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Midlands productions

Published: 17 February 2019

Inspired by the world of indoor-kite flying, Kite is “a play without words, with original music, dance, puppetry and of course kites”, presented by The Wrong Crowd in the Studio at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Monday and Tuesday while Green Ginger's new show Intronauts “propels audiences into a microscopic world, taking them on a fantastical journey deep into the inner reaches of the human body” from Wednesday until Friday.

Emma Reeves’s adaptation of Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch flies into Derby Theatre from Monday until Wednesday.

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

Unforgettable characters on a downtown New York street try to make sense of life’s burning issues in the musical Avenue Q at Derngate, Northampton from Monday until Saturday.

Featuring “some of the UK’s most acclaimed dancers”, Epilogues by the James Cousins Company can be seen at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday.

The Royal Shakespeare Company production of Romeo and Juliet visits Nottingham Theatre Royal from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Royal Concert Hall the first winner of Strictly Come Dancing Brendan Cole presents Show Man on Wednesday.

Anita Dobson is Miss Hannigan in Annie at Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet brings to life Beauty and the Beast at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday.

Zippos presents “Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular” Cirque Berserk! at Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Sunday.

There’s a half-term treat for youngsters with Bing Live! at Buxton Opera House on Wednesday and Thursday.

Based on the book written and illustrated by Tim Hopgood, Little Angel Theatre’s WOW! It’s Night Time featuring a curious little owl should be a hoot at mac Birmingham on Wednesday and Thursday.

David Wood’s adaptation of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham from Wednesday until Saturday.

David Walliams’s Billionaire Boy the Musical discusses whether money can buy happiness at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday while on the B2 stage members of the Belgrade Youth Theatre perform extracts of Contemporary Plays by African Women on Thursday.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice will be back at the Albany Theatre, Coventry for the third year running with his latest UK tour, Il Ballo e Vita—Dance is Life on Thursday.

A “funny, entertaining and at times tragic show about the impact of austerity on the National Health Service”, SICK tours to Nottingham Arts Theatre on Thursday and Friday.

Making its Leicester Comedy Festival debut, Hivemind Theatrical Solutions stages Pretty Evil, following three would-be supervillains—if only they could figure out anything remotely super or even something slightly villainous—Upstairs at The Western on Thursday and Friday.

Sonia Sabri Dance Company celebrates individuality and diversity in Same Same… But Different, a “splash of vibrant, family-friendly colour which mixes dance, music and storytelling”, in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome from Thursday until Tuesday 26 February.

There will be drinks, dancing and eggs but no experts and no big words in Luca Rutherford’s Political Party in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday.

Taking you on a journey across Europe from the sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby and into the world of the supernatural, Dracula—The Bloody Truth is a Le Navet Bete presentation at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday.

Providing audiences with a chance to see young Northamptonshire talent, N.Dance is at the Core at Corby Cube on Saturday.

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

Hiccup stages Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts on Saturday and Sunday.

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 Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Kimberley Sykes directs a “fierce, exhilarating version” of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It which continues until Saturday 31 August (press night Thursday 21 February) while in the Swan Theatre Kathryn Hunter takes the title role in Timon of Athens which continues until Friday and Molière’s classic Tartuffe is brought up to date in a new version by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto which continues until Saturday.

Steve Orme