Midlands productions

Published: 9 December 2018

The Albany Theatre, Coventry takes a trip to Neverland with Lyon Devereux’s specially adapted version of J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, presented by Ceridwen Theatre Company from Monday until Saturday 22 December.

Seven years after it premièred at Lakeside Arts, Engine House brings back Mike Kenny’s adaptation of Red Riding Hood to the Nottingham venue from Monday until Sunday 30 December.

Santa’s Sparkly Surprise, Imagine Theatre’s fifth festive show specially created for pre-schoolers and written by Coventry panto legend Iain Lauchlan, can be seen at the Belgrade Theatre from Wednesday until Monday 24 December while Sleeping Beauty continues until Saturday 5 January and in the B2 auditorium Coventry playwright Nick Walker’s alternative show Over the Top, set during World War I, continues until Saturday 29 December.

Enchanted Entertainment presents Cinderella at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire from Wednesday until Saturday 29 December.

Katherine Chandler adapts the Brothers Grimm story The Elves and the Shoemaker in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse from Wednesday until Saturday 5 January while Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood continues on the main stage until Saturday 19 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.

The first production at Leicester’s newly reopened Haymarket Theatre will be the world première of Treasure Island, penned by Sandi Toksvig, from Thursday until Sunday 6 January.

Su Pollard plays the Wicked Queen in Malvern Theatres’ panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Thursday until Sunday 6 January.

A collection of three all-time favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, can be seen at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from Saturday until Sunday 30 December.

Leicester’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey and former Coronation Street actor Kevin Kennedy appear in Peter Pan at De Montfort Hall, Leicester from Saturday until Sunday 6 January.

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

Philip Dart, who has written and directed Buxton Opera House’s panto for the past 27 years, is at the helm of Dick Whittington which continues until Sunday 30 December.

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

New International Encounter continues to create 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 until Sunday 30 December.

Tall Stories continues to present Wilde Creatures, based on the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde, at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry until Sunday 30 December.

Darren Day, Flawless, The Grumbleweeds and Rachael Wooding appear in Northampton Royal and Derngate’s panto Peter Pan which continues until Sunday 30 December (press night Tuesday 11 December).

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

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

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a show for children aged from three upwards and their families, continues to be served up in the Studio at Derby Theatre until Saturday 5 January, while on the main stage Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel continues until Saturday 5 January.

Duncan James takes the role of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk which continues at Derby Arena 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 until Saturday 5 January while during the day young audience members should enjoy Elf and Reindeer’s Christmas Cracker until Monday 24 December and on the main stage Dick Whittington, written by Paul Hendy, continues 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 which continues until Sunday 6 January.

Dick Whittington the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto continues at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre until Sunday 6 January.

The world première of The Worst Witch, Emma Reeves’s 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.

Leicester’s Curve aims to “banish the blues and nourish the soul” with its production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas which continues until Sunday 13 January while Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston’s co-production of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat continues in Curve’s Studio until Saturday 12 January.

Joe Pasquale plays Smee and John Challis becomes Captain Hook in Nottingham Theatre Royal’s panto Peter Pan which continues until Sunday 13 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.

David Graham Productions continues to present 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 until Saturday 15 December which runs alongside Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows which continues until Saturday 26 January.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Aden Gillett plays Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, which continues until Sunday 20 January (press night Tuesday 11 December), while in the Swan Theatre, Kathryn Hunter takes the title role in Timon of Athens which continues until Friday 22 February (press night Thursday 13 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