What's on in the Midlands

Published: 16 June 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Classic Thriller Theatre Company gets on the right track with Anthony Lampard’s adaptation of The Lady Vanishes, based on the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, at Lichfield Garrick from Monday until Saturday.

Gwyneth Strong plays Mrs Boyle in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which tours to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Monday until Saturday, while in the Royal Concert Hall, Alexandra Burke plays Rachel Marron in the musical The Bodyguard, which continues until Saturday.

Created by one of the UK’s leading refugee theatre companies and featuring four young men who made the dangerous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania, Pizza Shop Heroes is on the menu in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Experience “music, magic and mayhem” in Shakespeare innovators Oddsocks’ presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Thursday.

Union J’s Jaymi Hensley dons the coat of many colours for his first major musical role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

A new production of Ariel Dorfman’s “gripping, award-winning smash hit play—a unique and first-rate thriller packed with high drama and intensity”, Death and the Maiden grips the Studio in the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Thursday.

Heartbreak Productions is on the road with two of its outdoor productions, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Bosworth Hall Hotel Walled Garden, The Park, Market Bosworth on Thursday and David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, also on Thursday.

A ‘50s and ‘60s theatre show, Lipstick On Your Collar, rolls into Mansfield Palace Theatre on Thursday.

A new play for young people and community audiences which “takes stories from all our families and weaves them with that of Saad Al-Kassab, a young Syrian refugee whose dreams had to change forever when war broke out in his city of Homs”, Journeys of Destiny by Ava Hunt Theatre can be seen in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Thursday and at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on Friday.

Inspired in part by work with tea dancers and choirs, Bodies in Flight’s Life Class dances into the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Friday.

Mike Shepherd’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages in Derngate, Northampton from Friday until Sunday.

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 at Royal and Derngate, Northampton until Saturday.

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.

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.

Deafinitely Theatre and Birmingham Stage Company team up for the world première of the next in the Horrible Histories series, Dreadful Deaf, which is “deafinitely not for the faint-hearted”, at Derby Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

Julia Donaldson and David Roberts’s playful story The Flying Bath splashes into life in the Foyle Studio at mac Birmingham on Sunday.

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; 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; and Crooked Dances, a “compelling” new play by Robin French which “examines music, time and attention in our modern digital age”, has its première in The Other Place from Thursday until Saturday 13 July (press night Wednesday 26 June).