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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 12 May 2019

Children should be in for a treat when Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom flies into Mansfield Palace Theatre on Monday and Tuesday.

Paula Hawkins’s thriller The Girl on the Train, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel and featuring Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson, pulls into the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Monday until Saturday.

The world première of Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, a New Adventures production, opens at Curve, Leicester from Monday until Saturday.

Stephen Tompkinson plays Frank and Jessica Johnson is Rita in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Monday until Saturday while Opera North performs a new concert staging of Verdi’s Aida at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Wednesday.

Nottinghamshire-based rural touring company New Perspectives takes Jack McNamara’s adaptation of Aki Kaurismaki’s The Man Without a Past, the story of a man with no memory who is taken in by a homeless community living in shipping containers in Helsinki, to the Spiegeltent in the Old Market Square, Nottingham on Monday and Glebe Field Centre, Crich, Derbyshire on Sunday.

Ballet Black dances into Derby Theatre with a triple bill featuring Ingoma (Song), created by company dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzelli November, Martin Lawrence’s Pendulum and a light-hearted work by Scottish Ballet’s choreographer-in-residence Sophie Laplane, on Tuesday.

Choreographer and performer Seeta Patel re-imagines Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday.

Sam Bailey plays Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at the Albany Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Friday.

Blackeyed Theatre’s new adaptation of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four visits Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Tilted Wig Productions’ new version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray tours to Crewe Lyceum from Tuesday until Saturday.

Celebrating “the best performances made by women and non-binary creatives”, The Party Somewhere Else Festival takes over Nottingham Playhouse and “fills every nook” with theatre, dance and workshops from Tuesday until Saturday.

Former artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse Giles Croft directs students from Nottingham New Theatre in Dennis Kelly’s DNA in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a family-friendly programme at Northampton’s Derngate, a fresh take on Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and a new choreographic collaboration by company members Laura Day, Kit Holder and Lachlan Monaghan, Seasons in Our World, on Tuesday and Wednesday while in the Royal Shakespeare’s Richard III, a Headlong, Bristol Old Vic and Alexandra Palace with Royal and Derngate and Oxford Playhouse production, runs from Tuesday until Saturday 25 May.

Smoking Apples stages Flux, a puppet theatre show about a female physicist forced to balance the personal and the professional while fighting to make her voice heard in a male-dominated world, at Key Theatre, Peterborough on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old unsolved murder of a Quinton shopkeeper, Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder by Graeme Rose is re-examined in The Door at Birmingham REP from Wednesday until Saturday while on the main stage Ursula Rani Sarma's adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, the story of three generations of women discovering strength in unity, continues until Saturday..

Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion in Carrot Productions’ Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels which promises a grand day out at Buxton Opera House on Thursday.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Waite and Vincent Simone take their new show The Ballroom Boys to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Thursday and Lichfield Garrick on Saturday.

An exploration of how we as a society can have better conversations about death and dying, Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls’s The Death Show is at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on Friday.

Shelagh Stephenson’s comedy-drama The Memory of Water continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday.

Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre opens its summer season by co-producing with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough Charlotte Jones’s quirky comedy Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis which continues until Saturday.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, a gender-swapped version of The Taming of the Shrew set in a 1590s matriarchal England in which women hold all the power and Kimberley Sykes’s “fierce, exhilarating version” of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It both continue in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until Saturday 31 August, while in the Swan Theatre Alexandra Gilbreath plays Lady Brute in John Vanbrugh’s comedy The Provoked Wife which runs until Thursday 7 September.

Steve Orme