Midlands productions

Steve Orme

Splendid Productions “get their scrabbly little insect legs on Franz Kafka’s chilling story of dislocation, mutation and isolation and transform it into a slithering, creeping, wriggling, delightful, comical, tragical, musical, physical theatrical adventure” Metamorphosis in the Foyle Studio at mac Birmingham on Monday.

Point of Echoes, choreographer Ben Wright’s tale of lighthouse keepers designed especially for village halls and smaller venues, tours to the Helen Martin Studio at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Monday and Tuesday.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia accompanied by the Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet are at Derngate, Northampton with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet on Monday and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Tuesday and Wednesday.

An “ocean-filled production perfect for those excited about saving our planet”, The Dead Sea, devised and performed by Louise White, comes to life at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, Lincolnshire on Tuesday, Lincoln Drill Hall on Wednesday and South Holland Centre, Spalding on Friday.

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre celebrates the life and music of Dusty Springfield in Son of a Preacher Man, featuring Debra Stephenson and Alice Barlow and directed by Craig Revel Horwood, from Tuesday until Saturday while on the B2 stage Warwick University graduate Kirsty Housley directs Bryony Kimmings’s new musical A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, presented by Complicite Associates, from Wednesday until Saturday.

The cast of Hairspray the Musical show they’re the nicest kids in town when they let their hair down at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday 24 February.

The senior youth theatre at Mansfield Palace Theatre presents Willy Russell’s Our Day Out on Wednesday and Thursday.

Les Petits stages Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s First Encounters with Shakespeare production of Julius Caesar for 7- to 13-year-olds visits the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme on Wednesday and Keele University chapel on Saturday.

Based on the story and characters from the DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical “turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy” at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Wednesday until Sunday 25 February.

A story about “life and, ultimately, death but in a positive, uplifting sort of way”, Lou Conran takes I Love Lou C to the Hexagon Theatre at mac Birmingham on Thursday.

Brendan Cole “whips up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic in All Night Long in Derngate, Northampton on Thursday.

#JeSuis, the first group work from choreographer Aakash Odedra for his company of Turkish dancers, has its UK première at the Patrick Centre, Birmingham on Thursday and Friday.

Comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity will be on offer during Showstopper! The Improvised Musical in the Studio at Curve, Leicester on Thursday and Friday.

Hiccup Theatre cooks up a new version of the classic tale The Gingerbread Man at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Friday and in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Sunday.

Set “in a seaside hotel of childhood summers”, Jane Upton’s autobiographical play Finding Nana tours to Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, Boston, Lincolnshire on Saturday.

The talents of young people from across Northamptonshire will be on display in N.Dance 2018 at The Core at Corby Cube on Saturday.

The Kneehigh Theatre and Birmingham REP production of Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, continues on the REP’s main stage until Saturday.

The sixth production in the Are We Where We Are programme at the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry is CHOKE, written by Theatre Absolute’s artistic director Chris O’Connell, which continues until Saturday.

The musical Jersey Boys, outlining the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is working its way back around the UK and continues at the Regent Theatre, Stoke until Saturday.

Oddsocks presents The Wizard of Oz with the company’s trademark comedy at Mansfield Palace Theatre on Sunday.

The regional première of Beth Steele’s Wonderland, the first play to be directed by Adam Penford since he took over as artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, set in 1983 at Welbeck Colliery in Nottinghamshire when pits are closing and a strike is called, continues until Saturday 24 February.

April De Angelis’s Playhouse Creatures, the first play in a season of work focused on empowerment to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 24 February.

Mamma Mia! by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus is the name of the game at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and continues until Saturday 24 February.

In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Adrian Edmondson makes his RSC debut as Malvolio and Kara Tointon plays Olivia in Twelfth Night which continues until Saturday 24 February.