Midlands productions

Published: 13 July 2013
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Mixing cooking, performance and a good chat”, Unfinished Business takes a fresh look at human behaviour in Only Wolves and Lions at mac, Birmingham from Monday until Friday.

Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps climbs into the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Monday until Saturday.

Chapterhouse Productions takes Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to open-air venues at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday and Thursday, and Laura Turner’s adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles to Creswell Crags, Worksop, Nottinghamshire on Friday.

Wolverhampton Grand’s summer play season concludes with Oliver Mellor and Karen Ford in Emlyn Williams’s A Murder Has Been Arranged from Tuesday until Saturday.

Illyria, which two years ago became “the first and only” UK open-air touring theatre company to add opera to its regular season, takes Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado to Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire on Thursday and Friday.

Madcap Productions performs Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, Gloucestershire on Friday.

The lives of Nell Gwynn, Lillie Langtry, Dorothy Jordan and the loves of Dante Gabriel Rossetti are woven into Joan Greening’s historical drama Mistresses which will be staged in the studio at Lichfield Garrick on Friday and Saturday.

Leamington Spa-based Heartbreak Productions has two of its shows in the Midlands this week, Bram Stoker’s Dracula at Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham on Friday and Hanbury Hall, Droitwich on Saturday while Lewis Carroll’s Alice—An Extraordinary Adventure is at Daventry Abbey School on Sunday.

Marie Jones's comedy Stones in his Pockets continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 27 July.

The touring production of Disney’s The Lion Kingcontinues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 28 September.

Music Theatre Wales will give the UK première of The Killing Flower, a contemporary opera inspired by the life of the murderous 16th century composer Carlo Gesualdo, at the Buxton Festival on Tuesday.

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.