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Midlands productions

Published: 10 February 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Lewis Doherty takes his “explosive” debut show Wolf, bringing to life 30 characters, car chases and multi-man brawls, to The Door at Birmingham REP from Monday until Wednesday.

Peter James’ “spine-chilling thriller” The House on Cold Hill, featuring Rita Simons and Joe McFadden, gets into the right spirit at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Monday until Saturday.

Torben Betts’s comedy Caroline’s Kitchen, an Original Theatre Company presentation, tours to Northampton’s Royal and Derngate from Monday until Saturday.

Frantic Assembly’s The Unreturning by Anna Jordan which explores the profound effect that war has on young lives can be seen at Curve, Leicester from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield’s 70th anniversary celebrations continue with the Tabs Productions and Rumpus Theatre Company presentation of Alan Ayckbourn’s How The Other Half Loves from Tuesday until Saturday.

Bill Kenwright’s production of Willy Russell’s musical Blood Brothers, featuring Linzi Hateley as Mrs Johnstone, visits the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Green Day’s rock musical American Idiot rolls into Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers head towards their tragic end in Contender Charlie and China Plate’s Romeo and Juliet: Mad Blood Stirring at the Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire from Tuesday until Saturday.

New Old Friends takes Crimes on the Nile, a comedy thriller featuring a Belgian lady detective who heads off on a boat trip which has deadly consequences, to The Theatre, Chipping Norton from Wednesday until Saturday.

Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel pay homage to Britain’s best-loved comedy duo Morecambe and Wise in An Evening of Eric and Ern at Lichfield Garrick on Saturday.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday.

The stage adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s young adult novel Noughts and Crosses continues at Derby Theatre until Saturday.

A new production of Joe Penhall’s Blue / Orange, his “searing dissection of institutional racism and mental health in modern Britain”, continues at Birmingham REP until Saturday.

Nick Hancock appears in Jack Milner and Mark Stevenson’s new comedy Octopus Soup! which continues at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until Saturday.

Big Window Theatre’s If All the World Were Paper, a new play about friendship and falling out, for ages three to six, takes to the stage at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Saturday and Sunday.

Lori Hopkins tells the tale of Sourpuss, a very grumpy ginger cat, a show for three- to eight-year-olds, at mac Birmingham on Sunday.

Robin Hood and his merry men take on one of their hardest challenges in Oddsocks’ Robin Hood and the Revolting Peasants at Mansfield Palace Theatre on Sunday.

Nottinghamshire playwright Beth Steel’s Wonderland, which is set during the miners’ strike of 1984, continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday 23 February.

Northern Broadsides’ first performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing for 19 years continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 2 March.

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.