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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 14 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Gwyneth Strong plays Mrs Doyle in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which tours to Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

The “naughtiest puppets in town” visit Nottingham when Avenue Q pulls the strings at the Theatre Royal from Monday until Saturday.

Developed, performed and with a script written by a cast of young people, High Flyers, a new musical exposing the highs and lows of growing up in the modern age, is presented by Borderlines, the New Vic’s “initiative using theatre in social contexts”, at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme on Tuesday.

Theatre 1 continues to “push the envelope of contemporary studio theatre” with a double bill of two one-act contemporary musicals both set in New York, Ordinary Days, with an original score by Adam Gwon, and Edges, the first musical by Pasek and Paul, in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre from Tuesday until Friday.

Heartbreak Productions is on the road with its outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Brueton Park, Solihull, West Midlands on Wednesday.

“Thirty-eight of the UK’s best young dancers” present an evening fusing contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip-hop in Botis Seva’s MADHEAD in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Wednesday.

Noctium explores the work of Delia Derbyshire—the unsung genius behind the Doctor Who theme tune and a trailblazer of electronic music—in Hymns for Robots at mac, Birmingham on Thursday, part of MoonFest, a nine-day programme of moon-inspired events.

Roderick Smith’s adaptation of Homer’s Iliad, “the greatest epic poem of all time but as you’ve never heard it before—in a Brummie accent”, Scenes from a Bruummie Iliad is performed by Birmingham REP’s adult drama and young REP light post companies in the Studio at the REP on Friday and Saturday.

Eight Bold Text playwrights resurrect the ghosts of a Birmingham gaol in Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-up in The Lock-up, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, artistic director Gregory Doran directs a new version of Measure for Measure 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 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.