Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Babbling Vagabonds returns to Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre with a new family show, Prince Stroppy Pants and the Christmas Caper, from Thursday until Thursday 28 December.

The Wardrobe Ensemble brings to life Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows with “humour, song, dance and good old-fashioned storytelling” at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire from Thursday until Saturday 30 December.

New Old Friends Theatre Company presents a new alternative Christmas comedy inspired by Agatha Christie, The 39 Steps and Jason Bourne, Crimes on the Christmas Express, which runs in Lichfield Garrick Studio from Friday until Saturday 6 January.

Tim Firth’s new musical The Band which features the music of Take That continues at the Regent Theatre, Stoke 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 continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday.

Knees and Toes Theatre’s debut show Mr Silly Pancake and the Land of Cake and Biscuits should enchant young audiences in The Door at Birmingham REP on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors continues at the Old Joint Stock Theatre until Saturday 16 December.

A new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland produced by Birmingham Ormiston Academy continues at the Old Rep, Birmingham until Saturday 30 December.

Cinderella meets the wild West Midlands in a festive alternative to panto, Nick Walker’s The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sisters, which continues in the B2 auditorium at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre until Saturday 30 December.

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, which continues in the theatre at mac Birmingham until Saturday 30 December.

James Holmes (Clive in the BBC TV comedy series Miranda) is Dame Nanny Nora and Jessica Revell (Elektra from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground) is Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at Buxton Opera House from Saturday until Sunday 31 December.

Red Bridge Arts and Traverse Theatre Company take the bit between their teeth to stage Black Beauty in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham from Saturday until Sunday 31 December.

Mike Kenny’s adaptation of J M Barrie’s Peter Pan continues at Derby Theatre until Saturday 6 January while in the Studio The Gingerbread Man, ideal for anyone aged three and above, opens on Tuesday and runs until Sunday 31 December.

Jessica Swale’s new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book continues at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate until Sunday 31 December while in the Underground Studio Little Angel Theatre’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’s The Singing Mermaid continues until Saturday 13 January.

Aladdin continues at Lichfield Garrick until Saturday 6 January.

Coventry’s Albany Theatre will be transformed into Toad Hall to play host to Mike Kenny’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows from Saturday until Saturday 6 January.

Mark Little plays Fleshcreep and Bradley Judge is Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk which continues at Mansfield Palace Theatre 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 while in the Studio Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine runs from Saturday until Sunday 14 January.

The Gloucestershire panto Dick Whittington and His Cat continues at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham until Sunday 7 January while in the Studio The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen continues during the day until Saturday 23 December and in the evening an ensemble cast tell the tale of A Gloucestershire Midwinter from Wednesday, also until Saturday 23 December.

Debbie Isitt’s adaptation of Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians continues at Birmingham REP until Saturday 13 January.

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

Gareth Gates plays Jack, Lisa Riley becomes the Spirit of the Beans, Ian Adams is Dame Trot, Adam C Booth is Simple Simon and Graham Cole plays Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk at Wolverhampton Grand from Saturday until Sunday 14 January.

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

Kenneth Alan Taylor writes and directs Cinderella which continues at Nottingham Playhouse from until Saturday 20 January.

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

Phil Davis plays Ebenezer Scrooge in David Edgar’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol which continues in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until 4 February (press night Wednesday 6 December); Adrian Edmondson makes his RSC debut as Malvolio and Kara Tointon plays Olivia in Twelfth Night which continues until 24 February; 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).