Ticketmaster Summer in Stages

Midlands productions

Published: 25 March 2012
Reporter: Steve Orme

  • Theatre Unlimited visits Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham with Stalin's Favourite tomorrow (Monday) and Defying Hitler on Tuesday;
  • Foursight Theatre takes a "wry, feisty and irreverent look" at two of Hollywood's great icons, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, in Betty and Joan: the Final Curtain at Derby Theatre tomorrow and Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire on Tuesday;
  • Tim Price's "heartbreaking but darkly comic new play" For Once, a Pentabus Theatre presentation, is at mac, Birmingham from Tuesday until Thursday;
  • The King and Ithe Leicester Curve production of The King and I tours to Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday;
  • Les Dennis and Nike Evans feature in Legally Blonde the Musical at Leicester's De Montfort Hall from Tuesday until Saturday;
  • Spymonkey's "no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy", Oedipussy should light up the Studio at Curve, Leicester from Tuesday until Saturday;
  • devised and directed by Sue Pomeroy, I, Bertolt Brecht is a Fuschia Films and Media presentation at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Wednesday;
  • Opera della Luna returns to Lichfield Garrick with a new production of Lehár's operetta The Merry Widow on Wednesday;
  • Science Museum Live on Tour stops off at Derby's Assembly Rooms on Wednesday and Thursday;
  • Love's Labour's LostNorthern Broadsides are at Buxton Opera House with Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost from Thursday until Saturday;
  • history comes to life in Terry Deary's Horrible Histories: The Terrible Tudors and The Vile Victorians at Stoke's Regent Theatre from Thursday until Sunday;
  • Lichfield Garrick welcomes The Burlesque Show on Friday;
  • young artists from the Core at Corby Cube's Get Involved programme showcase their original work in Corby Youth Arts Slam on Friday;
  • The Government Inspector, Gogol's comedy about a penniless drifter who's mistaken for a government official by a corrupt town council, gets the Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre Company treatment at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday;
  • combining "youthful exuberance and athleticism", Nederlands Dans Theater 2 performs a range of pieces at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Friday and Saturday;
  • as part of Birmingham's Fierce Festival, Uninvited Guests will stage Make Better Please at Moseley Friends Institute from Friday until Sunday and Love Letters Straight from your Heart at Trove in the Engine Room of Birmingham's old Science and Industry Museum on Saturday and Sunday, while Subject to_ change will present Cupid at mac, Birmingham from Friday until Sunday;
  • That'll Be The Day rolls into Derby's Assembly Rooms on Saturday;
  • Sister ActDenise Black and Michael Starke continue in Sister Act at Nottingham's Theatre Royal until Saturday;
  • Tyrone Huggins' new play The Honey Man continues at the Guildhall Theatre, Derby until Saturday;
  • John Godber's Weekend Breaks continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday;
  • Pam Ayres takes her latest show to the Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Saturday and Buxton Opera House next Sunday;
  • Coventry Belgrade's new production of Alexander Galin's 1980 Moscow Olympics drama, Stars in the Morning Sky, continues in the theatre's B2 auditorium until Saturday, 7 April;
  • Leicester's Curve continues to host a revival of Gypsy until Sunday, 15 April;
  • Neil Morrissey and Brian Conley share the role of Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Oliver! at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday, 21 April; and
  • at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, The Comedy of Errors continues until 14 May (press performance 25 April), Twelfth Night (press night 25 April) continues until 15 May and Richard III continues until 15 September (press night 17 April).