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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 21 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor take on a multitude of characters in Marie Jones’s Olivier Award-winning comedy Stones in His Pockets at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Monday until Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton plays Janet in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, which visits Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Lichfield Garrick’s community musical company brings Nania to life in C S Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at the Garrick from Tuesday until Saturday.

Heartbreak Productions is in the Midlands with all four of its outdoor productions, David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny at Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Dean Close School, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on Tuesday; Noël Coward’s Private Lives at Hill Close Gardens, Bread and Meat Close, Warwick on Tuesday and Severn Bank House, Severn Stoke, Worcester on Saturday; Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Walsall Arboretum, Lichfield Street, Walsall on Friday and the 1620s House and Garden, Manor Road, Donington le Heath, Coalville, Leicestershire on Sunday; and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights at Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire on Sunday.

Jodie Prenger takes over as Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Sunday 11 August.

The Lost Boys turn their attention to ancient Greek mythology for their latest adaptation, Monsters, Myths and Mayhem, at Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby from Wednesday until Saturday.

The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s 2019 season at Buxton Opera House features The Mikado on Wednesday, The Gondoliers on Thursday, Trent Opera’s presentation of Princess Ida on Friday, The Yeomen of the Guard on Saturday afternoon and HMS Pinafore, presented by Charles Court Opera on Saturday evening, and The Pirates of Penzance on Sunday.

Issues of “mixed race identity, gender fluidity and pansexual personalities in the black community” come to the fore in Boxes in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse on Thursday.

Preview performances of The Last of the Pelican Daughters, Northampton Royal and Derngate’s latest collaboration with the Wardrobe Ensemble, which is being developed in partnership with Complicité, can be seen on the Northampton Royal stage on Thursday and Friday before it opens at the Edinburgh Fringe.

10- to 13-year-olds belonging to Derby Youth Theatre perform a “surreal comic adventure”, Influence by Andy McGregor at Derby Theatre on Friday and Saturday.

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.