Midlands productions

Published: 23 March 2014
Reporter: Steve Orme

Sherlock Holmes at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton on Wednesday
The Threepenny Opera at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday 12 April
The Memory of Water continues at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre until Saturday 5 April

Three “extraordinary players in the fight for women’s rights”, Mary Wollstonecraft, Claudia Jones and Emma Lloyd Sproson, are drawn together to help a woman in her hour of need in a “compelling, funny and moving new play”, Gazebo Theatre’s The Sistren, at Artrix, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on Monday.

Focusing on the story of Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, the MolinoGroup’s production Desert tours to Upstairs at the Western, Leicester on Monday.

Described as “Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off”, Mischief Theatre Company’s The Play That Goes Wrong visits the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Monday until Saturday.

Maureen Nolan plays Mrs Johnstone as Blood Brothers returns to Northampton Royal and Derngate from Monday until Saturday.

Stoke’s Regent Theatre hosts Tonight’s the Night – The Rod Stewart Musical from Monday until Saturday.

Lichfield Garrick gets a taste of the Essence of Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday.

New Youth Theatre holds out for a hero when it stages Footloose the Musical at Mansfield Palace Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dark Horse, a national touring theatre company which premières new writing, tours Sing Something Simple (The Greatest Hits Volume 2) to the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Tuesday and Wednesday and Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on Saturday.

A “provocative new play about love, jealousy and a woman’s right to choose”, Kali Theatre and Pentabus Theatre’s The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan will be performed in the Studio at Leicester’s Curve from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Pantaloons Theatre Company puts Holmes and Watson through their paces as they tackle their most fiendish cases yet in Sherlock Holmes in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton on Wednesday.

Ten “exceptional young dancers present an exhilarating evening of exciting and explosive dance” in Balletboyz—The Talent at Buxton Opera House on Wednesday.

Composer Helen Chadwick and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett are responsible for the world première of a new song-cycle performance War Correspondents, based on the personal experiences of journalists, in The Door at Birmingham REP on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wolverhampton Grand will play host to The Two Worlds of Charlie F—an “uncompromising and powerfully authentic account of service, injury and rehabilitation as seen through the eyes of British servicemen and women”—from Wednesday until Saturday.

Northampton Royal and Derngate Youth Theatre looks at the effects of war on an imaginary world in Elements of War on the Royal stage from Thursday until Saturday.

An “anarchic” new version of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, a co-production between Graeae Theatre Company, Birmingham REP, Nottingham Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and West Yorkshire Playhouse will be staged at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday 12 April.

Icarus Theatre Collective performs Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at Buxton Opera House on Friday.

Celebrating 50 years of UK number one hit singles, The Magic of Motown takes its new Baby Love tour to De Montfort Hall, Leicester on Friday.

Highlighting “the wealth of skills and talent that Corby has to offer”, Corby Youth Arts Slam takes to the stage at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Friday.

Described by producer Michael Taylor as “the ultimate girls’ night out—with added extras”, Viva la Drag! which features songs by Boy George visits Loughborough Town Hall on Friday.

A “thought-provoking and powerful double bill of dance”, A Thousand Shepherds and Mana will be performed by Ace Dance and Music at Artrix, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on Friday.

State of Emergency presents Love & Sex aka Per-Mission, a “spectacular dance theatre show exploring issues of love, consent, safety and respect in sexual relationships”, at The Drum, Birmingham on Friday.

A tabletop football game in a café at a dreary seaside town out of season is the setting to address “one of the most important global problems of our time” in Wild Edric Media’s Tabletop Games at Artrix, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on Saturday.

Physical theatre company Frantic Assembly continues to perform Bryony Lavery’s The Believers, a “thrilling and highly visceral exploration of love and loss”, in the Studio at Curve, Leicester until Saturday.

Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s Jewel of the Seven Stars and adapted by Jack Milner, The Mummy which features Susie Amy, Jason Durr and Dennis Lill continues at Coventry’s Belgrade until Saturday.

Birmingham Hippodrome continues to stage the Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical Singin’ in the Rain until Saturday 5 April.

Shelagh Stephenson’s award-winning snapshot of family life The Memory of Water continues at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre until Saturday 5 April.

A new production of the musical Hairspray continues at Leicester’s Curve until Saturday 5 April.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, in the Swan Theatre Mike Poulton’s adaptations of Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies continue until Saturday while in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Henry IV Part I continues until 6 September along with Henry IV Part II which starts on Friday (press performance Wednesday 16 April).