What's on in the Midlands

Published: 11 August 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

John Goodrum (Max Harrington), Susan Earnshaw (Mary Ticklewell), David Gilbrook (George Ticklewell), Karen Henson (Janet Harrington) and David Martin (Edgar Chambers) in Anybody for Murder at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Dan Partridge (Danny) and Martha Kirby (Sandy) in Grease the Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome Credit: Manuel Harlan
Private Lives at Church Stretton School Theatre, Shropshire

Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner’s comedy thriller Anybody for Murder is the third play in the 2019 Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season and runs at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Royal Concert Hall Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Tabby McTat tells a "heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty" on Wednesday and Thursday.

Paul Taylor-Mills and his repertory company begin a summer play season at Chesterfield Pomegranate with Noël Coward’s Present Laughter from Tuesday until Saturday.

Peter Andre and Ore Oduba share the role of Teen Angel in Grease the Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday 24 August.

Performers between the ages of seven and 21 perform The Addams Family at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre from Wednesday until Saturday.

Heartbreak Productions is on the road with Noel Coward’s Private Lives at Church Stretton School Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire on Wednesday and David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny at Packwood House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Solihull on Wednesday, Coombe Abbey, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire on Friday and Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire on 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.