Midlands productions

Published: 3 June 2012
Reporter: Steve Orme

Parson's PiratesTouring theatre troupe specialising in comic operettas Opera della Luna takes its Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired show The Parson’s Pirates—the work with which the company made its name in the 1990s—to Buxton Opera House on Tuesday.

Heartbreak Productions starts its three-month outdoor tour of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa on Tuesday and Wednesday before moving to The Town Square, Stratford on Thursday and Nottingham Castle on Friday and Saturday.

Cape Town Opera presents its production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday until Saturday.

Sixties’ singer Jess Conrad is a special guest in Buddy Holly—A Legend Reborn at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Thursday.

Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, introduces Silver, his sequel to Treasure Island, as well as reading from his latest book of poems at Nottingham Playhouse on Thursday.

Fans of Irish dancing and music can enjoy “the true spirit of the Emerald Isle” in Essence of Ireland at Lichfield Garrick on Thursday and Friday.

Touring theatre company Jadis Shadows Productions stages its new adaptation of Edward II, Christopher Marlowe’s tale of love, lust and ambition, at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Friday.

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

CloudsInternational dance theatre company from Madrid Aracaladanza plays with the theme of Nubes (Clouds) in Rehearsal Room 2 at Leicester’s Curve on Friday and at Derby Theatre next Sunday.

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

The “purveyors of cool” swing into Stoke’s Regent Theatre with The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular on Saturday.

Nottingham’s Theatre Royal is expecting more enchanted evenings as the Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific continues until Saturday.

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

English National Ballet teams up with world dance champions Flawless in Against Time at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Saturday and Sunday.

Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre’s annual international children’s theatre and dance festival Wheee! continues until Sunday.

Swansea City Opera returns to Buxton Opera House with Mozart’s comic opera Cosi fan Tutte next Sunday.

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, Julius Caesar runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until 7 July (press night Wednesday, 6 June) while Richard III and King John both continue in the Swan until 15 September.