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Midlands productions

Published: 3 March 2019

Jodie Prenger plays social climber Beverly in Abigail’s Party in the Royal, Northampton from Monday until Saturday.

Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth appear in The Girl on the Train, based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, which tours to Curve, Leicester from Monday until Saturday.

Directed by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham and incorporating an international cast of performers with and without learning disabilities, Hijinx and Teatro la Ribalta’s Into the Light is “daring physical theatre about the right to be seen and heard, performed by those we need to see and hear”, in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tom Stoppard’s comedy Rough Crossing featuring John Partridge and Charlie Stemp sails into Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

London Classic Theatre’s revival of Charlotte Keatley’s “poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom” My Mother Said I Never Should visits Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

The 70th anniversary play season at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield continues with Tabs Productions’ staging of Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner’s Anybody for Murder from Tuesday until Saturday.

Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers” in Mischief Theatre’s The Comedy About A Bank Robbery which carries out its latest heist at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

A fresh adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “disquieting tale of transformation”, Splendid Productions’ Metamorphosis creeps into Lincoln Drill Hall on Wednesday.

A triple bill of “gorgeously arresting choreography set to music by Erik Satie, Patti Smith and David Bowie”, Michael Clark Company’s to a simple, rock ’n’ roll . . . song dances into Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Wednesday.

Coventry University students stage Ray Cooney’s farce Funny Money at the city’s Albany Theatre on Wednesday.

Arinzé Kene’s good dog, which tells the story of growing up in a multicultural community and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control, presented by tiata fahodzi and Tara Finney Productions in association with Watford Palace Theatre, visits The Door at Birmingham REP from Wednesday until Saturday.

Welsh National Opera returns to its English home of Birmingham Hippodrome with Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera on Wednesday, The Magic Flute by Mozart on Thursday and Saturday, and Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux on Friday.

Transitions Dance Company is at Buxton Opera House with a new triple bill of short, innovative dance works by choreographers Karole Armitage, Marina Collard and Hetain Patel on Thursday.

“The nation’s best rock ‘n’ roll variety show” That’ll Be The Day jives into Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday and Friday.

New Old Friends takes its comedy thriller Crimes on the Nile to The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Thursday and Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts on Saturday.

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Townsend Productions reveals the story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the West Midlands who undertook a ten-week strike and established the principle of a national minimum wage in Rouse Ye Women at mac Birmingham on Friday.

Proper Job Theatre Company and Andrew McMillan’s contemporary re-telling of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, exploring male vanity, gym culture, masculinity and body dysmorphia, is reflected in Dorian in the Studio at Lichfield Garrick on Friday.

Munchkins and Monsters stages a preview performance of its family show The Reluctant Dragon, part of Northampton Royal and Derngate’s artist development programme Generate, in the venue’s Underground Studio on Friday.

A new multi-sensory story by Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities, The Isle of Brimsker should light up The Lab at the Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Friday and the Studio at Derby Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

Writer, performer and video artist Paula Varjack’s new show Cult of K*nzo tours to the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on Saturday.

Jessie Cave takes Sunrise, her blend of confessional comedy and DIY performance art, to the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday.

The People’s Theatre Company celebrates the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams' book when it gets its teeth into There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Sunday.

Set in Coventry and Guangzhou, Amy Ng’s new play Under the Umbrella which “explores tradition, trauma and triumph in the art of finding love” continues at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until Saturday 16 March.

The world première of Barney Norris’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day continues at Royal and Derngate, Northampton until Saturday 16 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.

Steve Orme