Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Tom Parker of The Wanted makes his musical theatre debut as Danny Zuko while Danielle Hope plays Sandy and Louise Lytton is Rizzo in the ‘70s musical Grease which tours to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Monday until Saturday.

A story about a Christmas party gone wrong featuring “side-splitting laughs and the very best ’60s hits”, David Graham Productions’ Eric of Dock Green in Midwinter Murders takes to the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme stage from Monday until Saturday 9 December.

The National Theatre production of Patrick Marber’s new version of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler visits Derngate, Northampton from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Underground Studio Little Angel Theatre’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’s The Singing Mermaid, “ideal for under sevens and their families”, runs from Saturday until Saturday 13 January.

Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall’s musical The Hired Man, presented by Night Project Theatre in association with Blue Orange Arts, is rented out at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Tim Firth’s new musical The Band, which features the music of Take That, should shine at the Regent Theatre, Stoke from Tuesday until Saturday 9 December.

A new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland continues at Birmingham’s Old Rep until Thursday.

Little Angel Theatre’s children’s show, Emma Dodd’s Me..., continues in the Foyle Studio at mac Birmingham until Thursday before a tragic love story following a docker and a waitress and their forbidden love for each another, which features the music of Jon Bon Jovi, Paul O’Donnell’s We’ve Got Each Other lives on a prayer on Saturday; in the Theatre, Santa Claus gets ready for his busiest day of the year in Raymond Briggs’s Father Christmas, a Lyric Hammersmith and Pins and Needles presentation, from Thursday until Saturday 30 December.

A “perfect introduction to theatre for those aged two to seven”, Rod Campbell’s Dear Santa drops into the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Thursday until Saturday.

The Lost Boys bring their “unique” style to Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, enhanced with digital cinema technology and projections, at QUAD, Derby on Friday.

The world première tour of 2Faced Dance Company's first Christmas production What the Moon Saw, a reimagining of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, opens at DanceXchange at Birmingham Hippodrome on Friday and Saturday.

A “playful performance without performers”, Strangers and Others, in which the audience are invited to don headphones to receive live instructions from H2 Dance’s Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard, visits the Dance 4 Space on Dakeyne Street, Nottingham on Saturday.

Cinderella meets the wild West Midlands in a festive alternative to panto, Nick Walker’s The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sisters, a “rootin’, tootin’ spaghetti western where the glass slippers have spurs and the bells chime for high noon”, in the B2 auditorium at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre from Saturday until Saturday 30 December.

Sixty dancers and a full orchestra are involved in Birmingham Royal Ballet's evergreen production of Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome which continues until Wednesday 13 December.

The Gloucestershire panto Dick Whittington and His Cat continues at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham until Sunday 7 January.

Artistic director Nikolai Foster directs a new production of Scrooge the Musical which continues at Curve, Leicester until Sunday 7 January.

Iain Lauchlan takes to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry stage for his 23rd panto, Cinderella, which continues until Saturday 13 January.

Sleeping Beauty, the 2017 panto at The Theatre, Chipping Norton, continues until Sunday 14 January.

A new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 27 January.

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 while in the Swan Theatre Mike Poulton’s adaptation of The Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris, Imperium Part I: Conspirator and Imperium Part II: Dictator, continue until Saturday 10 February (press performances on Thursday 7 December).