What's on in the Midlands

Published: 26 May 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Zog comes to life at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Monday, while in the Theatre Royal Kayi Ushe plays Lola, Paula Lane is Lauren and Joel Harper-Jackson takes the role of Charlie in the musical Kinky Boots from Monday until Saturday 8 June.

China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz stage Status, a show about “someone who doesn’t want his (status) any more”, written and performed by Chris Thorpe, in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday.

Performer Rebecca Vaughan and writer-director Elton Townend Jones explore what it means to find our place in the world while remaining true to who we are in Orlando, based on the satirical 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf, in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Northern Ballet puts its best foot forward with its latest ballet for children, Puss in Boots, at Derby Theatre on Tuesday while See-Through by Claire Gaydon is “an edited, unedited, live, pre-recorded, reality show that invites you to see behind the camera” in the Studio on Friday.

Antony Costa plays Stacee Jaxx in “the ultimate ‘80s rock musical” Rock of Ages at Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday.

A “passionate and contemporary” re-imagining of Shakespeare’s love story, Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet dances into Derngate, Northampton from Tuesday until Saturday while plenty of “laughter, audience interaction and great family fun” are promised in Milkshake! Live: Milkshake Monkey’s Musical on Sunday.

Tim Firth and Gary Barlow’s Calendar Girls the Musical reveals all when it makes its first visit to Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday 8 June.

Transitions Dance Company presents a triple bill of “short, innovative” dance works by choreographers Karole Armitage, Marina Collard and Hetain Patel at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Wednesday while a new staging of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite Alice in Wonderland is on offer on Thursday.

Rona Munro’s adaptation of Louis de Bernières’ novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin plays Birmingham REP from Wednesday until Saturday 15 June.

Buxton Opera House’s young company performs Jonathan Larson’s Rent on Thursday.

“Rock ‘n’ roll spectacular” That’ll Be the Day which “blends classic gold hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s with bags of comedy” returns to the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Thursday.

Luca Silvestrini's Protein presents Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “enchanting and enlightened” story of The Little Prince to Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Saturday.

Heartbreak Productions starts a tour of Noël Coward’s Private Lives at Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire on Saturday and Sunday.

The “world’s first in-the-round production” of the comedy-drama Brassed Off, Paul Allen’s play adapted from Mark Herman’s screenplay, should hit the right notes at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from Saturday until Saturday 22 June.

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 John Vanbrugh’s comedy The Provoked Wife and Thomas Otway’s “savage political thriller” Venice Preserved run in repertory until Saturday 7 September.