Midlands productions

Published: 23 June 2013
Reporter: Steve Orme

Neil Pearson and Maureen Beattie feature in the Old Vic’s tour of Michael Frayn’s comedy Noises Off which visits the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Monday until Saturday.

Soul Sister, “inspired by the music, life and times of Ike and Tina Turner”, plays Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from Monday until Saturday.

A new piece of contemporary writing, Jemma Uttley’s Broken Beauties, a “powerful and moving musical exploring ‘broken Britain’ with a sultry and often emotional tone”, Broken Beauties will be performed by University of Derby Theatre Arts students in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dennis Potter’s World War II tale of complex childhood friendships Blue Remembered Hills runs at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

Leamington Spa-based Heartbreak Productions performs Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the open air at Church End Brewery near Nuneaton on Wednesday and the parish field, Market Bosworth on Thursday.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is also in the open air when it tours Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to Langley Priory, Diseworth, Leicestershire on Thursday.

Touring Ballet Theatre UK joins forces with urban dance crew Original Movements for “a fantastic fusion of urban hip hop and classical ballet styles” in Breakin’ Pointe at mac, Birmingham on Thursday.

Awkward Arts presents Scarred for Life in Derby Theatre Studio on Thursday and Friday.

Mansfield Palace Theatre’s Stage Right intermediate group performs David Wood’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches while its Stage Left intermediate group tackles American playwright Pat Lydersen’s Comic Book Artist, both at Create Theatre, Derby Road, Mansfield on Thursday and Friday.

Musical companies from Northampton Royal and Derngate’s youth theatre get into shape with Lisa Evans’s musical Run! on the Royal stage from Thursday until Saturday.

Madcap Theatre returns to Mary Arden’s Farm at Stratford for an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew on Friday and Saturday.

Delirious Theatre Company invites you to A Dance with the Devil in a new comedy at Derby Theatre Studio on Saturday.

Tim Brooke-Taylor will talk about his career which spans more than 50 years when he is in conservation with broadcaster Chris Serle in the Studio at Lichfield Garrick on Saturday.

Garlic Theatre’s puppet show There’s a Monster in My Piano is at The Core at Corby Cube on Saturday, with performances at 11AM and 2PM.

George Bernard Shaw’s first play Widowers’ Houses continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday.

Joseph Marcell will play the title role in an open-air presentation by Shakespeare's Globe of King Lear in the pavilion Gardens, Buxton on Saturday and Sunday at 6PM.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Hamlet and As You Like It both continue in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until Saturday 28 September while in the Swan Thomas Middleton’s Jacobean comedy A Mad World My Masters continues until 25 October and revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus continues until 26 October.