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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 25 August 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Paul Taylor-Mills and his repertory company continue their summer play season at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield with Wife Begins at Forty by Ray Cooney, Earl Barret and Arne Sultan from Tuesday until Saturday.

Lucy O’Byrne and Mark Moraghan appear in the “quirky off-Broadway hit musical” Little Miss Sunshine which tours to Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

A new opera for children aged 12 to 24 months, Fox-tot! will be performed by two singers, a cellist and a percussionist in the Underground at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate from Tuesday until Sunday while August Wilson’s 20th century American classic Two Trains Running, directed by 2018 Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall director award winner Nancy Medina, opens at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate from Saturday until Saturday 14 September before a UK tour.

Singer and actor Duncan James plays Frank ‘n’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham from Wednesday until Sunday.

As a centrepiece of its 120th birthday celebrations, Birmingham Hippodrome presents its first home-grown youth production for the main stage, West Side Story, from Thursday until Saturday.

Heartbreak Productions is on the road with two open-air productions, Noël Coward’s Private Lives at Hanbury Hall, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire on Saturday and David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny at Kingsbury Water Park, Bodymoor Heath Lane, Kingsbury, Sutton Coldfield also on Saturday.

Blackadder meets Carry On as David Graham Productions travels 400 years back in time for a “fabulous night of comedy and the greatest hits of the 1960s” in A Comedy Of Eric’s which continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday.

Nottingham Playhouse’s annual summer school performs Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street on the theatre's main stage on 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.