What's on in the Midlands

Published: 2 June 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Michael Sherwin (Farquhar) and Andrew Ryan (Styler) in Mindgame at Malvern Theatres Credit: Simon Cooper
The Death Show at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester Credit: Pamela Raith
Rebecca Storm, Fern Britton, Anna-Jane Casey, Sara Crowe, Ruth Madoc, Karen Dunbar and Denise Welch in Calendar Girls the Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome Credit: Matt Crockett

Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan, Rebecca Wheatley and Katherine Lynch appear in the “ultimate girls’ night out” Menopause the Musical at Wolverhampton Grand on Monday and Tuesday.

On Your Feet!, the true love story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan which charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom, opens at Curve, Leicester from Monday until Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Kevin Clifton headlines Burn the Floor in Derngate, Northampton on Tuesday while “the UK’s favourite rock 'n' roll variety production” That’ll be the Day returns on Saturday; in the Royal auditorium, Anton Lesser takes to the stage for the first time in a decade to play Pope Benedict in the world première of The Pope from Saturday until Saturday 22 June.

Anthony Horowitz’s “mind-bending psychological thriller” Mindgame tours to Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

A reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, the musical Honk! flies the nest to the B2 stage at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

Northern Ballet takes steps to present its children’s show Puss in Boots at the Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Wednesday.

Heartbreak Productions is on the road with two outdoor productions: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire on Wednesday and Thursday, Coombe Abbey, Binley, Warwickshire on Friday and Wood Norton Garden and Terrace, Worcester Road, Evesham on Sunday, and David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny at Jephson Gardens on Friday and Saturday.

Based on the book Thirty-odd Feet below Belgium by Arthur Stockwin, Letters from the Front starts a new tour in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Thursday.

The National Production Company sets Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream against a medieval backdrop at the Albany Theatre, Coventry from Thursday until Saturday.

Created in response to a “provocative and unashamedly honest dialogue about death”, Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls’s The Death Show “looks to better understand society’s relationship with death and dying” at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on Friday.

Kayi Ushe plays Lola, Paula Lane is Lauren and Joel Harper-Jackson takes the role of Charlie in the musical Kinky Boots which continues in the Theatre Royal, Nottingham until Saturday.

Tim Firth and Gary Barlow’s Calendar Girls the Musical reveals all when it continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday.

Rona Munro’s adaptation of Louis de Bernières’ novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin continues to play Birmingham REP until Saturday 15 June.

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’ “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.