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Midlands productions

Published: 17 March 2019

The “cheekily charming musical” Avenue Q which tells the story of unforgettable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues visits Derby Theatre from Monday until Saturday.

Bill Kenwright’s new production of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Lady Vanishes, featuring husband and wife Maxwell Caulfield and Juliet Mills, pulls into Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Opera North returns to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham with Mozart’s The Magic Flute on Tuesday and Saturday, Katya Kabanova by Janáček on Thursday, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Gianni Schicchi by Puccini on Friday.

Emma Reeves brings to life Jill Murphy‘s story of The Worst Witch at Curve, Leicester from Tuesday until Sunday.

Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre performs Guys and Dolls Jr in the MET Studio at the Gatehouse from Wednesday until Friday.

Metta Theatre’s new hip-hop musical In The Willows, inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, leaps into the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday while on the B2 stage Ishy Din’s show about working-class lives in post-industrial north east England, Approaching Empty, drives in also from Wednesday until Saturday.

A “madcap musical” which is “an onslaught of unholy antics that make for a side-splittingly funny, interactive and upbeat evening”, Nunsense gets into the habit at the Albany Theatre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday.

Michelle Todd plays Bess of Hardwick in Bess: The Commoner Queen which tours to the Old Library Theatre, Mansfield on Thursday and Friday.

New Old Friends takes its comedy thriller Crimes on the Nile to Lichfield Garrick from Thursday until Saturday.

An “eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the region” can be seen in the First Bite Festival in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday.

Proto-type Theater’s A Machine They’re Secretly Building “blows the whistle on global surveillance from World War I to the present day” at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on Friday.

English Touring Opera is at Buxton Opera House with Verdi’s Macbeth on Friday and Elizabeth I by Rossini on Saturday.

Ballet Theatre UK presents Swan Lake at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Friday and Mansfield Palace Theatre on Sunday.

David Almond’s adaption of his own modern novel Skellig, which follows the story of a 12-year-old boy whose younger sister is born prematurely, can be seen at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday until Sunday 7 April.

Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens pay tribute to legendary comedy duo Morecambe and Wise in An Evening of Eric and Ern in Derngate, Northampton on Saturday.

Kinky Boots takes audiences from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan when it continues to strut into Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday.

The man behind the nose and the comedy behind the celebrated story of Cyrano de Bergerac is celebrated in the UK première of Edmond de Bergerac, featuring Freddie Fox, Henry Goodman, Josie Lawrence and Chizzy Akudulo, which continues at Birmingham REP until Saturday 30 March.

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