Midlands productions

Published: 20 January 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Olivia Sweeney (Gentlewoman), Kirsty Besterman (Lady Macbeth) and Reuben Johnson (Doctor) in Macbeth in the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Brinkhoff / Moegenburg
Trial by Laughter at Malvern Theatres Credit: Philip Tull
Richard Keightley (Ratty), Alicia McKenzie (Mole) and Sophia Hatfield (Mrs Otter) in The Wind in the Willows at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme Credit: Andrew Billington

The National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth tours to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s Trial by Laughter visits Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

OperaUpClose returns to the Belgrade, Coventry with a reinvented operatic classic, Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, on Thursday.

Caroline Langrishe plays TV cook Caroline Mortimer and Aden Gillett is her golf-loving husband Mike in Torben Betts’s “biting” comedy Caroline’s Kitchen at Derby Theatre from Thursday until Saturday.

Lost Dog’s Juliet and Romeo blends dance, theatre and comedy as the duo “takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity” at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday.

Crissy Rock, Leah Bell, Dolores Porretta and Andrew Green clean up in Dirty Dusting by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood at Lichfield Garrick on Friday.

Birmingham REP’s live show of Raymond Briggs’s book The Snowman which is back in the Midlands as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations continues at the REP until Saturday.

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

Peter Pan, which now features Darren Day as Captain Hook in place of Jimmy Osmond, continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Sunday.

The UK première of Katori Hall’s play Our Lady of Kibeho continues at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate until Saturday 2 February.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, in the Swan Theatre, Kathryn Hunter takes the title role in Timon of Athens which continues until Friday 22 February 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.