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Midlands productions

Published: 25 November 2018

Fun in the Oven Theatre celebrates and commemorates the lives of Britain’s unsung war heroes in Canary, offering audiences an insight into life during World War I from the perspective of munitions workers, which tours to The Courtyard, Hereford on Monday.

Two actors play 13 characters—and a piano—in Murder for Two, a “hilarious, high-energy musical whodunit”, at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Monday until Wednesday.

Matthew Kelly and David Yelland appear in Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Katori Hall’s drama exploring the last hours of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, The Mountaintop, featuring Gbolahan Obisesan as Dr King and Rochelle Rose as Camae, can be seen in The Door at Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Saturday.

Andrew Corcoran Productions stages Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol in the Studio at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Rod Campbell’s story Dear Santa provides Christmas entertainment for children under seven at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Thursday until Saturday.

Katrina Bryan from CBeebies’ Nina and the Neurons plays Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington, written by Paul Hendy, at Lichfield Garrick from Thursday until Saturday 5 January.

Didy Veldman’s latest dance creation, The Knot, explores “familiar scenes of marriage” as Malvern Theatres turns into a wedding venue on Saturday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, which has been part of the city’s Christmas tradition for more than 27 years, continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Thursday 13 December.

Toby Hulse’s new adaptation of Pinocchio is the Christmas production at the Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham which continues until Sunday 30 December.

Little Angel Theatre continues to present a “heartwarming and very cute tale” of a mischievous baby and a very tired dad in Sleepyhead in the Foyle Studio at mac Birmingham until Sunday while Pins and Needles gets into the Christmas spirit with its original show Rudolf which continues until Monday 31 December.

Sleeping Beauty continues at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until Saturday 5 January.

Sue Holderness, best known for her role as Marlene in the BBC1 sitcom Only Fools and Horses, plays the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Mansfield Palace Theatre from Saturday until Sunday 6 January.

The yellow brick road leads to Birmingham REP as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion continue to search for The Wizard of Oz until Sunday 13 January.

Eleven actor-musicians bring to life characters including Toad, Badger and Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows which continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 26 January.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, in the Swan Theatre Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine continues until Saturday 1 December and Molière’s classic Tartuffe is brought up to date in a new version by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto which continues until Saturday 23 February.

Steve Orme