Midlands productions

Published: 21 April 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Samantha Womack (Rachel) and Adam Jackson-Smith (Tom) in The Girl on the Train at Royal and Derngate, Northampton Credit: Manuel Harlan
Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor in Stones in his Pockets at Malvern Theatres
Niamh Cusack (Kenton) and Stephen Boxer (Stevens) in The Remains of the Day at Derby Theatre Credit: Iona Firouzabadi

Samantha Womack takes the lead in a new production of The Girl on the Train, a “gripping” thriller based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, which pulls into Northampton’s Royal and Derngate from Monday until Saturday.

Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor take on a multitude of characters in Marie Jones’s Stones in his Pockets in the Festival Theatre at Malvern from Monday until Saturday while a new hip-hop musical, Metta Theatre’s In the Willows, inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows and adapted by Poppy Burton-Morgan, promises fun for the whole family in the Forum Theatre from Wednesday until Saturday.

Story Pocket Theatre combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s “outstanding storytelling style” to bring David Baddiel’s ANiMALCOM to the Albany Theatre, Coventry stage on Tuesday.

Niamh Cusack and Stephen Boxer feature in Barney Norris’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

A “punchy, immersive production” of Harry Gibson’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting Live stops off at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire from Tuesday until Saturday.

The “almost entirely imagined” Bon Jovi musical We’ve Got Each Other, written and performed by Paul O'Donnell, rocks The Door at Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Saturday while on the main stage the Young REP gets to grips with Evan Placey’s reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde which continues until Saturday.

Motown the Musical, which isguaranteed to have you dancing in the street”, visits the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday 4 May.

Inspired by the role of electricity in the human body, Motionhouse’s new multimedia show Charge energises Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday.

Emma Reeves’s adaptation of Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch casts a spell on the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday.

A “playful, sensory and highly visual first-time theatre experience for very young children and babies”, Nonsuch’s intotheclouds tries to make fluffy dreams come true in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Thursday.

East Midlands touring company New Perspectives presents the story of a man with no memory who is being taken in by a homeless community living in shipping containers in Helsinki, The Man Without a Past, which explores issues of identity, at the Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, Lincolnshire on Thursday and Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, Staffordshire on Friday.

Michelle Todd reprises her role as Bess of Hardwick in the one-woman show, Kevin Fegan’s Bess: The Commoner Queen, in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday.

Core Playwrights Ensemble performs Carword, five short plays set in the confined space of a car—Living on a Prayer by Martin Picken, Elspeth Robb’s Made in Corby, Car-Cass by Millie O’Brien, Car Seat by Maira Jerome and Ian Young’s The Football Fans—at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Friday.

Raze Collective stages an evening of “some of the UK’s newest, brightest, and badass queer performers” showcasing three new pieces of “risk-taking, celebratory and innovative performance”, Raze Up, in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Saturday.

The “UK’s premier rock ‘n’ roll variety show” That’ll Be The Day visits Buxton Opera House on Sunday.

The world première of Mike Poulton’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece Ghosts starring Penny Downie and directed by Lucy Bailey continues at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate until Saturday 11 May.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 11 May.

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 while in the Swan Theatre John Kani and Antony Sher perform the world première of Kani’s play Kunene and the King which continues until Tuesday 23 April.