Midlands productions

Published: 10 March 2019

Michelle Todd plays Bess of Hardwick in Bess: The Commoner Queen which tours to the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Monday and Tuesday and Lincoln Drill Hall on Thursday.

Miles Jupp brings to life the “remarkable” story of David Tomlinson, the stern, bowler-hatted banker in Disney’s Mary Poppins, in James Kettle’s The Life I Lead at Birmingham REP from Monday until Saturday while in The Door Nanjing, a monologue written and performed by Jude Christian which tells the story of the Nanjing massacre of 1937, can be seen from Wednesday until Saturday and Paper Cinema’s Macbeth brews up toil and trouble in the Studio on Friday.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 winner Kevin Clifton swaps the ballroom for the bourbon club when he plays hedonistic rock star Stacee Jaxx in Chris D'Arienzo's Rock of Ages at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Monday until Saturday.

Kinky Boots takes audiences from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan when it struts into Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday until Saturday 23 March.

Dianne Buswell and Amy Dowden from the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing team up with Chloe Hewitt for Here Come the Girls which waltzes into Buxton Opera House on Tuesday.

Rufus Norris’s “dark and uncompromising” National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth bubbles up at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton from Tuesday until Saturday.

The 70th anniversary, seven-play repertory season at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield concludes with Rumpus Theatre Company’s presentation of Robin Hawdon’s adaptation of Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress for Dinner from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Worst Witch, a new production based on Jill Murphy’s series of novels and adapted by Emma Reeves, flies into Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens pay tribute to legendary comedy duo Morecambe and Wise in An Evening of Eric and Ern at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on Wednesday.

Avant Garde Dance gives Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist a contemporary hip-hop dance makeover in Fagin’s Twist at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Wednesday and Thursday.

Set in Northern England in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, Ishy Din’s “razor-sharp new drama” Approaching Empty “lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial generation of British men” at Derby Theatre from Wednesday until Friday.

Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre takes a journey out of the zoo and onto the MET Studio stage when it performs Madagascar Jr from Wednesday until Friday.

Birmingham Stage Company’s adaptation of Liz Pichon’s best-selling books Tom Gates tours to the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Wednesday until Saturday.

“Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular”, Zippos’ Cirque Berserk!, swings into Curve, Leicester from Wednesday until Sunday.

The Pantaloons present their “hilarious” new verse adaption of the most epic journey of all time, The Odyssey, at the Old Library Theatre, Mansfield on Thursday.

Inspired by true accounts of modern slavery and told through a “dynamic fusion of dance, theatre, aerial acrobatics, music and projection”, Justice in Motion stages a “compelling and thought-provoking tale of dreams and broken promises, of hope, optimism and resilience among harrowing circumstances” in Bound at mac Birmingham on Thursday.

Based on a series of interviews with patients and NHS experts, Mark Thomas takes his show Check Up to the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Thursday and Friday while Little Angel Theatre presents Tim Hopgood’s WOW! It’s Night Time on Saturday and Sunday.

Tall Stories fly into the Theatre Royal, Nottingham with Room on the Broom, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, from Thursday until Sunday.

London-based My Runway Group examines the racial and political themes surrounding youth culture and knife crime in Blankface at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Friday while in the Studio Trace Dann presents Captain Krankypants—Living and Surviving with PTSD and Depression on Friday and Saturday.

Three episodes of the timeless radio comedy classic Hancock's Half Hour can be heard and seen at Lichfield Garrick on Saturday.

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.

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.

A cast of four play more than 120 characters in the spy comedy drama The 39 Steps which continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 30 March.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, a gender-swapped version of The Taming of the Shrew, set in a 1590s matriarchal England in which women hold all the power, and Kimberley Sykes’s “fierce, exhilarating version” of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It both continue in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until Saturday 31 August.

Steve Orme