What's on in the Midlands

Published: 9 June 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Alex Kingston and Sarah Hadland appear in Joshua Harmon’s “bitingly funny” new comedy Admissions at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan, Rebecca Wheatley and Katherine Lynch take the “ultimate girls’ night out” Menopause the Musical to the Belgrade Theatre Coventry from Monday until Wednesday and The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Saturday.

Audiences should have the time of their life when Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage returns to Derngate, Northampton from Monday until Saturday while 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 by Anthony McCarten which continues until Saturday 22 June.

Smoking Apples presents 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 the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on Tuesday and Riverhead Theatre, Louth, Lincolnshire on Thursday.

Oddsocks Productions puts its “trademark interactive style” on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby from Tuesday until Saturday.

Fantasies come true in Avenue Q, created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, at Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday.

Nothing is what it seems in a “mind-bending psychological thriller from the pen of Anthony Horowitz”, Mindgame at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Royal Concert Hall Alexandra Burke plays Rachel Marron in the musical The Bodyguard from Tuesday until Saturday 22 June.

Michelle Todd reprises her role as Bess of Hardwick in Kevin Fegan’s Bess the Commoner Queen at the former Derby Central Library from Wednesday until Saturday.

A cast of seven takes to the stage in Red Dragonfly's Taking Flight short play festival featuring new work by British South Asian comedy playwright Harri Dhillon, British mixed-race playwright Jenny Stark and Clare Reddaway in the Irving Studio at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on Thursday and Friday.

Heartbreak Productions is on the road with two outdoor productions, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights at Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire on Thursday and Friday and at Packwood House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Solihull, West Midlands on Saturday, and David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham on Thursday, Walsall Arboretum, Lichfield Street, Walsall on Friday and Bewdley Museum QEII Gardens, Load Street, Bewdley on Saturday.

The stories of more than 50 members of the armed forces from across the West Midlands will be presented in Reparation Island by Kevin Fegan which has its première in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome from Thursday until Saturday.

Stagedoor Learning BTEC students perform an original musical by composer Ethan Lewis Maltby and lyricist Jenna Donnelly, The Battle of Boat, which follows the adventures of a group of children trying to find their place in a world at war, at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham on Saturday.

Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the “humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants” which should grow on the audience in the Studio at Lichfield Garrick on Saturday.

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

Performed on the banks of the River Nene at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus, Splash! is a new family-friendly, multi-sensory, outdoor theatre show which can be seen on Saturday and Sunday.

Conor Glean is Cassius Clay, Christopher Colquhoun plays Malcolm X, Miles Yekinni is American football star turned actor Jim Brown and Matt Henry takes the role of soul singer Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami… by Kemp Powers which continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday 22 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, continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme 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.