Midlands productions

Published: 22 April 2012
Reporter: Steve Orme

Cheryl Campbell, Cherie Lunghi, Isla Blair, Sadie Pickering, Kacey Ainsworth and Denise Welch tour with Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from tomorrow (Monday) until Saturday.

Anne Charleston, Shirley-Anne Field, Anita Harris, Debbie Norman and Peter Ellis meet in Ivan Menchell’s The Cemetery Club at Derby Theatre from tomorrow until Saturday.

EquusLondon Classic Theatre’s production of Peter Shaffer’s psychological drama Equus makes its way to Coventry Belgrade’s main stage from Tuesday until Saturday.

Swallows and AmazonsPresented by the Children’s Touring Partnership, Swallows and Amazons visits Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday.

Nottinghamshire playwright Stephen Lowe will take to the stage for an evening of tales of dramatic disasters in LoweLIFE: The Confessions of Stephen Lowe at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre on Wednesday.

Idle Motion looks at the chaos left behind when Britain was hit by an unexpected storm in 1987 in The Seagull Effect at mac, Birmingham on Wednesday.

Honey ManNew Perspectives Theatre Company tours Tyrone Huggins’ The Honey Man, the unlikely relationship that develops between a 15-year-old girl and an African-Caribbean man, to Nottinghamshire venues this week, performing at Maycliffe Hall, Stapleford on Thursday; Lowdham Village Hall on Friday; and the Thomas Cranmer Centre, Aslockton on Saturday.

English Touring Opera returns to Buxton House with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on Thursday and Saturday and Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky on Friday.

Coventry Belgrade’s community and education company stages a new production called Truth or Dare, exploring issues around health and mental well-being for young people, in the theatre’s B2 auditorium from Thursday until Saturday.

A new adult comedy featuring Alex Reid, Marcus Patrick, Danny Young and Dale Howard, Wild Boyz reveals all at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall on Friday.

Move Over MoriartySlapstick specialists LipService Theatre takes its spoof Move Over Moriarty to The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire, on Friday.

The Fleur Darkin Company dances into Curve, Leicester with Disgo on Friday.

Touring theatre company Jadis Shadows Productions presents its new adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham on Friday and Saturday.

Zoo Indigo unveils Blueprint, an “exciting new collaboration merging innovative science with video art and visual theatre, and featuring a series of live scientific experiments”, at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham on Saturday.

Where Have I Been All My Life?Alecky Blythe’s Where Have I Been All My Life?, created especially for the New Vic at Newcastle-under-Lyme, continues at the north Staffordshire theatre-in-the-round until Saturday.

European Arts Company performs a double Harold Pinter bill of The Dumb Waiter and The Lover at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre Studio next Sunday.

The “purveyors of cool” are in town when The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular moves into Derby Theatre next Sunday.

Keith Jack continues in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Curve, Leicester until Sunday.

Mary ShelleyHelen Edmundson’s new play Mary Shelley about the life of the Frankenstein author continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday, 5 May.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, The Comedy of Errors continues until 14 May (press performance Wednesday, 25 April); Twelfth Night (press night 25 April) continues until 15 May; The Tempest continues until 19 May (press performance 1 May); Richard III continues until 15 September; and King John also continues until 15 September.