What's on in the Midlands

Published: 28 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Audrey Brisson (Amélie) and Danny Mac (Nino) in Amélie the Musical at Malvern Theatres Credit: Pamela Raith
FIVE at Derby Theatre
Annie at Birmingham Hippodrome

Danny Mac and Audrey Brisson appear in the UK première of Amélie the Musical at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Heartbreak Productions is on the road with three of its outdoor productions, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights at Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Dean Close School, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on Tuesday; David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny at Dudmaston Hall, Quatt, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire on Tuesday, Brueton Park, Solihull, West Midlands on Wednesday and Thursday, Ryton Pools, Bubbenhall, Coventry on Thursday, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Worcestershire on Friday, Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury on Saturday and Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire on Sunday; and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham on Saturday.

The children’s show In the Night Garden Live visits Birmingham REP from Wednesday until Sunday.

A “playful exploration of our five human senses through dance movement and live music”, FIVE can be seen and felt at Derby Theatre from Wednesday until Saturday 10 August.

The most popularly requested songs, impressions and comic sketches from more than 33 years of “the UK’s no 1 rock and roll variety production”, The Best Of That’ll Be The Day should have the audience dancing in the aisles in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Friday.

More than 30 people from Leicestershire take part in Curve’s community production of Amanda Whittington’s Bollywood Jane which runs in the theatre’s Studio from Friday until Sunday 11 August.

Jodie Prenger plays Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie which continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Sunday 11 August.

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.