Midlands productions

Published: 2 December 2018

Ruth Jones makes her return to the stage in the world première of William Gaminara’s The Nightingales, a “thought-provoking, bittersweet play that follows the lives of a small community acapella group in their weekly singing practice”, which visits Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

David Graham Productions presents the latest madcap adventure for hapless hero Uncle Eric in I’m Eric Get Me Out Of Here! at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from Monday until Saturday 15 December.

Not Too Tame performs Cinderella: A Wicked Mother of a Night Out!, combining panto with a trip to the pub, at the One Hundred and Two Social Club, Derby from Tuesday until Saturday.

Experience Theatre in association with MAMT stages Cinderella at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

A show for children aged from three upwards and their families, Goldilocks and the Three Bears should, like porridge, be “just right” in the Studio at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday 5 January.

Lady detective Artemis Arinae finds herself in the middle of a “steamy seasonal crime caper set in high society” in New Old Friends’ Crimes of the Christmas Pudding in the Studio at Lichfield Garrick from Wednesday until Saturday 5 January while during the day young audience members should enjoy Elf and Reindeer’s Christmas Cracker from Thursday until Monday 24 December.

A promenade piece which takes audiences on an adventure around Blackfriars Priory, Strike a Light’s The Snow Queen runs from Thursday until Saturday 22 December.

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.

A “fabulous fusion of Shakespeare, autobiography and drag”, 1623 theatre company’s take on Lady Macbeth, Queer Lady M, has its first outing at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on Friday.

Babbling Vagabonds “conjures a rawsome Christmas story of mammoth proportions” in The Dinosaur who Came for Christmas at the Guildhall Theatre, Derby from Friday until Sunday 30 December.

New International Encounter creates a “rustic re-telling of the French classic fairy tale direct from a three-week run in New York,” Beauty and the Beast, at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire from Friday until Sunday 30 December.

Dick Whittington the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto turns again to see whether Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is paved with gold from Friday until Sunday 6 January.

Leicester’s Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston’s new co-production of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, created in association with the National Centre for Circus Arts, swings into Curve’s Studio from Saturday until Saturday 12 January.

Philip Dart has written and directed Buxton Opera House’s panto for the past 27 years and is behind Dick Whittington which runs from Saturday until Sunday 30 December.

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.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s evergreen 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 continues at the Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham until Sunday 30 December.

The world première of The Worst Witch, Emma Reeves’s original story based on Jill Murphy’s series of novels, continues at Royal and Derngate, Northampton until Sunday 30 December while in the Underground Studio, Polka Theatre and Little Angel Theatre continue to stage Peter Glanville and Julian Butler’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb’s The Everywhere Bear until Sunday 6 January.

Pins and Needles gets into the Christmas spirit with Rudolf which continues at mac Birmingham until Monday 31 December.

Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel continues at Derby Theatre until Saturday 5 January.

Sleeping Beauty continues at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until Saturday 5 January while in the B2 auditorium Coventry playwright Nick Walker’s alternative show Over the Top, set during World War I, continues until Saturday 29 December.

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.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday 19 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 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