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Midlands productions

Published: 23 December 2018
Reporter: Steve Orme

David Essex and Martine McCutcheon are among the cast of Elf, the musical based on the Hollywood blockbuster film which has been “supersized into a Christmas spectacular” at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham from Friday until Sunday.

Enchanted Entertainment continues to present Cinderella at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire until Saturday.

A collection of three all-time favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, continues at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham until Sunday.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The world première of The Worst Witch, Emma Reeves’s story based on Jill Murphy’s series of novels, continues on the Royal stage at Royal and Derngate, Northampton until Sunday, Darren Day, Flawless, The Grumbleweeds and Rachael Wooding appear in Peter Pan which continues in Derngate also until Sunday and in the Underground Studio Polka Theatre and Little Angel Theatre continues 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.

Santa’s Sparkly Surprise, Imagine Theatre’s fifth festive show specially created for pre-schoolers and written by Coventry panto legend Iain Lauchlan, continues at the Belgrade Theatre 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.

Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel continues at Derby Theatre until Saturday 5 January while in the Studio Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a show for children aged from three upwards and their families, also continues to be served up until 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 and on the main stage Dick Whittington, written by Paul Hendy, also continues until 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 first production at Leicester’s newly reopened Haymarket Theatre, the world première of Treasure Island, penned by Sandi Toksvig, continues until Sunday 6 January.

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

Leicester’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey and former Coronation Street actor Kevin Kennedy appear in Peter Pan at De Montfort Hall, Leicester which continues 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.

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

Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 26 January.

Tall Stories continues to present a “magical, musical production” based on Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton’s book Emily Brown and the Thing in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome until Friday 6 January while on the main stage Jimmy Osmond, Meera Syal, Matt Slack, Jaymi Hensley, the Timbuktu Tumblers and Sascha Williams continue in Peter Pan until Sunday 27 January.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Aden Gillett plays Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol which continues until Sunday 20 January while 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 and Kathryn Hunter takes the title role in Timon of Athens which continues until Friday 22 February.