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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 23 June 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

The UK’s “only physical theatre festival for young people”, The Physical Fellowship, founded by Coventry company Highly Sprung which allows schools and youth groups to perform their own work, celebrates its 10th anniversary on the B2 stage at the Belgrade Theatre from Monday until Thursday.

Here to There Productions stages Shakespeare’s Henry V in the open air at Ludlow Castle as part of the Shropshire town’s annual fringe festival from Monday until Friday.

Tall Stories’ musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo promises “monstrous fun” for children aged three and upwards at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lesley Joseph, Sarah Jane Buckley, Sue Devaney, Julia Hills, Judy Holt, Lisa Maxwell and Rebecca Storm have nothing to hide in Tim Firth and Gary Barlow’s Calendar Girls the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday 6 July.

Rachel Karafistan performs her one-woman show Dreams Die Hard, which “travels through many landscapes and summons ghosts from the past on a journey towards truth and tolerance”, at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Thursday and Friday.

Gwyneth Strong plays Mrs Boyle in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the Regent Theatre, Stoke from Thursday until Saturday.

The Leicester Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome co-production of The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Steven Spielberg’s 1985 Oscar-nominated film of the same name, opens at Curve from Friday until Saturday 13 July.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre artistic director Gregory Doran directs a new version of Measure for Measure from Friday 28 June until Thursday 29 August, while 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 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”, continues in The Other Place until Saturday 13 July (press night Wednesday 26 June).