonathan Rigby appear in Kim Newman’s “sinister mystery play” Magic Circle in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday.

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre provides a platform for the voices of new writers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in its New Black Showcase which runs from Wednesday until Friday.

Written and performed by Mark Lockyer, Living with the Lights On is “hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers, a gripping story of a life lived at the edge”, in The Goose Nest, a temporary theatre at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, from Wednesday until Saturday.

Opera North is at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham with Little Greats, a festival of double bills, with Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni on Wednesday and Saturday, L’Enfant et les Sortileges by Ravel and Janáček’s Osud on Thursday and Saturday (afternoon), and Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan on Friday.

A rehearsed reading of Lynda Burrell and Fran Hajat’s Shakespeare and His Black Mates takes place in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse on Thursday.

Russian State Ballet and Opera House performs Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday.

A “frank insight into the world of sexuality in motherhood and all the things nobody tells you”, Elinor Coleman’s autobiographical Baby Daddy toddles into The Door at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday.

The Lost Boys featuring Paul Broesmith stages Ball, Brian Lobel's story about cancer, in the Guildhall Theatre Clubrooms, Derby from Thursday until Saturday.

Tell Me Anything by On The Run Theatre is a “tender, raw and brutally honest boy meets girl story” in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday.

Written and directed by Gavin Robertson, Mata Hari: Female Spy, the story of a courtesan who was tried and executed during World War I for being a German spy, will be performed by Katharine Mary in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday and Saturday.

Tall Stories takes its tale of The Snow Dragon to The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Friday and Saturday.

The world’s most notorious terrorist tells his story in Bin Laden: the One Man Show, a Knaïve Theatre production in the Studio at Lichfield Garrick on Saturday.

Children can enjoy all three of author Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books live on stage at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday.

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.

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.