Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Developed at the National Theatre Studio, The Secret Keeper, a “fiendish new story for adults” by Angela Clerkin, features four actors playing more than 40 characters at Curve, Leicester on Monday and Tuesday.

Leon Ockenden, Charlie Brooks, Matthew Cottle, Sara Crowe, Caroline Langrishe and Robert Daws make up the cast of Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham from Monday until Saturday.

Belinda Lang and Oliver Cotton appear in Tom Kempinski’s Duet for One at Malvern Festival Theatre from Monday until Saturday.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival takes place in Northampton Royal from Monday until Thursday while Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers can be seen on the Derngate stage from Monday until Saturday.

Rebecca Vaughan performs Jane Eyre – an Autobiography, Elton Townend Jones’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s romance, in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday.

Two actors are pitted against each other and a chess clock in an attempt to perform the history of the world and of theatre company Stan’s Café over the past 25 years in Time Critical at mac Birmingham from Tuesday until Thursday.

Northern Broadsides is at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme with For Love or Money, a new adaptation by Blake Morrison of Alain-René Lesage’s 18th century comedy Turcaret which is directed by and features Barrie Rutter, from Tuesday until Saturday.

Lucy Jones plays Elle Woods, Rita Simons is Paulette Bonafonte and Bill Ward takes the role of Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde the Musical at Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday.

Bronté Barbé plays Carole King in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday.

Northern Ballet dances into Nottingham’s Theatre Royal with David Nixon’s The Little Mermaid from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Newcastle-under-Lyme New Vic production of Laura Eason’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days travels to Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Sunday.

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre gets out its baggy trousers for Deena Payne and George Sampson’s appearance in the Madness musical Our House from Wednesday until Saturday while the B2 auditorium celebrates the 70th anniversary of the twinning of Coventry with the German city Kiel with Junges Theatre’s Lost and Found on Thursday and Friday.

Phoebe Frances Brown performs Susie Sillett’s (SORRY), a “highly-charged” trilogy of monologues exploring the experiences of young people in the 21st century, in The Door at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday.

Protein presents a “thought-provoking yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences” in Luca Silvestrini’s Border Tales at the Forest Arts Centre, Walsall on Thursday, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Friday and Curve, Leicester on Saturday.

Proper Job Theatre Company looks at the Medusa myth in a contemporary setting at mac Birmingham on Friday.

Written, produced and directed by James Hyland and performed by Michael Shon and James Hyland, A Lesson from Auschwitz “explores how and why the Nazis did what they did, shedding light on the mentality of the perpetrators and the disturbing reality of life in a death camp”, in the Courtyard Theatre Studio, Hereford on Saturday.

A one-act play directed and produced by Derbyshire LGBT+ and written and performed by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities of the county, Two Loves Lost “explores what it was like to be gay before the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality” in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Saturday.

Cushions to hide behind will not be provided when Blue Orange Arts continues to perform two of Charles Dickens's chilling tales of the supernatural, The Signalman and The Haunted Man, at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham 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.

Scamp Theatre’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man jogs into Northampton Royal from Sunday until Tuesday 14 November.

Giles Croft bows out as artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse with Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard which continues until Saturday 18 November (press night Tuesday 7 November).

Adrian Edmondson makes his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Malvolio and Kara Tointon plays Olivia in Twelfth Night which continues in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until 24 February (press night Thursday 9 November).