Midlands productions

Published: 27 May 2012

The Tony Award-winning show of mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness, Avenue Q visits the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from tomorrow (Monday) until Saturday.

Save the Last Dance for MeSave the Last Dance for Me, from the writers, producers, creators and directors of Dreamboats and Petticoats, tours to the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton from tomorrow until Saturday.

Deafinitely Theatre takes a British sign language production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, which has played at Shakespeare’s Globe in London as part of the Globe to Globe Festival, to the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As part of New Adventures’ 25th anniversary celebrations, Matthew Bourne stages a triple bill of early works that started his career in Early Adventures at Derngate, Northampton on Tuesday and Wednesday.

International dance theatre company from Madrid Aracaladanza plays with the theme of Nubes (Clouds) at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday and Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham on Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have created their own live show Midnight Tango which visits De Montfort Hall, Leicester from Tuesday until Saturday.

South PacificNottingham’s Theatre Royal is expecting some enchanted evenings as it hosts the Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific from Tuesday until Saturday, 9 June.

Robert Marsden and Reveal Theatre Productions present Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at Stoke Rep Theatre, Leek Road, Stoke from Wednesday until Saturday.

Hip Hope Hero, an “utterly fabulous and seriously cool new play for children and families”, is a Birmingham REP presentation at the Old Rep, Station Street, Birmingham from Thursday until Saturday.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Ash Girl—the story of Cinderella given a sinister twist with the addition of seven deadly sins to corrupt the heroine—is a Kaleidoscope Intermediate Theatre Company presentation at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday.

ShangHiA “two-hour extravaganza combining acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many other Chinese elements”, Cirque du Ciel’s ShangHi swings into Derby’s Assembly Rooms from Friday until Sunday.

Birmingham’s national centre for black British arts and culture The Drum hosts Naukar Teemi Da, a comedy play performed in Punjabi, on Saturday.

Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre stages Wheee!, its annual international children’s theatre and dance festival, from Saturday until Sunday, 10 June (further details at www.lakesidearts.org.uk).

A new production of Arnold Wesker’s revolutionary 1959 play Roots continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday.

A new adaptation by Peter Rumney of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels continues at Curve, Leicester until Saturday.

Leamington Spa-based company Heartbreak Productions tours E Nesbitt’s The Railway Children to The Dell, Stratford next Sunday.

Butterfly LionDerby actor Gwen Taylor continues in Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion at Derby Theatre until Friday, 8 June.

A new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday, 9 June.

Northampton Royal and Derngate’s new version of Euripides’ Greek tragedy The Bacchae continues at the Northampton Chronicle and Echo printing press rooms on Earl Street in the town until Saturday, 30 June while Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding continues on the Royal stage until 30 June.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Richard III and King John both continue in the Swan until 15 September.

Steve Orme