Midlands productions

Published: 9 September 2018

Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles, an updated version of the show with a new second half which is set a decade after the group went their separate ways, tours to the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham from Monday until Saturday while in the Theatre Royal Shrek the Musical offers “an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance” from Tuesday until Sunday 23 September.

The “all-singing, all-dancing Bollywood spectacular” Taj Express featuring the songs of Oscar winner A R Rahman, composer of Slumdog Millionaire, pulls in to Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday.

New Perspectives stages a “powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate”, Gbolahan Obisesan’s adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s Man Booker-nominated novel The Fishermen, at Derby Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday while in the Studio Open Road Productions presents Moving Bodies, the World War I story of “one brave man, turning from soldier to gravedigger in the hope of giving his fellow fallen comrades a peaceful place to rest”, from Wednesday until Friday.

First seen at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre while in development in 2017, the comedy drama Save Our School Dinners…Jamie! by Paven Virk is back on the menu with new ingredients at the Belgrade from Wednesday until Saturday.

Certain Curtain Theatre’s co-founder Claire Moore plays Edith Rigby, who was overshadowed by the more vociferous Pankhurst women yet raged against social injustice and a political system that denied women the right to vote, in Woman on Fire at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Friday and Saturday.

The world première of Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones continues at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate until Saturday 22 September.

Sweet Charity, the first musical Nottingham Playhouse has staged since 2006, continues until Saturday 22 September.

Maxine Peak’s Play Queens of the Coal Age, which recreates the attempts of a small group of women in 1993 to highlight the decimation of the UK's coal mining industry, continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 29 September.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack head the cast of Macbeth which continues until Tuesday 18 September, Romeo and Juliet continues until Saturday 21 September and David Troughton plays Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor which continues until Saturday 22 September; in the Swan Theatre, Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine continues until Saturday 1 December and Molière’s classic Tartuffe is brought up to date in a new version by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto which continues until Saturday 23 February 2019.

Steve Orme